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Feature book: Captivating the Bear

18 September 2019

Captivating the Bear by Jane Godman

Subgenre: paranormal romance
Release date: 1 Aug 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon Nocturne
Format: ebook and print
Length: 250 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $14.99 (print)

This is a Harlequin Nocturne, a series that’s a bit harder to get on Aussie shelves, although thankfully accessible online. I was given the book as a freebie at ARR2019 and decided to read it, even though it’s not my usual read or genre. It’s also #3 in Jane Godman’s ‘Beast’ shape-shifter series, but she’s made it easy to read without getting confused about the backstories of some of the characters in the book (although I just might go read their stories, they sound fascinating). I do like it when a random book from a series can be read alone without compromising reader understanding. Sign of a good writer, IMHO!

Lidiya Rihanoff is a bear shifter, and has been told she will have to marry the usurper on the throne in her secret land Callistoya, which is unknown to the human world. This lady/bear is one fiercely determined heroine. She’d rather not be commanded to marry the hated usurper, and travels into the real world to find her exiled king and bring him home. Everyone has had enough of bloodshed and chaos and cruelty and lies.

She doesn’t realise that Ged Tavisha (and I initially read that as God before I rubbed my eyes), her true king, had a spell put on him when his evil usurper stepbrother threw Ged out of the kingdom, nearly killing him in the process. He’s been unable to re-enter Callistoya because of this enchantment, no matter how desperately he wants to. And believe me, he does, it’s eating him alive. He is a true king in exile, his family devastated by violence and death while his hated stepbrother becomes more powerful and destructive.

I love the way Lidiya and Ged find each other. It’s like BAM! you’re my mate for life, even before Ged actually even lays eyes on Lidiya. He can sense her in the crowd, gathered to see the rock band he manages (and yes, the band members are shifters, dragons and leopards and other exciting things). Lidiya’s also experiencing a very unsettling pull towards Ged, and can’t understand why. This totally magnetic pull to the other is fabulous, another sense, a recognition of each other even before they lock eyes. Wow.

Lidiya breaks into the hotel by climbing up to the floor where Ged’s room is. As you do when you’re a super-strong bear shifter. Just when you think these two are going to go into melt down together, all hell breaks loose when some other bear shifters turn up to kill to Ged, sent by guess who—the evil usurper. Now there’s an interesting battle scene!

Back to Lidiya. She needs Ged to come home before the evil stepbrother kills her father and enforces marriage to her. She can’t understand why Ged hasn’t returned to wrest his rightful kingdom back, and keeps on saying, ‘Let’s go now’, over and over.

Obviously, it isn’t that simple. The never-getting-back-into-the-country curse has to be broken, Ged’s true brother has to be found (also exiled, with memory loss), troops have to be marshalled, Lidiya’s father has to be rescued, as does the land of Callistoya. That’s just for starters. There are supernatural touches and lots of surprises along the way for us to enjoy.

And, you know, this ‘true mate’ thing Lidiya and Ged have between them boils over to explosion point.

Wow, what a read.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

One Comment
  1. Claire Louisa permalink
    23 September 2019 3:06 pm

    Great review, I’ll take a look at this series

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