He's big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He's also about to get trapped by his own game...Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But when someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that's turning Crush's lone-bear world upside down - and bringing his passion out of hibernation. As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she's joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who's got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn't because Crush's stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways...
©2012 Shelly Laurenston (P)2014 Tantor
"Quirky characters, madcap antics, snappy dialogue, charged love scenes, and sitcomesque humor keep things moving at a breakneck pace." (Publishers Weekly)
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Wow... I really loved this one!
Now... of all these Pride books I absolutely love BO and his schedule!!! This one is about another polar bear, who is a bit like Bo, but not as schedule... no one is like Bo! This was really great though... One thing I have learned is that Bears have a bit of OCD and they fixate on stuff... Now Crush totally was a huge hockey fan and by the way he had his house decked out with Carnivore stuff!
Now Stella, loved her! Loved her family, loved her totally bad-ass attitude... and loved her with Crush...
This is one of my favorites! So worth the credit or sale... Really pricey...so maybe not a buy!
Narration is some of the best narration out there... especially for these crazy shifter males! I do wish there was a bit more MINE in these books, like in book 1, but... I still feel satisfied at the end of the story...so, I am one happy customer. :)
I've always liked to read. But I've become addicted to Audible and average 5 or 6 books a week. But everybody has at least one vice right?
I have enjoyed this series and to be honest I think it surprised me. Its not one of the typical shifter stories at all. The characters are tough and raw and a wee bit ranchy....but the conversations and interaction between these tough and street wise characters had me laughing out loud in several places. It's one of those stories about family, not one your born into always but those who are together by choice, by friendship....no matter how dysfunctional.
It also has very definite good guys vs bad guys....even if the good guys can be and often are a little scary. It's worth the read.
I'm also a fan of Johanna Parker and while these stories say they are narrated by Charoltte Kane....I'm thinking if it's not Parker under another name then it's her sister. But no matter the name it's well done the characters and voices are great.
Laurenston makes me laugh. When Kane reads it I laugh out loud. Can't wait for more!
Any book read by Charoltte Kane - she does a great job and has wonderful characterization. And I don't get tired of listening.
She really gets the flavor of the characters. Reads with humor and a wide range of character voices.
Please do more! I have purchased all of the series and am waiting for more. Have also purchased all of the GA Aiken dragon series - great job Shelly. Will have to check out any other books read by Charlotte too.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Cella and Crush and their story was a good addition to the series.
Cella is a tiger shifter. She works for an agency that protects cat shifters and also is an enforcer on the all shifter pro hockey team. She's the daughter of a shifter hockey league legend and she's also a bare-knuckles champ for 5 years running. She got pregnant at 16 and had a daughter but with the help of her family (which unlike most cat clans is very close) she was able to join the marines for a number of years before coming back to New York to take up her current work. She hasn't had much time or inclination to date though and this ends up causing problems for her later.
Crush is a polar bear shifter and has been a cop for years, mostly working undercover jobs and living on the seedy side of things. He likes what he does though and has no interest in changing. He was an orphan and was raised with a foster mother that he doesn't get along with. He's one of triplets but he also doesn't get along with his brothers. Crush isn't happy when the story begins because his cover was blown through no fault of his own. Because of this he's getting transferred to the shifter unit of the police and he's unthrilled with the change. Crush has no interest in a relationship when he meets Cella and it takes him a while to change that opinion.
Cella and Crush wake up the morning after a party that Dez (from The Mane Event) threw. Apparently jello shots didn't agree with either of them and Crush wakes up with a naked Cella asleep on top of him. He can't remember if he slept with her or who she is and freaks a bit. Then he gets a bit testy when he can't get her to wake up and get off of him so he can go to work (and Crush is too polite just to dump her off of him and just leave). Cella wakes up to find a handsome bear that has a bit of a stick up his butt so she decides to tease him and give him a hard time. Crush makes his escape and Cella goes on with things. We get to meet Cella's daughter, who is 18 and just getting ready to graduate high school and head to college. We also get introduced to her family which is loving and protective for the most part, but there are some problems. Soon after, Crush is at a hockey game and Cella sees him there. Crush didn't realize that she's "bare-knuckles Malone", the enforcer on his favorite team and he's both horrified and thrilled as he gets to spend time with her father in the owners box. Because of Cella's trickster type antics, her father thinks that Crush is Cella's boyfriend. After the game, Crush hears some other stuff out of context and runs for the hills and away from Cella. Cella's a bit disgruntled but she lets it go. In the mean time, Cella works on things for her agency and her hockey team.
Things come to a head for Cella when her daughter gets her to promise not to fight (for the space of a month) with her aunt Dedra (who tries to cause problems for her and makes her life hell). Right after promising this, Cella finds out her aunt has convinced her family to try to marry her off to a distant cousin. When her father tells the family that she has a man, in the form of Crush, Cella decides he's her key around breaking her word to her daughter. She manages (with some help from a friend) to convince Crush to help her out by acting like her pretend boyfriend. He does so reluctantly but as he spends more time with Cella (both personally and at work) he starts realizing that there's a lot more to her than he originally thought. Cella starts seeing more in Crush too and realizes he fun to have around for more than to just give a hard time. Things in their work situation escalate when it becomes apparent that a a bear of some power with ties to Crush is doing some bad stuff but they have trouble figuring out exactly what and the threat against Cella and Crush ends up pushing them together more. They finally end up sleeping together and slowly allow their relationship to become more. They don't really talk about things but they also don't really fight it once they both realize they have deeper feelings. Their friends realize they work well together and Crush gets accepted by her hockey teammates, even making friends with Bo Novikov (from Beast Behaving Badly). There's a lot going on as Crush and Cella work their case and go after the bad guys while handling hockey stuff and working out their relationship. There's drama and some issues but things get worked out and I liked how the story was resolved. Of course the best part of the ending...Crush and Cella deciding they should be together and starting their HEA.
This was very enjoyable. I liked both Crush and cella. Their interaction was priceless as there was a lot of poking fun and spicy interaction between the 2. Cella was just what poor grumpy Crush needed to pull himself out of his dull life, taking him from black and white to technicolor. And once Crush realized he liked Cella and started being a part of the relationship he proved that he was good for her in return. This was a very good addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
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Fun and sexy this series tickles my funny bone. I feel like I'm related to some of these people. There are lots of previous characters coming into play. Celia's antics with Crush were funny crazy. It was nice that this wasn't a love at first sight kind a story, more a beat them until he gives up type. Yes sometimes Celia's action were a little childish, but that is half of what this series is all about. Goofiness and Sexiness, two ingredients I enjoy in stories. This book had a little more action/ story line and less sex in it, but overall a crazy story. Narrator does a great job as usual.
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