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Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she's returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. ...more
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Published November 28th 2016 by Carina Press
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Lover of Romance
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance my-review-updated
Professor Bria Lane, is on a mission to prove that bear shifters exist and that she thinks that it can cure cancer. She is determined to get solid proof of the existence of shape shifters under the guise of a reasonable research sabbatical. She wants to prove to her parents that she can do this. She has returned to Deep Creek, a place that gives her mixed feelings. Its the place where she first saw a bear shift and where her par
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
3.5 stars. Good overall. The heroine was a bit too naive IMO but it didn't ruin the book
Bea  Charmed
Meh. I was excited to read this as I've recently developed a thing for bear shifters and Adrienne is an author I've seen around but hadn't read before. Sadly, the book didn't excite me. It took me several weeks to read as it had trouble keeping my interest and I had no trouble putting it down for days at a time. Although events happen in a relatively short time span, the story drags and drags and drags. We're told ad nauseam about how important Bria's research is to her, how vital it is to her c ...more
Derek was hot. A hot park ranger. A tall, fit, tanned, long-haired, bearded, blue-eyed park ranger…perfect for Bria.
I have to say that in some sections of the book, the author just went on…and on…and on, about bears – more than the hot park ranger (I guess that’s my job here. lol). I think that I – and other readers – understood that Bria was a passionate ursinologist. Her rambling internal dialogue about bears was monotonous though, and appeared to be page-filler to me. At one point during my
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This felt a little bit like paint by numbers shifter story. Bria, a sassy, intelligent university professor, meets Derek, a bear shifter park ranger, who smells her and knows she’s his mate.

I struggled to get into the story for the first few chapters and I found myself playing shifter bingo trying to remember which famous series first introduced each of the ideas recycled in this one. The writing felt really choppy at the outs
The Owlery (Elizabeth)
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 both books but they are some seriously enjoyable scenes!!

Book one does need a trigge
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I think I would have benefited from reading book 1, but this book did an excellent job of setting the story for Bria and Derek.

Bria is on sabbatical from the university where she is determined to earn tenure. However, she's wary of men due to being betrayed by her ex boyfriend who also happens to be a professor at the same university. His determination to obtain tenure led him to steal her research and present it as his own
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was just okay for me, although I admit it was far better than some of the other shifter books that I have read. Unlike those books, this author didn't paint a picture of everyone knowing and being okay with shifters existing. There was a general unknown about shifters and even Bria had doubts about shifters even acted in their human forms.

Some of the story lines seemed drawn out, while the ending felt incredibly rushed. Despite all her previous questions about shifters, Bria simply ac
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Bria is a professor who is doing research on bear shifters. Oh, no one knows exactly what she’s researching as she’s lied to the university for this grant. They believe she’s studying the hydration habits of bears coming out of hibernation. Ah, no. As a child, Bria saw a man and his young son walk behind a boulder near a waterfall… and emerge on the other side as a bear with his cub. She’s never forgotten and this could be the discovery that gets her the academic acc
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review.

4 stars

So this is the second book of this series and I have to say I loved Derek and Bria. Derek is this macho bear shifter and it was nice to see what Bria could do to him because she was his mate. There is all kinds of stuff that is going on in this book. There is still a war brewing since Griff killed Evers. So everyone is on high alert. So when Bria strolls in and wants to know about bear shifters, lets just say that adds more problems to the mi
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
If Pearl Harbor, prepping, camping and crafts are all your style, you're gonna love the second book in the Shifter Wars series. Can bear studies professor Bria revolutionize medical research, her career and her relationship with her parents by proving bear shifters exist? Will her eagerness to accomplish her mission be the end of the Deep Woods bears - and her own life? Can smoking hot park ranger Derek protect his bear clan from Bria while claiming her as his mate? Will the deceitful but decade ...more
Cindy Fong
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bria is a bear specialist and plans on spending her summer researching bears in Deep Creek, but not just any kind of bears, she is looking for human shifting bears. Derek is a shifting bear and a park ranger to boot. Add in some scruff and a man bun and Bria stumbles upon her subject without even knowing it and feels an instant connection. With a war with the lions looming, Bria becomes collateral on both sides. Can Derek protect her and his clan, can he convince Bria to be his mate and not repo ...more
Becky Burciaga
Not having read the first book in the series was not a detriment to the overall pull of this story. It was intense and intriguing, yet left me s bit on edge about Bria and her relationship with her parents. That aspect of the story left me feeling lost in her myopic focus on pleasing them. To me it wasn't necessary to the overall story itself because the fire between Bria and Derek was enough to carry the story. The secondary characters added an additional enjoyable element.

This book was provid
Melissa Basnight
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Bria goes to Deep Creek National Park to conduct research on bears and she meets Derek, a hot park ranger, while she is camping. The last time she was in the park she remembers seeing a young boy and his father shift into bears and wants to prove shifters exist. There is a war between lions, bears and wolves that doesn't get settled in the story and she seems too focused on trying to please her parents instead of herself. Interesting story that had some good scenes.
Rhapsody Phoenix
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Though Pat's of the story was nice when it came to the love making it was blah. The fail to truly commit and the descriptives were poor. I struggled to finish this book. Two stars was generous.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
A little trite and reliant on far too many stereotypes (scientists, students, shapeshifters, etc.)

I dunno. I was looking for something with a little more chemistry between the main characters and this was not it.
Sascha Illyvich
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story was pretty well done, characters were developed. I hated how Bria was always trying to please the memory of her still alive parents but that goes to show the authors ability to develop a character with flaws. I totally understood Derek’s position and even subsequent mistake. Plot was good. Series is digging deeper. You’ll be happy.
Lea Vickery
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
It took me a little while to get into this book, I felt like some of the beginning of the book just was a repeat of the concerns from Bria in the beginning. She just constantly was depressed because she was there in Deep Creek to see bears and she didn't want to like Derek but then she did.

I really loved Derek though, and when it started switching back and forth to Derek's point of view, I really really got into the story and finished it in about 2 days.

I am really interested to see how Mason an
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Bearly In Control - Shifter Wars Book 2
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Published: 11-28-2016
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 196
Genre: SciFi & Fantasy
Sub Genre: Romance; Shifter; Bears; Paranormal; Contemporary
ISBN: 13: 9781460397497
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.50 Stars

I received a copy of "Bearly In Control" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Description From the Publisher:

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Adrienne is the second book in her Shifter Wars series. This book follows the story of Bria and Derek. Bria is an academic who is in search of the Deep Creek shifters she’s certain she saw as a child. Derek needs to keep Bria from telling the world the truth. Oh yes…they are also mates! On top of all that, there is a war brewing between the mountain lions and the bears. Sheesh, hold onto your hats folks.

Fated mates books are my jam. There is a certain kind of comfort t
Yvonne Daniels
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yvonne by: Kerry Adrienne
Pursuing the Bear Shifter Wars
by Kerry Adrienne
I tend to enjoy reading paranormal romance, which is why I decided to give this one a try. The blurb made it sound just like the kind of book I love to read and it's everything I expected it to be fascinating, amusing and interesting. I enjoyed the main characters they are just what I enjoy reading about. Their attraction is just as I would love to feel as I fell in love with my one and only. I like that Professor Bria Lane is strong, witty an
Gigi staub
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, arc
The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she's returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek's wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is draw
Lovey Dovey Books
Originally published at Lovey Dovey Books

Kerry Adrienne surely delivers on the Carina Press Romance Promise! Pursuing the Bear, book two in the Shifter Wars series focuses on the sizzling connection between ursinologist Bria Lane and bear shifter Derek Poole.

Bria is in Deep Creek National Park to find bears. Not just ordinary bears, but humans that shift into bears. Her first day in the park she meets Derek, park ranger and bear shifter. When he learns what Bria is searching for he decides to he
Michelle Austin

Pursuing the Bear was a good 4 star read and the second book in the Shifter Wars.

Bria is camping in Deep Creek for the summer. She is studying the bears to prove that what she saw as a child was real.. When she meets Derek, a park ranger there is something familiar about him.

When Derek meets Bria he is immediately drawn to her. When he gets her to reveal why she’s at Deer Creek he is very concerned. It could be disastrous for everyone if the secret gets ou
Nikki Brooks
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-boxsets
Shifter War is about to break out and Bria is about to be sucked into a world she could never have inagined!!!

Bria Lane may be a young professor but her university isn't exactly Harvard and her employment is more about sexual equality than any real academic prowess on her part. That's not to say she is not up to the challenge, but with parents like hers, you get why even being the 2nd Stephen Hawking was never going to be good enough for them! Add in that her newest grant is to look for Shifters
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bria Lane knows that bear shifters exist. She has known since she was a small child, when she saw a man and small boy shift from human form to bears. Now she is in Deep Creek National Park on sabbatical to prove it. She is equipped with everything she needs to find her proof. After all she has been preparing for this her whole life. She will finally make her parents proud and prove her worth at the university. Then she meets park ranger Derek Poole and it all changes.

Derek is stunned when he com
Carmella Siciliano
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this story free of charge and am voluntarily giving my honest opinion.

Bria has returned to Deep Creek to prove there really are animal shifters. She feels the discovery could change the world for the better, possibly curing diseases.

Derek is a Ranger for the park and also a bear shifter. He is immediately drawn to Bria. She tells him she is there to study bears for the summer but he knows she isn't telling him the truth. He doesn't want her there because of upcoming war between the be
Romance Between The Sheets
In Pursuing the Bear, tensions are rising and war is coming between the bears and lions. Lions are making their plans to take back the Cave of Whispers. Bears are going to do everything they can to protect it and the rest of Deep Creek.

Bria has come to Deep Creek to prove herself. After having all of work stolen from her, she believes that she will prove that shifters exist. She has worked her whole life to make her parent proud and now is her chance.

Derek is a ranger that loves Deep Creek and h
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pursuing the Bear was a great paranormal read. It kept building not only the sexual tension but the suspense of the story. I expected it to break with every turned page. I loved that kind of expectation. It kept me in the book and engrossed with the what is happening with the characters. This is book 2 of the series and is a complete stand alone. It will just make a reader want the first book. Reading the first book will only give a reader more insight on the characters, their world and what the ...more
Katherine Yearwood
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
In the Shifter War series, the war has begun, and by the end, there won’t be a clear victor.

Pursuing the Bear is the best in the series so far. Bria as a child witness a magical event which lead her to her future career. Now to make tenured in her professional field, she must utilize what she seen as a child. To do that she must go back to the forest and hopefully gain more knowledge of the paranormal event which may change everything wished for.

I think some people may even relate to the Bria ch
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Other Books in the Series

Shifter Wars (4 books)
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  • Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars #3)
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