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Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars #1)

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Waking the Bear by Kerry Adrienne will be available August 2016 from Carina Press.

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one's mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by
Published August 1st 2016 by Carina Press (first published April 24th 2015)
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bear
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Waking the Bear' by Kerry Adrienne is book one in the "Shifter Wars" series.
This is the story of Amy Francis and Griff Martin.
Amy has come to Deep Creek for a vacation. Amy is trying to clear her head after loosing her job and breaking up with a abusive type boyfriend. So she picked a secluded cabin in Deep Creek that is being rented out by Griff. Amy thinks only to clear her mind and paint...not find some
I've been on a bit of a paranormal kick lately and as soon as I read the blurb for Waking the Bear I knew I had to get my hands on it.

After losing her job and dumping her loser boyfriend, Amy decides to take some "me time" in the mountains where she can work on her art and figure out what she wants to do with her life. She's attracted to her landlord, Griff, from the get-go but doesn't plan on pursuing anything with him... And although Griff recognizes Amy as his mate, he doesn't plan on taking
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Immature characters, fairytale-ish dialogue, and really strange pacing meant this book just didn't work for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
Anytime I see a bear-shifter book, I'm interested. There is something about a rugged, mountain bear shifter that makes me roar. This book starts pretty cute. Griff is our hero and a bear-shifter. He is also a park ranger, along with his clan. He is just coming out of hibernation and still sleepy. Awwww. Years ago his family was murdered, and that still weighs heavily on him. I think he actually cries in this book - I needed to give him a hug. The bears and the local lion pack do not get a long. ...more
This shifter story was actually pretty good. It was well-written, and I could possibly see myself reading the second book.
The H/h were both likeable, and there was a hot, crazy villain (I love reading about them - lol).
3.5 stars.
Nikki Brandyberry
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Every so often, I need a good shifter romance. If that shifter romance has a bear shifter in it, well, that’s even better because I have a huge soft spot for them. When I saw this one on NetGalley available for review I knew I had to give it a chance. Plus, I don’t think I’ve read this author before and finding new to me authors is always a win.

Waking The Bear had a lot of positive high points that I enjoyed. Our hero, Griff is a rough and tumble forest Ranger who had made up his mind not to mat
Jennifer Y.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
* I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. And if it involves shifters that’s even better…I LOVE shifters. So when I read the blurb and saw the cover for Waking the Bear, I knew I needed to read it and I must say, I quite enjoyed the first book in the Shifter Wars Series…enough to eagerly anticipate the next book in the series.

When sweet, human Amy Francis left behind a domineering ex and stressful job in Atlanta for
... a new story

When ex ad agency executive, Amy Francis took off to the wilderness of Deep Creek to find herself in her painting and relax in the mountains as she determined her next move, she little knew that she was stepping into a turf war between two groups of shape shifters--bears and mountain lions.
What she did know was that she was attracted to a gentile giant of a hunk--park ranger Griff Martin and also her landlord.
She didn't know about soul mates and that Griff was hers.
Now she finds h
Janet Robel
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know you have a winner on your hands when you can't seem to put that special book down. The Shifter Wars series is going to be just that with these sexy bear shifters. Park ranger Griff Martin is uber hot and totally worth losing sleep over to read his story. Amy Francis needs a break from men and the real world, so renting a cabin in the woods is just the getaway she welcomes. Hold on to your seats and grab your favor
Nov 24, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: overdrive
Honestly don't know why I do this to myself.

Adrienne's writing was good but this plot was not working for me. I need to stop being so slap happy with random overdrive requests when I can't find what I really want.

DNF at 25%.
The Owlery (Elizabeth)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.75
I reviewed book 1 and 2 together there are no spoilers for either

Books one and two of the shifter war followed the beginning of two different relationships; both men are bear shifters in Deep Creek! I liked that you could easily read each as a stand alone and still get the full story even though they are much more enjoyable if read together! Both books in the series are the perfect romances with the perfect amount of sexy times!! There are only a handful of sex scenes through b
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This review was originally published on link: Straight Shootin' Book Reviews.

Carina Press is totally killing it with their paranormal releases lately. Seriously, paranormal seems to be making a comeback (I mean…it never left in my world) and Carina press is leading the pack with some great new releases.

Waking the Bear is a great new release from Carina and it has some yummy and sexy bear shifters. Griff, our hero, isn’t looking for a mate. He’s simply trying to keep his friends and family safe f
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I tend to be a bit of a dork about puns and double-entendres, and WAKING THE BEAR definitely had funny moments that were a welcome respite from some of the dark characters. It was a bit short, and the main villain was one-dimensional to the point of being annoying, but the main characters were fun and their interactions were the glowing part of the novel.

Amy and Griff are tons of fun. Amy is an artist who has come to the forest in the hope of painting s
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: state-new-york
Reviewed on Musings and Ramblings.

I am a huge fan of the Bear when it comes to shifters. Just call me Goldilocks, because bear shifters are Just Right! So whenever I see a bear book, I tend to not bother looking twice and just throw caution to the winds. This doesn't always work out the way I hope though. Such was the case for this book.

I wanted to really like this book. I mean, hello, there is a picture of a bear and the words Shifter Wars right on the front cover. Unfortunately, this one just
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jd-read, amazon-done
Amy decides she needs to get away. She's just lost her job and her boyfriend-but she's not really upset. She hated the job and her boyfriend was an idiot anyway. She decides a couple of months of time away from other people in the mountains sounds heavenly. She rents a cabin from Griff. Upon meeting him, she's attracted to him. That is just not what she needed coming there.

Griff is a bear shifter and has just woke up from hibernation. When Griff meets Amy, he knows instantly she's his mate. He d
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aahhhh, my fave genre..... PNR!!!

Waking the Bear was a good read. The first book in the Shifter Wars series nicely introduced and set up the storyline for what is sure to be one helluva battle between the Deep Creek bears and the Sen Pal lions.

I really liked Griff, yeah he was a real alpha male but he was a good guy, cared about the forest and the bears in his clan and knew pretty much from the get go that Amy was his fated mate but given everything that was going on in and around Deep Creek a
Shannon Youngblood
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-books
**4 Shifting Stars**

Shifters man, they are my WEAKNESS!! I love the idea of having mates, and just knowing instinctively when you have found them. Leaves me in a puddle on the floor.

When Amy decides she’s done with the real world and moves into the mountains, she finds the real world has followed her. Even though she is attracted to her landlord, she’s not up there to date, but to “find herself” Griff on the other hand knows who Amy is and what she is to him, his mate. But danger is lurking ev
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shifters are my weakness! They truly are and when they are a bear shifter well I have to read the book! After all what gal wouldn’t want a man who is so totally committed to her that he will do anything and you never have to worry about cheating. Add in the fact they can protect you by going all animal. Sign me up today!!

Amy has decided that she is done with the real world for a while and needs a break (don’t we all, girl!) So she rents a cabin in the woods to escape but of course as we all know
Jen Spencer
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
☆☆☆ I received an ARC for an honest review ☆☆☆

Amy decided she needed to get away to find herself. She had just lost her boyfriend and job, neither she was all that put out over. The boyfriend was a jerk and the job she hated.

Taking two months away to herself sounded perfect. A cabin in the woods, away from people, she could connect with nature. Rekindle her art, painting. She found a bit more than she was looking for.

Griff was just waking up from hibernation, being a bear shifter led to long w
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, I absolutely love, love, love this book. This was a really strong start to this series. I had never read this author before so I was curious what her take on the shifter phenomenon was. It seems like it could be the start of a real strong storyline. Although, from what I could tell, even though you get Griff’s story in this book, it seems to be more about setting the scene for the “big picture.” I will be picking up the next book in the series because I want to see if that is a correct th ...more
Charity Chimni
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kerry has started an interesting story line for her new series. A shifter war with humans unknowingly in the mix. Griff is as Amy describes him a big teddy bear. He is hot, protective, and determined. Amy is on a vacation to rediscover herself and ends up with more than she bargained for. Griff and Amy are both trying to overcome their demons. Waking the Bear is filled with passion, excitement, suspense, and anger fueled by history. Looking forward to seeing how the larger storyline plays out in ...more
Jarylynn Schlegel
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Shifter Wars series is off to a great start. Park ranger Griff needs a woman but is not committing to anyone. Amy Francis needs a break from men and starts by renting a cabin in the woods which is just the getaway she needs. This book is hard to put down once you start and thoroughly enjoyed reading it...and I cannot wait to see where this series takes us and whose story will be next.
Heather andrews
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I liked Griff and Amy and their banter:
“Any time. Wake me up if you’re in the mood for more.”
“Isn’t it dangerous to wake a sleeping bear?”
“Not this one. Especially not when it’s for sex.”
I enjoyed this book, Griff was sweet and sexy.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review, I so enjoyed this book,
I read this story in an anthology way back and I really think this revised version is so much
better, It is about Griff and Amy. I think Kerry did this story such a great service by rewriting this
I highly recommend this book!
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
Bear shifters should be a home run but this one did not work for me. I really wanted it to but the writing? the editing? it felt choppy and ultimately the characters fell flat.

here's a link to my full review:
Frank Anderson
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walking the Bear is an outstanding short story. I really enjoyed how effectively the author wrote from the point of view of both of the main characters. I'm looking forward to reading more from Kerry Adrienne.
Tracie Runge
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
3.5 Stars Waking the Bear is the start to the Broken Chains series. I enjoyed this story it was well paced and I liked Griff and Amy. I look forward to reading more of this series.

Book generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Jennifer Erwin
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Got this in the Spring Fever: Shifters in Love box set. Pretty good story. I enjoyed it.
Tyler Hill
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waking the Bear is your typical girl meets boy-that-can-turn-into-a-bear romance story. As I stumble my way through the ocean of supernatural romance I find it easiest to define each book in terms of the tropes that I enjoy reading, and those that I dont.

What I enjoyed:
1. The sex was consensual! No kidnappings, no Stockholm Syndrome, no rape. Just 1 and a half human beings that really want to bone.

2. The characters were relatively realistic. The book was a bit short for real character developmen
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
A grown-up smart-and-sassy Goldilocks (Amy) goes to the woods to paint and lick her wounds from city life - alone. There she is discovered by Grizzly Adams aka Smokey the Bear (Griff), who does not believe his clan's stories of soulmates or healing lakes and spirits - until he experiences it all for himself .- just as the mountain lions leave signs throughout bear territory that they're readying for an inescapable clan war, and their bad boy is back in town. Will all the old scores finally be se ...more
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