Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5) by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Pride #5
Also in this series: The Mane Attraction, The Mane Squeeze, Wolf With Benefits
Published by Brava on May 25th 2010
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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...
Once again I found myself in the throes of a serious book funk, so I pulled out a secret weapon – one of my unread Shelly Laurenston books. Seriously, she should use this as a marketing ploy because it works like a charm for me every single time. Laurenston’s brand of humor and snark will snap me out of even the worst book funk. I’m going to cry when the day comes that I have no more unread Shelly Laurenston books in my arsenal.
Beast Behaving Badly may just be my favorite of the Pride Series. The OCD bear cat paired up with the super perky, off the wall, scatterbrained wolf dog had me laughing my tail end off.
Blayne was the sweetest little thing who caught loads of crap all the time for not acting like a predator. Blayne went through life thinking the best of everyone and just wanted everyone to get along. She loved life and saw no need to box yourself in with schedules and goals. Life should be enjoyed as it unfolds. Of course rile her up and she was hell on wheels. Every time she opened her mouth, I laughed.
Bo was the complete opposite of Blayne. He was one rude, mean, alphahole. He lived for his schedule and his lists that kept his life scripted to the nth degree. If his schedule got even a minute off, he had a meltdown. I loved Bo. Being a tad OCD myself and a huge believer in schedules, I understood Bo and his need for calm. His brand of hot, rude, alpha protectiveness pushed all the right buttons for me.
Watching Bo and Blayne as they decided to help each other was a treat. Opposites in every way, what should have been a disaster of a relationship became a tale of two people learning to compromise and then complement the other. The fact that the journey to get there was freaking hilarious was a huge bonus.
What made this book even better were the interactions between the ultimate badass Dee-Ann and super sweet Blayne. Dee Ann was tasked with covertly watching over Blayne since she had become a target of a fighting ring that kidnapped hybrids and forced them to fight. While watching over her, Dee-Ann decided that Blayne was a useless shifter and no better than a yappy dog. Blayne had a special way of handling adversity and her dealings with Dee-Ann had me in stitches as she taught her that even pet poodles have teeth. I also ended up adoring Bo’s family. Watching them and the rest of the cranky, grumpy, wolf hating bears of Ursus County deal with the whirlwind that only Blayne can be was a highlight of the book.
I can’t wait to get to the rest, but I will bite the bullet and pace myself. I’ve only got 4 more unread books in the series so I shall hoard them and only pull them out when I am in another terrible book funk. Is it bad that I’m hoping that I get in one soon?
Spice’s Rating: 5 happy, quirky, yet OCD Stars
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