Truth or Bear, by Zoe Ashwood | ARC Book Review

Hello friends! For today’s post I have my review of the second book in the Shift series, Truth or Bear by Zoe Ashwood.

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**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

Trigger Warning: Kidnapping, Violence, Blood, and Sex Scenes.


Even a lone wolf’s heart can be broken.

Nikolai’s life was going just fine—until he was betrayed. He’s lost his job, his family’s trust, and his purpose, all for the cost of falling for a pretty bear. Now his friends have turned against him and they won’t stop until he’s dead. The last thing he wants to do is join forces with the woman responsible, but she might be his only chance at survival.

Getting kidnapped and shot was not part of Claire’s plan—and neither was falling for the lieutenant of the very organization she swore to destroy. Now working with Nik is dredging up all sorts of unwanted, heated memories. She couldn’t resist him when they first met, and nothing has changed when she sees his handsome face again.

But when rogues threaten their families, claws come out. Keeping secrets might have been their job description, but they’ll have to come clean to beat their enemies.

Publish Date: February 28, 2019.

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I was quite excited to read this second novel.

I had hoped that Truth or Bear was told by a different duo. Now that I’ve finished reading Truth of Bear I’m quite happy that this second novel was told from Nik and Claire’s point of view.

Nik is someone who had a good upbringing, but not a great one. You’ll see that when he compares how he grew up to how he figures Claire must have been raised. Though Nik has some taxing times in Truth or Bear, I’m relieved to see that he realized certain truths about his family and his former boss.

Claire is someone who has a deep respect for the SANA community, and for her own people. We see this in her earnest way, and we see it in how Claire wants to help everyone she can. She has a strong sense of morals and that dictates how she views her future as a future leader as well as a Shifter. 

IMG_7848Nik and Claire are great together. Even though there are betrayal’s between the two, I cannot express enough how much I loved having Nik and Claire talk things out. I don’t see two characters talking things out that much in novels because one or the other usually kisses the other to make them stop talking about it. I am so glad that that is not the case in Truth or Bear.

Yes, there were schmexy times in this book that were very steamy.

Falling into the story that is Truth or Bear was incredibly easy. I loved how immersed in the story I became. I also love Ashwood’s writing in general. 

I give Truth or Bear, 5 stars.

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

Check out my review of Trust the Wolf (Shift, #1), and  Bearly Married (Shift, #0.5).

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