The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Pride #3
Also in this series: The Mane Squeeze, Wolf With Benefits, Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)
Published by Kensington on November 1, 2008
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Weddings have the strangest effect on people. How else to explain the fact that Sissy Mae Smith woke up in Mitch Shaw's bed the morning after her brother Bobby Ray tied the knot? Or that gunmen are trying to kill Mitch, and Sissy Mae now has to escort a bleeding, stubborn, yet still incredibly sexy lion shifter to her Tennessee Pack's turf to keep him safe? It doesn't help that Mitch's appraising gaze makes her feel like the most desirable creature on earth, or that the ultimate stray cat is suddenly acting all kinds of possessive...Mitch is an undercover cop who's about to testify against some dangerous ex-associates. Even more worrisome, he's harbouring hot, X-rated fantasies about the fast - talking little canine - and he has to deal with every male in Sissy Mae's Pack sniffing around her in a way that makes his hackles rise. Mitch has his pride, and he intends to show Sissy Mae that when a lion sets out to make you his mate, the only thing to do is purr, roll over, and enjoy one hell of a ride...
I was browsing through my TBR pile when I found a motherlode of Shelly Laurenston books I forgot I had. SL is one of my favorite authors. Her brand of snark is right up my alley and she is funny. The laugh yourself silly while everyone stares at you like you’ve lost your mind kind of funny. Her Magnus Pack Series is on my must re-read every year list. It’s that good.
The Mane Attraction did not disappoint. I loved Sissy Mae in the other books so I was excited to finally get her story. She is an alpha wolf shifter who left home to start a new pack with her brother in New York. She is the perfect mix of strong, funny, snarky, mean, and just a teeny tiny bit vulnerable. She is also the Queen of Shit stirrers (but only to people she really loves and all in good fun – really). Oh, and if she does something stupid she knows it’s stupid but either a) thinks it will be grand fun, or b) someone she loves needs help. One thing she is not is weak and she puts up with crap from nobody. Sissy Mae is literally my perfect heroine.
Mitch is a lion shifter/undercover cop and the perfect mate for Sissy Mae, except for the whole cat vs. dog thing, but they make that work for them. He is just as snarky and irreverent as she is, so the two of them together are hilarious. He also has a 2 million dollar bounty on his head so he won’t testify against a mob boss. When he gets injured, Sissy Mae takes him home to Smithtown where no sane person would go looking for him.
What follows is sheer lunacy and all sorts of fun. There’s shifter football, Roller Derby car racing, and lots of brawling and bawling (mostly caused by Sissy). Needless to say, I loved this book. I’m going to dole out the rest of the series slowly so I can make them last, but I don’t want to. I want to eat them all up at once like a box of good chocolates. Sometimes it hard to be a good girl.
Rating: 5 The Perfect Heroine Stars
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