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Quote-tastic Monday: Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

“Quote-Tastic Monday” is a meme hosted every Monday on Herding Cats & Burning Soup.  Head on over there to see quote-tastic final with green borderwhat everyone else is posting about this week.

I always think of book reviews posts as focusing on new books or books that are soon to be published.  Since I am in a re-reading phase, that is not happening for me right now.  Of course, I can always tell myself that I am introducing readers to new-to-them books/series and alleviate the guilt of not writing about new books.

Hey, I’m easy to convince of things that go along with what I want any day.

So, Shelly Laurenston is one of my all time favorite authors.  I particularly love the Pride series of which this is book eight.  I have reviewed it before and gave it a well-deserved five stars.  This post is simply to highlight a couple of my favorite passages.

Reece is not a main character in this book, but the younger brother of Ricky Lee, the male lead.  He is the really goofy one of the group.

And when Reece was a bit uncomfortable, he started looking for things to do.  Things he probably shouldn’t do but couldn’t keep himself from doing because he bored so easy.

It wasn’t his fault, he’d just been born that way.  According to his momma, he was like that as a baby, too.  “Couldn’t leave you alone for five minutes, Reece Lee Reed,” his momma still said to this day.  “Because once I turned my back, you’d find something to get your dumb ass into.”

Ricky and Toni are talking about the fact that her father can’t handle the fact that his jackal daughter has fallen for a wolf . . . a hillbilly wolf no less.  Ricky is not sure that Toni has really fallen for him . . .

When she pulled back a bit, Ricky softly asked, “You sure about that?  The falling, I mean.  Because I can’t really tell.”

“Because you’re male and all of you are hopelessly stupid.”  She smiled at him and went back to the stove.

This is one of the funniest books in the series and that is saying something.  If you are ever down and need something to cheer you up, I cannot recommend this series enough.  You will laugh out loud, and I’m not just LOLing!  I have two series that I grab when I don’t know what I want to read or I really need something to get me out of a slump.  Jayne Ann Krentz’ dustbunny books is one and this series is the other.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Quote-tastic: Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

This is the first time I have participated in Quote-tastic, but it will not be the last.  Bear Meets Girl is the seventh book in Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series and one of my favorites.  I have read this series since its beginning for many reasons:  shifters, hot shifters, kick-ass females, and most of all, the books are hysterically funny.  This one is no exception.  Crush was briefly introduced in the first book in the series:  The Mane Event: Christmas Pride.  I can still remember Dez screaming “There are bears?”

We never really saw anymore about Crush until he got his own book.  His personality is not what I expected, but he is adorable.  He doesn’t like Cella or at least he doesn’t want to, but he certain lusts after her.  Of course, they eventually get their happily ever after and when Cella’s ex tells her to be happy, she responds,

“I’m always happy,” she told him.  “It annoys people.”

And that describes Cella’s personality perfectly.

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The Mane Event (Pride #1) by Shelly Laurenston

The Mane EventI was actually re-reading this book yesterday while I waited for the UPS truck to come with Beast Behaving Badly, the most recent book in the series.  It contains the first two stories in the Pride series: Christmas Pride and Shaw’s Tail.

I don’t even know how many times I have read these books, but everyone of them is hysterically funny.  These are some of the books I pick up when I am tired of reading “serious” books.  I consider them some of my comfort reads.  If I want something I know I will enjoy, I can count on Shelly Laurenston.

In Christmas Pride, Desiree “Dez” McDermott is an New York cop investigating the death of a member of Mason “Mace” Llewellyn’s pride.  Of course, she has no idea that Mace or the victim are actually lion shape changers.  Unfortunately, Dez has always been a dog person.  Some of the funniest scenes involve Mace and Dez’s two Rottweilers.

Because I have read this book so many times before, I am not going to re-read Shaw’s Tail again right now.  I can tell you, however, it is about Brendon Shaw, another member of the pride, and Ronnie Lee Reed, a member of the Smith wolf pack from Tennessee.

Just as a heads up, you need to know the language is very rough and the sex is very explicit, in case that makes a difference to you.

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Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5) by Shelly Laurenston

Beast Behaving Badly book coverI read this book in one sitting which is not surprising because I cannot put a Shelly Laurenston book down!

Blayne, the scary dog/wolf hybrid is back.  In previous books, we never see her really losing her temper, but we have warnings that it is not a good thing.  Now we know why.

Bo is a polar bear/lion mix, or as Blayne calls him a bearcat.  He is not as immediately likable as the grizzly Lock is in The Mane Squeeze, but he definitely grows on you.

There are references to Laurenston’s previous series The Magnus Pack, although you do not have to have read them to follow this book.  However, I haven’t read them in awhile, so I am sure I will pull them back out.

I am not sure which characters the next book will focus on, although I have my suspicions.  All I know is that I cannot wait!

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