Bite Me (Pride #9) By Shelly Laurenston

March 25, 2014 Review 0

Bite Me  (Pride #9) By Shelly Laurenston

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…

Title: Bite Me
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wolf With Benefits, Bite Me, The Unleashing, Pack Challenge
Published by Brava
Source: Publisher
Published: March 25 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

Olivia (Livy) Kowalski is a honey badger shifter with a very strange family.  They are all thieves and enjoy making other people miserable.  Livy is a bit of a disappointment to them since she is a photographer and isn’t involved in the ‘family business.’  When Livy is feeling particularly stressed or just needs to get always, she will squat in homes she knows will be empty.  Vic Barinov will often find Livy in his kitchen cabinets.  he is a bear and tiger hybrid with an extreme love of honey that Livy takes advantage of when she goes to his home. When Vic and Livy get caught up in shifter politics they have to rely on each other and their families to find a way to solve a problem that has been plaguing the shifters for months.

I love this series! This is book nine in the Pride Series.  While it can be read as a stand alone, the series is best read in order as many of the characters are re-occurring and there are continuing story arcs from previous books.

Livy is a very amusing character.  She is typical of the female shifter that Laurenston has used in the past.  She is very aware of what goes on around her but she doesn’t bother doing do unless it directly affects her.  She can fight if it is required an d will kill but in general only to protect herself or someone she is close to.  We first met her in Wolf with Benefits when she helps save her best friends brother when he is kidnapped.  We also met Vic in that book as well since he was the bodyguard of the heroine and helped in the rescue as well. Vic is very much a bear most of the time.  He’s very logical and slow to act but at times his feline side takes charge and he is aggressive and difficult.

As far as the plot is concerned I hope we are at the end of the shifter hunt plot line. It hasn’t really grabbed my attention and it is so similar to the previous plot line of shifter fight clubs that I am ready for something different.  I think we have reached the end but you can never be sure.  We have been following this storyline for a while and I am looking forward to seeing what is up next for the shifters. I was surprised as to where the plot went and who all ended up being involved but it was also not all that surprising.  I did like the cameos from previous characters (one specifically at the end but I won’t spoil it) and getting to see so much from Gwen and Loch, Bo and Blayne, Dee Ann, Toni and Ricky Lee, etc..  There are several couples that feature prominently in this story but I loved every minute with them.  There were enough scenes where Vic and Livy were alone that they didn’t get overshadowed by all the re-occurring characters, they were enhanced.  With the way the all communicated (or not depending) and interacted with each other.  We also get to see a whole new shifter group, honey badgers, and how they are part of the shifter community as a whole. It’s always nice when a new group is shifters is introduced.  Also the different hybrid types as well make pretty interesting characters.

While the storyline was different from the previous books I can’t help but look back at the characters and, as much as I love them, compare them to previous characters in the series. Livy is a bit like Dee Ann and maybe Gwen and Vic is a bit like Loch and Bo.  I don’t have a problem with this as I have enjoyed all the books in this series but I wish they had been more unique. It may be the shifter characteristics that make them seem so similar, in Vic’s case anyway, but it was still something I noticed. Overall this was a great addition to the series and I am anxiously waiting to read more.

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