Alicia Nordwell – Protecting Bear


Author: Alicia Nordwell
Reviewed by: Mandy
Publisher: Romance First Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: N/a

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary   Bear has sworn off guys who try to pick him up at his second job working as a bartender. His ex, Vilem, damn near turned him off dating altogether. Jimmy would flip if he finds out Bear dated a drug dealer, as if Bear did it knowingly. His career as a cop only makes his brother more protective.

But Kameron doesn’t try to pick him up at the bar. He doesn’t ask for a blow job or a back alley screw. He asks Bear out for coffee. That alone is rare enough to get Bear to say yes. They have an instant chemistry, even though he will cut the giant off at the knees if Kameron calls Bear “little guy” one more time.

Kameron’s secrets grow harder to hide the longer he dates Bear. He wants to come clean, but he knows there’s a very good chance the fiery man will never speak to him again. Kameron wrestles with his conscience and his desire for Bear.

Both men’s choices lead to a series of events neither see coming. Bear believes his judgment failed him once again when he learns exactly what Kameron was hiding. At the same time, Bear learns Vilem wasn’t just a corner drug dealer, and some very scary guys are after him.

Can both men survive their encounter with Vilem’s bosses? When Bear and Kameron land in a life or death situation, it’s up to Bear to save himself … and Kameron, if he’s lucky.

Review:   Ok, I think I’ll admit I saw the names ‘Bear’ and ‘Kameron’ and read all about ‘secrets‘ and ‘scary guys‘ and thought vampires and shifters or something paranormal. I read a lot of paranormal books and that’s just sort of where my brain goes.

Well I’m going to shock you and say, I was wrong!

I know, I was surprised at that too.

It’s actually a pretty straight forward contemporary cops/mobster story.  I don’t really want give too much away, but for those of you thinking these secrets will drag all through the book and cause a huge conflict or misunderstanding, fortunately that isn’t the case.

The conflict and suspense come far more from outside forces than from the couple and their secrets. Bear and Kameron are falling for each other but they have a rocky road ahead of them. The secrets come back to bite them and then the danger level seems to goes up at every turn.

All the danger causes the men to be in close proximity and the pressure sort of speeds up the relationship.  There are bad guys, lies, deceit and danger and then there are the good guys, hot sex and a budding love and a really annoying brother. I think Bear’s brother might have his heart in the right place, but I found Bear to be pretty reasonable and didn’t understand the need for his underhanded tactics.

This was a fun and entertaining story, I was glad to see Bear was more than able to hold his own and get his HEA.


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