Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Review: Bears Behaving badly by Maryjanice Davidson

Book Description

These social worker bear shifters give the term "mama bear" a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl's secrets if she's to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission...

Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette's work with at-risk teen shifters, but he's not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn't just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

My Review

Annette works at a shifter placement agency and helps shifter kids when they get in trouble or need a home. She's been lusting after David who works in her office but they've never dated. 

David works in the same building as Annette and has feelings for Annette so when they work on the same case and it seems that someone is after them for some reason, they get closer and get to know one another. 

When teenager, Caro mauls a guy and ends up in custody but won't speak, it's up to Annette and David to find out what's going on. Once Annette and David start their investigation and find out that Caro was tortured and abused and that's why she went after the guy, they find themselves in danger more than once. 

They find themselves in the middle of a bunch of bad guys, child abuse, and maybe officials who are in on all of it. 

The romance between David and Annette was a slow burn throughout the book but they are so cute together because neither of them knows the other likes them. It was fun watching them get to know one another and see who makes the first move. 

The secondary characters and the kids in this story really had big parts and made the story what it was. While a lot seems to happen in this book and there's a lot of dialogue, it's quite drawn out and a little boring at times but it was a good story. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a review but all opinions and thoughts are my own. 


  1. Sometimes too much dialogue isn't a good thing

  2. I did read her Queen Betsy series and really enjoyed it but I should try something else. It's just a bit too bad that iy was a bit boring at times for this one.

  3. It might be too boring to bear!

  4. I have a copy of this one, too. Glad to hear it was fun, but I might end up skimming a bit. I don't like long, drawn out dialogue either.

  5. The romance between David and Annette sounds like a fun one. :)

  6. I am sorry that there were so many boring bits - that isn't usually something you can say about her books.

  7. It's been a long time since I've seen anything from this author! I used to read her Undead series long ago but figured she's stopped writing!
    Slow burn romances seem to be her thing.

  8. It does sound like a cute one with them both secretly crushing. Too bad about all that lag time though.

  9. I just reviewed this on my blog today. It looks like we both liked it about the same. Nice review.

    1. Well it's good to know that we both felt the same.

  10. I must say, a bear shifter sounds scary

  11. I can see myself enjoying this one. Thanks for sharing.


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