Pub Date: March 27, 2018
Length: 432 pages
POV: 3rd, past
FTC: Digital galley via the publisher
Honey badgers are one of my favorite characters in Shelly Laurenston's
shifter series. This new series is about hybrid honey badgers, which
means they're even more over the top than the regular honey badgers.
admittedly struggled through the first 25% of the book. It was
disjointed, with a lot of chaos and confusion. If I hadn't read
Laurenston before, I might have given up. The story really doesn't start
coming together until about 30% through, which is probably typical for
new series, but seemed weird given that this wasn't a new world, but a
new spinoff in an old one.
The thing that makes
Laurenston books different from the vast majority of paranormal romances
out there is how the women are portrayed. There are no passive women
waiting for their "fated" mates. Every single one is a warrior, and most
are actually considered more dangerous than the men. That is the case
with this book.
What I also love about Laurenston
heroines is that just because they are badass, it doesn't mean they
eschew things that are considered "girly" or feminine. Charlie bakes
when upset or stressed (something I loved, because I am totally a stress
baker). New here, but greatly appreciated, is the matter of the fact
way that medication for mental health is dealt with. It's just a fact.
Like taking a vitamin. It was simply discussed like any other health
condition, which I liked and which made me realize how little we see of
that in fiction.
I think this book needed an
outside eye, someone who maybe hasn't read all of her books twenty
times, because there is a ton of back story and world building that is
just assumed here. There are also some incredibly brief cameos that
won't make any sense unless you've read her other books. Don't start
with this book if you're new to Laurenston!
disappointing was the lack of heat between Charlie and Berg. It may have
been me, but there was zero sexual tension here. It may also have been
that most of the book is about the sisters and their antics, so the
romance takes second (or even third) place in the narrative. At any
rate, it felt like the author was far more interested in the caper
aspects and sisterhood aspects than the romance. I really liked Berg,
liked Charlie, and liked their slow slide into a relationship, but I
wanted more desire.
My Grade: B-
It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and
lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony.
Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives
the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style
points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the
time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.
Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors.
Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless
father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her
how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s
not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a
network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying
to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just
might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .