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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston

Format: .mobi
Release Date: March 25, 2014

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. . .

A honey badger shifter? Who knew they could be so complex and interesting? As a long time paranormal romance fan, I would never have even thought about a honey badger shifter as a character, let alone as one of the main characters, but with Shelley Laurenston, everything is fair game… And a gamble.

It paid off though. Bite Me was a delightful, foul mouth of a good time and for someone like me (who is a four letter word fan), I felt right at home. Laurenston has never let me down whenever I want laugh out loud fun with snarky characters who may or may not be dysfunctional in more than one way.

In typical Laurenston fashion, Livy is ballsy, bitchy and just too funny. She's too blunt not to be likable. There's not a fragile, wimpy bone in her body. I loved her sense of humor and though she has a big mouth and big opinions, she can and often does back it up with mean fighting skills.

Vic was a little different from a typical Laurenston male. Dare I say, Vic was more, reserved and quieter than previous male characters which to me gave Livy the opportunity to keep the spotlight for a lot longer. However, Vic isn't a pushover, he's a loner and a creature of few words (why say eight words when two will do) and because he's a bear/tiger hybrid, sometimes it seems like he's two different men which I found interesting.

Bite Me had plenty of "Did that just happen?" moments that showed Livy was less than perfect. For every five moments that show Livy's awesomeness, there's at least one moment where she's less awesome and more dork.

There's plenty of guessing going on in Bite Me and I really enjoyed that it wasn't 100% predictable, but it was 150% sexy. That's a Shelly Laurenston novel for you and it's formula that really works.

Bite Me does introduce a whole slew of new characters that could easily confuse readers if they're not used to the way Laurenston does things. It's a great way to make sure that readers don't get bored of the main couple and get a few laughs elsewhere. I mean, I would imagine laughing at the main characters all the time would hurt their egos right?

Final Verdict: Bite Me is another great addition to author Shelly Laurenston's long line of Pride books. It hit two firsts for me: A bear/tiger shifter and a honey badger shifter. An odd but very compatible pairing. This book is yet another good time for those who like their characters foul mouthed, cranky and funny.

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