Review: Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

April 5, 2013 Review 0

Review: Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Shelly Laurenston, New York Times bestselling author and a star in the paranormal romance genre, comes the eighth book is the successful Pride series, that blends outrageous humor and sexy shapeshifters to create irresistible heroes that readers fall in love with.

Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…

Title: Wolf With Benefits
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Bite Me, Bite Me, The Unleashing, Pack Challenge
Series: Pride,
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Bite Me, Bite Me, Wolf With Benefits, Howl for It
Published by Brava
Source: Publisher
Published: March 26, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Review

Antonella ‘Toni’ Jean-Louise Parker spends her days managing the schedules of her ten brothers and sisters, all of whom are gifted in some way.  She doesn’t have much of a social life and is uninterested in getting one since her family keeps her so busy. Ricky Lee Reed is very laid back. He works for a security company and often states that if you just wait, eventually the excitement will come to you and that seems to happen to him a lot.  When he meets Toni, he discovers a whole new level of excitement with her prodigy siblings, cranky bears, stubborn Russians and cultist full humans.

I loved this book! From the very beginning I was smiling and laughing at the antics that surround Toni and Ricky.  From the first time one of Toni’s siblings ask Ricky if he was their daddy, a ploy Toni uses to deter men, I was hooked.  I loved all of  the characters, even Livi, Toni’s squatter best friend that seems a little shady.  If you are following the series then you will love the cameos of many characters but there is a whole slew of new ones that are fascinating.   While Laurenston has connected all the books with characters and certain overlapping story arcs, it is not strictly necessary to read all the books in order.  However, I would advise reading them in order to get the full experience of all the characters and the world that has been created.

Ricky and Toni’s relationship is not like a lot of the others in this series.  Ricky is very subtle in his pursuit of Toni and sometimes doesn’t even seem interested.  Toni is generally oblivious to Ricky but every now and then there will be a scene where you get a glimpse that they are falling for each other before there is ever any action.  There aren’t very many sex scenes which I was a little disappointed in but the story itself was so engrossing that I only noticed the lack of sex as an afterthought when I finished the book.

My favorite thing about this book was the way Laurenston seamlessly integrated new characters with the ones we know and love from previous books.  The fact that she even brings in Sara, Miki and Angelica from her Mangus Pack series was a brief glimpse of nirvana for me.  But all the older characters don’t overshadow the new characters.  All of the new characters have their own unique back stories and issues they are working through.  The new shifters introduced open up new avenues for the story line to take and provide many new characters for Laurenston to write about.

I am not sure where the series is going but I hope it never ends.  Each new book is fresh and exciting and I am never bored.  My only complaint is that I would have liked a little more of the story to show Toni and Ricky after everything had settled down a bit.  We get a very short epilogue but I wish there had been a bit more. My hope is that in the next book there will be a bit more with Toni and Ricky, showing some of their HEA.

Shelly Laurenston

                  

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