Review: Wolf with Benefits by Shelley Laurenston

June 27, 2015 Review 3

Review: Wolf with Benefits by Shelley Laurenston

There’s nothing like a good-ol’-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

Title: Wolf With Benefits
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wolf With Benefits, Bite Me, Bite Me, The Unleashing
Series: Pride
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Wolf With Benefits, Bite Me, Bite Me, Howl for It
Published by Kensington
Source: Publisher
Published: June 30, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
Berkley

The below review is from my March 18, 2013 ARC review. This series first publishes as trade paperback. It is now available in mass market paperback.

It has been a long time since I laughed this much while reading a book. The characters and their interactions with one another were fabulous. Wolf with Benefits has a great mix of humor, romance, and an awesome cat of charters.

Antonella Jean-Louis Parker is the oldest of the Jean-Louis Parker children. She is also the only non-prodigy of the bunch. Her loving and slightly psychotic and certainly high maintenance siblings remind her of all of her short comings as often and snarkily as possible. It is easy for them to do. They are constantly near her as she is basically their life manager. Toni’s impressive micro managing skills has landed her with an amazing new career and a house full of stressed children (and parents) who have no clue to do without her around.  

While hiding from his sister Ricky rescues a damsel in distress that he quickly decides he needs to follow around. That is the only way to explain Ricky’s beginning courtship of Toni. He just wants to follow her around, keep her company. I could not pick just one quote. Ricky has this knack for perfect replies though. He is also a country boy. He is laid back and easy going and it made him an awesome read. Considering how low key he is I thought it was hilarious. For the most part he sits in the background and watches what goes on around him. If the need to react is there he does if not he just sits back and waits.

All three of the following are from Ricky to Toni.

“Dalin’, at this point, I’m startin’ to think you are sweet on me.”

“I swear, entertainment seems to follow you around, like a puppy after its momma. So I am along for the ride darlin’.”

“Let’s go back to the hotel, get naked, and be all awed by how good we look.”

I LOVED the multiple points of view. Readers are treated to a constant change of drivers for this crazy train. Many of the characters are couples from past books. This has made me very anxious to read the previous books in the series. Yes, this is the first book in the Pride series that I have read. It easily worked as a stand-alone. I knew from blurbs of the other books in the series that many of the characters have already had their tale told. Readers and fans of Shelly’s Magnus Pack series are treated to some cameos from that series heroines.

Shelley Laurenston

 

3 Responses to “Review: Wolf with Benefits by Shelley Laurenston”

  1. Judy-Ree

    Oh, you lucky, lucky girl! I can’t wait to get my hands on that book. I am soooooo jealous. I was a little confused reading your review because I couldn’t place the “Ricky” that you kept mentioning, until I realized that it is RIcky Lee Reed. For one small and ashamed moment, I hung my head at the realization that I have become THAT Southern. Because Ricky and Ricky Lee are 2 distinct and different names to me. *sigh* Anyway, if you want to spend whole days just giggling out loud, run go get the rest of the Pride series. If by the time you are done, you aren’t thinking to yourself that “I Love me some Bear Logic, too”, it might just be hopeless. *grin*

  2. tanna4abak

    Vanessa, RUN – DO NOT WALK – TO THE NEAREST BOOKSELLER (either on line or store) AND GET THE REST OF THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you loved Wolf With Benefits and couldn’t stop giggling, You will absolutely adore the rest of the gang in the other books. I am so jealous too. I have it pre-ordered from Amazon and am waiting very impatiently for it. Shelly is my all time favorite author. I stumbled upon Pack Challenge a few years ago and was hooked from the first page. These are my go to books. When I want to feel good and read a great story i go back and re-read the entire series. People always look at me strangely when I am reading one of her books because I am always giggling or laughing out loud. You will love them.
    AGAIN I SAY—–GET THE REST OF THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!