Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
Series: The Honey Badgers #1
Published by Kensington on March 27, 2018
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It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.
Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I have been waiting for Hot and Badgered for eons! First, I thought I snagged an ARC but then learned it was only for the first chapter. Even though I’m not a sneak peak kind of girl, mainly because I have zero patience, I read it and was intense and funny and had me wanting the full story right freaking then. See. No patience. Then I waited, and I waited some more. When I finally scored the full arc I was doing cartwheels. I dove in and it was every bit the snarky, violently hilarious funfest I expected.
The three MacKilligan sisters have had a tough life constantly being dragged into their POS father’s crazy schemes. If they could find him and kill him off life would be so much simpler. Only one of the three sisters is a full honey badger, the other two are mixed breeds with Charlie being half wolf/half honey badger. These three are as close as close can be and are extremely protective of each other which is good because hybrid shifters have it tough in this world.
Charlie’s job has been to protect her baby sisters since her Mom was killed. With as crazy as her sisters are and as much trouble as they always seem to be in, Berg surprised her. The cute grizzly that kept popping up at opportune times (like when bad guys are bent on killing her). He actually went out of his way to help her and took her and her sisters to the safest place he knows, his bear neighborhood.
Between kidnapping and assassination attempts, grumpy bears getting their precious bee hives raided and none other than the Group getting in the midst of things, this was one crazy ride. Having Dee-Ann Smith, the most obnoxious, maddening, Group operative of them all getting a little lesson in humility was just the icing on my snarky and fun cake.
Berg was perfect as he did his best to “stray dog” his way into Charlie’s heart. He was a perfect mix of sweet teddy bear and gruff growly grizzly. Charlie was the sanest of the three sisters, but that really wasn’t saying a lot. She was loyal to her sisters and hell on anyone who crossed them.
Charlie and Berg had great chemistry, but once again the romance took a bit of a back seat to everything else going on. This was mostly A-okay with me though, since I had such a good time reading it. I can’t wait to read more honey badger stories. These books have always been insane, but the honey badgers seem to have ramped that up a few notches.
Rating: 4.5 Stray Doggin’ It Stars