Wolf with Benefits (Pride Stories Series #8)

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"Hot shape-shifters and even hotter passion." —New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

There's nothing like a good-ol'-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces 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, ...

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Overview

"Hot shape-shifters and even hotter passion." —New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

There's nothing like a good-ol'-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces 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 sees of Toni, the more he's howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase...

Praise for the novels of Shelly Laurenston

"Quirky characters, madcap antics, snappy dialogue, charged love scenes..." —Publishers Weekly on Bear Meets Girl

"Bear Meets Girl is hilarious, sexy fun." —Heroes and Heartbreakers

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"Multiple hilarious storylines will leave you in stitches as fast-paced action and smoking hot love scenes keep this wildly popular and successful series more than capable of delivering the goods." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758265227
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Pride Stories Series , #8
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 192,304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (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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WOLF WITH BENEFITS


By Shelly Laurenston

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Copyright © 2013 Shelly Laurenston
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6522-7


Chapter One

"Are you my daddy?"

Ricky Lee Reed, originally of Smithtown, Tennessee, and only replanted to New York City a few years back, gawked at the child who'd asked him the question for a mere moment before he turned his attention to the adult female who held the child.

He'd admit it wasn't a question he expected to get, you know, ever. For a bunch of reasons, too, but mostly because he didn't know this woman. He wasn't one of those guys who nailed so many females he forgot their faces or names. So then ... why was this child asking him this question? And even stranger, why was the female raising her brows and suddenly asking, "Well ... are you?"

Wait. Wouldn't she know? Shouldn't she? Good Lord, this city. Maybe he'd never get used to living here. Ever. It was surprisingly safer than life in Smithtown, Tennessee, but it was weirder. Maybe because there were way more full-humans in Manhattan—he'd found full-humans were much stranger than shifters—and Smithtown was filled with shifters. Wolves, mostly. A few bears on the outskirts too old and big for the Pack to bother trying to make move. But all those wolves in one place with enough 'shine to take down the Russian army meant there was a lot more danger around those hills of his hometown than there ever could be on the mean streets of this city. No matter what the movies said. And yet life in Manhattan could be so strange in comparison to what he'd left behind.

He'd only come over to this bench inside the giant Sports Center, home to all of New York's shifter-run sports teams, so he could chat with the pretty female sitting there. Perhaps get her number. She was real cute, probably because of all that curly hair. Most of the females in his Pack had straight hair, but this one had blondish-brown hair with lots of black streaks that was just kind of a curly mess. Just these wild, soft curls that nearly covered her eyes and reached to her shoulders. Yeah. He liked her hair. And the fact that she was a jackal didn't mean much to him. She was still canine, like him, and he wasn't looking for his mate. Just a few dates, maybe a little fun ...

Fun. Not fatherhood.

"No," he finally told them both. "I'm not your daddy."

The female hugged the boy on her lap and kissed his forehead. "Sorry, Denny. Maybe we'll find your daddy someday."

Now Southern politeness would dictate that Ricky Lee should just leave this whole thing alone. Not ask questions, not suggest that maybe she should keep better track of her past lovers. But he just couldn't bring himself to walk away. He was too curious.

She glanced at him. "Oh ... are you still here?"

Before he could ask why he couldn't keep sitting on this bench, without being glared at, several more children walked up to the female. A teenager with her big brown eyes glued to her cell phone, a young boy, and a toddler female holding the boy's hand. They surrounded the She-jackal, the toddler trying to push the boy Denny aside so she could take his place on their mother's lap.

That sure was a lot of pups for such a young female.

"Who are you talking to?" the jackal demanded of the teenager. Wait. Was she old enough to have a teenager?

"No one."

"That's a lot of typing for no one."

Sighing dramatically as only teenagers managed to do, the girl asked, "Do we have to hang around here much longer?"

"I'm not leaving until I get what I want," the eldest boy said with a lot of confidence for what looked to be only a nine- or ten-year-old. "So suck it up already."

"I've got shit to do, you little brat."

"More toe shoes to buy? More positions to contort your body into until you hit thirty or so and have to resign yourself to the fact your career is over? If you want to call it a career."

The teenager almost had her hands around her brother's throat—and he knew they were all siblings, no one else could annoy a body like a sibling—when the She-jackal snapped, "Leave him alone!"

"You always protect him."

"Perhaps that's because I actually have talent bestowed upon me by the gods, which is better than mere genetics that allowed my legs to grow impossibly long."

"I hate you," the teenager hissed at her brother.

"I live for hatred," the boy replied. "It rejuvenates my creative fire." It was a really strange thing for a young boy to say. Really strange. But even stranger was when he glanced over at Ricky and abruptly asked, "Are you our daddy?"

And before Ricky could say in no uncertain terms, "Absolutely not," the doors that led to the main training rink burst open and Ricky's hockey-playing brother, Reece Lee, flew through them.

Ricky instinctively grabbed the child in the most danger— the toddler—and moved. The She-jackal still had the boy on her lap, so she quickly stood, her arms tight around him. But she also jumped to the side, using her body to shove the older boy and his teenage sister away.

As an impromptu team, they seemed to have perfect timing as Ricky's younger brother rammed into the wooden bench they'd been sitting on, completely destroying it in the process. Ricky didn't bother to rush to Reece Lee's help, though. He knew better. A few seconds later, a seven-one, nearly four-hundred-pound hybrid barreled through those rink doors and stalked over to Reece.

The hybrid grabbed Reece by his training jersey and lifted him up, only to slam him back down again. Reece bared his fangs and started to fight back, claws out. It wasn't a pretty fight, like one of those choreographed ones you'd see in an action movie. Instead it was more like watching a couple of pit bulls go at it in someone's yard.

"Are you just going to stand there?" the She-jackal demanded, her glare on Ricky.

"That was my plan."

"But I saw you with the smaller one earlier," she said over the snarling, growling, and roaring. "You know him."

"Barely."

Her eyes narrowed. "You're brothers, aren't you?"

"According to my momma, but I still want DNA tests to prove it."

The older boy tried to shoot past the She-jackal toward the fight, but the teenager grabbed the back of his T-shirt and held on.

"Are you insane?" the teenager demanded of her brother.

"Toni promised me I'd get to meet him!"

"I promised I'd try," the She-jackal shot back. Huh. The kid called her "Toni." Not "Mom" or "Mommy." Then it hit Ricky ... these weren't her kids. At least not all of them. They were her brothers and sisters.

The teenager caught hold of her younger brother by the back of his neck, the extra flesh every canine predator child had there giving her a better collar than some strip of leather. "Toni's not about to let you get in the middle of a predator fight."

"But—"

"I keep telling you, Kyle," the She-jackal reminded him, "we're scavengers. Wait until the vultures arrive. Then you can go over and maybe get a little lunch."

When Ricky raised a brow, the She-jackal only smirked and gave a small shrug.

Deciding not to ask too many questions, Ricky focused on his brother and the hybrid—who was a damn talented hockey player—that had Reece on his back, big bear-lion hand around the wolf 's throat.

Reece was putting up a good fight, though. Desperately trying to get the crazed hybrid off him. Too bad it wasn't working.

After landing a few blows to the hybrid's face, Reece glared at Ricky. "You going to do somethin'?" he squeaked out.

"Didn't you tell me yesterday to stay out of your business?" Ricky asked, grinning.

"Son of a—"

"Hey," Ricky cut in. "There are pups here. Gotta watch your mouth."

The She-jackal sighed. "Seriously?" she demanded. "I mean ... seriously?"

"What?"

"He's getting the holy hell beaten out of him by a man whose hair just suddenly grew."

"That's his mighty mane. Only comes out when he's really mad."

"And you're comfortable with him basically pummeling your brother?"

Ricky thought on that, but he must have taken too long to answer because the She-jackal handed off the boy in her arms to the teenager.

"It's like I have to take care of everything," she snapped at Ricky before walking around to the two fighting males and yelled over the roaring, "Excuse me, Mister ... uh ..." She glanced back at the oldest boy, Kyle.

"Novikov," Kyle prompted.

"Right. Mr. Novikov? Mr. Novikov!"

The hybrid stopped, his hand still gripping Reece's throat, his massive body still pinning the wolf to the ground. Slowly, he looked up at the jackal, mane nearly covering glowering blue eyes.

"Hi." She pressed her hand to her chest. "I'm Antonella Jean-Louis Parker. Toni for short. That's Toni with an 'i,' not a 'y.' Anyway, Ulrich Van Holtz may have mentioned that I was going to stop by today. And this is Kyle." She snapped her fingers and the boy quickly moved to her side. "Kyle really wants your autograph and although I'm sorry to interrupt your ... wolf-pummeling, I am on a bit of a schedule." She tapped the sturdy-looking diving watch on her wrist. "So is there any way we could speed this up? Maybe you could assault the wolf later? Kyle would really appreciate it."

The boy grinned. "I would!"

The hybrid studied the jackal for several long seconds before he nodded. "Schedules, I understand." Then he looked down at Reece and roared in his face, "Schedules! Learn the concept!"

He released his grip on Reece and got to his mighty big feet. By the time Novikov stood, his mane had lessened considerably, something the She-jackal noticed, her eyes narrowing a bit. The hybrid faced her, his back now to Reece. That's when he mule-kicked him, sending Ricky's brother flying until he slammed into one of the many pillars around the building.

Ricky cringed. He sure bet that hurt.

"What do you want me to sign?"

"Get the shirt, Kyle." The boy took off his backpack and quickly dug out a hockey jersey and a permanent marker. Based on the jersey's colors it looked like it was from the Washington shifter hockey team. A team that the hybrid had once belonged to. That guy had belonged to a lot of teams, and to this day many of his past teammates still hated him.

The boy handed over the shirt and marker to the hybrid. As Novikov signed, he asked the boy, "So do you play hockey?"

"No, sir."

"Really? How come?"

"Because I plan to use my brilliance for something real and important, not something petty like sports."

The She-jackal cringed, her head dropping while Novikov's head snapped up.

"Sorry?"

"See, what I like about what you do," the boy explained, his hands accenting each word, his voice intense, "is the raw rage and violence. I can use that in my work. And while you'll probably be forgotten soon after you retire, which is the way of you athletic types whose happiest years are usually when you're in high school"—he glanced back at his teenage sister and she rewarded him with the one-finger salute—"my legacy will live on for centuries. People will study my work, copy it. My work will start a new art movement, a new wave of creativity born out of blood and violence and rage. And you ... you, Mr.

Novikov, will be my David."

"David?"

"Like Michelangelo's David? But instead my piece will be called Jean-Louis Parker's Novikov, and it will be the greatest art anyone has ever seen. And you ... you, Mr. Novikov, will be my muse."

The hybrid blinked and then finally asked exactly what Ricky was thinking. "How old are you?"

"Eleven. But I don't allow my age to hold me back from my future. Only those weak of mind do that."

Novikov sighed and handed the signed shirt back to the boy. "I wish I could say you disgust me, but I understand you more than you'll ever realize, kid. So go forth and kick ass."

"I will. Thank you!"

He nodded at the boy, then the jackal. "Ma'am," he said before he started back toward the rink.

But that's when the kid threw out, "And is there a chance I can sketch you naked?"

Novikov stopped walking, his entire body jerking a bit. The She-jackal's eyes popped open wide at the child's question, her hand slapping across his mouth and yanking him against her body as Novikov faced them.

"He's just kidding," she quickly said before Novikov could ask. "He's just kidding."

The boy struggled against the jackal, his muffled words sounding like, "No, I'm not!" But the jackal didn't release her grip, merely smiled. "And thanks for the autograph."

Novikov nodded, grunted, and walked back to the rink, the big doors slamming behind him.

That's when she released the boy, and using the hand not still holding the youngest brother, spun Kyle around so he faced her.

"Have you lost your mind?"

"It was just a question. He should feel privileged. The greatest artist ever known found his physique worthy of my precious attention. He should be bowing at my feet for such an honor."

The She-jackal stared at him for several seconds before announcing, "You're an idiot. And if you ever do that again, or I find out from someone else that you did it again, I'm going to kick your ass from here all the way back to Washington."

"Yeah, but—"

"Do you understand me?"

"As a matter of fact, I don't—"

She grabbed the boy by the back of his neck and yanked him up with one hand. He dangled a good four feet off the ground, his gaze locked with the She-jackal's. "Do you understand, Kyle?" she asked again.

"Yes, ma'am."

"Good."

She released him and shoved the signed shirt back into his hands once he landed on firm ground.

The teenager sighed. "Can we just go already?"

"We have to see Ric first. Here. Take Dennis."

The jackal handed off the youngest boy before turning to stare at Ricky. He gazed back. Smiled.

After a few moments of that, she asked, "Are you going to give her back to me?"

That's when Ricky realized he still held the little pup he'd pulled out of the way of Novikov's rage.

"Oh. Sorry about that." Ricky handed the pup over. She'd fallen asleep with her head on his shoulder, her fist shoved in her mouth. She whined a little as the transfer was made, but settled back to sleep once the jackal had her.

"Thank you," the She-jackal said, and gave him a small smile.

It was the smile that did it, more than the politeness.

"You know," Ricky began, "if you're not busy tonight—"

Pointing at Ricky with her cell phone, the teen asked, "Are you our daddy?"

Disgusted, Ricky stated to the jackal, "Woman, there has to be an easier way for you to get rid of a man."

"Perhaps, but I've found that there's nothing quicker. "She winked at him, then gestured behind him with her chin. "And you may want to check on your brother—he's still bleeding."

"Yeah. I think Novikov nicked an artery ... again."

She stopped, glanced back at him. But with a little snortlaugh, she walked off without another word.

Chapter Two

Antonella "Toni" Jean-Louis Parker shoved her eleven-year-old brother inside the office by using her foot. It wasn't really a kick, though. It was more a shove.

Holding her three-year-old sister, Zia, on her hip, she followed Kyle inside while her fifteen-year-old sister Oriana pulled their five-year-old brother, Dennis, in and laughed hysterically at the same time.

"Stop condoning Kyle's inappropriate behavior," Toni ordered her sister. The pair stared at each other, then began laughing together.

"You are such a freak!" Oriana told Kyle. "I can't believe we're related."

"I don't see what the big deal was," Kyle complained, dropping into one of the office chairs. "It was just a request to sketch him naked."

"A request that should never come from an eleven-year-old anything. And it better not come from you again."

Kyle sighed dramatically, as he liked to do, and reminded Toni, yet again, that, "I'm an artist, Antonella." And what always annoyed Toni about these conversations with Kyle was his tone. Since he'd been four, he always sounded like a fifty-year-old snob explaining the difference between the rich and the poor to a struggling street vendor. A lot of people wondered how such a young boy could sound so mature and intelligently rude. They often assumed he was just mimicking his parents. But the truth was ... he'd developed that tone all on his own. Like his skills as a sculptor, his rude, condescending attitude seemed to be God-given. "I don't have time for these ridiculous rules that average people like you have about what you can and cannot ask."

"So much rudeness in only a couple of sentences," Toni observed.

"It's not my fault you don't understand my world."

"I don't understand?"

Was Kyle kidding? Antonella Jean-Louis Parker didn't understand the artistic mind? The brilliant mind? Toni's entire life was about understanding the brilliant mind. And not for some PhD paper she was writing or for an important article in Scientific American. Toni had to understand the brilliant mind because that was her life. That had been her life for more years than she was willing to count.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    2 Stars¿An Unexpected Letdown Wolf with Benefits is the eighth

    2 Stars…An Unexpected Letdown

    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

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    ¿Toni¿ Jean-Louis Parker is an extraordinary young lady with a h

    “Toni” Jean-Louis Parker is an extraordinary young lady with a house hold of siblings that are prodigies (every last one of them). She has been helping to manage her siblings training and careers for as long as she can remember but now she is taking a step out on her own. She has been offered a job managing the travel and promotions of a highly chaotic ice hockey team. One of her assignments sends her into the heart of bear shifter territory in Siberia and her boss higher Ricky Lee to travel as her security. Did I mention that Toni is a she-jackal and bears hate anything 1/8 dog…

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    I enjoyed this book, the narrative, the witty dialogue, the humo

    I enjoyed this book, the narrative, the witty dialogue, the humor!!!!
    It has everything you love in a good book; great characters and a creative story line.
    This book was laugh out loud funny.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    AWESOME!!!

    How can you not love this book and the whole series?!?!?? The whole Jean-Louise Parker clan is what helps make Toni Toni, add in Ricky Lee Reed and you have yourself one GREAT read from start to finish. You have characters from previous books and the story gets even better because you know more laughter is coming and you do not want to put this book down. I most definitely did not want to(even though I started to fall asleep at 12 am still reading) but it is such a great purchase to make because you will laugh and laugh and if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series you should do so now. Totally AWESOME!!!!! I can't wait for the next pride story to come out. Hopefully it will be about Livy and Vic. A Must Buy!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Disappointing --- I've read all Laurenston books and am always e

    Disappointing --- I've read all Laurenston books and am always excited when a new one comes out. This one was a struggle for me.the plot was weak, it had little to no romance, and I get the feeling Laurenston was trying to beat some record for character count. The entire book was highly unfocused. I will continue to read future books, but before warned, this one is not to her standard.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Great

    This book was great. 358 pages of non stop entertainment. You won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Another great read.

    I love Shelly Laurenston books. This one doesn't disappoint. Lots of laugh out loud moments and very entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about shifters. I really liked this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    I think all the Shelly Laurenston books are great, the character

    I think all the Shelly Laurenston books are great, the characters are funny and have individual personalities all their own. I enjoy how all the stories tie together and the plots are not canned to where I know what is going to happen next.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    Seemed a tad more laid back than some of the rest of the books i

    Seemed a tad more laid back than some of the rest of the books in the series but was very humorous and loved the jackal family! Would recommend to anyone to read it. Such a great author.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Laurenston is one of the very few authors I will even consider p

    Laurenston is one of the very few authors I will even consider paying more than $5 for an ebook. They're sexy without being pornographic, have great character development and characters you love to love and the repartee between them keeps me laughing out loud throughout. With this book I've read everything she's written and am already feeling the withdrawal waiting for the next one.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Wow I loved this book, (Jackie's and Paul's children all eleven

    Wow I loved this book, (Jackie's and Paul's children all eleven of them).  I loved the visiting old friends, Sara, Angelina
    Miki and Irene and too many to name.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    pride: stormstar i would suggest you not spy on thoses evil cats

    pride: stormstar i would suggest you not spy on thoses evil cats they dont like it and will mess with you and trust me as you body gaurd they are bad news they will impersonate and creat fake cats and then betray you so please for the safety for oyu and my cats DO NOT SPY ON THEM

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

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    What to say about a Shelly Laurenston book except hyperventilate

    What to say about a Shelly Laurenston book except hyperventilate with laughter, cough up multiple organs and severely dent you spleen hilariousness! Ms. Laurenston shape shifters are unique, kooky, have not families but Prides, Packs and clans of troublemaking, loves a tremendous amount of "PULL THE FIRE ALARM" and have fire extinguishers ready and primed sex! Toni is the only semi-normal kid in her unmarried parents horde of 11 jackals. All are prodigal talents of math, dance, music, art and languages. Toni keeps them on schedule, deals with all problems and is the only person in the family, who can keep the kids from killing one another. Ricky Lee Reed is a calm, laid back and easy going wolf and the exact opposite of Toni. Ricky clings, follows, and is massively entertained by her horde of a family. Toni actually takes a job with the shape shifters NYC hockey team and Ricky becomes her security. Ms. Laurenston has such a talent with one liners like, "birthing cow" and "Are you my daddy?" and her crazy and original cast of animals/characters. Her style of writing and humor are why I keep coming back for the giggles, grins and strange merrymaking stories! I must warn anyone who reads this hilarious book to drink or eat and gather all fire extinguishers around you (to put your book or Kindle's flames out) before you open this kooky, unique and sexy adventure! I give this book my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Toni comes from a big family of Jackal shifters. She is the only

    Toni comes from a big family of Jackal shifters. She is the only one of the children who really doesn't have a gift. She is the oldest and tries to keep her siblings in lone and in order. Never really having a chance to be on her own she welcomes the chance to be director of travel for a hockey team. She only has to deal with Ricky Lee the wolf shifter hire to protect her. Ricky Lee is always down for a good time and he would love to have a good time with Toni. They have much to deal with from bear shifting hockey players to humans after Toni's family. The more he is around Toni the more Ricky Lee wants more than just fun with her.




    I have read a few books in this series and enjoyed them all. This one is a great one not really for the romance in it as that just didn't click for me. It was more about all the amazing characters. I liked Ricky Lee and his charm and how he seemed kinda laid back. He has so much more going on than what you see and believe at first. Toni always seemed to feel left out in the gifted department but she is so great at trying to keep everything together. I loved her siblings and anyone who reads this book as well. From the start you see just what a handful they are. Get ready to laugh from the start with them. This book is packed full of laughter and danger at times. All these shifters play a great part in this book. I also like the fact that the shifters don't stick to just being with there kind. Who would think a jackal and a wolf. The author does a good job pairing them. I just didn't connect with them as a couple. I look forward to more in this series and all these characters. If you like a paranormal series that has romance, laughter, danger and so much more give this one a try.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

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    Another Great Book

    Another Great Book Contemporary, Paranormal, New York City & Russia


    Toni Jean-Louis Parker is the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. When her family is assigned a slow-talking swift moving predator to keep them safe he has her thinking of cutting loose with some no-commitment, hot and sweaty fun. Though he is starting to get obsessive wolf on her every time he looks at her which is causing its own set of problems for her.

    Ricky Lee Reed had no plans to get serious about anyone. Of course he doesn’t really have any plans at all other than catching whoever is threatening Toni and her family, who is dangerously brilliant. Ricky is finding though the more he sees of Toni the more he wants her and he is one wily wolf that is more than able to handle a sizzling chase. He knows what he has with Toni is worth everything and now he just has to convince Toni of that.


    This is another book in a series that is wonderfully funny with all the interesting characters that populate this world of shape shifters that keep things moving at a fast pace especially with the wonderful sarcasm that abounds throughout the series. With all the crazy characters readers will undoubtedly find at least one that will prove to be a favorite. This is one book that will have readers laughing out loud with the antics that the characters get up to and it will prove to be one book that is extremely difficult to put down once you start it. It is also fun to get updates on past characters and see what is happen in their worlds.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken is very talented...issues hot sex a

    Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken is very talented...issues hot sex and multi-pee-in-your-panties humor...but, this book does not do that. I was very disappointed. A weak heroine, whinny brats, irresponsible parents and only 2 sex scenes. All that for 8 bucks. That was 6 dollars too much. I hope the next book in this series is not a disappointment, but more like the others that have been the Laurenston/Aiken trademark. This book was not up to standards...I would suggest skipping this book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Did not like

    Needs more work

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Toni is the oldest of eleven children.  Ten of these children ar

    Toni is the oldest of eleven children.  Ten of these children are prodigies.  They also happen to be shifters. Jackals to be exact.  Toni was responsible for seeing to the schedules of her brothers and sisters. Her parents, also prodigies, were busy with their careers.  Toni meets Ricky Lee Reed, a shifter, a wolf shifter.  He's from Tennessee and as laid back and calm as he can be.  He meets Toni at the Sports Center and his life will never be the same again.  Their introduction comes after Toni's youngest brother, seven, asks Ricky Lee if he's the boys father. Ricky Lee has no idea this is Toni's way of putting men off.  Soon, he'll learn a lot more about this family.  Maybe enough to stay.




         A wonderfully written book with blunt, colorful characters awaits in this one.  Ms Laurenston included humor, southern charm and even some basic fears to make this book a real joy to read.  The family is devoted to each other and you don't see that much in books like this.  I enjoyed how well this book flowed.  Made me wonder how we would react if there were shifters among us now. Could we be accepting or would they be the next minority group given the cold shoulder?  I really did laugh out loud at parts of this book.  To be honest, it could have been my mother's family she wrote about. *grin* I for one can't wait for the next book by Ms Laurenston I get the chance to read.  This is a keeper.




         I found no issues with this one for me.  Some, however, may have problems with some of the blunt language.  Don't let it stop you from reading this one.




          I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because I howled at many parts of this book! *smile*   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~ 

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    Funny story, great characters. I loved it.

    Funny story, great characters. I loved it.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    Love it!  The Pride Series is one of my go to happy places. I j

    Love it! 

    The Pride Series is one of my go to happy places. I just reread this book this week.  If you have read the series, you should adore this book as many of our favorites waltz through the story but its a lovely little book on its own terms. 




    The romance is between a very laid back wolf shifter and the oldest sibling of the a jackal  shifter family who is very clever.  It is a very naturally evolving love story that showcases a couple who completely accepts each other and is charming. 




    The side plots involve a pile of childern prodigies, a sociopath, and the really fun mystery of just want kind of shifter Toni (the heroine's) best friend is. 




    Laurenston does kids in romances wonderfully because they are really just people with all the quirks. 




    The book is funny, charming, and sexy.  Can't wait to reread it again which I will do as soon as Livvy's story Bite Me is out! 

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