Review: Love at First Roar by Celia Kyle (@mlsimmons, @celiakyle)

Posted January 24, 2016 by Melanie in Melanie, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Love at First Roar by Celia Kyle (@mlsimmons, @celiakyle)
Love at First Roar by Celia Kyle
Series: Grayslake #4
Published by Indie
Published on: October 23, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 382
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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What happens when a half-blind weremole girl falls for a scarred werebear guy? A match made in furry, dirt-caked heaven. Mostly.

Weremole Kira Kolanowski has spent twenty-nine-ish years of her life half-blind and occasionally half-dead. (Her family isn’t exactly loving.) In an effort to remain fully alive, she moves to Grayslake, Georgia, with her poor excuse for a guide dog—a guide dog who decides to lift his leg and relieve himself on sexy-smelling werebear Isaac Abrams’ belongings. And when he roars…well, it makes her heart go pitter-patter and other parts go “ooh baby, ooh baby.” Just when she thinks she might have found happiness, a raving she-bitch werebear chick tries to kill her with the same poison that scarred Isaac to hell and back. The poison that Kira’s family happens to manufacture…

Isaac Abrams is leaving Grayslake. He’s tried, lord how he’s tried, to settle into life in Grayslake after the birth of his niece, but it’s not happening. He’s been home for a year, and it’s been 365 plus days of women looking past him and flat-out pretending he doesn’t exist. The battle with the hyenas didn’t just ruin his face, it ruined his chances at finding a mate in his hometown. So, he’s leaving. Or he was leaving until one day a lush, curvaceous weremole wanders into his half-packed house with that damned peeing dog of hers…it’s a good thing she’s so gorgeous.

Maybe he will stay—stay and keep Kira Kolanowski all to himself. Well, once he kills everyone who’s trying to kill her.

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Isaac Abrams is the Grayslake town healer. While he loves the town, clan and family, he just can’t take the pity looks any more. In a fight with werehyenas that took place in one the first book, he wouldn’t allow anyone to tend to his own wounds until he was done healing everyone else that needed it. It left him scarred. Now, everyone in the town sees nothing but the scares. He wants nothing more than to have a family like his brothers have, but he will never get it in Grayslake where people still remember what he used to be. So he is going to move to a new territory to help that territory’s aging healer.

Kira is a half weremole (this a new shifter for me). She is half-blind and has a good for nothing guide dog. She grew up in a terrible territory where she wasn’t treated too bad until she turned eighteen. Then things changed. Her half-brother started torturing her. She became the guinea pig to test the poison that the shifters were using on the other shifters. When she was finally able to run, she ran to Grayslake. Good thing too, since that is where she meets her mate.

This is yet another book in this series where either the hero or heroine (or in this case, both) are damaged in some way. The author likes to write stories about how her characters can overcome these issues and still have that happy ever after. She also likes to write about how outside prejudices can affect both the hero and heroines in her story, and how it is even worse when it is family showing those prejudices.

Ty, the clan leader and the oldest brother of all the heroes in these books, has been quite the jerk in several of these books. He either hasn’t stood behind the brother that was hero of that story and let another brother treat the heroine poorly, if not do it himself. Well, that comes to a head in this story when the Abrams’ mother and father spend more time in the story. They chastise their sons for how they are treating the others. They almost lost their youngest son in the previous book and they aren’t about to go through that again.

I like how this author takes on tough topics such a prejudices with a sense of humor that isn’t tasteless. She has done this in pretty much every book so far in this series. I’ve really enjoyed them. I don’t feel like I’m being preached to about these topics. It does make me stop and think about how these things happen even within family. I’ve really enjoyed the stories.

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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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20 responses to “Review: Love at First Roar by Celia Kyle (@mlsimmons, @celiakyle)

  1. oh this sounds really fantastic!! I have this author on my tbr but have yet to read her. Which is odd since she is the type of author I have a feeling I would love to read. I really admire authors that bring difficult topics into books like this. You have me really excited for this one. Great review.

  2. I’m going to have to check out this series sooner than later, Melanie. I really like the idea of physically flawed characters, especially in shifters where we typically think they could heal anything. And I also like that Kyle takes on prejudices and difficult topics which aren’t usually elements of paranormal romance. I’m happy that Isaac and Kira get their HEA. Oh, and a weremole! That’s certainly a new one! 😀