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…
©2014 Shelly Laurenston (P)2014 Tantor
"Hot shape-shifters and even hotter passion." (Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author)
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A good addition to the series. A bit more serious than most of the books, otherwise similar to the other books which is funny and full of fun loving shifters. Livvy and Vic make a cute couple and as usual many of the other shifters from the other books make appearances and make quite a ruckus. Shelly Laurenston is AKA G.A. Aiken which I plan on reading/ listening to as soon as Audible gets the whole series out. As usual the narrator brings out the characters from this book.
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I would have had more romance/interaction between Livy and Vic, and less violence. It's a good-sized book so I sometimes lost the thread of the romance amongst the rest of the story. (Since I do most of my listening at work, part of that lost thread could be my distraction and no fault of SL.)
I'll definitely listen to this again as I have almost all of the other books in this series. I love listening to my favorite series over and over again. If I do miss something one time, I'm sure to catch it the next.
I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.
I love all of the great characters in this book. They are wonderful and very funny.
I love Livia
The honey town visit.
Yes , I coulden't put it down.
Do yourself a favor and get this series you will laugh your ass off.
I love love love Livy....what more is there?
I know it is not much of a review but what the heck....I love Livy! She absolutely made the book for me! Read it, you will not be disappointed!
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 Vic and Livy in previous books of the series and I liked the way their story came together. This was a very good addition to the series.
Livy is a honey badger shifter, a breed which doesn't associate with the other shifters a lot and is known for being very fierce and tough. Most honey badgers are also known for being criminals but Livy isn't interested in that life and instead has embraced her creative side and become a photographer. She currently has a regular job taking pictures of the shifter hockey team (for publicity shots and such) but she actually an artist and her photography is shown in art galleries. Livy actually has a show coming up soon but she's stressing because she feels like she's lost her creative muse (mostly because she's worried about being a sellout for taking a job to pay the bills) and doesn't think she has anything worthy of being in the show.
Vic is a shifter that's a hybrid of a Tiger and a Bear. He used to be in the service and now does freelance jobs in the mercenary/secret agent type that have him traveling all around the world. He's done some work with some of the main characters from previous books and that's how Vic and Livy meet. They have become friends although Vic gets frustrated when Livy keeps breaking in to his house and stealing all of his honey.
When the story begins, Livy is not having a good time as her dad just died and at his funeral, the family situation is tense to say the least. She goes back home after the funeral and things still aren't great. People think she's upset because of her dad's funeral but she's really freaked because she has an art show coming up soon for her photography and hasn't been able to get inspired and has no decent photos for the show. She's been doing jobs like being the photographer for the local shifter hockey team and feels it's been taking away from her creativity (although she does need the work to pay bills). She's even more stressed when Blaine asks her (and who can say no to Blaine) to photograph her wedding because Livy is an artist and not a wedding photographer! Needless to say Livy is unthrilled and Vic notices her being upset and it bothers him. Vic thinks it's because of her dad and tries to be there for her, even bringing her gifts of exotic honeys and other stuff in an attempt to cheer her up. While all this is going on, Vic gets a lead on a guy that's responsible for capturing shifters and letting humans hunt them for money. He asks Livy to check out an apartment for him and she agrees (although she's not a thief she has definite skills for getting in and out of places unseen). Livy is surprised and pissed when she goes to check out the apartment and finds evidence there that indicates her father was killed in a much different way than what everyone thought.
Livy ends up calling in her whole family about the issue and when they find out about what happened and the person responsible, they decide to take him down and make him pay. Vic tries to get them to leave it up to the shifter led authorities but someone in power seems to have pushed this case down in priority and Livy and her family aren't about to leave someone else to take care of the issue or not. Livy and Vic started out as friends but things escalated when they went on a trip to an all bear run town called Honeyville and they end up in bed together. Once she decides that her and her family are going after the bad guy, Vic decides he's not going to let Livy do this on her own and is there to back her up. I really liked how Livy and Vic's relationship grew. They were both rather busy with everything else that was going on but they both were able to recognize that their instincts seemed to be leading them to each other instead of away. They may not have been looking for love but once they realized it was coming up on them they didn't fight it but embraced it (although somewhat reluctantly at times). They had some really good moment together...I especially loved when Vic bought Livy the new camera and how he gave it to her. He's so sensitive to Livy's wants and needs... *sigh* And he even helped Livy to get her muse back. There are some interesting times as Livy's family plans and executes their revenge on the bad guy. This bad guy has been one that the shifters have been after for a while in this series so it's cool to see him get what he has coming. Once everything is concluded, Livy and Vic are solidly together and starting their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Vic and Livy together, they made a good couple. The story was interesting and concluded a long term series story line. I'll be interested to see what plots show up in the next books in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
Did it meet my expectations? Yes!
Favorite part? I have two actually. The part where Victor and Nobokov go head to head in their hybrid forms and they were just "play fighting" as they tore each other and their surroundings apart. And the part where Livy shifted into her Honey Badger form and attacked Blaine for being annoying. Hilarious!
This is a great Shelly Laurenston book, the story is really engaging. The reader is hard to listen to though. A but flat and monotone for much of the book, pretty good with characters' voices and distinctive. Not good for driving as she almost put me to sleep!
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