Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston

Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can't get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he's shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is...

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it's good advice, but he can't leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness -- or his hunch that there's more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn't yet begun to fathom -- much as he'd like to. She may insist Bo's nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she'll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it'll be worth the wait...

I know that whenever I review a Shelly Laurenston title I tend to wax on (almost poetically) about the greatness of that particular title. I can't help it, it's just that every time I read a new one of her books I'm reminded of how much fun romances can be. Sex with a little bit of mystery and violence works so well when combine with a sense of humor. You can tell from reading the author bio that Laurenston knows how to laugh at herself and combining that with a knowledge of the ridiculous results in an addicting release pretty much every time.

Beast Behaving Badly picks up right after The Mane Squeeze with Blayne and Gwen working hard to be ready for the derby championship. Nothing is going quite according to plan though and Blayne is hurt when she finds out that Gwen is going to remove her from the bout due to concerns that she can't play tough enough against her opponents to win. Along with being hurt, Blayne takes offense to this attitude and uses her natural charm and ability to manipulate to rope Bo Novikov, asshole extraordinaire, to teach her how to win. Bo doesn't have a lot of patience for what appears to be a flighty wolf-dog, but he lets his attraction get the best of him and agrees to help. And from all this chaos ensues, because things are never as simple as they seem on the surface, and many different underground concerns pop up to mess with Bo's schedule (and once you read more about this bear-lion you'll realize what a horribly thing that is). Blayne and Bo are a ton of fun to read about, because both of them have a lot to learn about compromise and what that means when applied to a relationship. Laurenston continues her Pride series with more great dialogue, action, and suspense - with a big dose of sexual tension along the way!

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up! This series is a staple on my shelves because Laurenston is one of those rare authors that can always be counted on for a hilarious and spicy read.

Series - 1) The Mane Event 2) The Beast in Him 3) The Mane Attraction 4) The Mane Squeeze 5) Beast Behaving Badly