Title: Eventide of the Bear (The Wild Hunt Legacy #3)
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter
Length: 375 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars
All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.
As a grizzly warrior, Ben is ordered to house the pretty werebear until she heals. His littermate abandoned him, his home is empty, and he’s been alone for a long time. Intelligent and sweet and lushly curved, Emma is a delight…even if she is oddly reticent about her past. Although having sworn off females, he’s sorely tempted by this one. Damned if he doesn’t want to keep her, secrets or not.
Females were trouble. Years past, one split Ryder from his littermate. Now the panther shifter is returning to Ben, bringing his cub with him, a four-year-old he stole from the abusive female. To Ryder’s annoyance, his brother is sheltering a wounded bear. A female. Even worse, she’s beautiful and gentle and loving—damned if he’s going to fall for that act again. But when the dark of the moon arrives and death reigns supreme, he’ll discover that not all females are alike.
In a world filled with hellhounds and pixies, can three lonely shifters and one silent cub create a new family together?
Cherise Sinclair is one of my go-to authors: When I need a bit of BDSM, I never hesitate to go to Ms. Sinclair’s Shadowlands series, or her Masters of the Mountain or Dark Haven. The list goes on, but I know that she can craft a good story with some excellent smut. She definitely does the same with this shifter-centric ‘verse and I’m glad I read it.
Suffering, thy name is Emma: She has gone through some serious shyte in her life and basically, you just want to gather her up and wrap her in bunting and just protect her. So I completely understood why Ben and Ryder fell for her. Emma is almost perfectly perfect, even perfectly unassuming in her perfection.
Panthers and Bears, oh my: So, one of the things that I really enjoy about Ms. Sinclair is the setup for shifters and how it is possible to have a mix of shifters in one family. Ben and Ryder have the same mother, but different fathers. Ben’s grizzly, Ryder’s a panther, and they didn’t grow up together, but when they did reunite their bond was strong, until Ryder went off with a wolf, had a cub he didn’t know about and was basically lost without his brother. Ben’s the strong and silent one, and Ryder’s the “been burned by love and won’t do that again” hero.
The heat: So, in this version of shifters, they go into heat once a month and are required to attend a Gathering, where they can bang like bunnies and it’s all kosher, because it’s about making sure they don’t die out. It takes safe, sane and consensual to the shifter level, and not part of what you’d normally read in a shifter romance. It’s just different, though when they get to the mating, it’s definitely more possessive.
Could have been a historical triad: I think all the characters felt a bit idealized and sweet, like a fairy tale with hot sex. The formal speech at times seems better suited to a period piece than a contemporary shifter romance. I could easily see this as a historical with minor changes, because the shifters are so isolated. They live off the grid and use very little technology, and it’s very magical feel to it, including actual fairies and brownies and OtherFolk. All of this combined has a very specific feel to it, and perhaps not all readers would connect with the tale. This has alot of elements I enjoyed, so I had a good time reading it.
I enjoyed my little visit in this very unique version of a shifter ‘verse. It’s for a very particular taste, but if you like an unusual take on shifters, perfect heroines and heroes, and do not have issues with sharing, then you may enjoy this.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.