Burden (Bayou Bear Chronicles #1) by Lila Felix review




“In the depths of the Louisiana swamps, clans of bear shifters roam freely. Hawke Turnclaw, the Alpha over all of his kind, is drowning in the legacy left to him by the Alpha before him, his own father. When he goes on a rescue mission to save a rogue Black bear from the clutches of a Grizzly clan, he finds more than just a Black bear, he finds his mate.


Echo has always been told she’s an anomaly, a fluke. She’s the only bear of her kind and that makes her a hindrance to her clan. She’s tried to run away, but they keep her tethered through guilt and a shock collar around her neck.


And then someone shows up claiming he’s her mate.
Now belonging to a new clan, will she ever be able to understand that she’s so much more than just a burden?”


You know, I’m curious. Did anybody else know that Lila writes paranormal? Because when I saw the author name I thought I was seeing things. Something else that’s surprising? This is her first paranormal book EVER and she nailed it on the head like a pro, naturally. Some people are just gifted like that I guess. Wish I was one of them lol.

Burden is about Hawke, alpha shifter to all bear clans, and Echo, the girl that has basically been a slave to the grizzly clan since she was a baby. For years Hawke has tried to find his destined mate, the alpha female to all bears. And he finds her in Echo after he’s told by one of the wolf clans that she’s been suffering across their lands for years. Hawke goes to save her from the slavery and the bond is formed instantly. Throughout the book we get differing POVs from both characters and I loved that aspect. We get the hardcore emotions of the mate bond from Hawke and the feelings of being a “burden” from Echo, who has been told all her life that she’s a freak and worthless. Of course, her new mate and clan don’t think having the ability to heal people with touch should be considered a “freak.” But poor Echo knows no differently. Through the entire book Hawke and his clan try to show Echo that she’s worth more than dirt and that there are people in this world that do love her. 

With destined mate bonds, rivaling clans, and inner pack betrayal, there was never a dull moment in this book. In each moment of seriousness there was also a touch of lightness brought by a character, so it never got too heavy. Every page gave to something new and I loved watching the characters grow with each other. My only problems with the book were Hawke and Echo’s mother. I liked Hawke, but he kind of came off as one dimensional to me. You really didn’t get to learn about his past all too much besides his parent’s relationship. Also, I found that Echo’s birth mother just kind of came out of nowhere. That whole story seemed a little odd to me. But other than those small details I throughly enjoyed the read and most definitely plan on reading the second installment, which will tell the story of Rev and Martha. They were some of my favorite characters in the story and I can’t wait to see their side of things in the next book.

Burden by Lila Felix = 4.5 stars





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