Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas.
Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes, as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy-SEAL bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her...in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel.
Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl, even one who runs with a Pack, can redefine herself. First order of business: Find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again...
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If it had an actual plot it might have been a good story, but the story line was barely there. It was mostly about sex. If I wanted to read about sexual escapades I could have my husband go to an adult book store and buy something.
It wasn't a story. It was mostly sex with a little bit of a story line thrown in. I have read all of Patricia Briggs' books and was looking for a new author. I thought Shelly Laurenston's had promise. I was wrong.
I have probably been spoiled listening to the J.D. Robb In Death series books. Susan Ericksen does an EXCELLENT job performance.
I did not love the book and no, I don't think it had any redeeming qualities. Granted, I only listened to the first two books because it came as a set (or I would not have purchased book #2), perhaps she improved in the next books.
I feel I wasted my money and my time on the book(s) and do not intend to waste any more to see if she actually writes a book with more than a 10% story line vs 90% sexual escapades.
More story less sex.
No not the kind of book I want to listen to on my way to work.
I'm now on Book 8 of this series, so I guess it's time to gush about it for a minute!
I was kind of burnt out on PNR when I decided to pick up this audiobook. So glad I did! Although the world Ms. Laurenston creates is not noticeably different than others I've read (maybe the most obvious difference is that shifters seem to be the only paranormal element to the stories?), she totally makes up for the lack with legitimately good writing and character development. And she's got a great narrator to back her up, so that should really seal the deal for anyone who likes a good shifter romance. Total bonus (according to moi)? This first book in the series is actually two shorter stories, introducing you to two couples who have some social ties, but are separated enough that you get two completely different introductions to the Pride series for the price of one. Who doesn't love a good deal?!
I admittedly didn't love the first story about Dez, a full human cop from the Bronx, and Mace, a lion shifter who's carried a torch for her since they were kids. This one didn't get me fully hooked, but I was enjoying the narration and the presentation of the world Ms. Laurenston was giving, and found myself wanting to listen at every available opportunity. Maybe I was just out of it when I listened, because that's the only time it's happened so far!
The second story I enjoyed much more. I really liked Ronnie Lee Reed and Brendan Shaw, and found their story much more enjoyable. I mean, hi, it's love at first sight for Brendan. That's always good for me. Also thought the sex was hotter, for sure. But what made me remember this story more than the other? Perhaps because they're both shifters? Maybe because I love crazy southerners? Or could it be that I'm just a sucker for a man getting into a brawl with his own family over a woman (cuz I'm messed up like that)? Ummm, all of the above!
In general, this series is totally worth the time and credits. All the books contain humor, intrigue, interesting characters and some decently hot sex scenes. (I say decently hot because they don't really get HAWT like a Kresley Cole, ok real talk, like a Robert Petkoff-narrated book, but they still get my pulse going.) I also can't over-emphasize how much I like a well-written book containing characters that don't have to do stupid and completely absurd things to propel the plot. I've thoroughly enjoyed every installment, and have already re-listened to one of the books that particularly grabbed me. If this kind of thing is your bag, you really can't go wrong.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Worth the $4.95 price for the starter of the series, but not a credit. This series will go on and on there are so many characters. If you like ALOT of hot, steamy animal sex(which I do on occasion), you will like the stories of these 2 couples. I would go on with the series but I have so much in my wish list right now I have to save these for sales. The stories, yes there are 2, are funny and sexy with charming males, I wish they were all like them. A fun listen if you need a break from something intense. I really enjoyed the narration, it is told from both perspectives and different than I've listened to before. Oh, and I will never look at a lead pipe again without blushing...hehe!
I love listening to a good series of books and this one is off to a good start! The set up is easily imaginable. The details are excellent!
The lead male Mace is my favorite because he knows what he wants and has always wanted, Desiree.
I enjoyed the playful interaction between Mace and Dez! His best friend Smitty is a comical bonus to the storyline.
Say something about yourself!
Some of the people I follow had good things to say about this book...I don't. The narrator was at speed 5x, the shifters are just stupid, the male lead knew since he was 14 that he wanted a human girl/woman, totally obsessed but somehow he was in the navy for 14 years having "great sex with lots of women"...huh...yeah really hung up on the one girl...shesh!
Totally stupid and accents were true NYC, and I'm from there so I can say they were true, but freaking annoying to listen to!
Oh and apparently there are 2 books in this one book.
In short, DONE!
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
This book is a Drama Love Story. Love and Lust although that description may seem a little more entertaining than the actual story. The Narrator did a great job, I am not sure I could have kept up with this book the way it goes from one character viewpoint to another without the awesome Narrations. I am not from Chicago so I don't know enough to comment on the accent but it was the Narrator that kept me from asking audible for my money back.
It wasn't a bad story, it was like an episode of the Days of Our Lives. I buy a book like this I want action, near death experience, excitement not Drama and Redneck Lust and sex.
I was hoping that maybe this book just built up the characters and the next book would add the adventure and action, but .... They play a couple of hours of the next book at the end of this book and it is just another episode of Drama type Love Story with another odd couple.
One thing that really bugged me about this book is the author's depiction of Werewolves, I question whether the Author has ever read anything about them. His depiction of the Werewolves is off compared to where everyone else is. For example werewolves can get drunk in his book. There are several contradictions and I just found the overwhelming amount of sexual dialog to be a little primitively written in a redneck-ish style of Lustyness.. (sorry I am making up words now... :).
It didn't suck but... Not buying the next one.
The narrator's voice was extremely distracting in the way she elongated the word at the end of every sentence in a strange breathy way.
She sounded constipated.
I loved the story! The story itself kept me listening.
This was an interesting book, from the narration, to the characters and overall concept, and I enjoyed it. The narration was a bit over dramatic and a little forced in terms of the accents she gave the characters--I've heard better, but, it wasn't so horrible that I couldn't listen. The main characters in this book I totally loved, especially Shaw. I didn't realize this was a two story book actually (my oversight I suppose), but I was pleased to have the second story which I thought I was better than the first. Mace's story is a good introduction to the series which features polar bears, hyenas, lions, & jackals. I don't think I'd spend a credit on these, but, overall, this was a funny, sexy, lightweight listen with good potential.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
classic shape shifter story
GA Akin Dragon stories
awful voice...pace Ok, but she turned her voice up at the end of each sentence. Other reviewer said it all. I would not listen to this reader AKA J Parker.
part 1 and 2 were a great read. I wanted to listen as I find I get more out of the story. It was a shame this reader was chosen. So many of the older great books are read by bad readers. They can just ruin the experience. A good story can not make up for a bad reader.
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