Review ~ The Bear Queen by Emma Alisyn

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The Bear Queen

Emma Alisyn

The Bear Queen has a fence around her heart. The Alpha Clan Chief has an ax to chop it down. Their enemy lurks, waiting for an opportunity to strike…

bear queen.jpgIzobelle Sahakian, a Bear Queen renown for her beauty and wit, rules Casakraine with an iron fist. She struggles not to succumb to her desire for the most unsuitable alpha male at court- the leader of a foreign country.
Malvin Dacus, Clan Chief of Talogroth, must seduce a rich bride to save Talogroth. His mission derails when a matebond sparks to life with the headstrong Queen.
But difficulty casts a shadow over their wary, intense courtship. Malvin must end the rebellion of his older sister before she rallies the Clans against him or has him killed. Izobelle may help- but first she has to learn to trust. Will she accept their bond before it’s too late, or will the dark side of her past destroy her final chance at happiness?

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I needed a paranormal romance fix, so when I saw The Bear Queen for free on Amazon I jumped.

Izo and Malvin have a great chemistry and I really dug their push and pull throughout the story. both characters were strong, logical leaders of their lands who didn’t take guff. I mean, really, who wants guff?

Izo was betrayed in her past, learning to wall herself off from those who would use her heart against her. She is powerful, but doesn’t flaunt it. Izo puts duty and country first, always. It was endearing, if not a little sad. I wanted her to be happy…and what makes a bear happier than fab sex? I dunno!

Malvin set out to find a solution to a problem, so when Izo enters the picture, he’s a little taken aback. Then his bear gets involved and BOOM! Possessive, protective, instinctual-that’s what he becomes. but he doesn’t lose his head.

The scene where everything finally comes together was a little lacking for me. I wished so hard that the timing had been different. When you read that part, I think you’ll understand why. I wanted her to give in to her vulnerability, and that didn’t quite happen. Overall, it was a decent read, but I’m not 100% I’d continue the series (or go back and start from the beginning).

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