The Mane Squeeze (Pride Stories Series #4)

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Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for honey, moose, and . . . uh . . . well, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to ...
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Overview

Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for honey, moose, and . . . uh . . . well, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to morbidly embarrass her. Too bad cats don't believe in forever.

At nearly seven feet tall, Lock is used to people responding to him in two ways: screaming and running away. Gwen—half lioness, half tigress, all kick-ass—does neither. She's sexy beyond belief and smart as hell, but she's a born protector. She watches out for the family and friends closest to her but misses the fact that she's being stalked by a murderous enemy who doesn't like hybrids . . . and absolutely hates Gwen. Lock probably shouldn't get involved, but he will. Why? Because this is Gwen—and no matter what the hissing, roaring, drape-destroying feline says about not being ready to settle down, Lock knows he can't simply walk away. Not when she's come to mean absolutely everything to him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Family drama dominates this pugilistic paranormal romance, the fourth in Laurenston's Pride series (after 2008's The Mane Attraction). Lock MacRyrie, a part-time grizzly bear, and Gwen O'Neill, a lion/tiger hybrid shifter, meet during a brawl. The fists never stop flying as they face down hate crimes, interfering relatives and the challenges of starting a furniture business. Despite being billed as a tough, streetwise Jersey girl, Gwen is a surprisingly and frustratingly passive heroine who has a hard time standing up to her dismissive family. In true cat fashion, she's plagued by jealousy yet leery of commitment, making her romance with Lock a struggle for both of them. With a sharp eye for detail, Laurenston manages to combine Animal Planet and The Sopranos with bonus life-altering roller derby. Fans of the series will enjoy this latest addition. (Nov.)
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"Using a contemporary setting and interesting characters, Laurenston skillfully draws you into her world of shapeshifting wolf packs, feline prides and bear clans. Her shifters from two different worlds are engaging." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758231666
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Pride Stories Series , #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 180,342
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Shelly Laurenston is the New York Times bestselling author of many paranormal romance titles, including Wolf with Benefits, Bear Meets Girl, and the Magnus Pack series.

Charlotte Kane is a classically trained actor with numerous film, television, and voice-over credits. She has also appeared on stage in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

    DONT WASTE THE MONEY - BORROW FROM YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

    I have never returned a book to a bookstore ever in my entire life, until today. i bought the book today, I read it and it was good until about 60 pages in and then it went downhill from there. and it stayed there, and continued to stay. I read an average of 4 books a day, i work a full-time 40 hours a week when I read a book i expect a good plot. i love shelly laurenston books except for this one. It was one of the worst books i have ever read. I write this review for one place only so another reader does not get as disappointed as I did. Shelly Laurenston writes wonderfully but this plot - horror - i have seen "b" movies with better angles. I do not know if i will be able to read another book from her again. I have mostly all her books except two and this one went right back to the store shelf. Just read it from your library if you are that desperate. Gwen started out strong but then became weak as can be. I do not have time for weak female characters.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Up all night reading, couldn't put it down!

    I absolutely adore this book and series. Actually I have loved each and every one of this author's books! Shelly has such a wonderful/quirky/strange/off-the-wall sense of humor, I laughed enough that it brought the adult kids their room to check on me! It is one of the things I look forward to with her writing, the laughter (many times to the point of tears). Yes, they are all on my 'KEEP' shelf.
    Mr. Mittens & Paddington are wonderful together. Her characters are always so real. I want to go to one of the Karoke parties to meet them all. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
    How I wish you wonderful authors could write as fast as I read! But please please please don't stop writing.
    I cannot recommend highly enough this book or any of Shelly Laurenston's titles. Oh yeah, and don't forget G.A. Aiken too!!!!!!!!! (It was almost an accident to forget they are the same.)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

    Reading is fun!

    Basically, again I love all of Shelly Laurenston's books because if you're in a funky mood, all you have to do is pick up her book and read. Her books always puts me in a better mood because of the humor. I love all her characters mainly for the name calling, bickering, their little quirkiness, silliness, humor which reminds me of many of my friends - minus the violence. This is one author that I can honestly say that I always look forward to her next books, because her books are chocked full of fun and surprises. Definitely escapism at its' best! Thanks Shelley for another fun read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Main Squeeze

    I totally love these books (Series name "The Pride") this series runs in tandum with "The Magnus Pack" - They are extremely funny, sexy and romantic. This one contains roller derby, all of series books contain some really funny situational stuff, I can't say enough about Shelly Laurenston and her sense of humor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Don't waste your money

    The book was disjointed, poorly written, and a waste of money. I've ready others by this author, but this was a real disappointment. It had no flow & made no sense.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    TP

    This book was romantic, funny. I could not stop laughing. I must buy the entire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    love this series

    great series, hot love scenes, hilarious relationships

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Uniquely entertaining!

    Reading a Shelly Laurenston book is like watching a madcap comedy movie but with lions, wolves and bears, oh my! Not to mention the occasional cross-breed (tigons for example) and - my faves - the wild dogs. The characters are quirky, funny, irrelevant and sometimes even a little frightening. Unlike a lot of "shape shifter" books, Shelly manages to write characters that are true to their animal nature and yet still very human. In what other shape-shifter world would you find male lion shifters who are kept, and even traded around, by the females for breeding only and seen as basically useless for the most part otherwise? Or a bear shifter whose initial attraction to a woman is because she smells like honey?

    You can tell I love Shelly's books and highly recommend them for anyone who wants something a lot different from the other bears.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    The latest Mane urban romantic fantasy is a fabulous entry in a wonderful series

    Philadelphia street smart Gwen O'Neill is a hybrid shapeshifter of the lion-tiger combo. Suburban Lachlin "Lock" McRyrie is a calm purebred bear who is almost seven feet of muscle. These two are from opposite walks of life, but opposites attract at least in this case.

    Gwen rejects their obvious desire for one another as she prefers the single life and also acts as protector to her loved ones. Besides which being inner city, she feels the burb is not strong enough for her. However, Lock shows his inner strength when someone commits hate-crimes trying to hurt his loved one Gwen apparently for being a hybrid.

    The latest Mane urban romantic fantasy (see The Mane Event and The Mane Attraction) is a fabulous entry in a wonderful series. The story line is fast paced from the first meeting when the ferocious female basically growls at the gentle giant to get out of her heart and never slows down especially going over a mountain. Character driven by the lead couple and a nasty racist, fans will enjoy this fine tale while wondering whether the couple should buy Venetian blinds.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    My favorite. Highly highly recommend

    The stories covers mostly what problems families can be to a possible relationship and how even friends will get into the mix. This is my favorite this series. The story is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    in love

    love the entire series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    I love this series

    Although I didn't love this book as well as the earlier ones, it still made me laugh out loud and fan myself at the love scenes. There were too many new characters popping out of nowhere (although it got straightened out at the end). Loved to be introduced to the world of roller derby! The main characters were great (loved all the bear traits - honey and salmon, yeah!) Looking forward to reading the rest of the series - the characters make me giggle!!! (And pant)

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    haha

    must read Shelly must read Shelly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Outstanding!

    I really enjoyed this. Great humor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    SUPERB AND THOUGHT PROVOKING !!!!!A MUST READ !!!!!

    As with all of Shelly Laurenston books, your funny bone will be tickled . The characters are believable with individual quirks that will make you laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    High Recommend

    Waiting on the next in the series. I can't read them fast enough.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Not my favorite pride story but it's good to catch up on the series

    Definitely not the best pride story but entertaining. If your bored read this. Better than watching a rerun on television.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    W.o.w

    Defenat buy.
    Happy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Good but...

    This entry into the series introduces the romance between tigon Gwen O'Neill and Lock MacRyrie, an easygoing grizzly. While not the best of the series (they hop into bed almost inhumanly fast), it does speed along other relationships mentioned in earlier books.

    Gwen is an opinionated Philly girl who is finally getting out from under her family's wing when she meets Lock. Lock is a closet artisan who's bowed to family pressure and is a programmer.

    Honestly, the romance is more a second class citizen compared to Gwen's best friend, Blayne and her entry into the world of rollee derby. Unfortunately for Gwen, her mom was a derby queen, and everyone expects her to roll in those skates.

    And even more unfortunately this sub plot subsumes more than 1/2 of the book which makes the romance feel rushed in comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    11/18/12

    11/18/12 Another jewel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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