Audiobook Review: Mating a Grizzly (League of Gallize Shifters, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mating a Grizzly by Dianna Love

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Justin is an elite black ops warrior on a unique shifter team. He’s as deadly as they come and determined to succeed on every mission. He turns into a monster grizzly and rushes into danger without hesitation to do his duty … but he’s having second thoughts on his current assignment. If there’s one thing he can’t tolerate it is arrogant people like the jerks he grew up around who acted superior to him. Justin can’t believe he’s stuck playing bodyguard for a Russian shifter princess. He’d rather face down a pack of armed terrorists alone than spend time with a cold-hearted prima donna. Except, Elianna turns out to be unlike anything he expected. She’s hot, but he’d like to see her smile. He’s on a mission to get that smile—and more. First he has to stop the assassin trying to kill him and kidnap her. 

Having lived her life as an outcast among her own kind, Elianna hates being called princess. She’s the ugly mistake of a Russian grizzly shifter who got her polar bear mother pregnant while on a sabbatical from his mate. With the exception of the little boy she saved after his clan abandoned him, men are the bane of Elianna’s life. When she makes a miscalculation under duress, her biological father coerces Elianna into accepting a deal with high stakes if she fails. 

Justin is unlike any other man, human or shifter, she’s ever been around. He makes her want things she can’t have—like mating—because the deal she struck prevents a relationship with him or she’ll never see the little boy again who is everything to her. Her plan was simple and doable, but meeting Justin complicated everything.

Mating a Grizzly

The Grizzly and the Grolar!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😠🙃😍😘
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Justin – he is a grizzly bear shifter and part of the League of Gallize shifters. The Gallize shifters are stronger and more powerful than normal shifters and they work covertly as a military force to enforce shifter laws. They protect both humans and shifters and most recently have been working to take down the Black River wolf pack, a global pack of wolves that have been creating specialized drugs to enhance shifter power and they have been working with mages in their efforts.

The heroine: Elianna – She is a twenty two year old bear shifter from Russia, a result of the mating of a grizzly bear shifter (her father) and a polar bear shifter (her mother). She is running and has been having visions of a grizzly bear shifter standing between her and her brother Nico. Though now she is running from a group of Black River Shifters whom her mother had crossed before she was killed.

The Story: Elianna worked on the docks as a low paid laborer because she was an outcast among her own kind. Her genetic father ruled the Romanov-Chemchatka bear clan and he was descended from royalty. Though Elianna hadn’t ever met her father, he had a mate and a family. Elianna was a half breed bastard child and had looks that set her apart from both her mother’s polar bear clan and her father’s grizzly bear clan. She had the dark hair and light eyes.

Justin wasn’t too happy about getting the job of being a bodyguard to the princess from Russia, but when he sees her, he is instantly attracted to the beautiful shifter. Though Justin is supposed to take Elianna to his former clan where she is supposed to mate one of the clan members. Justin was pretty funny, with the fact that he was a bit grumpy about his new assignment.

I liked this story more than the first. The character development was much better and we got to meet more of the Gallize shifters than in the first book. There was a lot of camaraderie between the Gallize men. I also liked the premise of Elianna coming to a new world much different than where she grew up and the fact that Justin thought she would be a princess, though in truth she was just the unwanted daughter of a powerful man. The fact that she got visions kept things interesting as well.

This story was told in multiple points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Steven R. Thorne. He is a good narrator, though I do like dual narration much better than solo, duet narration is even better, though books with that are quite hard to find.


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