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Gray Back Bad Bear

Narrated by: Mackenzie Harte
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Summary

Matt Barns is on a mission. The goal of this mission? Find a mate before his broken bear drives him into madness. He knows exactly what he's looking for, but when his bear finally settles for a mate, she dumps his world upside down. She's funny, sure, but other than that, she's not his type in any way. Or so he thought, because Willa is breaking down his walls and opening his eyes to a new life he thought he might never find.

Willamena Madden: smart-mouthed, fun-loving, loyal-to-a-fault, proud nerd and fragile human. She's also somehow become the potential mate to a grizzly shifter. A shifter? She feels sorry for the critters and wishes humans would leave them alone, but Matt is proving he doesn't need her pity. He's a sexy, scarred up, growly beast-man, and she's thinking he could be the one to finally take her V-card. But Matt's hot and cold, and one of her friends is after a bucket-list werebear diddle with the man Willa's falling for. And if that isn't stressful enough, Matt's Gray Back Crew is a loosely knit community of maniacs.

Matt feels important, but Willa has never been in more danger. If she can't find a way to survive his people, she'll have to go back to her safe life without her Gray Back Bad Bear.

Brand new series from T. S. Joyce. Can be heard as a standalone series. No cliffhangers. Just a crew of lumberjack bad bear shifters, and the women strong enough to love them.

Content Warning: explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Adult-only bear shifter romance.

©2015 T. S. Joyce (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kimberly
  • 24-10-18

Different narrator would have made this better

Setting: Saratoga
Genre: Shifter erotic romance
Willa Madden is the nerdy friend to a trio of “bombshells” she has known since elementary school. Back in junior high they had made a pact to take a girl’s trip after college graduation and, even though she had grown apart from her 3 friends, they remembered to invite her along when it was time to take their trip. But instead of going to the beach as was Willa’s had assumed they would, they convinced her they wanted to go camping. Unbeknownst to her, the bombshells’ real plan was to have “bucket list” sex with a Shifter, and they made reservations at a nice hotel. Matt Barnes is a grizzly Shifter who is messed up by his horrific experiences being experimented on by a quasi-governmental agency when he was a child. His bear is difficult to control, and he thinks the only thing that will settle him is finding his mate. To that end, he hangs out at Sammy’s Bar every chance he gets, looking for the tall, big-breasted woman he is sure is out there somewhere for him. When the bombshells strut in, he makes a bee-line for them, and doesn’t notice Willa until she runs smack into him. After an initial (funny) spat, they end up deciding to be friends because, you know, she’s not his type. At any rate, the relationship develops apace, leading to some gratuitous and explicit sex, though it is not too raunchy. The emotional development is a slow bloom into mutual recognition of their importance to one another. I enjoyed the characters, and the repartee between Willa and the guys in the crew is funny.
So, the positives of the story are the witty dialogue and the development of the characters. The protagonists are nicely written, and the secondaries are pretty rounded as well (as they should be, given that this is the first in the series, and they’ll be showing up in their own stories). Matt himself was a minor antagonist in the Saw Bears series from which this is spun, so it is nice to see him in a more positive light.
The negatives of this experience are some internal inconsistencies. It may not bother some, but when they first meet, Matt offers Willa his arm to lead her to the bar. Later in the same scene, he gets upset when she touches him. Also, when they first meet she consults his social media page to see what kind of Shifter he is, but gets upset the next day when he hasn’t accepted her friend request so she can see his page. How could it be both ways?
Another negative, in my opinion, is the narration. MacKenzie Hart does not differentiate between characters. The women sound the same, and none of the men have distinct voices either. Overall, there wasn’t much inflection to bring the story to life. Perhaps my opinion is affected by the fact that I have read this book (several times) on Kindle. Was I expecting a more dynamic reading because the characters already had voices in my mind’s ear? Ehh, I don’t think so.
While I enjoyed the story, I wouldn’t say it is worth a credit (or the $10 member price) given that it is less than four hours. My suggestion to anyone wanting to listen to this is to go to Amazon and get the Kindle for 99 cents, and add the Whispersync for $1.99.

My suggestion to Audible would be to offer all the T. S. Joyce books as part of the Romance Package.

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  • 25-05-18

awsome

I enjoyed this book even thou I read out of order loved the action suspense and acceptance love is what we all want most of all a bunch of broken become a family of whole that is what it is all a about a women become second in command awesome great great great read love happeness I will read it again it is my type of book series not all that other nonsense a little blood hear and there true friendship leaving the past behind creating new memories new relationships form awesome awesome awesome as
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  • awriternot
  • 11-05-18

Love Me Some TS Joyce!

I have read all of TS Joyce's books MULTIPLE times and was giddy to see them hit Audible. I don't love the narration, I don't think she does the books justice and did take away from the ability to connect to the characters.

I need Harrison's story on audio, though. Hopefully with a different narrator. Jill Redfield, perhaps?? :o)

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  • RJ Odom
  • 08-05-18

Favorite T.S. Joyce book

Have loved this book for years. LOVE this performance. This is one I've read more than a dozen times and I'm sure its one I'll listen to just as many.

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  • David E. Yerks
  • 17-04-18

Dime store smutt

Not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be a Shape Shifter romance. No romance, just smutt.

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  • michele
  • 10-04-18

Disappointed

It was a great story until it appeared to skip a couple of chapters in favor of a quick ending

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  • Mary Ann S
  • 10-04-18

Awesomely done!

I have read all of T S Joyce’s books and was waiting impatiently for them to come out on Audible. Let me tell you she does NOT disappoint. Mackenzie Harte was a great choice as well and I lived hearing her be Willa!