Dominant grizzly shifter, Ian Silver, has a job to do. One of the local werewolves is on a violent bender, and as a shifter enforcer, Ian has an order to put him down. But when his mark begs him to check on the woman he hurt, Ian can’t help his curiosity. One meeting with Elyse and his shock nearly doubles him over. A husband for hire? Hell no. Forget his protective instincts and his inability to stay away from the beguiling woman. He would make a terrible mate and besides…what Elyse doesn’t know about him could kill her.
"Husband Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the first novel in the "Bears for Hire Series". Living in Alaska is not for the faint of heart. Living on a homestead in Alaska with the barest modern accommodations is even harder. For Elyse Abram it was a dream for her to prove to herself that she could make it. The bad thing is that her former boyfriend mooched off her and stole most of her food and livestock before she kicked him out. Starving and desperate to keep her homestead, she puts out an advertisement for a husband in the paper.
Ian Silver awakes from his six month hibernation to find that he's been ordered to put down a wolf shifter that has gone mad. As a grizzly bear shifter, it is his responsibility to keep other shifters in line so that no one finds out about them. But as Ian's path crosses Elyse's he can't help but feel drawn to her even if it means risking his heart in the process.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters are well developed. Their romance definitely kept my attention.
"Lena Rhodes is a professional runner. Life is a lot easier when she is throwing everything she has into being a nature photographer for an elite outdoor magazine. And now, she is on her biggest assignment yet: Alaskan brown bears. She’s been training for years for this opportunity, but the growly, sexy outdoor guide charged with taking her to the bears is turning her world on its axis. She had everything figured out. Eat, sleep, take photographs, and never let anyone get too close. Too bad Jenner is making her forget all her rules. But his secrets are deep and dark, and as it turns out, the dangerous Alaskan grizzlies she is here to photograph are the least of her worries.
Jenner Silver is just trying to get from one day to the next without his inner bear shredding him. But when a feisty, beautiful wildlife photographer shows up at his lodge begging a tour to find brown bears, his protective instincts go into overdrive. The harder he tries to stay away from her, the more he wants to know about the woman, but both of their survival depends on him keeping his head out in the Alaskan bush. Torn between maintaining a professional relationship, and the bone-deep desire to claim her for his own, Jenner will have to decide if he’s ready to share his secrets. And only if Lena can stop running.
Tobias Silver is flying to the notoriously dangerous Perl Island to talk to a misfit about a rumor he’s heard. Some say Vera Masterson can suppress shifter animals, and he’s headed into a brutal hibernation season desperate to cure his grizzly instincts. What he doesn’t expect is to meet a smart-mouthed enchantress who is determined to hire him as her mate. She’s hiding a mountain of secrets, and she’ll need more protection than he’s prepared for, but she could be the answer to all his hibernation problems. All that’s left to do now is keep carefully detached from his accidental mate, because falling for the secretive woman could spell disaster for them both.
"Mate Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the third novel in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Vera Masterson was once a normal human, living a fairly normal life. But when she made one poor decision she found herself in a seriously dangerous situation and trapped on the island of misfit shifters for three years. Her plan, hire Tobias Silver to be her mate. Tobias Silver, a bush pilot by trade, and a grizzle bear shifter by birth has spent every winter since he was sixteen in hibernation. But when Vera, a fairly eccentric scientist, offers to cure him and his brothers of this aliment, he jumps into a relationship with her that he'll be bound to for life. Overall, I thought that this was another great addition to the series. Joyce is able to give each of her characters a unique perspective of life, along with personality traits. Even though the story is heavy on the romance side, there are several exciting scenes leading to a great ending.
Nicole Brand is in Alaska to discover a part of her life she didn’t know existed. The father she never knew was killed by a wolf, and in an effort to understand who he was, she throws herself into wilderness living. But a chance meeting with a tall, dark, and growly stranger has her thinking that maybe it is fate that has brought her to Galena, Alaska. The more she gets to know the man she is falling desperately hard for, the more of Link’s dark secrets surface—and some of those revolve around her father. She should’ve listened when Link warned her about how dangerous he is, but now it’s too late. She’ll have to decide whether to return to her safe life in the lower forty-eight, or to stay and fight for the man who seems to think she can save him.
"Wolf Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the fourth book in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Lincoln McCall is the black sheep of the McCalls. He's no man eater, but like everyone else in his blood line, he realizes that he's slowly going crazy. Protecting the Silvers' mates while they hibernate gave him a purpose, but now that is no longer an issue he is struggling to keep it together. Nicole Brand recently moved up to Alaska. About a year before she arrived, her biological father she never knew was killed in a wolf attack. She's struggling to find herself while picking up the pieces of her shattered life. Can Nicole become Link's anchor? Can Link keep it together long enough to be saved? Overall, I really enjoyed this additional novel to the "Bears Fur Hire" series. It is heavy on the romance, but there are also a few pieces of the overall story arch that are wrapped up by the end of the novel.
Kate has been burned by a shifter before, and now Dalton Dawson is following her. One look at the growly, bright-eyed stranger and she knows exactly what is lurking inside of him. Sure, she’s scared and she knows better than to get into a friendship with a werewolf, but Dalton is tearing down her walls one by one. Dalton makes her feel safe and empowered, and it’s been a long time since her future looked so bright. But as both of their pasts come back to haunt them, she’ll have to decide whether Dalton is really the safe choice when it comes to protecting her heart…and her life.
"Dawson Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the fifth novel in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Every first of April, Dalton Dawson withdraws into himself and hides out to mourn the loss of his daughter. In the past, werewolf baby girls never survive more than a few days, and with the passage of each year, it just gets harder and harder for Dalton to see past his pain. Katherine Hawke sweeps into Dalton's life and catches attention. She's timid, but risks her safety to help out her neighbors in the most surprising ways. Dalton can't help but want to protect her. Overall, this was another great addition to the "Bears Fur Hire" series. It was heavy on the romance, with a few surprising turn of events toward the end.
What if werewolves aren’t the bad guys? What if she’s the monster?
Chance knows he’s being hunted. What he can’t figure out is why the alluring new woman in town has her sights set on him. He’ll draw her in close, but just to show her she’s wrong about him. But when that dangerous siren starts calling to his wolf, he knows he’s in over his head. And if his alpha, Link, finds out what Emily is doing in Galena, he’ll destroy her. Pulled between his loyalty to the pack and the woman he’s falling for, Chance will have to protect her from all sides, because as it turns out…Emily isn’t the only one on the hunt.
"Chance Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is sixth addition to the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Upon returning home from working at Silver Summit, Chance Dawson notices that there is a faint floral scent in his shed. He also smells it in Dalton and Kate's cabin. He hopes its nothing, but when he encounters Emily at the gas station, he automatically recognizes the scent. Suspicious of Emily, he discovers rather quickly that Emily is one of the last of the Hell Hunters. Emily Vega can't believe she's been lied to her entire life. Werewolves are not the heartless demons bent on eating as many people as possible as her father and uncle have taught her. She takes it upon herself to make up for a past that she was not responsible, but will bare its weight. Overall, I liked the different twists this novel took. I also found it interesting that Joyce included references to events that happened in her "Wolf Bride" series. I hope she continues to add to this series. Maybe Elyse's brother can meet another shifter that was turned by Jonathan Greene or she can write what happens to all of the kids. Either way, I enjoyed this series.
Content Warning: Explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Intended for mature audiences.