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Bears Behaving Badly

(BeWere My Heart #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  53 reviews
These social worker bear shifters give the term "mama bear" a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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BEARS BEHAVING BADLY by MaryJanice Davidson is a paranormal romantic suspense story that has a unique story line and it is the first book in the BeWere My Heart series. Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is social worker for at-risk shifter children and teens and works for the Interspecies Placement Agency (IPA) which manages the shifter foster care system. She teams up with bear shifter and IPA contract investigator David Auberon when multiple murder attempts occur after she has a selectively mute ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-3.5 stars -

Review will be posted closer to release date.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
OK, srsly... look at title... look at author... skim blurb.

How can this *not* be trifecta of YUM??
Heather andrews
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
David, you know tends to be a tad bit dramatic, Im driving! You can see me driving! Why wouldnt I be sitting down? The man tends to not beat around the bush, no b*****it, pal: how are you? Hospital bad or going home and sulking and having booze for breakfast bad? The man is sensitive about things, real men dont giggle, he said with a straight face..." I liked this book, I liked David. ...more
+Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and author in exchange for an honest review+

3.7 don't-mess-with-my-cubs stars

It's been years since I read anything about MJ Davidson, and this book surprised me in a good way.

The setting is a world where shapeshifters coexist with humans, but it is a secret and underground world. And they live in fear that soon that would stop being secret.

...the skyway was for the naturae fixed, the Stables, those poor souls who were stuck in the same shape from birth
Melanie C. Duncan
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Davidson writes delightfully quirky characters, and this book is no exception. However the secondary characters are more interesting and developed than the primary characters, so I hope they will get their own books in the series. The plot is timely, with few surprises, and longtime fans of Davidson will enjoy entering a new world with her. Fans of Shelly Laurenston may also enjoy because of the bears.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
Ok, this is by no means a horrible review or even a really bad one. I love MaryJanice Davidson and adored the Undead series. This series just started off rough. You were thrown into a world and had multiple characters thrown at you with little to no backstory and it left me feeling a bit lost and disoriented. Towards the end of the book I felt a bit more connected so there is hope that as the series continues you are drawn more into it and become more emotionally invested.

I was given an eARC by
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
DNF @ 25%

This book wasn't for me, although I love a bear shifters book, I found the writing style of this very difficult.
Marta Cox
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well this was a quirky, fun read about shifters living amongst us. I loved that the lead was a rather unusual type of heroine as bear shifter Annette is what I can only describe as a social worker determined to protect young shifters. She's constantly worried about a certain Fox shifter and now he's apparently related to a rather dangerous and mute Wolf. Add in the fact that everyone is constantly pushing her towards David an investor that works with the department and poor Annette really has a ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with MaryJanice Davidsons books when I found her Undead series which follows the adventures of the Queen Vampire, Betsy Taylor. That series was always such a fun read, filled with lots of absurd situations and quirky characters. And Davidson continues with the quirky characters, but makes some of the situations more realistic in Bears Behaving Badly although theres still lots of crazy situations too!

One of the reasons I enjoy Davidsons writing so much is the frantic pace that her
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. I didn't quite find it gut-busting funny, but I did get quite a few giggles. MaryJancie follows her tropes and long-time readers are pretty comfortable with this fact. As far as first-time readers of MJD...I think they are going to like this book a lot.

I do wish there had been more backstory-so we could have understood better, what was going on. It took quite a while for me to understand totally what was going on.

I also wish there had been some better editing as I found
Brit Andrews
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book proves that it is in fact not easy to go rogue in real life as it seems on TV...

That being said done parts of this seems a little jumbled and the characters seem rather confused but that in fact sounds more like how it would be in real life if one day you are doing your job like any other day and the next you are drowning in a sea of conspiracy bad guys and danger. On TV you get from point A to point B rather quickly and things often go according to plan and everybody always seems to
Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. She is a bear shifter with a past in the foster care system giving her a heart for the job.
David Auberon is an investigator that aids the agency that Annette's works for who is fighting his attraction to her because of his own history. Secondary characters make the story and events flow but felt the main couple was hindered because of the fight to ignore their attraction to each other. "A copy of this book was provided by
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-challange
Like many of Ms. Davidson's previous books - this one had me laughing out loud. Love the snark and the back and forth between the characters. Hope this is the first of many.
Lauren loves llamas
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Content warnings: (view spoiler)

MaryJanice Davidsons Undead series was my introduction to paranormal romance, and I have fond memories of the utter ridiculousness that was Betsy, shoe-loving queen of the vampires. I was excited to see she had a new series, this time starring shifters, and its
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC Review: Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart #1) by MaryJanice Davidson
I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own. If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog for more

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Its a solid book, and to be honest the only complaints I have are small onesmore personal preference than an actual plot hole/failing of the book. I may as well lead with the complaints, rather than blundering
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Bears Behaving Badly was the first book in MaryJanice Davidson's paranormal romance BeWere My Heart series. This was my first book by this author. I have heard good things about her Undead series, so I wanted to check this one out. It was...different. I admit I had some issues sticking with it; however, it is entirely possible that problem was due to what's going on in the world right now and being stressed other than with any actual problem with the story. I enjoyed it enough that I will ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

This is my first time reading a book by MaryJanice Davidson, so I went in with no expectations. A bear shifter social worker who helps young shifters find safe homes and a scruffy PI shifter who find themselves teaming up to stop a shifter trafficking ring , how could I resist a plot like that.

"she wasn't going to hug her crush while on the floor of a filthy parking garage in the wake of their attempted murder. Right? Right."

I wanted to love this
Sharon Tyler
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Bears Behaving Badly is the first book in the BeWere my Heart series by MaryJanice Davidson. It is currently scheduled for release on March 31 2020.

These social worker bear shifters give the term "mama bear" a whole new meaning! Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl's secrets if she's to have any hopes of helping her. And not
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If laugh-out-loud funny dialogue, hot sexy times with humorous moments and werebears willing to fight to the finish to protect innocent cubs is your thing, this is the book for you.

You know a story is going to be a fun read when it starts out that she likes him and he likes her but she thinks he doesn't like her and he thinks she doesn't like him. Meet Annette Garsea, werebear shifter and caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency(IPA). Everyone in the office keeps asking Annette if she
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3.5 Stars

Spoiler-Free Review.

Bears Behaving Badly is the first installment in the BeWere My Heart series. It's been well over a decade since I read a MaryJanice Davidson novel, and I was beyond curious to see if her writing style was as I remembered it. Thankfully, it most certainly was. As you can see by the 3.5 star rating, it wasn't so much that MDJ changed- I have as a reader.

Bears Behaving Badly is a solid
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
I didn't get very far into this story when I put it down in exchange for another book. This is my first read from this author, so it might be a writing style dilemma for me but I just could not get into it despite having a hankering for a paranormal romance. The writing was descriptive, but it was more of a telling than a showing. Right from the start readers are thrown into this shifter/human world with multiple characters and no backstory. It was difficult to keep track of it all and
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This feels a little rushed. It's a fun story that I can definitely recommend to existing fans of the author.

My immune system is messed up and freaks out in the presence of sugar. I get rashes and patches if I have even a little. So I mostly put maple syrup in my coffee-- not enough that it tastes like a stack of pancakes, just enough to balance it a bit. The were-bear characters in this book both have a crazy sweet tooth, and one is described multiple times as drinking a cup of coffee that's
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

DNF 21%

Content notes:(view spoiler)
Bobbie Kirkland
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of BEARS BEHAVING BADLY (Book 1 of the BeWere My Heart Series) by MaryJanice Davidson in exchange for an honest review. Werebear social worker Annette Garsea occasionally encounters werebear private investigator David Auberon when he arrests some of her juvenile delinquents. The pair meet again through a case involving a teen wolf shifter publicly beating up a fully adult shifter. When a witness says the victim deserved the beating and more, when the ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Annette is a bear shifter social worker working with one of her toughest cases. How can this lovable, sweet, and lets face it goofy lady deal with a child so smart that shes seems two steps ahead at all times? Well thats what friends are for. Along comes independent investigator David, who just happens to be the bear shifter starring in all Annettes fantasies as they race to solve the case for this selective mute girl, Caro. Now theres a bit of intrigue with a seriously rough case, bit the ...more
Mar 18, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

DNF @ 10%

Alright, I'm not rating this one either because the problem is 100% with me.
Before this I had never read a book by this author because I wasn't sure on if the writing would be for me. I can't turn down a new series with shifters though-- my current weakness.
The thing is, I was right to be wary. The humor isn't funny to me and there are so many parenthesis used. I was getting confused left and
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Really fun start to a new paranormal/shifter series!

In a world where shifters exist in secret, Annette Garsea, a werebear shifter is a sort of social worker for the Interspecies Placement Agency that functions very similarly to child protective services. One of her long-term problem "sheep" (her term for her 'flock' of were-children she has placed and cares for) and his 'sister' are discovered in relation to a crime. The girl has many secrets and has sworn herself into selective mutism. Now
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quirky, sexy and fun!

This is the first book by this author that I've read, and after a little period of getting used to the sheer crazy that is this book, I adored it. The characters are all adorable and ridiculous. The world of Were animals that Davidson has created is fantastic and very urban... I mean, really. A Were social worker and a PI running around investigating a case that is constantly getting ahead of them.

The romance aspect is definitely a slow burn, starting at a funny joke and
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Annette Garsea works for a very secret social services agency. She is a werebear shifter and she works among the shifter population. Someone is stealing babies, babies who are abandoned or for some reason no one wants. She has rescued two such shifters, Dev and Caro. Caro has become selectively mute to deal with the trauma that was inflicted upon her. Dev is a wise-cracking, barely civilized teenager. What is happening to these babies? And then there's David Auberon, investigator. Annette and ...more
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today ("A Writer's Life") and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on ...more

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