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Gray Back Bad Bear

(Gray Back Bears #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,682 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published July 28th 2015 (first published July 1st 2015)
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is really a continuation of the last series, even though we are in a different trailer park with new lumberjack werebears who need to find mates. The couples from the last series show up a lot to visit the trailer park peeps. So, it helps if you have read that series. Of course, it doesn't really matter either, though because all of these books are the same, and the word "mediocre" was pretty much made for them.

If this was the best the author could do, I would be more forgiving, but s
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-pnr-uf
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Well, this was a cute one!

I was in a mood for something fast and light and not awful, a lazy-night-in-bed kind of read. Well, this book was perfect for that!

True, there were moments when the story made no sense. They both felt like two disparate people and nothing else. But guess what? It was a really fun read!
I liked the chick, she was sarcastic and witty and she had some nice jokes. He wasn't too bad either. If the story was longer, it would have been a 4 star easily! But I knew what I was get
Lu Bielefeld
0 - DNF 53%
Could his mate be one of them? Only one way to find out. He might be going down hard, but he was going to enjoy the shit out of the journey.

“Matt Barns,” Gia said, flipping her long chestnut tresses off her shoulder. “He’s on social media.”

“Please tell me we aren’t here for you to sleep with a shifter.” “Bucket list, baby,”

God, she was so dumb for not figuring out sooner this was a shifter booty-call trip.

How stupid she must look to them. No doubt the bombshells had been snicker
Denise H.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
* If you loved the Saw Bears series, you'll be happy with these. The Gray Back crew works on the mountain, too.
We met Matt, a troubled bear who has been through hell with his childhood spent in a torture test facility. He and his bear need to find a mate, get grounded and settle before he goes wild. Willa is visiting with her stuffy friends and they ditch her, so Willa and Matt make a deal to be friends and he'll show her around so her trip isn't wasted. She's tough and sassy, smart and strong
Jacqueline J
I don't understand how this thing got such great reviews. The story made almost no sense. The world building was totally lacking. The story skipped from point to point as if the author thought well all shifter stories need X Y Z so I'll include one of each. Character development was nil. Characters actions were hokey and nonsensical. The story was disjointed and almost every scene was stereotypical and bland. ...more
Hmmm...This was my first T.S. Joyce, and I think perhaps I chose the wrong title to start exploring her work. I've heard lots of great things about her shifter series, so I won't give up, but this one did not work for me.

This story gave me whiplash. It starts out with jokes, goofy humor, and banter. I settled in, expecting a light, cheery read...and BAM! The second half of the book gets dark and disturbing. I was unsettled and not a bit satisfied with the odd resolution to the out-of-the blue cr
Just Josie
Light, funny, sexy and kinda cute.

I definitely enjoyed the writing. The characters were likeable, the storyline good, but a tad bit rushed.

The “love “ I am not 100 % sure I believed, but I will for sure be reading more from Joyce.
It had that “lighthearted feel good - feeling” to it.

Read: 28/11/2018
1st rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Paranormal/shifter/romance
Cover: 2 stars
1st rating: 3 stars
Will I recommend: Yes
This is my kind of shifter romance. It was short but satisfying. I adored the heroine, Willa. normally I despise book virgins but this added to her charm. the story was fast paced and flowed well and was not drowned out by unnecessary, ridiculous drama/angst. It was just a smooth, light and pleasant shifter read from beginning to end. I look forward to more in this series. blog~
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters
"Gray Back Bad Bear" Gray Back Bears #1 by author T. S. Joyce.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!!

There are seven books in this series including a Christmas novella. Also this is a spinoff series of the Saw Bears series.

I really like shifter romances. This one was a fun read. There was romance, of course, a witty, independent heroine and a big, bad sexy bear shifter.

Matt Barns feels like he's running out of time. He lives each day trying to calm the unstable, impatient bear that lives within him. Matt believe
Kindle Unlimited
This was definitely one of my favourites. It was fun, had a good twist, and was a fine light romance. If you like a good straightforward, steamy romance put in o your list.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Eh what can I say. T.S. Joyce is a guilty pleasure of mine. Still a bigger fan of the Bears Fur Hire series, but not complaining.
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Sweet Spin-off to the Sawbear Series Bad bear, no Biscuit!
If you are familiar with T.S. Joyce and her Sawbears series, you will be familiar with the Gray Back crew of werebears. While the Ashe crew, the stars of the Sawbears series, is the “A Team” of lumberjacks, well, the Gray Back crew is, as alpha Creed puts it, “The C Team”. Rowdy, constantly battling, and constantly covered in blood, the Gray Backs are a misfit band of dominant bears. Broken dominant bears. Creed the alpha, Matt the man
Willa and Matt. Really enjoyed this one. This author is one of my favourites to read when I am travelling. Nothing too deep but not too cheesy. Fun interesting characters and good endings. Willa was an interesting character. Not what you would think Matt would be interested in, and he isn't at first. There's just something about her that draws him and makes him smile. He really needs to smile more, as his bear is getting more and more angry every year and he's not sure how long he can stay in co ...more

RATING: 3.5 Hilarious Banter Hearts!! :)
Isabella - Madly in Love with Books
2.5 stars

Because I did not enjoy the first half. My first eyerolls were given to the bad tropes „virgin heroine“ and „manwhore hero“. Sigh. Although I don‘t mind a manwhore as much as many of my other GR friends, I definitely mind it, when the hero is being a fuckboy. Which he was when talking to heroine and in some of his internal thoughts. I did NOT understand his behaviour and reasoning, as well as his thoughts when it is revealed, he knows from day one, she is his mate. It was stupid and ju
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great shifter story! Just wish the ending hadn't been so abrupt. I would love to have seen more of Willa's acclamation into the crew. ...more
Kathy Wideman
This is the next series in the Damian mountain series. The Saw Bears are the “A” team and the Gray bears are the “C” team. Once again, I was sucked into the book. T.S. Joyce is a fantastic author. I love Willa and Matt. They make a great couple. Willa is spunky and funny. She is a great addition to the group. I can’t wait to read about these guys and the woman they pair up with. Matt and his bear are looking for their mate. Willa completely takes them by surprise. She isn’t the typical girl Matt ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, shifters, e-book, 2018, rw
When I realized this book was about Matt I wasn't that excited to read it. I didn't like what we knew about him already, despite his having a horrible past. I hated how he was with Willa at the start, even as I loved Willa. Her personality and outlook at life made me laugh. I especially loved how Willa called her friends the bombshells and didn't mean it in a good way.

Willa and Matt together were good. I liked that Willa challenged him and how Willa was with the rest of the guys. She didn't try
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JoAnna by: Cathi
Matt Barns redeems himself but good in this delightfully sweet, funny, and intense introduction to the Gray Back Bears! Willa is an absolute delight and a much needed nerdy addition to the Damon Mountain crew's. My heart broke when Matt revealed more of his experience in the menagerie and the drive behind his quest for a mate, but his constant banter and unwavering loyalty for Willa helped to mend it. Willa is one Bad A$$ Bear and I cannot wait to see more of her in the other Gray Back Bear book ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Every now and then I come across a character that I absolutely adore. A character I desperately wish was real so we could hang and laugh and be great friends. Well Willa is one of those characters. She is pretty cool before and then she’s even cooler after.
Oh yeah, Matt deserved a story and he got a rock solid mate to boot. I enjoyed the hijinks and the serious sides of the Greyback Crew.
Of course I wish these were all longer and more in-depth but this is T. S. Joyce’s style, so be it.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Matt Barns has always been searching for the ONE.....the one person that would knock him off his feet, the one that would make his heart skip a beat. He never thought he would find her until he met a sassy, not gonna take your crap, Willa Madden.

Willa was dooped by her friends into going to a shifter bar where she met Matt, their first interaction was fascinating. Willa was angry at her friends but she lashed out at Matt who in return just wanted to make sure she was okay.

Willa an
~nikki the recovering book addict
I really liked the beginning. I love Willa's sass and character. It was all going well until Matt said that he liked Willa and then it was suddenly instalove between the two of them. I can get behind Matt's side because he's a werebear and instalove kinda comes with the territory if you find your mate. But Willa's human! Sure, she was attracted to Matt but attraction and love isn't quite in the same category, y'know. And then towards the end, there was a second disconnect - perhaps it wasn't qui ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I sort of judge the book by its cover, but looking some of the positive reviews, I decided to give this book a try. And I didn't regret it.
It's a fun experience. Although the story was nothing new, about finding a mate, the dialogue and the characters made up for it.
I like the easy banter between Willa and Matt. The author manage to make her funny without sounding a like a smart ass. And Matt was nice too. Maybe we didn't get to really know about other members of the crew, but since th
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my goodness. This book. These characters. What’s not to love about all of them?

After reading about the Ashe crew, and some of their run ins with Matt that were less than friendly, I was super intrigued by his character and what he would bring to the table, especially after book 7 in the Saw Bears series. And Willa…she’s easily my favorite female of all the TS books I’ve read so far. She’s spunky, nerdy, mouthy, sassy, and just so relatable it hurts. Loved, loved, loved her.

And the way thing
Cindy Caron
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute story that will have you rooting for the nerdy tag-a-long, the one that seems to always be left out, and the one that has suffered, mostly in silence, in order for the others younger than him to have a better life and not to have to go through the horrors he's experienced. Wanting them to find peace and a love that will carry them out of all of the pain, only to bask in the warmth of their future together.
I love the characters, and their story is a fresh idea, giving new life to shifters
Diana Rising
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bears
Very, Very good. I really enjoyed it. I liked the heroine so much. She was not the most beautiful woman of her groups of friends, but she was the one with a big heart. I liked the hero. We met him before in the Saw Bears series, and he was quite rough around the edges. We found out that he felt he desperately needed a mate to have control over his bear, but he had never found the right woman.
When he finds the right woman, he treats her better, more respectfully, than any other woman. He was quit
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quickie-hea
The dialogue carries this story. It is funny, honest, and a bit naughty. I laughed out loud and wanted more. Despite the title this is a sweet romance with some shifter violence.

HEA Mature content
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T.S. Joyce is devoted to bringing hot shifter romances to readers. Hungry alpha males are her calling card, and the wilder the men, the more she'll make them pour their hearts out. She werebear swears there'll be no swooning heroines in her books. It takes tough-as-nails women to handle the shifters of Bear Valley.

She lives in a tiny town, outside of a tiny city, and devotes her life to writing bi

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