"Return to White Bear, Alaska for Claiming the White Bear!"
Reviewed by Kim Roller
Posted February 20, 2019
She's in trouble and needs her ex-boyfriend's help. He's
been in love with her for years and always hoped she'd
return. Can they reclaim the love they shared, or will a
family feud, the death of her brother and a custody battle
come between them?
CLAIMING THE WHITE BEAR brings together a long-separated
couple back together. It's filled with passionate love
scenes and doubt about whether families can be healed. A
long separation can be picked up right where it left off
that you don't know what you're missing until you have it
again. Terry Spear throws in a little humor and suspense
along with a lot of passion.
I'm looking forward to more of the White Bear
series and which of the cousins will be next, the one
who helps run the family bar, the one who's a state trooper,
or the one who's the bush pilot. Can't wait to find out and
also get caught up with the first book in the series, LOVING THE
WHITE BEAR, which is about Edward's twin brother.
A Romeo-Juliet type family feud, polar bear style, tore
apart; can they find true love again?
Itâ€™s nearly Christmas, no tours on the schedule for Edward
MacMathan and his brother and so theyâ€™re working in their
uncle and auntâ€™s tavern when the love of Edward's life
returns with two young boys in tow, and they look a lot
him when he and Rob were that age. Robyn Conibear is in
trouble and she's fled her deceased mate's sleuth to keep
his parents from taking custody of her and Edward's sons.
Can she and Edward renew the love they had for each other
despite the six years that have passed? Or will her return
only cause more grief between her family and his as the
But Edward is the boys' true father and she wants to be
him no matter what. Likewise, Edward is determined to
protect her and the boys, both from her former mate's
and her own, and take up where the two of them had left
ExcerptEdward MacMathan has just waited on Robyn Conibear at his
aunt and uncle's restaurant in White Bear, Alaska, the
woman he'd fallen in love with some years ago, and now
she's returned with two little boys to his hometown and
stirred up him and his family all over again.
â€śWhoâ€™s the woman and kids?â€ť Uncle Ned asked, setting
another couple of plates on top of the counter for pickup,
his hair and beard white.
They always told him he should be Santa Claus for Christmas
and he always said he would be, once Robâ€™s kids were older.
â€śSomeone from out of town. She had car trouble. Iâ€™m calling
Joe to pick up her vehicle and take care of it. And yes,
theyâ€™re some of our kind.â€ť Edward didnâ€™t know why he didnâ€™t
just flat out say who she was. He guessed he was worried
his family might be upset with her for leaving him, but
they knew the reason too.
Uncle Ned smiled.
â€śSheâ€™s got kids. Sheesh.â€ť Edward couldnâ€™t believe his uncle
was even pushing to get him hitched. But when his aunt and
uncle couldnâ€™t get their own three boys married off, theyâ€™d
been eager to see Rob and Edward mated. Rob and Edwardâ€™s
parents had been killed in an avalanche and theyâ€™d adopted
the boys to raise alongside their cousins. They had hoped
Rob and Edward would provide them with grandchildren, well,
great nieces or nephews, but they considered them their
grandchildren. Now that Rob had twins, Edward thought they
would be satisfied. But no, their aunt and uncle loved them
so much, they wanted more.
â€śYou chased off the Wright brothers to give them seats so
you could still wait on the woman and her kids.â€ť Uncle Ned
loaded a couple of more platters on the counter, while
Edward tried to contact Joe on his cell.
â€śThey had to walk some distance into town, and they were
half frozen. They needed a seat next to the fire,â€ť Edward
said. Then Joe answered the phone. â€śHey, Joe, I've got a
job for you.â€ť Edward told him what had happened.
â€śOkay, Iâ€™ll be right over.â€ť
â€śThanks, Joe.â€ť Edward entered the kitchen and made up three
steaming mugs of hot chocolate topped with twice the
whipped cream they usually added.
Aunt Genevieve had returned to the kitchen while Alicia and
Rob were finishing their meal, the babies in their carriers
sound asleep. His aunt was studying Edward. â€śThe hot
chocolates are for someone special?â€ť She arched a brow.
He explained what had happened again.
His aunt looked out from the kitchen to see what the woman
looked like. His auntâ€™s eyes widened, and she tsked. â€śRobyn
Conibear? She has a mate?â€ť
â€śThat usually comes with the territory when youâ€™ve got a
couple of kids.â€ť Edward gave his aunt a kiss on the cheek
and with the tray of hot chocolates, papers to color on,
and crayons, he headed back to Robynâ€™s table. He set the
whipped cream-topped mugs on the table. â€śHere you go,
boys.â€ť He gave them each the packages of crayons and the
coloring pages. They eagerly took them. Their mom helped
Garrett open his package, and Edward helped Bryan. â€śDid you
decide what you want to eat?â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ll have the hot chicken soup, hamburgers, and french
â€śOkay, got it. Joe, the tow truck operator, is coming over
and will talkâ€”â€ť The door opened and Edward glanced to see
who it was. Joe. He was always completely dependable.
Edward waved to him and he waved back and headed for their
table. â€śThatâ€™s Joe Cavender. Heâ€™s an honest guy and heâ€™ll
figure out whatâ€™s wrong with the pickup, no problem.â€ť
â€śThanks for everything.â€ť
â€śYou bet. Iâ€™ll just put this order in and get the hot soup
out to you right away.â€ť
Joe joined them and began talking to Robyn. Edward returned
to the kitchen to fill up bowls with chicken soup. His aunt
just shook her head. â€śDo you know how many times youâ€™ve
come in the kitchen to help serve up anything to customers?
â€śShe and the boys are half frozen.â€ť
â€śUh-huh. And sheâ€™s a former girlfriend.â€ť Aunt Genevieve
peered over the ledge to see what Robyn looked like. Then
she smiled. â€śWell.â€ť
â€śWhatâ€™s that supposed to mean?â€ť Edward lifted the tray of
bowls of soup.
â€śSheâ€™s still a looker and the boys are cute.â€ť Aunt
Genevieve frowned. â€śThey look a lot like you and your
brother at around that age.â€ť
â€śSheâ€™s still mated.â€ť Edward carried the tray to Robynâ€™s
Joe inclined his head to Edward on the way out of the
Ben and Rob were leaning against a post, arms folded across
their chests as they watched Edward leave off the bowls of
soup at Robynâ€™s table and head back to the counter. He
walked right past his brother and cousin to grab another
tray, except this time to deliver to another table. He was
trying to ignore Ben and his brother, but they followed him
to the kitchen to pick up more meal orders.
â€śWho is she?â€ť Ben asked.
â€śSheâ€™s one of us. Robyn Conibear.â€ť Edward repeated what had
Both Ben and Rob swung their heads around to get a better
look at her. â€śHell,â€ť Rob said.
â€śHe made the Wright brothers move from their table,â€ť Ben
â€śHe fixed them hot cocoa with mountains of whipped cream,â€ť
â€śAnd bowls of hot chicken soup,â€ť Ben added.
â€śAnd she has two kids. Which means she has a mate. Either
of you would have done the same for her, if youâ€™d seen how
cold she was when she first arrived,â€ť Edward reminded them.
He glanced at the table where Alicia had been sitting, but
realized she was leaving, and Aunt Genevieve was carrying
out one of the sleeping babies, while Alicia had the other.
â€śSo, Joeâ€™s going to tow her truck into town for her?â€ť Rob
asked, grabbing another platter.
â€śYeah.â€ť Edward suspected that everyone was going to hear
about his helping the woman and her kids out and it would
be the talk of all of White Bear. Well, as far as the
shifter population went. Especially since sheâ€™d been an old
flame of his.
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