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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…
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 07, 2014|
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Livy Kowalski is dealing with her dad’s shocking death, her crazy family, and the lack of motivation for her career. She finds herself only relaxing when she is in Vic Barinov’s house eating all of his honey. The more time she spends with Vic though the more she realizes she likes him.
I love the honey badgers! They are crazy and I couldn’t get enough of them. Livy is different from her criminal family but she knows she can count on them to find her fathers killer. I liked that she was struggling with her career and passion in photography because that is a very common thing for artists to go through. It made her more real and relatable.
Vic was a tiger-bear hybrid who I instantly loved. He was sweet with Livy and understood her better than anyone. He never pushed her to talk about her problems and let her work through things at her own pace. I also really liked his family. They were supportive and slightly crazy, which I really liked.
This story also concludes the search for Whitlan and the shifter hunter. I enjoyed this story arc throughout this series and enjoyed how it ended. Honey badgers are mean and they know how to get revenge. I can’t wait to reread the next series because it is all about the honey badgers and I need more stories with them.
The female lead was unlikeable and had no redeeming qualities. I liked her in previous stories, though, so I was surprised.
There was no chemistry between the two leads. It felt more like an outline of what they needed to do to get together, rather than an actual romance. I never once felt any kind of feeling.
There was very little humor, which is the main reason I read this author. The story also felt unfinished. Did everyone involved eventually find out what happened?
Totally disappointing, all the way around. I’d give it negative stars if I could.
Livy Kowalski showed up in previous books as the best friend of Antonella and frankly, when I found out what her shifter animal was, I howled! it was so appropriate! Livy Kowalski is a honey badge, and she is badass. I love the way her character can't be bothered with any social courtesies. I liked her in previous books, but as the main character, she stole the show. There are a LOT of PNR series where I love all the men and can't stand the women (Lords of the Underworld? I finally had to stop reading the series I love because I simply couldn't take another word out of a Harpy's mouth - you know what I'm talking about).
The other thing that made this book stand out in my opinion, was the slow development of the love story. Vic Barinov was also introduced briefly in a previous book. Vic and Livy start the story as friendly acquaintances who tolerate each other's quirks. That acquaintance very slowly develops into a true friendship, and it's fun to see how surprised they are when they realize that somehow, their friendship snuck up on them. I love the way the author built their relationship one quirk and one smile at a time. Awesome. There was no insta-love, my mate, MINE! moment. In fact, they didn't even realize there was a physical attraction. That built slowly as well.
The final thing I loved about this book was the writing. Yes, the rest of the books in the series have the same feel, but as I was reading lines in this book, I kept saying - man, that's funny. I even looked up in the middle of reading and announced decidedly to my husband - this book is funny. Then looked back down and continued reading. I believe that the author has matured in her writing style because the Magnus Pack series, while decent, was definitely NOT this good.
As long as Ms. Laurenston continues to make me love both her male AND female characters, I will continue to read her books. Okay - except for Blayne. She is the WORST CHARACTER EVER. I wonder if Bo got brain damage from a flying hockey puck because I do not get what he sees in her. And Bo is AWESOME.
I only WISH WISH WISH that this publisher would stop charging an arm and a leg. Each book is going up in price. This one finally came on sale at Amazon for less than $8.99 which is my benchmark price for buying an eBook. I waited months before I would buy this book. I still REFUSE TO PAY MORE THAN $8.99 for an eBOOK! I WON'T DO IT! DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR!!!
But Novikov is just a side treat I get to wallow in. This book is all about Livy and Vic. Well, and the conclusion of a pesky problem that's been plaguing the hybrids for the past few books.
For the record, I do love how the honey badgers took care of business when one of their own was....err, threatened, I guess you could say. The point being that you don't want to cross a honey badger. Pretty much ever. Whether it's over a priceless treasure or a jar of honey. Just... no. Don't. Those guys are vicious.
Anyway. Let's get back to Livy and Vic. Livy's feeling the strain of her muse deserting her. Vic keeps finding her in his cupboards. I ADORED how Vic's feelings for Livy sort of snuck up on him. I loved how he was okay with her eating all his high-end honey. As with most of the crazy hybrid mish-mashes, I LOVED Vic's hybrid form.
Did I mention the whole Novikov thing? Because, yeah. That guy and his OCD issues makes me weirdly happy.
Now that I've reached the end of the currently published books, I guess I need to go back and dive into a reread. Because that's what one does.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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Livy Kowalski is Toni’s, from Wolf With Benefits, best friend. She also happens to be a honey badger. Honey badgers are usually thieves and con artists, but because Livy became friends with Toni and got practically adopted into the family she took another route and became a photographer.
The book starts at Livy’s father’s funeral. He wasn’t a pleasant man and Livy isn’t particularly broken up about it, but we are introduced to her very violent and angry family.
When she is leaving the airport she meet Vic Barinov, a hybrid grizzly-Siberian tiger, we met in the Wolf With Benefits book, when he helped Toni out in Russia. Livy and Vic have become sort of friends as she keeps breaking into his house and sleeping in his cupboards whilst eating his honey (it’s a honey badger thing).
This book delves into the hybrid hunters and the man behind it, so once more this is a plot heavy paranormal romance. The romance is sweet and passionate and the characters jump off the page they feel so real, but it doesn’t rely on that to be a good read. Throw in the belly laughs and you can't ask for a more entertaining read.
Once more, I highly recommend this series and this author's work, it always cheers me up.
So why only 4 *, well it's 4 and a half, because it took me much more time to warm to the hero- Vic Barinov.
Livy , our Honey Badger "badass" Heroine, is wonderful. She's crazy: you just know she is going to be in someone's face many times in the book, and it's done with superb comic timing. However I felt that Vic came off as the much less rounded character. I don't really see what it is about him that makes Livy fall for him. He is a sweet guy, and he does have a way of controlling Livy.
Laurenston has filled this world of shifters with laughter, mayhem and smart repartee. I find myself thinking what one of her heroines would do in some of my more stressful moments. ( it would probably get me fired!)
A good story is one you *want* to know what happens next, not just to main characters, but to all the characters. Laurenston shines by creating complex stories with fascinating side-charters to fill her books. We end up wanting to know their story too: take for example: Kyle Jean-Louis Parker, child genius and trouble maker. My personal favourite this time round was Livy's alcoholic ( and bi-polar- surely) cousin Melly. However we also get glimpses of many past hero & heroines including Ronnie Lee Reed 'baby', which made me laugh out loud AGAIN!.
The book took some time for me to get 'into'. I can understand why Laurenston has said she wants to take a break from the Pride Series, they books must take a toll to write. Honestly though, even when not up to her normal superb level of story telling, this story is shows why she is MILES ahead of other story tellers in the Romance/ Fantasy/ Shifter world.
If Shelly Laurenston wrote my tax document I would read it! Because she could even make that dreadful thing something to look forward too AND laugh at.
Much better than Wolf with Benefits, which I was a bit disappointed in. My only complaint is that Toni - who I dislike (and was the main reason I was dissatisfied with Wolf with Benefits), is still be being mean to Blayne, who I love. The book would have been almost perfect if Blayne had used her knives on Toni, or even better, shot her in the ear, as Blayne did to Dee Ann. I am sure Ricky Lee would still love the anal retentive Jackal if she was deformed!
I also have to comment on the formatting - the line spacing settings were too big, and not the standard Kindle Formatting. I always use large line spacing, and in this book I only got about 5 sentences on a page, the gap was so big (I did alter this to medium, and it was OK). Also, there were some pretty basic typo's 'Ajar of honey' instead of 'A jar', About instead of A bout (of Roller Derby). The text was in justified alignment, which meant sometimes there were only 3 words on a line, with big spaces between the words.
I am not blaming Laurenston for this, but I do think Kensington Brava, should be more professional in their approach to copy-editing and proofreading. They are, after all, a publisher and charging mainstream book prices.
I knew it was going to be good when even the Dear Reader introduction made me laugh and honestly can't remember ever laughing so much while reading such a page turner. The plot line finishes the Frankie Whitlan story arc in a most satisfactory manner, Vic and Livy's love story is believable if sometimes wacky, we meet most of the characters from previous novels and get to catch up on their lives …. even the cameo appearances are woven seamlessly into the story. I'm not sure how well Bite Me would work as a standalone, because it's sooo satisfying to read about characters you already know and love, as well as reaching the conclusion of an often gripping story arc that's been spread through several books. However, I'm sure that anyone who reads this with no previous experience of Laurenston's work won't waste any time in buying the rest of the series.
I love everything this writer (and her alter ego G A Aiken) produces and always pre-order as soon as anything new goes up on Amazon. This was pre-ordered last October and was worth every minute of the wait. May the next one come quickly, be it Pride, or Dragons, or even a return to The Gathering!