Title: Breaking Badger
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles, #4
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Date: August 31, 2021
It’s instinct that drives Finn Malone to rescue a bunch of hard battling honey badgers. The Siberian tiger shifter just can’t bear to see his fellow shifters harmed. But no way can Finn have a houseful of honey badgers when he also has two brothers with no patience. Things just go from bad to worse when the badgers rudely ejected from his home turn out to be the only ones who can help him solve a family tragedy. He’s just not sure he can even get back into the badgers’ good graces. Since badgers lack graces of any kind…
Mads knows her teammates aren’t about to forgive the cats that were so rude to them, but moody Finn isn’t so bad. And he’s cute! The badger part of her understands Finn’s burning need to avenge his father’s death–after all, vengeance is her favorite pastime. So Mads sets about helping Finn settle his family’s score, which has its perks, since she gets to avoid her own family drama. Besides, fighting side by side with Finn is her kind of fun–especially when she can get in a hot and heavy snuggle with her very own growling, eye-rolling, and utterly irresistible kitty-cat…
As always, I was delighted to get a copy of a Shelly Laurenston book. It doesn’t matter which series or which pen name (G. A. Aiken) she is using, her books are my go-to favorites. And I absolutely love the honey badgers.
Many of my favorite characters showed up in this book. Charlie is one of my favorites and she was true to form. However, it is the number of newish characters that bothered me. Most, if not all, of them were introduced in the last book: Badger to the Bone. The new characters include four tiger brothers and their hybrid sister and four honey badger hybrid female friends. They’re all great characters, but that was too many personalities for me to keep track of all at once.
Did I enjoy the book? Definitely! Will I read it again? Of course. Is it one of my favorites? Afraid not.
One thing for sure. You really need to re-read Badger to the Bone before this one. You will be totally lost otherwise.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Title: Breaking Badger
“Quote-Tastic Monday” is a meme hosted every Monday on Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Head on over there to see what 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.
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.
I 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.
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!