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Gray Back Bad Bear

Narrated by: Mackenzie Harte
Series: Gray Back Bears, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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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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  • Kyra
  • 05-12-19

Okay story. Terrible narration.

This was my first time experiencing T.S. Joyce's work, and likely my last. The story itself was okay, certainly nothing special that I'll even think about after submitting this review. The narration, however, was laughably bad. Mackenzie Harte should never ever EVER do Male voices. They were bad enough that I genuinely laughed out loud during parts that were supposed to be emotional or intense. Completely ruined the vibe. I'll be avoiding her work like the plague.

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  • Kim @AudioLoversBlog
  • 11-08-19

@audioloversblog loves Matt

I was so happy to hear Matt’s story. After the end of the last book, I felt like hearing about Matt was so important. He was so broken and I felt that, after Danielle, redemption for him would be nearly impossible but after hearing more about him, I found that loving him and love for him was necessary. Introducing us into this new crew for this new series couldn’t have been more perfect. I love the story and I love that Matt got his HEA.

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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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  • Angel Marcus
  • 11-05-20

Surprisingly Amazing

I really enjoyed this book and story line! It was so good for such a short book. It didn't feel rushed and the connection between characters was great

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  • jw
  • 19-04-20

Wow, very unexpected but great!

I knew it would take a strong woman for Matt, to overlook his past and to give him the love he needed & truly deserved. Just wasn’t expecting this, such a great story and characters. Super sexually hot. Great narration by Ms Harte, don’t get the complaining about her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-20

unexpected ending

I kept thinking will it happen or won't it happen. Then at the ending I was shocked but I'm not going to give any spoilers. it's a good read.

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  • N. H.
  • 03-01-20

Cute and entertaining

I picked out the Gray Back series because I enjoy paranormal romances. I was looking for something light and entertaining. Gray Back Bad Bear fits that description. The story follows a group of dysfunctional bear shifters. The main characters are Matt, one of the bears, and Willa, a self-proclaimed nerd. I enjoyed both characters. The only thing I disliked about the audiobook was the voice Mackenzie Harte created for Willa. I found it somewhat irritating. Other than that, it was a quick, fun listen.

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  • Babyckz
  • 29-12-19

Could've!

I could've given this 5 stars all the way, but Willow's insta sorrow at having beat Easton's behind after what he did, made me mad. How 'bout writing a strong female who gives as good as she gets & doesn't apologize for it. Matt wanted to kill him, so I think he got off easy. This was as close to rape in the shifter world as you can get without the actual act & because of the drugging & the dream sequence I'm not sure that a rape didn't occur. Until she found out exactly (besides the obvious) what was done to her & some semblance of remorse from him (Easton) - NO APPOLIGY SHOULD HAVE COME FROM HER! That being said this was a good listen otherwise.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 01-08-19

Damaged Bear Shifters

Matt, damages by abuse as s child, is part of crew of all damaged bear shifters. He actively is seeking a mate to bring balance to his life and in the meantime tries out every female in sight..also trying to act normal.
Willa, glasses clumsy and unique has met 3 grade school bombshells for vacation and is quickly mistreated, but Matt recognizes her as his.
Funny lines from Willa and a sweet story finding it’s heart that truly counts.

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  • Ros B
  • 23-07-19

Favorite book in the series

I read this book a few years ago and decided to listen to it. It's a great story and I absolutely love it.