- Release Date
- March 2014
- Book 9 of Pride
Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life's irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad's untimely and unexplained demise.
That's where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can't step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he'll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…
Mar 24, 2014
83 people found the following review helpful
Shelly Laurenston never fails to entertain me. This wasn't what I was expecting and that's a good thing.
We were introduced to the almost mythical 'honey badger' shifter on the last book and, let me tell you, they are a terrific addition to this insanely hilarious shifter verse. Based on the Wolf with Benefits, I had some expectations about what this story would be like.
I was expecting the main characters to be in a focused hunt for the villain who had been arranging for shifters to be hunted. But this story isn't as much about the leads hunting down the villain as it is about ensuring that the villain goes down, regardless of who actually does the killing. I really liked that. It made sense because the heroine isn't a trained operative, but she has terrific connections and the hero, well, he has nothing to prove and if somebody else can do the job, that's fine by him. I LOVED THAT!
Livy the honey badger takes prickly to whole new level, which is why Vic the bear-tiger hybrid is a perfectly mellow (when the bear is in charge) alpha (when the cat is in control) hero for her. I didn't think this couple could actually work, but Ms. Laurenston makes it work and in the end, I was sold that the only match for a mean honey-badger was a bear-tiger hybrid.
This is the 9th book in the Pride series. Can it be read alone? No. Just...no. The villain thread has been going through several books now and there are several couples from previous books who also make an appearance and without context, they are just countless names on a page and it won't make much sense. Do you have to reread book 8 before this one? No, there are enough breadcrumbs in place that will make it easy to jump right into this book.
If you've kept up with the series, this is a must read with likeable leads and hilarious secondary characters. If you haven't read the last few books, you might want to backtrack a bit before jumping back into this one. If you haven't started this series...What are you waiting for? No one, NO ONE writes over-the-top, hilarious, loveable, mad-cow heroines with mellow, prima donna, high maintenance heroes better than Shelly Laurenston. Can't wait for the next one.
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