Beast Behaving Badly: Pride Series, #5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||11 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 18, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #36,101 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#77 in Action & Adventure Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Blayne is a hybrid shifter, a wolf-dog. Though she’s considered tiny, other shifters don’t trust her because she’s a hybrid and sometimes they don’t behave like they should. She’s got a great core group of friends, her derby team and a dad who’s all about tough love. What she’s not looking for is a relationship from a hybrid hockey playing shifter, polar bear-lion, that has a problem with staring and is obsessed with time management!
Bo is the best hockey player in the professional shifter league. But he’s solely focused on winning, does not have many friends and is confused about his attraction to cute but hot-mess Blayne.
In the midst of Bo and Blayne trying to figure out if they’re truly interested in delving into whatever dynamic is going on between them, they’re also trying to figure out who is responsible for kidnapping shifters and torturing them into participating in illegal fight clubs.
Even with the seriousness of this task, the dynamic between Blayne and Bo is funny. They have the best banter and the sex scenes are top notch!
And, per usual, there are 1001 people to remember and keep straight. I suggest you read some earlier books to at least recognize some of the names and have a baseline understanding of who belongs together.
My one issue? The people on the cover look NOTHING like how they’re described. Blayne is a black or bi-racial woman with curly hair. One of Bo’s parents are Asian. The cover models are basic. This was a lost opportunity to accurately reflect the diversity described in the book.
Bo and Blayne are exceptional characters. After seeing Blayne again, Bo is determined to catch her this time. Blayne tries to keep him in the friend box, but the bear-cat will not have it. Enter the people after her from the last book, and all hell breaks loose.
The story has the perfect pace. The plot is solid. The writing is good. The door is open for so many more stories. I love all the secondary characters. They make the book fun. I can't wait to read more.
I dont know if anyone else realizes this or not...but some of these covers for books dont describe the characters at all! When I pick up a book I sorta expect them to mostly look like the main characters but this wasnt even close. Little details right?
The author does such an unbelievable job of blending the animal behavior in so well with the human side thus creating characters that are so realistic for a paranormal story that it is so easy to suspend belief and actually see the characters in your mind. The wolf shifters behave like wolves, the feline shifters do not act like lap cats, and bears lumber. The attitudes of the animal side are so well incorporated in the characters to make them real to the reader and cause a laughing spell. The characters are so well portrayed that a mental picture is easily established for the reader. You come to know the characters and can’t help but be not only fascinated by them but also care about them.
The humor can be considered rude, crude, sarcastic and totally believable for the characters. It is so realistic that you can imagine yourself saying the same thing in the same situation. The interactions between the determined Alpha Males and the Strong Willed Females are some of the funniest moments in the novels that I have ever read. The attitudes of the animal side are so well incorporated in the characters to make them real to the reader and cause a laughing spell. (Warning, do not start reading any of these books in public if you don't want people staring at you when you start giggling uncontrollably. I am a grown woman - I never giggled - until I started reading this series.)
Strong, caring, not perfect Alpha Males that when they set their minds to making a certain female his – has no problem being as sneaky as a feline, as determined as a wolf or as patience as a bear. Each novel involves a different Alpha who comes across that particular female that just happens to make him want to roar or howl to let everyone know that she is his and his only, if he can only get that suborn female to acknowledge it.
Strong Female Characters:
In the animal world, the female of the breed is often more dangerous than the male and/or capable of taking care of themselves and not waiting to be "rescued". This means that the females in any of Laurenston’s novels are strong, sarcastic and are fighters whether shifter or human. They do not suffer fools or weaklings gladly or at all. It takes a strong Alpha male to even get their attention but he had better not try any sh*t on them or they’ll take his a** down a notch.
Originality and Creativity:
Out of this world! The only way to describe it is to tell you what it is not:
No fated mating – each couple has their own unique reason as why they find themselves attracted to each other – just as in the real world.
None of the same plot line just with a different couple – each novel has a unique plot line – no repeats or rehash.
No cardboard cutouts for characters. Every character has his or hers unique personality – again, just like in the real world.
This still does not touch on how creative the writing is – there are just no words to really describe it.
Both the South and New York are used as backdrop for this series and the author successfully incorporates the regions with all their local uniqueness. I did live in New York but, I've lived in the South most of my life and while most parts are urban and not so "country", there is still to this day what one could call "redneck" communities that are as "unique" as Smithville or Smithtown. And YES - there are adults named Sissy and even some Bubbas (I don't like to admit it - but, yes I have known a few of them.)
Simply put – there are none.
The series must be read in order because the world building is continued from one novel into the next. Also, the previous characters are continued into the next novel as part of the world building which creates a unique world that you are able to visit whenever you get a chance to escape from this reality.
If you like your romance to be sweet with the female protagonist waiting for her "Knight in shining armor" to save her - this novel is not for you.
If you are offended by explicit sex scenes and profanity - again, this novel is not for you.
If you want your hero or male protagonist to be the strong but sensitive type - this novel is not one you will enjoy.
If you do not like or get sarcastic humor - then skip this series.
This is a very long review but please keep reading.
If you look at all my reviews you will see that the first couple pages are all 5* reviews for Shelly Laurenston/ G A Aiken novels as well as a few other authors (after that you can see the good, bad and real ugly). That is because I have done the authors an injustice and am finally catching up on what I should have done a long time ago. I usually do not review all the books in a series unless or until they start to go downhill. I figure that once you are hooked on a series it does not matter what anyone says – you’ll make up your own mind to either stay or quit the series. I did not think that maybe my reviews might actually help on newer books in the series – attract attention from readers who were not even aware of the wonderful writings of the authors. That is why you will see this same review on most of the novels. I actually did an injustice to one of the few writers who actually help me get through this past year events because I just did not want to take the time to write a review.
Last summer, I had several life altering events that happened to me – not the good type either. The events, the constant problems that had to be resolved after, the decisions that had to be made were all devastating emotionally, physically and financially. (The old saying that trouble or bad things come in threes is a lie – it can be multiples of that.) It was a time when I wasn’t taking a day at a time – I was taking it minute by minute – just to get through the next decision – face the next problem. Late one night when once again sleep eluded me, I picked up my e-reader and scanned my books to see if I could distract myself with anything. My eyes fell on my section of Shelly Laurenston novels. I started with the 1st in the series – The Mane Event and for the 1st time during that period I could escape from all the pain, troubles and sorrows that I was experiencing. While I couldn’t laugh – they did make me smile and forget for just a little while everything else. While I have read other author’s novels over the past year, it has been Shelly Laurenston/G A Aiken’s series that I have read over and over again to escape to a more pleasant place – to smile again. And for that, Shelly Laurenston deserves a 5* review on every one of her books that I have practically memorized over the past year.
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I’m so glad this book lived up to my expectations. Bo is a hybrid Asian lion and polar bear. He is an extremely successful ice hockey player in the shifter league and has made a fortune. However, he’s not very popular and pretty much feared by everyone. 10 years ago he caught a glimpse of a teenage Blayne and was captivated. When he visited New York for a meeting about coming there to play he saw her again and took the deal despite it not being the best one.
Blayne is terrified of Bo, ever since he stared at her and chased after her 10 years ago, she worked on the assumption he was a serial killer. When he comes to New York and gives her the same stare she is petrified.
It is some very sleek story telling that gets them to the end of their HEA from this very rocky start. The author as always has a deft hand with plots as well as characters. I also fell in love with Ursus County in the Winter, the descriptions were so beautiful.
The back drop of the hybrid hunters from the last few books continued and added extra drama to the exceptional romance and I found it really hard to step away from the book once I started reading it.
Once again, a great book. You won’t be disappointed.
Good storyline, loved the characters
I love Shelly Laurenston/ GA Aiken. I cant remember which book i downloaded first or why but i am so grateful. I chose to write a review for this book because it is one of my stand out faves from this side of her writing. Likely because i can relate to Blayne (i get to to calm down or slow down a lot) and i have loved ones who although not completely like Bo but have some of his tendencies shall we say! Bo and Blayne just fit so well together , many would say they shouldn't but that's why they are so great! I love Blayne's father too!
I have not yet found a book by this author either as Laurenston or as Aiken that i have not loved. They all make me laugh (sometimes on a packed train, wow the looks you get) and engage me from the first page. Each is different and the characters are all fully fledged individuals which although some may have similarities they are not carbon copies from book to book. I have collections for both Laurenston and Aiken because both sides are so good they deserve their own.
I would recommend not only this book but any by the author, another personal fave is Here Kitty Kitty, i swear i cried with laughter at some of the things Miki says!