Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Rick’s Bear
SERIES: Boys of Brighton #3
AUTHOR: M. Tasia
PUBLISHER: Boroughs Publishing Group
LENGTH: 137 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2017
Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.
A DEN OF THEIR OWN
Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and prefers to be left alone. After growing up in—and barely escaping—one of the toughest motorcycle gangs out of Chicago, he just wants peace. Librarian Rick Johansson is the same. Due to his anxiety, he has always lived on the outskirts of society, finding it far safer to stay in the stacks. But no man is an island, and when the two are thrust together by dangerous events playing out around them, they see that life is better together. The tattooed, bear of a biker and the quiet, unassuming librarian will soon show the residents of Brighton that the local bookworm can teach an old bear new tricks.
This is the second story that I’ve read in the Boys of Brighton series but it can most assuredly be read as a standalone.
This time M. Tasia gives us the story of Bear and Rick – the ex-biker and the shy librarian. I loved the match up between these completely different characters, and I appreciated that although the big, more confident Bear did instigate the relationship with the smaller, awkward Rick, he didn’t possess all of the answers to make everything perfect. What he did have was the patience and gentleness to draw out Rick’s character and let us get to know this hesitant man.
This story actually didn’t go the way I expected it to. After reading the previous book in the series and having danger mentioned here in the blurb, I though we were going to have more violence and action than what we actually did. Perhaps in the form of Bear’s ex-motor cycle gang? But that isn’t a complaint. I liked the fact that the author doesn’t seem to have a “type” of story and isn’t stuck only writing one thing. Instead the focus was much more on the two main characters building their relationship and then expanding their family to include Bear’s sister and son. I enjoyed the contrast between the previous book and this one. Whereas that one was sexy, this one is sweet. Although that’s not to say that Rick and Bear aren’t hot together.
There were a lot of time jumps in the story. To be honest I didn’t have a problem with it but I feel the need to mention it because I know that many readers won’t like it.
The ending was great, I was grinning and loving it…all up until those last few sentences. WTF!? Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, and it wasn’t a cliffhanger. It’s just made me too impatient for the next book now! I’m actually really looking forward to continuing this series.