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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
¿Toni¿ Jean-Louis Parker is an extraordinary young lady with a h
Ricky Lee Reed isn’t looking for anything serious but when he runs into the intriguing little she-jackal during his brother’s hockey practice, his world is about to change. Where that little she-jackal goes, crazy and entertaining things always follow. Ricky just happens to be there most of the time to watch it happens. When Toni suffers from separation anxiety, the slow building friendship becomes something much more. This sexy wolf may have bitten off more than he can chew with this hot little she-jackal but it sure is going to be fun to watch.
This is another hilariously funny story from Shelly Laurenston. I can’t help but laugh out loud at the outrageous antics of these amazing characters from Laurenston imagination. Sometimes I wonder, how does she make this stuff up...but I’m still blown away time and time again. You want a fun, exciting, action packed, crazy shifter story don’t miss Wolf with Benefits.
This ARC copy of Wolf with Benefits was given to me by Kensington Publishing Group in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date March 26, 2013.
posted by Sailon on March 26, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Stars¿An Unexpected Letdown Wolf with Benefits is the eighth
Wolf with Benefits is the eighth book in Shelly Laurenston’s hilarious and sexy Pride series. The female and male shifters – sometimes human mates – battle wits, pour on the charm, karaoke, race cars, display peculiar traits (love the bear...
Wolf with Benefits is the eighth book in Shelly Laurenston’s hilarious and sexy Pride series. The female and male shifters – sometimes human mates – battle wits, pour on the charm, karaoke, race cars, display peculiar traits (love the bears!), and enjoy rigorous love lives. Set in modern times, the focus is primarily on the romance with an ongoing mystery-suspense involving human/shifter violence. This paranormal romance book has some of the ingredients Laurenston usually uses, but they are very weak. It was not what I expected…at all!
The match-up is between Toni Jean-Louis Parker, a jackal shifter, and Ricky Lee Reed, a wolf shifter and relative of the Smith Pack. In a family of prodigies, Toni is the only sibling of average intelligence. She deftly manages her demanding family’s hectic schedules. Appreciation for her services is rarely given. For the most part, the story focuses on Toni cutting the ‘umbilical cord’ and finding her place in the world. Ricky Lee tags along.
The romance was missing, although there are a few love scenes. The reason for Ricky’s attraction is basic. The simplest conclusion I can make of Toni’s attraction to Ricky Lee is physical proximity. He’s there plus she’s cute pretty much sums up their romance. Their sexy times did not scorch the pages for me; I didn’t find the couple engaging nor did I feel emotionally invested, which I’ve felt toward previous main characters.
Wolf with Benefits is listed as having four hundred pages. It was a struggle at the halfway mark when I realized it wasn’t getting any better. The pacing is slow. The plot is unfocused. Previous characters appear and readers are given their status, mates’ names, Packs’ names, and humorous quotes here and there. The parade of characters felt like filler. Toni’s siblings and secondary characters had little adventures that distracted me from the storylines I tried to follow.
I seem to be in the minority regarding my feelings for this book. I have read and loved other Pride books. I thought this would be a ‘sure thing.’ I was wrong. Maybe you won’t feel that way. Read other reviews! I’ll definitely read the next Shelly Laurenston book with the hope it will be much better and back on track to what I’m used to from this talented author.
ARC courtesy of Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
posted by AnnaNanner on March 26, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2013
Good but not up to par with the previous books
I usually don't write reviews for this author because previous reviews are usually right on target. I just read this book and I have read the previous books in this series and I loved them! They are truly laugh out loud funny and this book at moments that it was laugh out loud funny too however I felt like the author wasn't into this book as much as the others or she was trying a different writing style so that story was just so-so in my opinion. I did love how she brought in the characters from the Magnus Pack though. I didn’t care for either of the main characters in this book or the story line. It was a struggle to want to read this book and I have never felt that way with Shelly Laurenston books. Heck I have reread many of her books because they are funny but I will not be rereading this book. I sure hope that this isn’t prelude to future books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2013
Ok, no deep plot or chracterization, but a fun read. It takes awhile for Toni and Ricky Lee to get together. Their interactions will have you smiling. Toni's siblings will have you laughing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If you want an easy read without a lot of thought involved this book is for you.
Shelly Laurenston seems to be back on track with her newest book
Shelly Laurenston seems to be back on track with her newest book after seemingly jumping the shark for the last few books. Ricky Lee Reed, one of those ornery Reed wolves from down south is paired up with Antonella “Toni,” a jackal. Annoying at times but ultimately a fun read, I enjoyed my time back in the pride world Laurenston has created.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Antonella finds herself at a crossroads. Extremely attached to her needy family, she feels as if she may be wasting her life taking care of them. Other relationships, romantic or otherwise, have suffered because of her close relationship. A friend of a friend finds Toni a job that she is quite qualified for but feels as if she’s leaving her family.
Who is a perfect match for an obsessive compulsive jackal with family issues except for a laid back wolf shifter who has his own crazy family? Ricky has appeared in numerous Laurenston books so he will be familiar, but to be honest, I don’t know really what sets him apart from her other heroes that have appeared before. They are all a little wacky, definitely quirky, and a little weird but lovable.
To be honest, this book was cute but not unique. I think so much time was spent trying to be funny that the actual romance and relationships between characters suffered. The pace of the book seemed off, speeding up in some areas and being incredibly slow in others. There was a botched kidnapping and a villain towards the end, but it didn’t seem fleshed out and frankly still is a bit confusing.
Overall, I did enjoy Wolf with Benefits. Toni was cute and I adored her absolute ordinary nature. She wasn’t a genius or an extraordinary artist, just a girl trying to get through life and annoyed by the wild neighbor wolf. I almost gave up Laurenston’s Pride Series after the last book, (oye, still shaking my head at that one) but I’m glad I didn’t.
Posted March 30, 2013
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