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Shelly Laurenston
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1. Mai 2011
When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz insists on helping out. And his crazy-like-a-fox smarts and charming persistence are making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe...Ric can't believe his luck. He's wanted this fiercely independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected teamwork as explosive as this. And now is his last chance to show Dee what she needs isn't some in-your-face Alpha male - but a wily, resourceful wolf who'll always have her back in a fight...and between the sheets.

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  • Taschenbuch: 329 Seiten
  • Verlag: Brava (1. Mai 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0758231709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231703
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 14,2 x 2,4 cm
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I love the humour! 24. August 2012
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I read all of G.A. Aikens dragon books and in one of her newsletters was an excerpt of this book. (Why does she use different names?)Although it is apparently the 6th book of this series I chose to buy it and I was not disappointed! I never felt like I was missing something because I didn't know the other books but I will surely buy them now!

What I love most about the books are the dialogues between...well, everyone! They are witty, funny and sometimes downright mean:-)
It's also nice to have a tough female lead like Dee-Ann who does not need to be rescued from anyone! And I could totally identify with Ric and his obsession about food! Canned blueberries! *evil stare*.
You should definitely buy this book if you want to have a good laugh. The characters are great and the story convincing. Enough said, press the buy button!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen super, shifter mal anders 3. Juni 2012
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die shifter-serie von s.laurenston ist superspannend und sexy, immer wieder für eine überraschung gut. man sollte allerdings auf starke frauencharaktere stehen. die damen in dieser serie sind nicht gerade zimperlich wenn es um den einen oder anderen kampf geht. ob nun verbal oder körperlich.
ich fand's prima.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen pride series 20. April 2012
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nett, spannend und erotisch, etwas genau richtig zum verschlingen und aus der realen Welt verschwinden. tolle Serie macht Lust auf mehr.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favorite of the series( A Few Spoilers) 26. April 2011
Von RVAbooklover - Veröffentlicht auf
Maybe it's because I have been loving some beta heroes lately, but this book worked for me on every level. Ric, pretty, charming, wily Ric has known for 25 years that Dee-Ann is the one for him. He declared himself to his Uncle Van (well, cousin Van, really)the first time he met Dee, at the tender age of 6. I do like a boy who knows what he wants. Ric is now Dee's supervisor in The Group, and knows he has to manuever carefully in order to not mess up his chances with Dee. Ric is smooth at chasing Dee until she catches him. Yes, you read that correctly. He plays his hand well.

The action revolves around stopping the hybrid fighting rings, as it has over the last few books. Though the scenes are few, they are tense, and dramatic. Following the money, Ric finds a surprising sponsor for these heinous fights, and the resulting intended decimation of the hybrids.

Also, Ric's father and brother adds to the drama with their less than legal antics. Dee puts a quick stop to Ric's brothers B&E attempt, though, in one of many hilarious scenes. When Dee leaves Ric a note saying "We need to talk" she is referring to Wendell's treachery. Ric thinks she means to kick him to the curb. Refreshingly, after Dee figures out where Ric's mind went when he saw those words, she confronts him rather than letting it drag out into some big whopping misunderstanding.

I think almost everyone from the series shows up here in one place or another, but it doesn't feel contrived at all. The reasons for the appearances make sense, and they all are in perfect voice. One of my favorite characters ever, Irene, and Dee bond over PB &J's. And I love Blayne. Do you suppose anyone will ever cotton on to the fact that she manipulates everyone so perfectly? Bo spends some quality time with his lists and some giant post-its. Great fun!

Dee is one of the best heroines I've ever had the pleasure to read. It would have been so easy to make her a caricature of the cold, unfeeling bad guy, but Shelly Laurenston instead gives us all kinds of layers. Yes, Dee is antisocial. She will never want to be the life of the party. But seeing her want to make Ric happy is so sweet. And all kinds of funny, especially when she tries to get her hair done for a big gala she agrees to attend. Trust me. LOL!

Gawd, there was so much funny packed into this book! I think I have an all time new favorite scene, with Dee and a bunch of hyenas...if you watched Buffy, and remember the scene where she is chasing a guy across the school lawn with a firethrower...yeah, it was kind of like that! I laughed until I cried in some parts, then I cried with a smile on my face in others.

There was no real tension between Dee and Ric, which really worked. The story was more about how they worked so well for each other in spite of their difference, and how accepting they were of each other's faults. Dee just kinda went with the flow, but Ric's flow was pretty dang spectacular! That's the thing about betas. They aren't all in your face, they just kind of wear you down until you accept their will. Ric is exactly what Dee needs - someone who truly gets her, and truly, truly loves her.

This was classic Shelly Laurenston, but better. The craziness was still there, there were over the top moments, but the flavor of the story never suffered from them. I've read all of the Pride and Mangus series, and I have to say this is my new favorite. Go Fetch! has always held the top spot, but BBB is just terrific. There was nothing I didn't like. I know I will be reading it again and again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I could eat this book up like PB&J 28. April 2011
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Dee-Ann Smith is a former Marine and now member of a shifter protective unit know as The Group. Ric Van Holtz is her supervisor and the guy who has been madly in love with her since they were 6 years old.

The Group is trying to track down an outfit that is using young hybrid shifters in what is tantamount to a dog-fighting ring. Hybrids usually are clanless because of the intermixing of the breeds is anathema to some and are thus without much protection. That is until The Group and the Smiths, Kunetzov and Van-Holtz packs get in on the action.

Dee-Ann is backwoods hillbilly while Ric is an upper crust, fancy master chef. She is an anti-social killer, while all he wants to do is love and feed her.

Normally a synopsis like that would lead one to believe that this book is filled with spine tingling suspense and angsty danger. One would be wrong. This is a Shelly Laurenston book. And while there is suspense, danger and lots of killing, it is all done amidst some incredibly hilarious hi-jinks and dialogue and writing that is simply laugh-out loud.

Take this scene. When Ric takes his lady love, Dee-Ann to introduce her to his favorite aunt, she decides to make his young cousins peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The gourmand Van Holtz's are fascinated at the delicacy:

'Shouldn't you use the homemade jam we make each season?" the middle son Finn asked "rather than that store-bought grape jelly?"

"PB&J. ain't supposed to fancy, boys. It's supposed to be delicious."

The abnormally large female cut the sandwich into four pieces and gave one to each before taking one for herself. They all took a bite and she grinned at their appreciative groans. "See?" she said around a mouthful of peanut butter and jell.y "Isn't that good?"

"And so decadent," Berg sighed "I feel like I'm eating evil. Pure, unadulterated evil."

"But good evil," Finn added. "the finest evil ever."

"Come!" Carl cried out "Let us tell the others of this glory and what we learned here today from the enemy she-wolf!"

"Huzzah!" they all cheered and ran out the kitchen back door.

The female turned her head and said, "Bless their hearts."

Ric and Dee's relationship could have fallen back on the typical McCoy versus Hatfield enmity that the Van-Holtz's and the Smiths seem to have (well the Smiths seem to hate everybody) but Laurenston doesn't go that route. Instead she allows the patient Ric to woo his lady love and allows Dee to be wooed. Their romance has no predictable or angsty drama. They actually work their way into a sweet relationship and it is wonderful to read.

There is more than enough plot with the fight to break up the shifter ring as well as making sure the story accommodates the wide cast of characters that populate this series. Laurenston does a great job of creating distinct and discernible traits and characteristics for all of her shifter breeds and their sometimes friendly, sometimes uneasy, sometime combative relationships between this big, rambunctious group.

Hence, this is not a book for a newbie to SL's Pride seriesto begin with. While you wouldn't get lost and would still enjoy the story, you simply won't appreciate Dee-Ann and Blayne's hysterical relationship or why Ric and Locke torture Bo so much or really any of the interactions between the shifting cast without the back-story that has been established for them in previous books and that they bring to and build upon in this one. There is even a great couple of cameos from Sara and Angelina from the Magnus Pack series where you really need to know these two women in order appreciate their smallish scenes here.

And for all the hilarity, there is a good underlying theme here with issues of racial purity and species xenophobia within the shifter community she has created. It resonates all the more since as a writer Laurenston is one of the few that routinely populates her books with a wide racial diversity of characters.

Loved this book like crazy! Highly recommended.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Kicking Off Project: Wolf-Wolf 29. April 2011
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The rich, cultured, and gorgeous Ulrich Van Holtz has the singular ability to keep a lot of different balls in the air as he smoothly juggles them all. Between the wildly successful restaurants and business investments, the hockey team he owns and serves as goalie, the properties he manages, and his position in the Group as a team supervisor, Ric is definitely skilled at multitasking. The moment he laid eyes on Dee-Ann Smith, the deadliest she-wolf in the country (and probably several other countries as well), he truly appreciated all those balls for what they were: intensive, hands-on training. And it would take every single bit of that training, every skill, all of his many talents, and every single ounce of his canny intellect to achieve his new life goal: making her his.

He's a Van Holtz. Failure is not an option.

Dee-Ann Smith is a cold killer. A ruthless, massive she-wolf, she enjoyed her years in the shifter-populated Unit, and now she's out, she likes the combination of freedom and license to kill that she gets working for the Group. She's the deadly ghost who can slip past any defense, slide into anyplace she wants, and do it all in a blink with nary a sound. Scarred, yellow-eyed, and genuinely disinterested in anything remotely resembling social etiquette, she'll never be pretty, but she's the one wolf you want ferreting out information and mowing down anything in your path.

For months the Group has had her working on blowing apart the hybrid pit fighting rings that threaten the lives of hybrids and risk discovery of their kind to full human masses. After a major coup in Ursus County, Ric's cousin Van, the Group's powerful director, sifts through the fallout and points Ric and Dee in the direction of one of their own, someone with the deepest of deep pockets betraying their kind and threatening their secrets. Following the money to catch a genocidal killer has never been so dangerous or risked so much.

Rounding out a plot arc that started developing in The Mane Squeeze two books ago, and giving the much-loved Ric and the...uh...less loved, more feared Dee-Ann a chance at their forever home, Shelly Laurenston has given this bawdy, crass, hilarious series a new (final? - god, I hope not!) chapter that will delight fans and make them cheer. As a huge fan of the series, I've been both looking forward to and slightly leery of this book, as neither Ric nor Dee-Ann have been favorite characters of mine, but I had ultimate faith in Laurenston's unique and powerful talent to draw me in and make me smile (I hated the thought of a whole book about Blayne at first, too, but now I adore her and her book). In several ways, she did make me smile, in others, and for the first time in any book I've read by Laurenston or her nom de plume G.A. Aiken, I wasn't totally drawn into or captivated by the story and had some big issues with plot, continuity of character, and romantic development.

Before anyone starts throwing rotten fruit at my head for my blasphemy, I want to explain that I love this series. Love. It. And I loved the Magnus Pack series. I loved Hunting Season: The Gathering, Book 1 (and keep hoping to see that series continue). I love Aiken's Dragon Kin series. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Laurenston/Aiken's writing style, the mix of humor, sex, humor, blood, the occasional dismemberment, sex, humor, and romance just totally does it for me. Period. And there were definitely several parts that I enjoyed in this book, and my three star rating is more a representation of how I felt about it in comparison to the other books in the series than any declaration that I thought this book was just okay, but in the interest of complete honesty, I can't say that Big Bad Beast totally worked for me.

The inclusive scenes did. I adored the Fourth of July weekend party at Ric's new property. I loved that so many beloved and familiar faces were a part of the book. And I absolutely adored getting a refresher on some of the funniest reading moments of my life. Nothing makes me laugh faster and/or harder than Lock palming Mitch and Bren as he goes about his day not realizing he has them in his clutches. Nothing tickles me more than reading about Blayne manipulating...well...everyone. Few things make me smile like Mace's egocentric world view and his issues with his progeny. Or seeing Angelina use her fashionista talents as a force of good. Or seeing Gwen go Philly on someone's ass. And I could go on and on. There were so many old friends that were an integral part of this book and those were, to me, the best parts.

Unfortunately, that's part of the problem.

There was very little romance development in the one relationship that I was sure would've taken a few armies and a core of engineers to make work. It happened so fast and was so subtle in the build up that the "I love you" moment was almost anticlimactic. At first they weren't together...and then they were...and then there was luuuuuv.. And some other unrelated stuff happened before, during, and after. Yeah, that's an oversimplification, but that's really the feeling I got about the romance plot threads of the book. It wasn't bad, please don't misunderstand, but it just wasn't the sort of wacky, dangerous, just-as-likely-to-lead-to-bloodshed-as-sexual-calisthenics, emotional roller coaster we've seen in every single other book in the series, and the roller coasters are always my favorite rides at the theme parks.

I liked Ric. I liked Dee. I liked them together. Meh.

The two other major plot threads also seemed underdeveloped and felt lacking to me. The antipathy between Ric and his father has been mentioned and alluded to for a couple of books now and had awesome plot potential, but was oddly underutilized and fizzled out without much development or even much reaction from Ric himself. The hyrbrid pit-fighting thread naturally played a bigger part, and I did enjoy seeing Dee join forces with Dez and Cella Malone as they worked the crimes, but the investigative parts were anemic (though points for the very funny trip to the hyenas) and the story took an odd turn at the end that felt unsupported by previous events and lacked sufficient build up to make it as emotionally powerful as it could have been.

Again, please don't think I'm complaining or saying I hated the book. I'm not, and I didn't. But compared to the first five books, the most recent two in particular (Gwen/Lock, Blayne/Bo), this book just wasn't nearly as funny, touching, quirky, romantic, or sexy to me, it didn't seem as well developed around the main romantic pair, and there wasn't as much actual meat to the non-romantic plot threads to make the book seem as layered and richly developed. Instead, and in part because I loved the scenes with all those old friends, this book ended up seeming more like a long and complex epilogue to previous books in both this series and the Magnus Pack series instead of a solid addition to an existing series that stands well on its own merits.

And...uh...the fact that I can hear Blayne's voice in my head yelling, "Someone's Ms. No Fun!" is just disturbing. Um...yeah.

Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BEWARE: Published April 2011, NOT 2013 30. Oktober 2013
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I love this book. Laurenston is an auto-buy for me, and since I read a lot, the titles tend to run together. But this story sounded so familiar...which is because it was published in 2011. I don't know why there is a new Amazon version with a new cover, but folks need to be aware of this.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not My Favorite 2. Mai 2011
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No one is more surprised than I to hear that I didn't enjoy this book that much. I didn't dislike it, but overall I was pretty meh about it.

I found myself pretty bored by the relationship between Dee-Ann and Ric. Usually Laurenston creates a nice blend of crazy characters, wacky events, crude humor, and sexy situations. That seemed to be lacking here. We still got a little of all of that, but it felt dialed back instead of her usual in-your-face style.

One of the funnier aspects of this series is the crazy interactions the main characters have with friends and family. They are rarely solitary creatures. I think that was one of the things that threw me the most about Dee. She was feared by most and didn't really like a lot of people, so she didn't have those ties. There were funny scenes with friends, like when they went away for Fourth of July weekend, but those weren't as frequent as I would have liked.

I really liked the history between them that we were shown in the beginning of the book. It was adorable and so perfect for them both. It also really helped explain Ric's reaction to Dee when he didn't know her that well, back in Lock's book, The Mane Squeeze. I didn't dislike Dee and Ric together, but I didn't feel the attraction the way I wanted to. I felt it on Ric's part, but Dee's attraction to him in the beginning was a little too subtle for me.

If you think about it, Dee wasn't that dissimilar to a lot of the other female characters we've seen from Laurenston. She's doesn't bother herself to put others first and she sometimes takes a malicious glee in hurting people that irritate her. I've had that combo work for me many times before, but with Dee something was missing. Her personality was just a little too cold for me and I found her pretty irritating. If I had to hear her daddy's stupid saying one more time I might have snapped! I did appreciate her personality when it came to a scene with Ronnie Lee, though. Her honest bafflement about them being considered friends, and Ronnie's reaction to it, tickled me pink, because I still don't like Ronnie.

Ric was a fun character, but his perfect contentment with his lot in life and his ho-hum reaction to certain family problems made him a tad bland. I thought his approach to getting Dee into his life was really smart, though. I guess it pays to be a sneaky Van Holtz so you can play the vulnerable male and lure the unsuspecting Smith She-Wolf into being the aggressor. I really liked getting to see the Van Holtz pack again. Stein seemed like an interesting character and I laughed over Niles Van Holtz's pity and exasperation when he heard that Ric was hooking up with Dee.

Although I didn't love this book, I still strongly recommend this author. I love her as Shelly Laurenston and I love her as G.A. Aiken. Her books have crude, inappropriate humor and slightly psychotic characters with the occasional hair trigger temper. In other words, they're just my type. I have never had an author consistently make me laugh as much as Laurenston has, and it's something that keeps me coming back time and time again. Her books are crazy and over the top, and I wouldn't have them any other way.

Favorite Quote:

"And why would you suggest that?"

"Let's just say your strengths aren't in that particular area."

"I am damn good at interviews."

"No. You're good at interrogations. Interviews are not your strong suit."

"Since when?"

"Since you made that six-year-old cry."

Dee stamped her foot. "She was hiding something!"

"And she was six!"
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