Although Kean Koche and his bear-shifter brothers may have just recently escaped from jail, that doesn’t mean they’re free. Far from it, in fact. They can’t go home without being tossed back in prison, and their inner animals can’t cope with life in the human city. So when a tall, mysterious, no-nonsense blonde with thick-legs of pure heaven offers them a way to prove their worth, he can’t help but argue in favor of accepting. The fact that he’ll get to work next to the tantalizing human on a regular basis might have a little to do with it as well.

Madison Kerber’s focus is on the mission at hand. One of her agents is missing, and she needs help to get them back. That might just mean enlisting the aid of the Koche brothers, including the hunky, dreamily delicious Kean. She’s never heard of the brothers before, and her first impression of them left much to be desired. Still, she has to admit Kean has been working hard ever since to show her the true person within.

As they team up to rescue her agent, the pair find that they work well together, professionally and personally. Madison fights hard against it, but her focus keeps wandering from the mission to the easy-on-the-eyes and utterly protective bear shifter that won’t leave her side. As she begins to realize that this temporary partnership might be transforming into something permanent, Madison knows she’ll have to tell him everything. There’s a lot more at stake than just her agent’s life, and it’s about time Kean and his brothers knew the full truth behind the Institute and its designs on their species.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in The Koche Brothers series include:  Blackjack Bear: PierceBlackjack Bears: Kean – Blackjack Bears: Gavin – Blackjack Bears: Kassian – Blackjack Bears: Maximus

This series is connected to the previous series Top Flight Academy, Dragons of Cadia and Base Camp Bears in that the characters in The Koche Brothers are shifters who were troublemakers in Base Camp Bears, so much so that they got their butts tossed in military jail — and that is where this series picks up.  There is mention of Cadia as their homeland, but the war between Fenris and Cadia is over – now comes a different type of battlefield.

Title:  Blackjack Bears: Kean
Series:  The Koche Brothers #2
Author:  Amelia Jade
Published:  April 24, 2017
My Rating:  4 stars

In Kean Koche’s story we will get a much better idea, eventually, of the nefarious plans the Institute is laying the groundwork for… and it’s nothing that Shifters or Humans should want to see happen.

Madison showed up near the ending of Pierce, a shadowy person leaving only a card with a phone number behind.  It’s obvious she wants something from the Koche brothers, but what exactly is an unknown.  Kean has made the decision to call that number and find out exactly what her role is.. it could be their ticket home, or it could be disastrous.  Either way something has to happen soon as his older brothers are close to out of control, they won’t admit it but they do need a plan maybe this Madison has one they can use to their advantage.  The last thing Kean expected was a sassy woman with major trust issues, or to begin to question if he had indeed finally found his mate.

Blackjack Bears: Kean is an intense story of bad boy bears accepting that maybe this woman who gives out little information about anything could be the answer to getting home without jail time awaiting them.  If her “mission” is legit, then falling in with her plans makes sense.  Kean is more about getting Maddy to trust him and see where this attraction between them leads.  Madison is so tight lipped about anything, that even as a reader I wanted to beg her to actually “tell” me something, think something so I could get a handle on her.  But she is slippery in keeping information tight to the vest.

I enjoyed this romance very much.  Yeah, Maddy is keeping information back and Kean falls in love with every woman in sight – but they work together, their banter, their obvious attraction makes them a believable couple who happen to be falling for each other.  And what I was waiting for from Pierce, and now Kean was that connection that would tell us where we’re going in this series.  That reveal was probably not as unexpected as it might have been but it certainly makes perfect sense… from a madman’s perspective.  I believe the remainder of this series is going to be as exciting, riveting and enjoyable as the previous ones for me.  I’m also wondering about a few tidbits of information that were almost too casually dropped.  I’ll leave that speculation up in the air for now.  But this looks to be an adventure once again.

If you’re in the mood for a sexy couple, danger around every corner, banter, excitement and simply a very good story, then Blackjack Bears: Kean is a story that you should pick up.  You don’t “have” to have read the earlier series – I would recommend them for they are amazing stories, but not totally necessary for this series.  I would recommend this current story and series for any Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance reader who enjoys an intriguing plot, secondary characters who will get their own stories told or already have been told, sexy moments and a likable main couple.

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