Axman Werebear by T.S. Joyce
Series: Saw Bears #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Arranged marriage, hidden agendas, deep secrets, and heart-pounding romance come together to tell Bruiser’s story in the 5th installment of T. S. Joyce’s bestselling Saw Bears series.
Diem Daye has led a sheltered life. As the only breeding female of her kind, her father has kept her tucked away and heavily guarded. But when he makes a deal behind her back, and marries her off to a local lumberjack werebear, she fights everything that is expected of her. As the dust settles and she begins to realize just how special her arranged union to Bruiser Keller is, she’ll have to decide to make the ultimate sacrifice for her kind, or live and love in the safety of her new mate’s protection.
Bruiser made a deal with a legendary shifter to save his family, but the consequences run deep when he returns home to the Asheland Mobile Park. Now he must marry a woman he’s never met, and if Diem’s pissed off countenance is anything to go by, she doesn’t want this pairing any more than he does. Bruiser vows to soften her hardened heart, but her secrets could bring danger to his beloved Ashe Crew, and could alter the course of his life forever.
Love comes at a cost for shifters like Bruiser and Diem. If they want a real shot at happiness, they’ll have to learn how to survive each other.
Content Warning: explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Adult only bear shifter romance.
I actually read this particular book before I read any of the other Saw Bears series. The reason was because I discovered the Fire Bears series first and Bruiser was in that particular series and I wanted to know what happened to him. This book is what led me to want to know what happened to the rest of the Ashe Crew. Horace “Bruiser” Keller made an agreement with Damon Daye, a dragon shifter, to marry his daughter sight unseen if Damon would help him save his half-brothers and their crew (this happens in the Fire Bears series.) So Bruiser heads home and on the first day back Damon is ready to collect on that debt. I have to say that in the beginning of this book I didn’t like Damon. He was a brute and although by the end of it I understand a bit better he was just awful.
Diem, Damon’s daughter, understands her place in life even if she doesn’t like it. She is a breeder as far as her father is concerned and that makes her expendable. In fact he didn’t even tell her about the agreement until he took her to meet Bruiser and leave her with him after they married. Diem is quiet and resigned to her life or what will be left of it but as Bruiser breaks down all of those walls that she has manged to out up they begin to connect and understand one another. Bruiser knows that she is his mate and he will not let any harm come to her whether it is from her father or from having a child. Diem thought she was losing her life when she married but what she learned was that she was gaining her freedom. The freedom to live, to love, to be a part of a family that values her more than her own ever did.