Bear shifter Knox has never had it easy. Whatever he touches, whatever he loves, ends up dead. Or so he thinks when he moves to Bear Creek to stay with his old army buddy, Jamie. But fate is not ready to give up on this hero bear and when he meets Hannah, his true mate, he starts to believe in happy endings. 

Hannah is a social worker, with a problem. A young bear shifter, who lost his dad, is nearly out of control—so the school principal would have everyone believe. When she meets a damaged bear shifter, she soon realizes that in helping each other, these two might just help themselves. 

Of course, the fact that Knox just happens to be sex-on-legs, and claims to be her mate, will in no way impede her professionally. 

Who is she trying to fool? Everything about Knox calls to the woman in her. 

Sometimes you just have to believe in fate.

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 Return to Bear Creek series include:  Daddy Bear –  Mountain Bear –  Honey Bear – Forever Bear – Storm Bear – Silverback Dragon –  P.I. Bear – Doctor Daddy Bear – Bad Boy Bear – Silverback Bear – Ranger Bear – Christmas Bear – Hero Bear

This series connects in some ways to the Bear Creek series, the Bear Bluff series, and the Return to Bear Bluff series.  Characters from all these series seem visit in quite a neighborly fashion *grin* between Bear Creek and Bear Bluff… so if you haven’t checked them out the list of series is on the Harmony Raines page

Title:  Hero Bear
Series:  Return to Bear Creek #13
Author:  Harmony Raines
Published:  January 3, 2018
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Sometimes fiction mirrors real life, and while we’re being entertained we’re also reminded of the sacrifices those who defend our country go through.  That is my main thought about Hero Bear.  While I was certainly entertained, I was also vividly reminded of those brave men and women who fight to insure the freedoms that I take for granted.  That it’s not only physical and emotional injuries that are faced but how the survivor’s guilt can tear down the strongest person.

Knox was headed to his friend’s home in Bear Creek.  Jamie was ex-military like him, they’d fought together but Jamie had gotten out before the ambush that changed everything for Knox.  He really had nowhere else to go to so the offer of shelter, work on a renovation at Jamie’s home was something to do while he figured out the rest of his life.  He hadn’t expected to meet her in Bear Creek.  For the one woman meant just for him and him for her to be standing right next to the obnoxiously flirting woman in that store… but there she was.  And now what did he do.  He wasn’t worthy of his mate, he’d bring bad into her life as well.  But fate had other ideas.

Hannah was facing changes in her life and she made the choice to stay in Bear Creek for there were people here that really needed her.  So with a new house to rent, a new life to figure out she’d gone looking for food and found… him.  Sexy as sin, yet somehow wounded.  She couldn’t have explained it to her best friend but she knew that this stranger was important to her so she’d see where this took them both.

Hero Bear tackles survivor’s guilt on two different levels and instances.  Knox’s from the ambush and Hannah’s young friend (client) Dustin who is facing the birthday of his deceased father with difficulties.  Dustin is having trouble with his shifts, he’s being bullied at school and he misses his father to the point of endangering himself.  Watching Knox bring Dustin back from the edge, for these two men to help each other heal was a touching experience.  Oh, Hannah and Knox were pretty perfect together, don’t ignore that part – but it was Knox and Dustin who stole this story for me.  Both survivors, both wondering why and how to move on with that burden on their shoulders.  Hero Bear gave me more than an entertaining read, it gave me something to think about beyond the final page.

I’d recommend this story or any in the Return to Bear Creek series to readers of Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance.  You’ll find realistic characters facing everyday challenges and a steamy love story as well.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Available for the Kindle