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The Mane Squeeze: Pride Series # 4 | [Shelly Laurenston]

The Mane Squeeze: Pride Series # 4

Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for honey, moose, and…uh…well, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to morbidly embarrass her.
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Publisher's Summary

Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for honey, moose, and…uh…well, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to morbidly embarrass her. Too bad cats don't believe in forever.

At nearly seven feet tall, Lock is used to people responding to him in two ways: screaming and running away. Gwen-half lioness, half tigress, all kick-ass-does neither. She's sexy beyond belief and smart as hell, but she's a born protector. She watches out for the family and friends closest to her but misses the fact that she's being stalked by a murderous enemy who doesn't like hybrids…and absolutely hates Gwen. Lock probably shouldn't get involved, but he will. Why? Because this is Gwen - and no matter what the hissing, roaring, drape-destroying feline says about not being ready to settle down, Lock knows he can't simply walk away. Not when she's come to mean absolutely everything to him.

©2009 Shelly Laurenston (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Using a contemporary setting and interesting characters, Laurenston skillfully draws you into her world of shapeshifting wolf packs, feline prides and bear clans. Her shifters from two different worlds are engaging." (RT Book Reviews)

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 12-22-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 12-22-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Absolutely Awesome!"

    You simply can't go wrong with anything Shelly writes... these Mane books are funny with a capital F! The story just progresses from book to book... the smex and romance is awesome too...

    Narration was perfect... You can recognize the characters from the previous books from voices alone. Perfect!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 10-23-13
    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 10-23-13 Member Since 2006

    Manon G.

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    "One of my favorite in this series"

    This is when this series becomes interesting, we have not only the budding romance of Gwen and Lock, but new and fun characters are comming to join the gang. I love Blayne, she's perky and all over the place, and thought in this book she's Gwen best friend don't underestimate her power, she's a force to recond with, this is a good story, with romance and drama, and even some danger to spice things up, the characters are fun and lovable with all there quicks and habits, this is one of my favorite series in the paranormal romance circuit, the next one is about Blayne and I can't wait for that one, thought I've read the series several times, I love the audio version as well. Have fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Rockingham, NC, United States 03-24-14
    sherry Rockingham, NC, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So hooked on this series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mane Squeeze to be better than the print version?

    Of course I love the audiobooks I love listening while I do things around the house it's so convenient for me especially now that my eyesight is failing as I get older.


    What about Charlotte Kane’s performance did you like?

    I love this narrator I love this southern accent it so makes the books interesting and authentic


    Any additional comments?

    I am so hooked on these books I go from character to character waiting for each ones story and each story is as good as the previous I can't wait for the next book am looking forward to it keep writing we love your books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 11-05-13
    Amazon Customer USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "Love, love, love this series!!!!!"

    These stories are wonderfully written. The characters are funny, interesting and lovable. There is action, interesting plots, great sex and an all around great experience. I wait craving every new audible version

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-13
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good addition to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I really liked Gwen and Lock was great. This is a really good series and this book was a good addition to it.

    Gwen is a crossbreed shifter, being a combination of a Lion and a Tiger. She is from Pennsylvania and is the half-sister of Mitch (from book #3 The Mane Attraction). She lives with her mother's pride but isn't truly part of the pride. Unfortunately, her family is pretty much always trying to run her life which doesn't make things easy. She and her best friend, Blayne end up in New York for a visit when her life gets turned upside-down.

    Lock is a grizzly shifter. He has a pretty sedate life and enjoys it. He does software work as a job but does woodworking as a hobby (but dreams of doing it full time). Lock doesn't think he's interested in a woman but when he meets Gwen for the first time, he's strongly attracted to her. Unfortunately, interfering family causes problems when he tries to get close to her.

    Lock and Gwen first meet at Smitty and Jess' wedding. The meeting is brief but makes an impact. When they meet again, it's during a stressful situation and Lock helps Gwen and protects her. Unfortunately, Gwen's brother (actually the half-brother of her half-brother Mitch but no blood relation) Brendan decides to take it upon himself to chase Lock off and "protect" Gwen. To be honest, Brendan and Ronnie (his mate) seemed put in the book just to cause issues for Gwen. They did nothing but piss me off with their actions for around the first 20% of the book. Due to their interference, Lock and Gwen don't see each other for a while and Gwen thinks Lock broke a promise he made to her so she's not happy with him. During this time, Gwen has moved to the New York area and is running a plumbing business with Blayne. It's a plumbing job that brings Gwen and Lock back in contact with each other and after a few more meetings, Lock has decided that Gwen is the woman he wants.

    Lock knows he'll have to sneak a relationship up on Gwen because she'd reject a straight out push for one. Lock does very well at being very sneaky about getting her to want to see more of him. What they don't realize, is that Blayne, the Wild Dog pack and a few other allies are behind the scenes trying to help him get together with Gwen. While she's attracted to Lock, she just wants to sleep with him. Lock refuses right off the bat because he wants more from her. This doesn't last very long though and Gwen soon finds out what's so great about sex with bears (can we say magic lips?). Lock slowly reals Gwen in (with help from their friends) while they deal with multiple issues, including Gwen's family interfering in their relationship and a family feud that Gwen didn't know about that ends up bring trouble (and danger) to her multiple times throughout the book. Through the troubles, Lock and Gwen grow closer, admitting their feelings for each other and solidifying their relationship. In the end, they work through their issues and Gwen and Lock are happy together, starting a sweet HEA.

    This was a very good story. I liked Gwen and enjoyed seeing her make a life for herself away from her family and with Lock. Lock is so sweet and I loved him (I'd have loved to see him in his Halloween costume!!!) and was happy that he found happiness with Gwen. As usual, the secondary characters in the book are great (outside of Brendan and Ronnie being annoying at the beginning of the book) and help make the story interesting. I can't wait to read book #5, which will be Blayne's book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-30-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Honey, anyone?"

    Another sexy shifter story. This one was still good, but not my favorite. I was irritated at past characters for being jerks to Gwen. It seemed like nobody treated Gwen like she was an adult. Gwen did have more of a beta vibe and it didn't quite sit right with me. I did like her though and I really liked Lock, such a teddy bear. The story didn't quite go in the direction I was thinking it was going to go, but maybe that’s for the next book. I will admit that the books have a very similar story line, but I like them none the less. Narrator is fairly good if not overly peppy. Other shifter authors I recommend are Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    BluBumbleB 03-14-14
    BluBumbleB 03-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Love the Bears!"

    This Pride series is seriously cuckoo, and so is the narration somewhat, but, I'm oddly enthralled by the stories. This one was really funny--especially the antics of Mitch and Brendan. Loch was a great introduction to Bear shifters, which was a first for me but definitely won't be the last! There's a little crazy, a little action, and some good ole animal loving all rolled up into this series. My interest is peaked to see what happens next with this crazy pack of shifters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 03-05-14
    Karen 03-05-14

    Love to read!

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    "A little boring"

    I like this series, but this book was a little boring compared to the others. The characters were okay, but didn't have much personality. There also wasn't much of a story line. It took me a long time to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy CHATHAM, IL, United States 01-26-14
    Nancy CHATHAM, IL, United States 01-26-14
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    "ummmm, not so much"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I would not recommend this series to a friend. Once you have listened to one of the books, basically, you have listened to all of them, the plot is the same in all - challenging cross species love, raunchy sex (which is all basically the same with very little variety), culminating with marriage and "happily every after" . . . the titles and names of characters might be difference, but it is the same story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie TN, United States 12-11-13
    Marie TN, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2007

    Love to Read!! Everything

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    "Good Story...a little hard to get into"
    Where does The Mane Squeeze rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about a 4. The story took a little while to get into. I really didn't like the narrator in the beginning but she grew on me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gwen. She is trying to escape and be her own person away from her overbearing family. The way she is not looking for love but finds it anyway.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    More of a plot developed to kidnap/harm Gwen and how her Honey bear would handle it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Instead of "Sugar Sugar" from the song...it would be "Honey Honey"


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I love the story line. The dynamics of the family was very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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