Juno Beck is trying to step out from the long shadow of her father and make her place in the music industry. But this bear shifter’s days are numbered and she’s running out of time to make her mark on the world. When she stops for a day trip to visit an old friend, she discovers the hiding place of one of country music’s bad-boys-who-got-away. But everything she thought she knew about Rhett Copeland from interviews is wrong, and he’s hiding a mountain of secrets. And as she struggles with the decision to do what’s right or what’s necessary, she begins discovering who she really is, and what she really stands for. And that singer she’s crushed on for all these years, is about to show her how it really is to live. 

Rhett Copeland threw away his destiny. The white lion shifter left his Pride to become a touring musician, but something important has sent him into hiding in a last-chance Crew of lumberjacks. His accounts are frozen, his muse is crippled, his fans are on the hunt for him, and his new Rogue Pride Crew gets on his nerves at every turn. All he wants to do is stay hidden, avoid as much logging work as possible, and pester his new Crew, but Juno Beck is going to expose him and all of his secrets to the public if he isn’t careful. Too bad she’s too interesting for her own good because his songwriting muse only wakes up around her, and now he can’t leave the mesmerizing stranger alone. But the more he lets Juno in, the more she threatens the life he’s carved out here in the wilderness of Rogue Pride territory. 

He has nothing but time, and she barely has any days left. He has lost his passion for the music, while she’s more driven than ever to make her mark on the industry. Lions and mole rats and bears, oh my! Two worlds collide in T. S. Joyce’s second installment of the Daughters of Beasts series.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – in other words, there’s going to be sex involved in this story – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

The Daughters of Beasts series includes:  Novak Grizzly – Beck Bear –  Ash Bear

This series has a tie-in, a continuing tie (a strong one) to the connecting sets of series that make up the Damon’s Mountain universe.  For a complete listing of those series, and links to the reviews done here at Shifter Haven, please visit our T. S. Joyce page.

Title:  Beck Bear
Series:  Daughters of Beasts #2 (connection: Damon’s Mountains Universe)
Author:  T, S, Joyce
Published:  October 17, 2018
My Rating:  5+ stars (more if it were possible)

Just when I thought I could not possibly fall deeper in love with the Shifters of Damon’s Mountains Universe or with T. S. Joyce’s imagination and story telling skills along comes Beck Bear, Juno and Rhett’s romance and I’m completely blown away, totally captured once again.  Emotionally, I don’t know how she can possibly top this one… yet, I’ve not one single doubt that she will because that;s the type of story teller she is.

This time there is no light recap of the basic story.  There are far too many places where I could let my enjoyment of Juno and Rhett’s amazing story allow a slip that could ruin this for someone else… and I try very hard not to do that.  This time it’s all about emotions, and it’s not always easy to capture those elusive things in words, but I’ll do my best.

Bravery comes in many shapes and situations.  You are about to meet examples of bravery at its finest.  Juno is driven.  That feeling is strong, we know she’s out to accomplish her personal plan and nothing, not even a deep friendship will stop her… or at least in her mind it won’t, in reality friendship tops just about everything else and Remi proves that quite well.  Rhett is also driven but for a far different reason.  He hides in a last chance Crew, deep in the mountains and takes pot shots at his friends (for all their grumbling about each other, they are friends), turns on the constant joker persona and hides his true self.  Two worlds, two lives will collide when Juno and Rhett meet.  The word “mate” isn’t used, and I found that omission conveyed an even stronger, deeper connection between them.  Because everyone, Rhett, Juno, the crew, Remi and the reader knew what they were to each other… but that label wasn’t given to what they share until almost the ending… still we knew, it’s obvious even if unspoken.  And to be clear without giving anything away… I understood why that title wasn’t used, it’s telling, it’s emotional and it fits for their story so perfectly.  You’ll see.

There is no way that I can explain to you the emotional impact that Beck Bear had on me.  Yet, it’s very real.  Because of the connection within the Damon’s Mountains Universe set of series, there was a strong feeling of going home, of getting that first glimpse of a dear friend after a long time apart, that coming home feeling that probably only people who love deep, connecting series will “get”.  If you’ve read the connecting series you will find some familiar faces that will bring back some amazing memories of other romances, other times when we got lost in Damon’s Mountains with them.  I sincerely hope there is more one day because that would be an amazing story… and to say more qualifies as a spoiler.  I just hope there is more, enough said – those who’ve read Beck Bear understand.

As you can tell, I was completely blown away, completely captured by the emotions of Rhett and Juno’s romance.  It’s such an intense story in many ways, in others it’s a sexy love story that will make you smile and believe in happy ever afters.  Now, I need Grim’s story.  Grim is such a complex character that I cannot wait to understand his full story and meet the person brave enough to love him.

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