Sunday, June 6, 2010

Romance Book Review: Beast Behaving Badly

Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series Connection: Pride Series
ISBN: 978-0758231680
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifters
Publisher: Kensington Brava


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Bo Novikov is a hybrid shifter who plays on the shifters' hockey team. Ten years ago he saw Blayne Thorpe at a practice game, and scared her half to death. That was the opening scene to Shelly Laurenston's new Pride Series book Beast Behaving Badly. Bo is not the nicest of people. He is part polar bear, part lion and he has learned that he needs to be single minded and make the puck his own. To that end he has to made such a name for himself that he can play for any team he wants.

Not even considering taking Ric Van Holtz offer to play for the New York team, Bo changes his mind when he sees Blayne again. He knows that he can make his move on her if he is there and has some time to get to know her.

Blayne is a hybrid shifter wolf-dog. She remembers Bo quite well as the "serial killer" she saw  10 years earlier. She has no proof he's a serial killer, but she's sure when she sees his mean cold eyes. Thinking he needs help with his reputation off the ice and his OCD tendencies, everybody's friend Blayne, decides to help Bo change his ways so he can be "happy". In exchange she wants him to help her be meaner in her sport of choice, Roller Derby. Blayne needs to toughen up and stop worrying about the other team and play to win. She enlists the meanest, toughest shifter in sports--Bo.

Can nice girl, scatterbrained Blayne and OCD Bo really have a future together? The way to their happy ending is filled with laughs, romance and actions. Not to mention the return of many of the former characters from the Pride Series.

While I would say this book can be read on it's own, some may want to know where everyone of the many characters fit in the general theme of the series in which case at least read the previous book in the series The Mane Squeeze. That is where readers first meet Blayne and her best friend Gwen.

Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can't get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he's shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is...

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it's good advice, but he can't leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness -- or his hunch that there's more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn't yet begun to fathom -- much as he'd like to. She may insist Bo's nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she'll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it'll be worth the wait...

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