Review: Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston

Thursday, May 8

Title: Bite Me*
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Pride series, #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Brava
Format: ebook
Date/Year: March 25, 2014
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

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…

My Musings:

I’ve never met a Shelly Laurenston book I didn’t like and this book is no exception.  As I have said in a previous review, do not read these books out of order.  There is so much back story going on that you will miss half the fun if you just start with this one.  Believe me!  You will not regret reading all of these books from start to finish.  As a matter of fact, I recommend you start with PACK CHALLENGE to get the full story.

Anyway, on to the gushing.

Livy and Vic are introduced in the previous book WOLF WITH BENEFITS.  They are secondary, but definitely not minor characters . . . especially Livy.  We finally find out that Livy is a honey badger shifter which are considered rare by the other shifters.  They’re really not.  They just like to stay well hidden.

Honey badgers are predators, but with even fewer rules to follow. Even the other shifters are scared of them. Livy is no exception to her species reputation, but because of her longtime friendship with Toni (a jackal from the previous book), Livy is not quite as bad as most of her species.  She has directed her passion into her photography and does not feel the same need to steal or maim as the rest of her family.  Unless, of course, someone she cares about is threatened.

Vic is a hybrid grizzly/Siberian tiger with all the idiosyncrasies of being a hybrid.  In his human form, he is mostly bear, but wait for when the feline comes out.  He is a totally different personality.  That is when things go out of control . . . Vic’s or anyone else's.

The really bad guy from the last few books, a full human, shows up and Livy and Vic get involved in the hunt for him.  The wolves, felines, and bears have been hunting him for years without success. However, now that the honey badgers are involved . . . well, things go differently in this book.

A number of new characters are introduced in BITE ME, but many of our old friends show up as well.  I have no idea where she will go with her next book, but I have hopes for the Reed boys.  Reese in particular needs his own book.

My only complaint about this series is that she does not write them fast enough.  There is generally a new book released each year.  Personally, I think one a month would be more acceptable.  That’s not too much to ask, is it?


Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level: 3.5
(Does a tail count as a sex toy?)

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