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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: License to Shift by Kathy Lyons

 Title: License to Shift
Author: Kathy Lyons
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild, #2 
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: October 4, 2016


Julie Simon returns to Saginaw, Michigan, to find her ailing father’s missing research on local shapeshifter lore.  Unlucky for her, the only person who can help her is the darkly sexy Mark Robertson, the guy who spent an entire summer giving her the cold shoulder—and one white-hot night of pleasure…

Mark is a hair’s breadth away from going feral. Soon, his grizzly side will destroy everything that makes him a man. And after years of fighting, Mark is ready to give in to the beast. Then Julie—the gorgeous, curvy book nerd who awakened his most primal desires as a young man—shows up at his door. Now, he’s fighting an insatiable longing to claim her as his mate. But Julie isn’t the only one after her father’s research. Someone—or something—evil is tracking Julie’s every move…

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Chapter 2


Julie Simon was not a prude. She enjoyed a finely honed male body as much as any woman. But when said finely honed man answered his door stark naked and proceeded to look at her like she was the answer to his prayers, well, then, her libido kicked into overdrive. Especially when that look turned into hunger and his already thick cock stiffened into a staff that aimed unerringly at her.

She was not a prude, but hell, this was sexually at its most raw. And she apparently liked raw.

Who knew? All her boyfriends up to now had been friendly, flaky men who spoke in full sentences and never, ever growled. And yet one hairy, horny grunt from this guy and her nipples tightened while everything else went liquid.

Not a prude, then. Apparently, she fell more into the slut category because if he made a move on her right then, she wasn’t exactly sure what she’d do to stop him. First of all, he looked like he could overpower her in a heartbeat. Second, the moment he’d offered her his mocha latte, her knees had gone weak and her lust spiked. When the hell had she developed a caveman fetish?


But she wasn’t a beast to be ruled by her hormones. And she certainly wasn’t going to jump a near stranger, no matter how ripped his abs or how much he stared at her. Good lord, she’d never been the center of such focused attention. Need rippled off those sculpted pecs, it vibrated in the air between his broad shoulders and her tight breasts, and it seemed like he wanted her so badly it was hard for him to form words. But how was that possible? All he’d done was answer the door…naked.

She took a breath, startled—but not surprised—to find it thick with musk. His? Hers? Who knew?

Get a grip!

She momentarily flashed on what she could grip and struggled to restrain a near-hysterical laugh. She was not a woman who thought things like that. Not in the usual course of the day. So she closed her eyes and lifted her mocha to her lips. Damn, he made a great cup of coffee. The honey added just the right amount of sweet.

Focus on the essentials: caffeine and sugar.

That’s when he spoke. Two words: “no” and “leave.” Well, that was par for the course from the men in her life. They’d act one way, then say the opposite. Get her revved, then disappear. Give her a mocha and then order her to leave. All he needed to do now was invite her to move in then break up with her and he’d be just like her ex.

But unlike what she’d done with her ex, she refused to leave. Her father needed his help, and so she would be stubborn. At least until she got a fuller explanation from him. One that included two-syllable words.

“So,” she ventured when the silence stretched too long between them, “do you remember me?”

About the Author:
Kathy Lyons is the fun, contemporary side of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. She loves sassy romance with lots of laughter and sex. Spice is the variety of life, right? Okay, so maybe two kids, two cats, two pennames, and writing over 50 books has messed with her mind, but she still keeps having fun.
Check her out at Or hang out with her sexy historical half, Jade Lee. Titled heroes with dark secrets are Jade's passion. Especially when they fall for women who add more than just spice to their lives. Find her at Facebook: JadeLeeBooks Twitter: JadeLeeAuthor

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Sonja's Review

As soon as I find out about Mark's situation in The Bear Who Loved Me, I was hoping he would get his own story and when I met him, I wanted him to get one even more. I was so excited when I saw that License to Shift was indeed his story and I couldn't wait to read it! It was everything that I hoped for and I positively loved it!

Okay, I'll admit it - if I read that the heroine is all bookwormy, I pretty much love her instantly and Julie was no different. Of course, once I got to really know her, I just loved her even more. Julie is smart and logical but also a romantic. She's sweet and kind but she's also strong and sassy. She's brave and she's willing to do whatever she has to save Mark. Julie is absolutely amazing and I loved getting to know her.

And then there's Mark - the man who I wanted to be okay and to get his happy ending. I completely fell for him - he made my heart ache with all his struggles and then he gave me the good kind of aching whenever he was sweet to Julie. He's so in love with her, so taken by her, and he appreciates her and always tries to make her feel special. There's just something about these Gladwin bears - I can't resist them!

License to Shift didn't give me as many laughs as The Bear Who Loved Me did, but that doesn't mean I loved it any less because I didn't. It was a bittersweet, heart racing read that kept me on the edge of my seat, dying to know how it would all end. It was wonderful and beautiful and magical and I thoroughly loved and enjoyed it.

License to Shift is the second book in the Grizzlies Gone Wild series, but it can be read as a standalone. It's told from Mark and Julie's POV and they do get their happily-ever-after, but if you love this series as much as I do, then it will leave you wanting more and eager to read the next book just like me!
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

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