Review: License to Shift

License to Shift License to Shift by Kathy Lyons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Going feral is a real danger for bear shifters. No one knows this better than Mark Robertson. He's been isolated and staying in his bear form. Despite his best intentions, he knows he will be putting his best friend in a bad situation when he goes feral. His best friend and alpha will need to put him down. When Julie Simon returns to Saginaw Michigan, Mark's bear takes a turn back towards humanity. This second book in the series can be read as a standalone. It is better read in order as a continuous thread from the first book carries on in this one.

This second book is just as fun as the first. I read this book in one reading and with great relish. Julie is a woman who loves her father and does her best to support his eccentricities. When carrying out her father's request, she crosses paths again with Mark, the man who burned up her sheets and then dropped her like yesterday's garbage. Mark is still as handsome as ever even if he is a bit reclusive. When he helps her find out about her father's crazy research on shifters, she is learns why Mark left her last time.

The characters in this book are fun. Julie is the rational level headed one. She is rooted in reality and when her world shifts, it is shattering for her. It's interesting to watch her dynamic with Mark. The reader can see how Mark slowly moves away from his animal tendencies and makes his way back to humanity. At times it seems they rub each other the wrong way. The friction helps them to force the secrets out into the open. It also adds to the sexual tension. When these two finally hit the sheets, it is primal and Mark is an animal. I like it!

From a plot perspective, the story continues on and what the readers learn is disturbing. The revenge aspect and self-loathing is sad. Whilst it is understandable how it started, the way it plays out is all too easy to see. Many times, people take the easy way out. Hating someone else and blaming them for all their troubles. Mark and Julie together make great strides in figuring out pieces to this puzzle and it keeps a reader's interest engaged and looking forward to the next book in the series. This paranormal romance is recommended for readers who like grumpy bears who turn into teddy bears.

*provided by NetGalley


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