Captain Gabriel Korver has been on the front lines for the entire duration of the war. He refuses to leave, citing the fact that he needs to be there. The truth is, he isn’t sure he could live with himself if his men were killed while he wasn’t around. The lack of downtime is playing havoc with his bear, and the resulting stress is tearing his mind apart. The last thing he needs is to be saddled with the small, stubborn, and yet somehow oddly desirable news reporter poking around Cloud Lake.
Stephanie Holmes was just a temp. She took the stories none of the “real” reporters would touch with a ten-foot pole, and did her best to turn them into things that could actually be aired, or written about, whichever her boss wanted. So when the others all pass up a chance to go to Cloud Lake and interview the bear shifters and learn about the ongoing war between them, the task falls to her. Her first warning that she might have gotten in above her head comes in the form of a towering figure, who happens to be both gorgeous, and also wearing a shirt covered in blood…
As the intrepid reporter learns more about the ongoing conflict, she begins to see the shifters for who they really are. That is, until her efforts to uncover some of the secrets of the war lead her to overhear Gabriel talking about her, leaving her hurt and confused.
The final battle with the Fenris Remnants is looming large, and Gabriel needs to focus what little mental strength he has left on the coming fight. He doesn’t have time for emotions such as lust, or even to his surprise, love, to get in the way. But when push comes to shove, it’s Stephanie who may just be able to end the war and save the day, not him.
Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.
Title: Green Bearets: Gabriel
Series: Base Camp Bears #6
Author: Amelia Jade
Published: March 27, 2017
My Rating: 5 stars
We’ve come to the final story in the Base Camp Bears series, and I have to admit to being sorry to see them go. I don’t know if the next series will continue with Cadia and Fenris – there are certainly questions I still want answers for, and many Shifters within these connecting stories that I’d love to know more about. But we’ll see sometime this month, if I remember correctly. Definitely looking forward to what comes next.
Gabriel is the perfect bear to wrap up this particular series with. He’s been here, on duty in Cloud Lake since the start of all of this craziness. He’s devoted to his country and to those warriors under his command. He’s not taken a day away from his duties from the first day and the toll on both him and his bear is beginning to show. He is holding onto control of his bear by his fingertips, and that grasp is slipping away quickly. When a patrol under his command is ambushed and returns to base bloodied, carrying their dead with one prisoner in hand, Gabriel’s thin thread of control snaps. It’s indeed unfortunate that this is the first look at Gabriel or Shifters in general that reporter Stephanie Holmes got – a giant of a man with bulging muscles and blood on his uniform didn’t deter her for long from the questions she intended to get answers to… and if he was quite handsome as well, that was a professional observation.
I will confess it was quite difficult for me to have empathy or to really like Stephanie much in Green Bearets: Gabriel. Yes, part of that is the role of reporter, but also the assumptions she made, and the actions she took would have far reaching consequences – and I’ve come to be quite protective of these characters over time. Yet, she and Gabriel made up a perfect for them couple, a woman that this warrior clearly needed in his life now and going into the uncertain future.
I loved this ending story of the series. As I mentioned, I feel there are still stories to be told about many of the secondary characters we’ve come to know on the surface – but if they will get their time in the sun, only patience will answer that question. If this is the end, well, there’s enough closure for me to be satisfied… but it’s difficult to let this one go, so I am hoping for more. I would recommend this story and all the connecting series to any reader who loves Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance or simply one heck of a good story. You’ll be hooked, in a very good way.
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