Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston *ARC Review*

There’s nothing like a good-‘ol-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, seduces, and protects with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whomever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he gets of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

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Very few authors get me laughing out loud at the desk but Shelly Laurenston consistently proves herself one of them. Wolf With Benefits is filled with unique characters (dare I say even more than usual?) and their interactions are just so ridiculous and over the top that you have to laugh.  I got a little used to her 'prodigy' characters in Miki's story ("Go Fetch!") but come on now - a whole family?! I do not have Toni's patience and couldn't imagine living my life trying to make sure no one does any permanent damage.

Luckily, into all this crazy wanders Ricky Lee. One of the 'Reed' boys he does what he likes and 'waits for the entertainment to come to him'. Which it does, in spades, especially once he gets his sites set on Toni. Together the two of them have to navigate the wacky waters of all her siblings, the return of Irene Conridge and what appears to be an underground operation to kidnap someone important. Surprisingly the only really slow part I'd say is when Toni and Ricky go off to Siberia to negotiate a hockey game (yes this makes sense, I promise). Maybe because the bears they meet up with are more annoying then endearing? Either way I was happy to head back to NY and the rest of the whole cast because while I knew sh*t was gonna hit the fan there's no way I could have predicted the way everything turned out. Loved it!

Overall Feeling - A-

Series - ... 6) Big Bad Beast 7) Bear Meets Girl 8) Howl for It 9) Wolf With Benefits

*Title requested from NetGalley*

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