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Bearly in Control

(Shifters Undercover #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,244 ratings  ·  240 reviews

For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. However, when she finds a man - a very sexy, very alpha man - where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember - even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embrac

Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
1 I didn't like it Star

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*Lots of Spoilers because I will be giving details to why I didn't like the book*

I have never read any Milly Taiden books til Bearly In Control, but she has been on my to be read list for a while now. I have heard really good things about Milly Taiden and pre bought her Paranormal Dating Agency series and her Sassy Mate series. I just haven't gotten around to reading them so when I seen her book Bearly in Control on Netgalley I was excited to try her out. I really di
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
I was super excited to read this new release by Milly Taiden. I love her Paranormal Dating Agency series!

Unfortunately, this book didn't resonate with me the way the others have. I found the dialogue too distracting. I understand the need to have characters sound authentic, but the dialect and diction did not appeal to me. The multiple storylines left me confused at moments and the lack of resolution (Barry's memory) to this story was unexpected.
I enjoyed the main characters and storyline of Be
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This story was just ok for me. The book description caught my interest and I love a good shifter story. It was well written but felt like it was written more for a teenage audience even though there were explicit scenes. It was on the funny/silly side and had several important characters beside the main characters. There was an epilogue but no conclusion to the story. The mystery was not solved, so I assume it will continue with book two in the series. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Dec 14, 2016 marked it as dnf
I'm going to save this one for a rainy day.....maybe. Could barely get to 10%, the writing is choppy and the story doesn't flow well. I really do think the premise is interesting and would like to read the rest of the story. Hopefully the author will edit it to make it flow better and I'll give it another chance. ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: guest-review
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

The best thing about BEARLY IN CONTROL is the title. It sets up expectations that there will be puns, bears, and people getting a little bit wild (oh my). Did I mention puns? They’re recycled over and over until a one sentence pun becomes an unbearable two pages of butt jokes. There’s bears, though the bear in question only shifts twice, including when he is found at the beginning of the novel. People getting wild? Well, I suppose if you consider the u
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
The blurb intrigued me but it was executed poorly, I found the dialogue especially between the fellowship to be cheesy, corny and cliche. Similarly, the parts that were supposed to be funny ended up coming off the same way, cheesy...

One thing that I didn't care too much for was the characteristics assigned to the hero with regards to his bear, on more than one occasion he was referred to as a wuss. That word is not something I'd associate with either a bear or a hero so that effectively killed a
2-2.5 stars

**Warning, may be considered slightly spoilerish**

Well, I had some mixed feeling on how to rate this story but I just couldn't rate it higher than 2 stars because, if I had to chose a word that most fit my mood throughout most of this book, it would be impatience. I've read the Paranormal Dating Agency series by Milly Taiden and I liked it so I thought I'd try more of her work. However, this story and its character's inability to pick up a clue had me muttering "Seriously???" or "WTF
Nikki Brooks
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant start to what I hope will be a series! Charli is a real live Dr Doolittle or critter whisperer and is a newly fledged member of a covert association dealing with crimes involving shifters. She has a motley crew to work with including a panther shifter with OCD and a multi-shifter who has a big mouth and a brain that doesn't engage fast enough or often enough!!!!

When the bear she rescued from some backwoodsmen somehow turns into a hot, sexy male she is left reeling. She christens him Ba
Charli Avers has always had a natural affinity towards animals and being called in to tame a bear is part of the norm. She knows shifters exist and when the bear wakes up to be a fully naked male, she realizes what she is. The problem is Barry doesn't know who he is and it looks like he may somehow be involved with a bunch of thefts happening locally.

This was fun but I just didn't like it as well as I liked the authors other books. Charli was entertaining, I didn't think there was the chemistry
Nope. I didn't even get answers to questions. Sadly I will not continue this series. Full review to come ...more
Georgina Parkin
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
I received a copy of NetGalley and I FINALLY read it. I was super excited to read it, but didn't get around to reading it before it's release because I had to finish up some reading challenges and complete arcs with sooner release dates. Anyway, I got around to it and was sorely disappointed.

I'm not going to sit here and say this book was the worst thing I've ever read, because if it was I wouldn't have finished it, but I really didn't like the characters. I couldn't connect, I thought EVERYONE
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
2.5 Stars

Reviewed by Gemini

It’s very difficult to decide how to review Bearly in Control. On the one hand, it was funny, mysterious, and erotic. However, I’m not so sure that it was intended to be as funny as it was. In fact, funny may not be the best way to describe it. In all actually, it was more stupid than funny. Let me preface that by saying that I generally read books that are high in suspense and centered around murderers, serial killers, and all around sick people. That being said, I c
Anita Jackson
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
WTF ??

I love Milly Taiden books and have read over a dozen so I'm completely shocked and disappointed in this book. Makes me wonder if she was drunk while writing it. I think I'll take a break from her books for a while.
Megan Riverina Romantics
Awesome narrator! She's the only reason I finished the book.

Pet Peeve Alert: This has A TON of editing mistakes. Whoever the editor was needs a new job.
Brit Andrews
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
Recently I have read quite a few books with bear shifters so I thought hey why not read another? I was wrong. I'm fairly certain that a preschooler could have put the pieces together of this case and have more common sense than any of the characters in this book.

It started out interesting what with Charli showing up expecting to find a dead bear but then ends up with a strange man. It's nice of her to try to help out this stranger with no memory that she gives the name Barry. Her ability to tal
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bearly in Control is an incredibly fantastic start to a new series! This story is filled with lots of great mystery, thrilling suspense, and indulgent shifter love. This is my all-time favorite type of paranormal story! I so hated to see it end, but I so can’t wait until the next book comes out. You are introduced to some out this world amazing characters that you will most definitely fall in love with hard and with no reservations. Milly Taiden is one of my absolute favorite paranormal authors, ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know where to begin. I don't even know how I feel about this book or how I should feel about it. Yeah, that's weird.

First of all, I think if you know what to expect you have a better chance of enjoying this story. Is it romance ? Kind of. Is it paranormal ? Kind of. Is it funny ? Kind of, because it made me chuckle but I know that for some people it's too absurd to be funny. So if you begin this book knowing that it's more comedy than romance, I think you may have a better time readi
Jordan Marie
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: wicked-reads
***I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads ***

This is my first time reading any of Milly Taiden's books, which did not leave me very impressed. I just could not get into Bearly in Control and it left me pretty uninterested in checking out any of the future books in the Shifter Undercover series. This story seemed to just drag on for me and then it just seemed to end. It just felt like so many things were left unsolved and the pieces that were solved seemed way too obvious for
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ok, I'll start by saying that I absolutely HATE writing negative reviews! I always try to avoid any books that I don't think will be for me, so I can avoid having to write these type of reviews. I know that authors work very hard to create stories that everyone can enjoy, but that doesn't always happen. It does not mean that the author is bad at what they do, nor does it mean that the story itself is not good. It only means that the story didn't work for that individual, in this case, me. Howeve ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-crash
This story had a lot of potential, but it just never went anywhere. Following are my biggest issues with the book, though they certainly weren't my only concerns.

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Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
So I'm not so low key into paranormal shifter books. Lately it's been bears. Before it was cat shifters. Dragon shifters always. So the concept of "mate" doesn't exactly make me run. Even if it's a short cut to fast sexy times.

Amnesia is also a trope I like. Amnesia + Shifter should have been insta-hit.

But I don't know where this fell off the face of the earth. Was it when clearly Barry & Charli should have put two and two together about the robbery? Or when Barry went zombie like Charli should
Avid Reader
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Bearly In Control (Shifter Undercover #1) by Milly Taiden
3 stars
M/F Shifter mystery
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This was my first book by Milly Taiden. While I didn't love the story and actually found it to be very frustrating, I don't know whether it's because this particular story just wasn't Taiden's cup of tea or if it is simply all of Taiden's books.

This was a painfully slow story. There was SO much dialogue and sometimes, less is more. This would have had a mu
Bambi Fogleman
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to start a new series. I Love the work of Ms Taiden and wait for each book to come out. She has a way to capture in the story and leave you begging for the next book. This story was a wonderful first book and i really can't wait for more.

“No worries, Detective. Our Fellowship of Packs United is our means of policing the paranormal society to keep the peace between humans and paras. Our goal is to protect as well as keep our presence unknown.”

Charli Avers local vet and new membe
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

So, I did something after finishing Bearly In Control that I rarely do… I went to Goodreads to see what others are saying about this book. I prefer to write my review fresh without knowing what other people think – but this time I simply had to know if my impression was off base or what. I’ve devoured Milly Taiden’s shifter romances before so I was expecting… not what I got. And the answer is pretty much half and half, with personal preference taking the lead.

Out of
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unbearlievable Mystery

This is one funny and mysterious shifter book. I'm at the end of book one and still laughing, but also still wondering. Will the next book be about another member of Charli's team or will it continue Barry's story, or maybe both??? Either way, I want more. And now a bit about the story...

Can you imagine waking up a bear shifter after a rock slide and have no idea what a shifter is, let alone that you are one! That if the dilemma poor Barry faces. His hot veterinarian, Charl
Kodie Mackay
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series.

Charlie our very own dr Doolittle is a great combination of hilarious, strong and sassy.
Barry was greats to. Kind, hot and tough the guy didn't really have a lot of luck to be fair.

The storyline wasn't as tight knitted as the previous story's I have read from this author. Parts were extremely frustrating and somethings just took way to long to come out. But all round the story was very humorous, sweet and super smutty.

This isn't like any of the previous books I hav
Shay Williams
Technically I found BEARLY IN CONTROL to be well written and well edited. I didn't enjoy the book however because the characters just weren't realistic mainly the secondary characters. Charli is part of a shifter detective unit however the detectives seem be busier either moping or looking for their mates then actually solving crimes. It almost reminded me of an Abbott and Costello skit which really killed the book for me.

I do want to give the author kudos however for how well she points out tha
Nov 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
ARC generously provided by NetGalley.

I usually love shifter stories and was searching for a new author I hoped to add to my "favorites". So I asked for an ARC after reading all the positive reviews this book already had here on Goodreads. This is my first book by Milly Taiden; and though I enjoyed the characters, I didn't quite like how the story progressed.

I was getting frustrated with Barry and his memory loss issues. I wish there were more parts where Charli showcased her "Dr. Doolittle" abi
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Barely Milly

Oh man, I really do like Milly but this book was not it her normal style. I don't think there's anything "wrong" with it, but something doesn't fit. It has her snarky, funny attitude in the characters that I fell in love with form the beginning. But something was missing in this one. I'm pretty sure the plot had a few holes in it. Several big things were left out never addressed. And I actually started skipping pages, mostly the dialogue between the two detectives. It was not flatter
Emily Lindsey
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
EFunny, intriguing and fast paced

You have to read this book! The plot is steady and it is fast paced. The characters are interesting and you can feel them steadily growing as the story develops. Pieces are presented to the puzzle that steers the plot and I held way think I know who the bad guy mastermind is, but, I really have no clue. I love the depth and strength of Charlie, and her scientist buddy is an addictive character too! I tried to read it all in one sitting, but, you know, the job doe
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Milly Taiden (also writes as April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean (to her) known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watc

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