Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: Beast Behaving Badly

Author Shelly Laurenston 
Format e-book 
Print Length 379 pages
Publisher Brava 
Published May 25, 2010 

Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can't get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he's shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is...

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it's good advice, but he can't leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness -- or his hunch that there's more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn't yet begun to fathom -- much as he'd like to. She may insist Bo's nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she'll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it'll be worth the wait... 

My Opinion 

I do not remember the last time I have laughed so hard reading a book before, especially a shifter book. Ten years ago, Bo saw Blayne at a hockey game and tried to find her, but she ran from him. Ever since then he has been looking for her at every event he has attended. Imagine his surprise when she ends up in the same sports complex as him. Now, take that multiple it by a thousand and that is his shock level when she asks for his help being mean in the rink-the Derby rink- that is. 

Blayne is a wild dog/ wolf hybrid, which means that she goes through life on the looking at life on the glass is half full side of things. She is perfectly happy living in a world where she has on rose colored glasses. She is cute, polite, perky, pretty much just fabulous. She grew up without her momma and her daddy taught her how to take care of herself the best way he knew how. This means of course that Blayne has a big secret which gives her mad skills but her perky nature hides the secret from everyone but her bestie. 

Bo Novikov is the complete opposite of Blayne, he lives by a strict schedule. This is because he is an lion/bear hybrid with an arrogant side that makes him completely OCD. It also makes him the best hockey player on the Northern hemisphere, maybe even on earth. This allows him to be a complete jerk to everyone one and off the ice. 

This is the perfect case of opposites attract and boy do they. The interactions between Bo and Blayne are hilarious. I absolutely love her and she is perfect for the uptight, too tidy nothing ever messes with my life Bo. Bo is just what Blayne needs to realize her true potential and them getting together is a highlight of the series. 

There is a bigger threat to Blayne than Bo. That threat is not going to like what they find. The sweet little wild dog/wolf that they expected to find is hiding the fact that she can totally take care of herself. You see, her daddy promised her momma to take care of her and keep her safe and well he has a unique way of doing just that. 

Needless to say, friendship get tested. Trust gets lost. Blayne proves everyone wrong- especially those who claim to love her and have her best interest in mind. Lesson learned in this one- never underestimate the perky, sweet, rose color glasses character. They are often hiding behind that perkiness. 

This is my favorite book in the series so far. So much so that writing this review makes me want to re-read it. This series came at a time when I needed a shifter series to sweep me away from reality. If you are looking for a shifter series that will make you laugh and want to read more, this is the one for you. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote "You're not going to kill me, skin me, and wear my head as a hat?" 

Other People 

Dee-Ann- wolf with special skills 
Ric- one of Blaynes friends 
Gwen- Blayne’s bestie

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