Bearly in Control

Bearly in Control

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 c...

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Title:Bearly in Control
Author:Milly Taiden
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:208 pages

Bearly in Control Reviews

  • Nikki Brooks
    Oct 19, 2016

    Brilliant start to what I hope will be a series! Charli is a real live Dr Doolittle or critter whisperer and is a newly fledged member of a covert association dealing with crimes involving shifters. She has a motley crew to work with including a panther shifter with OCD and a multi-shifter who has a big mouth and a brain that doesn't engage fast enough or often enough!!!!

    When the bear she rescued from some backwoodsmen somehow turns into a hot, sexy male she is left reeling. She christens him Ba

    Brilliant start to what I hope will be a series! Charli is a real live Dr Doolittle or critter whisperer and is a newly fledged member of a covert association dealing with crimes involving shifters. She has a motley crew to work with including a panther shifter with OCD and a multi-shifter who has a big mouth and a brain that doesn't engage fast enough or often enough!!!!

    When the bear she rescued from some backwoodsmen somehow turns into a hot, sexy male she is left reeling. She christens him Barry, as he is suffering from amnesia and the poor man needs a name of some sort! He doesn't believe he has always been a shifter and sorely needs a crash course in Shifter 101!!!!

    With snipers, shifter criminals and a shadowy villain there is nothing to hate in this great book. Hotness reigns in the bedroom and snarky, witty dialogue between the team members are all so realistic. Rural Oregon has never looked more appealing!!!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    Dec 11, 2016

    I have never read any Milly Taiden books til Bearly In Control, but she has been on my to be read list for a while now. I have heard really good things about Milly Taiden and pre bought her Paranormal Dating Agency series and her Sassy Mate series. I just haven't gotten around to reading them so when I seen her book Bearly in Control on Netgalley I was excited to try her out. I really didn'

    I have never read any Milly Taiden books til Bearly In Control, but she has been on my to be read list for a while now. I have heard really good things about Milly Taiden and pre bought her Paranormal Dating Agency series and her Sassy Mate series. I just haven't gotten around to reading them so when I seen her book Bearly in Control on Netgalley I was excited to try her out. I really didn't like it. I was sorely disappointed, and now I'm a little worried that I won't like all the other books by her that I already bought. So before I start to explain what I didn't like about this book let me just say I have friends that read this book too and they loved it. So this is just my personal taste and opinion. If you are wanting to try this book out don't let me stop you. Reviews, opinions, and book tastes are subjective. What works for some may not work for others and vise versa. So please don't send hateful messages about how I read it wrong or I just don't get it.

    The main reason I didn't like this book is I didn't connect to it at all. I didn't connect to any of the characters, the plot or the love story. There are a few reasons for this.

    1. It was choppy. What I mean by that is it didn't smoothly move from one scene to the next. For example Charli (the heroine) was looking for Barry (The hero who when she woke up was gone) She is following his bear prints to the woods. She thinks to herself that the woods leads to a road and the next thing you know she is driving on said road and looking for Barry. And I'm going okay how did she get from following prints to driving in the car. It's like a step is missing A. B. D where is C?

    2. The characters were very superficial. I didn't connect to any of them because there isn't anything to connect to. Barry is a bear shifter that didn't even know he was a bear shifter. We don't even know his name. Charli just called him Barry because he is a bear. Barry doesn't even have a last name, no past. He was just taking up air. Charli is this vet, animal whisperer and a member of some shifter group (that I never really got the feel for. They're a paranormal kind of police I think. I don't know. I know they try to keep the world from figuring out about shifters all other details were slim) but other than those 3 things I know nothing about her. The same with two other shifters in the group Devin and Russel. They are just as one dimensional.

    3. All of them seemed a little slow if you know what I mean. For God sake it took them forever to figure out things that were so clear. Kindergarten kids could have figured it out for them. For example Charli's group is working on a case where a bank, and a jewelry store was robbed. Charli after finding out about the robbery cases takes Barry back to where she found him. To try to jog his memory. They get to the tree where she found him and they find bags of money and jewels and she tell Barry it's probably just belongs to some hillbilly that distrust banks. A rich hillbilly with tons of cash and jewels when there was just a robbery at a bank and jewelry store. Totally not related!

    4. The whole book was unbelievable, cheesy, and over the top ridiculous. It was just silly. Not silly/ funny, but Silly/ stupid. Like slapstick silly/stupid. Let me give you an example. Barry and Charli are outside grilling steaks. All of a sudden a coyote comes up and she reads it's mind. It tells her there is a gunman there aiming at her home. She starts running for Barry yelling get down. Now shots are being fired. They are hiding behind a cooler(Yup a blue igloo cooler. I'm sure that will shield them from bullets) and while being shot at Barry who is a shifter who's mate is being shot at does this: Direct quote from book.....

    Now to speed this up a bit and not quote to much of the book some birds come and shit on the head of the gunman and he leaves. Now lets pick up with Barry the oh so protective mate that was more worried about the steaks than the fact that they were being shot at...

    Another direct quote from the book

    I mean really? Am I suppose to take this seriously? The whole book is like this. They act silly/stupid and I didn't like it or find it funny. It was like watching the unfunny 3 stooges!

    5. The sex was over the top too. Okay so let me set the scene for you. It's been years since Charli has had sex and she wants to have Barry. They have known each other for 24 hours. They are mates but Barry knows nothing of himself so he is like a blank piece of paper. Now this is the first time Mates.... are having sex. Now I would have been okay with romantic love making or raw animalistic sex but what I got was over the top kinky for their first time. Let me explain. I'm cool with back door action, cuffs, and toys but for the first time... uhhh no. You don't bring that shit out til at least 4th or 5 time. Damn Gurl leave something for later. Just sayin'!

    Now can I ask one thing? The book says she hasn't had sex in years.... Years... So I can understand the vibe, and the lube but why does she have cuffs? Whatevs. It made it not special. That's all Imma say about that! So anyways I meant to keep this review short and to the point but once I started it just kept coming out of me like verbal diarrhea.

    The point to this long winded review was I just didn't like the book. none of it. I won't be continuing this series and I won't being reading any of the books I already bought from this author for a while. I need time to get the bad taste of this one out of my mouth. Sorry it just wasn't for me.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Dec 21, 2016

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    The best thing about BEARLY IN CONTROL is the title. It sets up expectations that there will be puns, bears, and people getting a little bit wild (oh my). Did I mention puns? They’re recycled over and over until a one sentence pun becomes an unbearable two pages of butt jokes. There’s bears, though the bear in question only shifts twice, including when he is found at the beginning of the novel. People getting wild? Well, I suppose if you consider the u

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    The best thing about BEARLY IN CONTROL is the title. It sets up expectations that there will be puns, bears, and people getting a little bit wild (oh my). Did I mention puns? They’re recycled over and over until a one sentence pun becomes an unbearable two pages of butt jokes. There’s bears, though the bear in question only shifts twice, including when he is found at the beginning of the novel. People getting wild? Well, I suppose if you consider the unprofessionalism of all of the characters then that counts too.

    If you’re shot at, would you tell the police force that you work with? If you find a naked, amnesiac man, would you push for a missing persons search? If you find bags of money and jewels, would you think they’re related to the robberies you were debriefed on? Charli Avers, veterinarian and animal mind-reader, wouldn’t. In fact, none of the characters in BEARLY IN CONTROL ever consider the obvious, even when the solution is staring them right in the face.

    There is plot to the novel but it’s quickly passed aside to make way for the sex scenes between Charli and Barry, the bear-shifter without a past. The sex scenes are detailed, explicit, and, unfortunately, dominate most of the novel. If the characters aren’t having sex, they’re thinking about it. The overarching plotline—likely to carry over the rest of the series—hints at a evil-doer creating shifters through experimentation and torture. An interesting concept disregarded almost entirely in the rest of the book. There’s even a one-line reveal that aliens are real—that no one remarks on. Aliens! The investigation storyline is followed through by the side-characters, Devin and Russel, who are obvious setups for the next books.

    BEARLY IN CONTROL is the first of the Shifter Undercover series but the world seems tied to Milly Taiden’s other book lines. Characters drop information, like two souls, shifter population areas, and investigation teams without full explanations. This problem persists throughout the novel, where information and characterization is inconsistent or dismissed immediately. I think there’s a golden writing rule: if you start a book with an amnesiac main character, by the end you should have either uncovered their identity or at least discovered an important clue.

    Milly Taiden is a prolific writer and if you’re familiar with her other series, you’ll likely forgive the book’s flaws. Bears might be the new wolves in shifter novels, but if you’ve got a hankering for a new grizzly/teddy bear paranormal romance you might want to look elsewhere.

    Explicit sex scenes.

  • Tijuana
    Dec 26, 2016

    I was super excited to read this new release by Milly Taiden. I love her Paranormal Dating Agency series!

    Unfortunately, this book didn't resonate with me the way the others have. I found the dialogue too distracting. I understand the need to have characters sound authentic, but the dialect and diction did not appeal to me. The multiple storylines left me confused at moments and the lack of resolution (Barry's memory) to this story was unexpected.

    I enjoyed the main characters and storyline of Be

    I was super excited to read this new release by Milly Taiden. I love her Paranormal Dating Agency series!

    Unfortunately, this book didn't resonate with me the way the others have. I found the dialogue too distracting. I understand the need to have characters sound authentic, but the dialect and diction did not appeal to me. The multiple storylines left me confused at moments and the lack of resolution (Barry's memory) to this story was unexpected.

    I enjoyed the main characters and storyline of Bearly in Control, but unfortunately the execution just didn't work for me. I didn't connect with the story. I'm going to chalk this up as a "it's me not you" situation since I typically enjoy Milly's books. I still look forward to reading her future releases.

    2.5 Stars

    *ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review*

  • Georgina Parkin
    Dec 23, 2016

    I received a copy of NetGalley and I FINALLY read it. I was super excited to read it, but didn't get around to reading it before it's release because I had to finish up some reading challenges and complete arcs with sooner release dates. Anyway, I got around to it and was sorely disappointed.

    I'm not going to sit here and say this book was the worst thing I've ever read, because if it was I wouldn't have finished it, but I really didn't like the characters. I couldn't connect, I thought EVERYONE

    I received a copy of NetGalley and I FINALLY read it. I was super excited to read it, but didn't get around to reading it before it's release because I had to finish up some reading challenges and complete arcs with sooner release dates. Anyway, I got around to it and was sorely disappointed.

    I'm not going to sit here and say this book was the worst thing I've ever read, because if it was I wouldn't have finished it, but I really didn't like the characters. I couldn't connect, I thought EVERYONE was stupid, especially the heroine, and I'm STILL baffled as to why she has a job in that group of detectives. Even WITHOUT training, she magically forgets there's been robberies that she's MEANT to be helping solve the case to, but when she finds jewellery stashed out in the middle of nowhere it never crosses her mind and MUST be a locals booty stash? Girl, no. You're just plain dumb and don't deserve that job, animal whisperer or not. And those actual trained detectives on the case? Dumb as shit also, and are REALLY gross. That 'sexual harassment case waiting to happen' or Sinatra as they call him, is a COMPLETE wanker. I didn't even really like the OCD guy but I was slightly interested in his story. SLIGHTLY.

    Everything else? A pain to read, I struggled to read it because it jumped to situations and there were a heap of sexual innuendos that were cheesy and pointless, and yes I said it wasn't the WORST book I've ever read because it wasn't completely terrible, but it wasn't good either. I'll continue to read from this author, just not from this series because I actually love a heap of her work, this just didn't mesh well with me because of everyone's stupidity at solving that easy as shit case.

  • Kimberly
    Dec 28, 2016

    Nope. I didn't even get answers to questions. Sadly I will not continue this series. Full review to come

  • Linh
    Dec 14, 2016

    I'm going to save this one for a rainy day.....maybe. Could barely get to 10%, the writing is choppy and the story doesn't flow well. I really do think the premise is interesting and would like to read the rest of the story. Hopefully the author will edit it to make it flow better and I'll give it another chance.

  • Brit Andrews
    Dec 23, 2016

    Recently I have read quite a few books with bear shifters so I thought hey why not read another? I was wrong. I'm fairly certain that a preschooler could have put the pieces together of this case and have more common sense than any of the characters in this book.

    It started out interesting what with Charli showing up expecting to find a dead bear but then ends up with a strange man. It's nice of her to try to help out this stranger with no memory that she gives the name Barry. Her ability to tal

    Recently I have read quite a few books with bear shifters so I thought hey why not read another? I was wrong. I'm fairly certain that a preschooler could have put the pieces together of this case and have more common sense than any of the characters in this book.

    It started out interesting what with Charli showing up expecting to find a dead bear but then ends up with a strange man. It's nice of her to try to help out this stranger with no memory that she gives the name Barry. Her ability to talk to animals that's interesting too. Her new job seems interesting as well. Until of course you find that clearly none of the people in the story seem to have any common sense or sense at all.

    Charli and her co-workers are supposed to be looking into a case where several unexplained robberies occurs and they are supposed to be working with the police. Seems fine, right? Despite the fact that it's stated that nobody trained them for this job and only one person seemed to have any police training other than the actual cops. Everything goes downhill when Charli and Barry try to figure out who he is and where he comes from. No matter where you might live or how exccentic the locals might be I can't fathom why when you know there are robberies going on that you would think finding a bag of money and jewelry half buried in the woods is not a cause for concern. Especially after someone is shooting at you. Common sense? Any sense? No... nope not Charli.

    So...

    Maybe that first time could have been forgiven. New job lots on their minds what with an amnesiac bear and whatnot. But then here are the coworkers who if I recall correctly watch surveillance of one of the robberies and see both some form of cat abc a naked woman. Both of them being shifters one might think they would have thought something more of this? Especially when they visit this place and one in fact runs into female cat shifters? Nope... mind you at least one of these people is an actual cop.

    And then...

    Well I lost all hope when Charli finds a clearly out of his mind Barry with bags of money just stolen from an armored truck and thinks nothing of it. Especially after finding he is clearly under some type of mind control. Even he is suspicious about the money and himself but Charli? Nope. A sane person would have called the police of her boss or literally tried to do anything other than what she did. It's amazing Charli lived so long with how ridiculous she is. Pretty much after that I came to the conclusion that this couldn't get much better. But I tried to get through it I really did. Shortly after the second shooting and being rescued by woodland creatures I was over it.

    I tried but could not finish this book based on the complete ridiculousness of the characters mostly Charli. Pretty sure someone watching just watching any one episode of any dectective/cop show on tv would have had better skills that Charli. But I cannot say if she improves in any way or not because I could not continue reading. Typically I will just to see what happens but in this case I didn't care enough or like her at all so I can't say how it ended. The whole secret mastermind making shifters and forcing them to do his bidding thing was almost enough to make me want to continue but nope. So I can't say if any of that is ever found out if if Barry ever regains his memory or figures out where he came from or who he is.

    I have never read anything by this author before so maybe there is something else she has written that I might like more so I will give it a try. This book though I received from NetGalley.

  • Kimberly
    Jan 12, 2017

    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.

    The characters were sadly cliche and lacked depth

    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.

    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.  

    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

    , 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.

    Audio provided by publisher.

  • Shay Williams
    Jan 26, 2017

    Technically I found BEARLY IN CONTROL to be well written and well edited. I didn't enjoy the book however because the characters just weren't realistic mainly the secondary characters. Charli is part of a shifter detective unit however the detectives seem be busier either moping or looking for their mates then actually solving crimes. It almost reminded me of an Abbott and Costello skit which really killed the book for me.

    I do want to give the author kudos however for how well she points out tha

    Technically I found BEARLY IN CONTROL to be well written and well edited. I didn't enjoy the book however because the characters just weren't realistic mainly the secondary characters. Charli is part of a shifter detective unit however the detectives seem be busier either moping or looking for their mates then actually solving crimes. It almost reminded me of an Abbott and Costello skit which really killed the book for me.

    I do want to give the author kudos however for how well she points out that 'curvy girls' can be extremely sexy. And the sex itself is hot and well done. I just demand more from the plot and the other characters.

    This is a paranormal romance that I would recommend my readers give a pass too though this is my own opinion. If you do check out this book and feel differently, please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

    *** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.