My Review of Kerry Adrienne’s Waking the Bear – Shifter Wars Book 1


Waking the Bear
Shifter Wars Book 1
Kerry Adrienne



Book 1 in the Shifter Wars series from Carina Press.

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too feriociously sensual too ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.

Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Previously published, newly revised by author


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Amy came to the mountains for peace, quiet and a chane to get her priorities together. Having gotten rid of a controlling abusive boyfriend and losing her job, she wants to go back to true art now. Unfortunately she has a bit of a problem listening to sound advice with regard to staying out of the forest.

Griff is a Bear shifter and a Park Ranger. The forest is the domain of the bears but the lions have been staking it out.
War is coming and the last thing Griff needs is a Mate. But a mate is what he finds when he meets the woman who is renting his old family cabin for a couple of months. Amy is very attracted to her landlord even more so after the shower in the cabin breaks. Then she runs into him at the diner in town. This is a favorite scene.

“Not used to being the center of attention?” He grinned and a hint of dimples showed on his cheeks.

She shook her head. Of course she wasn’t. How could he ask such a thing. Who would answer yes?

“Well, I’m afraid you’ll have to get used to a bit of extra attention, at least for a while. You’re like the shiny new bauble on the Christmas tree. Everyone is going to want to take a look at the pretty new thing in town.” He stared, his eyes dilating. “And I don’t blame them.”

This time she couldn’t duck her head fast enough to avoid the blush rushing up her chest and neck and onto her cheeks. They burned. “I just want to paint. Not be gawked at.”

“Oh, they’ll get tired of talking about you quickly enough.” He flexed his fingers. “As long as you don’t give them something special to talk about. You’re not planning on doing anything wild or strange, are you? Like dancing naked in the moonlight or casting spells in the town square?”

“Of course I’m not.” She sat back. Surely he was joking. People in Oakwood weren’t really going to talk about her. She couldn’t be the only new person in town. In Atlanta, you had anonymity from city block to city block. “I’ll save the moonlit dancing to a night when I have a partner.”
“Is that an offer?” Amy’s mouth fell open, then she closed it. All she could manage was shaking her head no.

He winked. “Then you’ve got nothing to worry about. They’ll be bored with you in no time.”

“Good.” She looked past him at the door. She could make it there in ten seconds. No, she needed to eat before she left. She was too hungry to leave without eating and it wouldn’t kill her to enjoy a meal with her landlord. That wasn’t weird or a date or anything. His flirting, as bold as it was, made her warm and fuzzy inside. Who was she kidding? It made her hot as hell. She squirmed on the seat.
Adrienne, Kerry. Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars) (Kindle Locations 1091-1106). Carina Press. Kindle Edition.

Watching Amy and Griff’s relationship develop was fun, especially since she is human and he has to hold in his feelings. This book really has it all, the lion seeking revenge, a bar fight, a landslide and some really hot sex.

While I realize not all clans packs or prides or whatever they are called based on species can get along, I find myself not wanting this war. The Cave of Whispers was once shared by the Bears and Lions, why can’t it be so again.


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Kerry Adrienne




Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. She loves music and her Mini Cooper, Sheldon, and spends a lot of time driving around pondering and plotting stories and settings for her books.

She loves to read and write in most genres–historical, erotic romance, science fiction, paranormal, m/m, fantasy–and crossovers are her favorites.

She’s also a college instructor, an editor, a costumer, and an artist, and enjoys most anything creative–except cake decorating, which she really dislikes.

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