WOLF WITH BENEFITS
Paperback, Ebooks 400 pages
March 26, 2013
There’s nothing like a good-‘ol-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, seduces, and protects with all the right moves…AT AMAZON
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 gets of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…
New York Times bestselling author, Shelly Laurenston blends outrageous humor, sexy shape-shifters, and her most irresistible hero yet in this fast-paced thrill new novel…
There’s nothing like a good-ol’ boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed protects, serves, and seduces with all the right moves…But the more he sees of Toni Jean-Louis Parker, the female he’s hired to protect, the more he’s howling for her.
BARNES AND NOBLE
Hilariously quirky characters, all different; some scary, some sweet, some impossibly stupid, make up Shelley's wacky hidden world of pure and hybrid animal shifters of so many varieties, clans, divisions, and loyalties.
This book is especially fun, but especially hard for me to keep the plot and charactrs straight, so eventually I gave up on who does what and who hates who. It wasn't the most important thing. Face it, the main female character, Toni, has been the nanny for her parents' other children -- all ten of them precocious prodoges. At first her parents are somewhat absent and more than willing to abdicate responsibility to Toni, but circumstances force them to become better parents. Those circumstances are forcing Toni to discover her own life; to realize that it isn't her responsibility to raise her siblings, but that if she makes it possible they will let just that happens.
The other part of the story is, of course, romance. As the description tells us, it's going to be Ricky and Toni. Beast Behaving Badly's Bo and Blayne spend quite a bit of time on these pages as well.
One thing I find amusing, is the rudeness with which the characters treat each other -- roughly speaking to each other is a sign of caring. And this is just part of the dialogue, it's all oddly real and genuine. And always amusing.
There's a tense subplot with one of the characters, one of Toni's siblings. Honestly, I still don't understand the sub-plot or the character. It's obvious your dealing with a lot of antipathy and a sad situation. It balances the humor and prevents it from just being silly.
Upshot: funny, complex and confusing plot, lots of characters, but at the root a story of family and growing up. In the series I think it is a Must Read. It could almost stand on its own, if you had read a few of the other books in this series it works fine. I can say that for mad-cap paranormal romance it's highly recommended.
Some sex, not too much detail. Some language. Definitely adult. Yummy cover!