Bearly in Control by Milly Taiden

January 13th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 21 Comments

13th Jan
Bearly in Control by Milly Taiden
Bearly in Control
by Milly Taiden
Series: Shifter Undercover #1
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Lauren Sweet
Length: 5 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 3
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For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires.

After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction.

The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.

hot ISNTA warning WTF?

I enjoy paranormal romance and shifter books. I’ve read mostly wolf books, so the premise of Bearly in Control written by Milly Taiden had me curious. The first in the Shifter Undercover series it promised mystery and heated romance. Sadly this listen fell short for me. Reviews for the title are mixed, so be sure and read other opinions.

Caffeinated Aspects:

  • I liked that Charli Avers is a vet and animal whisper. Just by touching an animal she can hear it’s thoughts.
  • The small mountain town setting with its picturesque views, rivers and large shifter population appealed to me.
  • A Sexy Bear Shifter with amnesia. Yum!
  • The first in the Shifter Undercover series. I like that the series/story has a mystery or case to solve.
  • The sex scenes were well written.

Decaffeinated Aspects:

  • The characters were sadly cliche and lacked depth.
  • I didn’t realize this was a novella, but it truly hurt the story. Relationships developed far too quickly leaving me emotionally disconnected.
  • While I stated the sex was hot, I had two issues. The story takes place over maybe 72 hours. Despite overturned cars, bullets and danger it felt like there were more sex scenes than storyline. I get physical lust and attraction, but this one heated up way to fast. I know there was the “mate bond,” but the intimacy didn’t allow for a progression of trust to build.  View Spoiler »
  • The criminal mystery regarding Barry and the thread regarding his amnesia were not clearly resolved. This dangling case surprised me. Typically the current conflict is resolved, and the author leaves us waiting for answers regarding the overall series ARC. In Bearly in Control, the only thing answered and shakily at best is whether or not Barry is a criminal. But it was flimsy and left me deeply unsatisfied.
  • Lauren Sweet, the narrator, has a pleasant enough voice but all of the female characters sounded like they were members of Barbie’s cheerleading squad. The voices only made the sappy, cliche dialogue more pronounced.

While Bearly in Control offered a hot romance and sexy bear shifter, it didn’t deliver on the overall story and lacked the depth desired from this reader.

 

About Milly Taiden

Milly Taiden

Milly Taiden (also writes as April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean (to her) known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy. When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop. She’s addicted to shoes, chocolate, Dunkin Donuts coffee and JIMMY THOMAS covers!!!

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21 Responses to “Bearly in Control by Milly Taiden”

  1. Ailyn Koay

    it sounded like a game that the developers forgot to tell people that it is a downloadable content. I guess it is wtf..

  2. Debbie Haupt

    Sorry it didn’t float your shifter boat, I know you like shifter romance, me too. Too bad about the narration too I’ve listened to books that had similar problems for me.
    Better luck next time.
    Right now I’m listening to Big Rock because you turned me on to Sebastian York and Lauren Blakely 🙂 Have you listened/read this one! The Prologue about Killed Me 🙂 Happy Friday we’re having an ice storm today Yikes!!!

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  3. Kim

    Well, I’m a fan of shifters and new series but the romance sounds way to fast if it’s taking place in a 72 period (saw spoiler.) I can understand your disappointment and the mystery not being tied up. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  4. Sophia Rose

    Hmm, apparently the trouble I had with two of her contemporaries a few weeks back was not isolated to that series. I was not impressed with the lack of plot development and some elements addressed in a shallow manner.
    Too bad because the bear shifter part and the mystery element sound great.

  5. Melanie Simmons

    I’ve read a few Milly Taiden books. They were from her Paranormal Dating series. They were really quick reads and a little silly. I didn’t dislike them, but I didn’t love them. I think I gave them 3 stars. I listened to your sample. I couldn’t listen to that. I’m usually pretty open to narrators, but no. When I saw you reviewed this one. I was excited to think I would want to try it. Don’t think so. Great review.