Review: Bound by Shadows by Kathy Lyons

Four Stars

I have to say, I’m a sucker for a good bear shifter romance! Setting up a new paranormal world is always a challenge, but Kathy Lyons tackled world-building, action, mystery, and of course, ROMANCE with aplomb. Her ability to deftly world build while pushing along the connection between our hero and heroine and was masterful.

This book follows our feisty baker heroine, Becca, who is trying to balance running a business and raising her teenage nephew. She is surprised (to say the least) when her nephew goes missing, and his sexy camp counselor Carl (the hero) shows up to help find him. She doesn’t know that the hero is actually an alpha bear shifter, and her nephew is about to shift into a bear for the first time.

Not only did this book have a strong and interesting plot, but it balanced intense shifter moments with levity and romance. Becca’s reactions to a shifter world revelation felt real, and I loved watching her find her place in the pack. I also liked the fact that Carl wasn’t entirely sure of his role as alpha. Becca and Carl were a true partnership by the end and were easy to root for.

Because Becca and Carl had such a great connection, I wanted a little more romance between them. As I said, Ms. Lyons was balancing a lot, and I am just always greedy for more romance. I also wish we had been introduced to Becca’s nephew before he went missing. I had a hard time investing in his disappearance because he didn’t mean anything to me as a character.

Overall, this was my first book by Kathy Lyons, and it absolutely won’t be my last. I love finding new-to-me paranormal romance authors! I am looking forward to following the overarching suspense plot into the next book.

**I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review**

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