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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 asTen 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......

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Beast Behaving Badly Reviews

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-01-25 16:47

    5 bear-cat sexiness Stars*Spoilers*“Stop!” Bo put his hands over his ears and gaped down at her. “Good God, woman. Hit the brakes on the freight train that is your mouth.”“You’re an asshole!” “You don’t even know me.” “On the ice. You’re an asshole on the ice. And now everyone wants to be assholes! That’s expected now!” She rolled closer. “And because I’m not an asshole, I’m suffering! Your fault!”Beast Behaving Badly is the 5th book in the Pride series and it is awesomely hilarious. I really love Blayne and Bo. Bo Novikov is a lion/polar bear hybrid. He is a totally lovable asshole, anti social loner with OCD ( which I totally understand)and a kick ass hockey player. Bo needs everything organised and neat. He says exactly what he means and is all about being punctual, staying on schedule, and list! Bo set his eyes on Blayne 10 years ago and wanted her then, but she ran from him screaming. Now ten years later she is asking him to help toughen her up for her roller derby team, since he is the asshole of hockey and all. Even though he doesn't have time on his schedule he is willing to help Blayne because he wants a chance to be in her life. “Don’t you understand?” she pleaded. “I’m a wolfdog meant to be free! To roam the hills and roads as I see fit. Not to be held down by your expensive time keeping devices. I can’t live in this kind of—ooh! Earmuffs.” “Will it make you happy if I do this?” he asked. “Yes,” she hissed, frustrated. “It would make me happy.” “Then I’ll do it.” Blayne blinked, her fists unfisting. “Just like that?” “Yep. I like making you happy.”Blayne Thorpe is a wild dog/wolf hybrid. She is a super perky,hyper, sweet, all over the place scatter brain, but she can turn killer with mad skills (she learned from her daddy) when she has to. She is always trying to help others she goes out of her way to be cheery and nice to everyone. Which is the problem she is having, her roller derby team thinks she is too nice and will cause their team to lose the upcoming championship. So Blayne gets Bo to help toughen her up, but she also wants to help him too. Blayne can see that Bo is lonely and she wants to help him be more nice and make friends, cut loose and live a little. “I don’t hate you, you idiot. I’m in love with you. That’s why I’m panicking!” She marched to the door and yelled, “And our children will not be freaks!”Bo’s eyes narrowed, and his mane dropped to his shoulders. “Oh, no,” her father said next to him with a level of sarcasm even Bo was finding hard to take. “Your kids won’t be freaks at all.” “I love your daughter, sir,” Bo said low for Mr. Thorpe’s benefit only. “But don’t think for a second I won’t snap your neck like a twig if you get on my nerves.” The wolf looked up at him, brows raised, and Bo added, “No, really.”Blayne and Bo together had me laughin so damn hard. The way she is all over the place chaotic and it driving Bo crazy. I love that Bo learns to let loose and would do nice things just to make Blayne happy. I think it is great that even though they both could be other things (Blayne could be mean and Bo could be nice) they are still true to who they really are. I love the fact that Blayne could go from sweet, nutty girl to trained killer in 60 seconds flat. There is some seriously hot scenes in this book. I love a lot of the new characters we meet for the first time in this book, and really enjoyed seeing some old favorites from past books. I really enjoy how closely the books tie together and build onto each other giving the characters more depth. A great read and a awesome addition to the series. Below I leave a couple of my favorite quotes from this book:He grabbed her around the waist and lifted her up, enjoying her squealed giggles; her arms looping around his neck, her legs around his waist. “And now?” he demanded. “And now, I’d have to say, you have me where you want me, Marauder. Genghis would be proud.” “Then you better kiss me quick before I burn your peasant village to the ground and take all your women as my concubines.” “Oh, no,” she whispered, staring at his mouth. “I’m trapped between wanting to help my people and keep my innocence. What will I do?” “What you always do, Blayne,” he told her honestly while pressing his body into hers. “Help everyone else.” She leaned in, her hands moving from his shoulders to his face, her fingers stroking his jaw. “My God,” she whispered, her sweet breath brushing against his mouth, “the sacrifices I’m forced to make for my people.”“Bo!” “What?” Blayne cleared her throat and said, “Uh . . . Bold Novikov, I’d like you to meet my father. Ezra Louis Thorpe.” Praying she was kidding—but already knowing she wasn’t—he looked down the porch stairs. Unsmiling, black, powerfully built, in his fifties, and still wearing a buzz cut that was mere millimeters from bald, Bo knew this was Blayne’s father. “Sir,” Bo said before raising his gaze to Blayne’s. “I am so naked,” he whispered. What kind of first impression could he be making right now? “I’m almost positive he noticed that,” she whispered back. “Although if you go inside and get some pants . . . I don’t think he’ll mind.”http://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessio...

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-02-13 18:51

    5 Crazy starsBlayne Thorpe is a wolfdog, one of the most unstable shifter breeds, she is also way too nice for her derby team. When it seems like she won't be playing in their bouts because of being too polite she gets Bo Novikov, one of the hardest hockey player in the shifter leagues, to train her.Bo Novikov, a lion-polar bear hybrid, was fascinated with Blayne Thorpe from the first moment he laid eyes on her ten years ago but she run away from him screaming. Ten years later he isn't about to let her get away from him again. So he agrees to help her train and tries to find a way into the wolfdogs life.I love this freaking book! It is my favorite one in the series and one of my favorite books in general.Blayne is such a great heroine. She is a genuinely nice person, cute and polite to everyone but she can kick some serious ass if the situation demands it from her. I love how this girl goes from funny, cheerful, always nice to stone cold killer in seconds!Bo is also so cute. He is OCDed, too organised, too punctual, too tidy. He is everything the crazy wolfdog isn't. He is also exactly the type of guy that could even out Blayne's absentmindedness. It probably wouldn't be in RL but his obssession with lists and schedules is just adorable to read about.PS. I love the supportive characters in this series. SL is a master at creating interesting people around her couples.QuotesHer eyes narrowed. "You're not going to kill me, skin me, and wear my head as a hat?"Yep. He was entertained. And, no. It wasn't normal. Instead of answering her question, he asked his own. "Do you want me to?""Not really.""Then why are you asking?""Because according to my father, many teachers, and quite a few anger-management counselors, I seem to lack that little internal device that stops things that are best left unsaid from being said." Her eyes grew wide and she briefly covered her mouth with her hand."Are you a virgin?" she whispered."What? No!""But when do you find time with that rigid schedule of yours? I mean prisoners at Rikers have more freedom! ""So you were using her as bait? And Christ knows, my daughter hates to be lied to," he laughed. "So she stuck you with me. Right? This was her brilliant idea?"Feeling a small sense of relief that the man understood the situation better than Van could hope and, more important, seemed to be taking it so well, Van nodded. "You could say that."Thorpe chuckled a little more. "That girl. Look, why don't I make this easy for you and me?Blayne likes to feel we have a rough-and-tumble acrimonious relationship, and I let her. Because in a bizarre, Blayne-like way it makes her feel more normal when, in fact, my girl's weird. I know she's weird. Her friends know she's weird. And we all accept it because she's weird, but she's also amazing.""Why are you still standing here?"His uncle leaned back, peering out into the hallway. "I need you to come to town with me," he muttered."You're not on my schedule."His uncle scowled. "I'm not what now?""I wrote out a schedule. You're not on it.""Uh-huh. Can you fit me on the schedule?"Bo grabbed the notepad off his night table and looked it over. "Well, let's see, maybe I could move-"Grigori snatched the pad from him and tore it up, throwing the tiny pieces at Bo's head.Bo stared at him. You don't think I made a copy?" "That won't happen," Blayne's hybrid said, and shifted. Shifted into something only Blayne could truly love.Yep. I'm gonna have freak grandkids. As Bo eased up behind him, Mr. Thorpe glanced at him over his shoulder. He snorted, shook his head. "I bet she loves those fangs. Trust me, at some point, if she hasn't already, she's gonna ask to hang from them."He hitched Blayne up a little higher. "I have a question first.""Of course I'll marry you! " Blayne cheered, throwing her arms around his neck."I wasn't going to ask that. ""Oh." She un-hugged him. "Sorry.""I was going to ask you that on Sunday. At three forty-five p.m. Before the surprise romantic dinner but after my Sunday laps in the pool. It was on myschedule!" he finished on a bellow."I know! " she bellowed back. "I saw it. You left it right out on the kitchen table! Was I supposed to ignore it?"

  • Zeek
    2019-02-17 22:35

    I think this one was my favorite of the series, thus far. Mostly because I “got” Blayne. I like shiny things, I would totally wear bunny rabbit ear muffs and sparkly red ice skates, I’m the peacekeeper just like her and hate seeing people being rude- but don’t mistake us for wimps because I’ll claw your eyes out if you try to hurt someone I love… just like her.In Blayne’s story we find her hunting down Bo Novikov, ruthless #1 hockey player extraordinaire. Having locked eyes with him long ago, she knows exactly the type of guy he is- which is why she ran in the opposite direction all those years ago. But now she needs him to teach her how to be as fierce in the roller derby circuit as he is on the ice to take the championship. Bo knows the scatter-brained mixbreed wolf/dog is gonna be hell on his meticulously planned schedule but most of him doesn’t care. He’s wanted her for a very long time and since he has everything he’s ever wanted in his professional career, it’s time to make her his. Throw in a group of full humans kidnapping mix breeds for uber-amped dogfights, and the rest of the shifters in Laurenston’s crazy world, and you’ve got a novel that is off the charts vicious as well as deliciously sexy. Oh yeah, funny too. First, as I’ve said before, this series is brutal. As Nathan Fillion (Firefly) said about Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy and Angel Creator), Laurenston isn’t afraid to kick a character in the nuts to get a laugh. And it works. Second, despite the harshness, the characters fierce devotion to each other makes them so empathetic you simply don’t care that they’re trailing blood across the pages like a Freddy Krueger movie. But then they are mostly predator animals so I guess you cant get much more truer to a character in a novel than that. And THAT I respect about an author more than just about anything.Lastly, Bo Novikov can organize my shoes any day. Just sayin.*edited June 8th,2011: I'm changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars. I keep re-reading this one and I'm sorry that just makes a book amazing to me! :P*

  • Emily
    2019-02-01 23:52

    Blayne Thorpe is a spirited wolf dog whose thoughts and actions run a hundred miles a minute. She has caught the interest of Bo Novikov, the seven feet, 400 lb shifter and notorious hockey player who has a reputation of being just plain mean. Blayne decides Bo needs a life and to be happy, this is the opening that Bo needs to convince Blayne he wants her to be happy. Danger lurks in the background though as hybrid shifters are being kidnapped and tortured to fight in the pits until their death, and Blayne is the next one on their list.What a wonderful series, absolutely relished in every page. This was hilarious, captivating, and just pure out fun*Just reread, I have to say this is probably my favorite of the series. I love Bo....can I please have him for Christmas.**Reread again because I can't wait for her next this book my ultimate favorite.

  • Ally
    2019-02-08 18:52

    Love it / Hate itJust kidding. No real hate, but who doesn't love a meme involving The Queen? I really need to start using more of these! Ok, seriously, loved it. There were just parts of Blaine's personality and Bo's, for that matter, that made me cray. Setting / Time / Genre: Current, around aboutsSeries: oh yesSexy times: Puleez. You know it. Sign says "do not read if you can't handle various euphemisms for naughty bits"Plan on reading more by the author:I'm not even gonna dignify that one with an answer. Synopsis: We're still dealing with the ring of humans grabbing hybrid shifters to use in pit fights. This time, Blayne, the plumber, and Bo, the hockey player, get all caught up in it. After an attempt to kidnap little Ms Blayne, we go walk about with all the bears from Bo's home town, read some serious ass kicking from Blayne, learn that Bo is totally tied to his schedule and cleaning and other OCD behaviors and have an all around good time. And how could I forget all of the awesome roller derby and hockey business? Awesome. Just awesome. Hero: Bo. I mentioned that OCD business, right? And he's a perfect big asshole. Part lion / part polar bear ... I'd be OCD too. This man has sarcasm down to a T. Heroine: Blayne. Seriously? Yip, yip, yippy hippy dog / wolf hybrid. Flower girl, meets sometimes idiot meets sometimes dog rescuer meets perpetually stoned and hyped up. At times, you're all "Stop talking" and other times you're all "You go girl". Let's not forget to mention her awesome father who has instilled some scary, scary self preservation / matrix like sh!t in his baby girl. Blaine alternately annoys and kicks ass. Why it did or didn't work for me: Totally worked. I loved these two together but even more than that, I loved the crazy cast of characters and Blayne's obsession with yelling Dee-Ann at every opportunity just to make said Dee-Ann uncomfortable. Every single time she yelled it, I fell out laughing. My one complaint is Blayne's bail on / lack of communication issue later in the book. But, dudes and dudettes, that is one complaint. This book is high-sterical and hot and fun and damned if I can make my review compete with it. In fact, I pale in comparison. Then again, I'm not an author so I'm not supposed to have those mad writing skilz, am I? And I'm out!

  • Tina
    2019-02-12 19:37

    Re-read on audio. Just as delightful as the first time. Also, Charlotte Kane just absolutely nails Blaine. Her personality leaps right off the page onto the audio performance just exactly as I imagine her in my head.I have no real review. But I am giving this book five stars because :1) I felt great after I read it2) I wanted to read another book JUST LIKE IT when it was over3) I laughed a LOT while I read it4) I wanted to be these characters' friends5) I went back and read parts of it again right after I finished itI don't think I've read a bad Shelly Laurenston book yet. She just does it for me.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-01-21 16:30

    I got this as soon as I could as I love Shelly Laurenstons Pack and Pride books, and once again I wasn’t disappointed. Like all of her books this one is ripe with dangerously crazy females and the most adorably arrogant men.This book carries on from the “Mane Squeeze” and features Blayne Thorpe (a wolf-dog) and Bo “The Marauder” Novikov (polar-lion). The relationship that blooms between these two is funny, and they definitely come under the heading “opposites attract”, with Blayne being a carefree and fun loving fruitcake and Bo being OCD, constantly sticking to lists and schedules. The characters from previous books also making appearances, especially Lock and Gwen, Dee Ann and Ric, so you get to alook in at previous characters and the development of characters books yet to come.I would definitely recommend this book, it has many many laugh out loud moments in it, and I love the fact that the females in this books are the crazy dangerous ones with the men holding them back. I have found that it is rare in the romance genre to make the heroine as memorable or more memorable then the hero, but in this case it is hard to forget that amount of psychotic crazy!

  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    2019-01-22 21:29

    OH Wow this Was damn Good!! i love this series!!and i couldnt wait to read Blayne and Bo's story!!And it Lived up to what i thought and more!! It was so good!!Even tho the WowZah Scenes were limited it didnt bother me at all, I laughed so much threw this one!! I can not wait for Dee ann and Ric!!!Re Read Was AMAZING!!! I Loved it so much more the 2nd time around!! So funny :) RE READ Was Brilliant!!! Loved it the 3rd time :)

  • Carisa
    2019-01-23 16:23

    Yes, I’m on a Pride ride lately, and since books 3 and 4 were sooo good, I went straight with this one. And it was exactly what I needed in the middle of an intense work trip. The heroine was Blayne, the crazy but smart wolfdog that I loved in the previous book. The story had very few scenes, very mild by these series standards, but the love story among such different hero and heroine was such a blast, I was smiling all the way till the end. Loved the secondary characters, the dialogs, the way this author writes, a keeper. HERO is a Performer and a Loner, a famous ruthless hockey player champ, obsessive-compulsive, antisocial, rude. Ten years ago during a game, he spotted a young woman who mesmerized him, before she ran away –literally- from him and he’s just found her again. She’s totally different from him but he’s so fascinated that he’ll try anything to keep her. SCENES/CONTENT: few/hotGENRE/TONE: paranormal/lightLENGTH: 379 pages

  • MelissaB
    2019-02-01 19:31

    *** 4 1/2 stars ***

  • Sarah
    2019-01-19 16:32

    Oh my gosh, this book was amazing. I loved Bo and Blayne - so comical and so right for each other. Now I absolutely cannot wait until Ric and Dee's story comes out!!Blayne and Bo had met briefly 10 years ago, when Bo had spotted her and she freaked out and ran off. Bo has never forgotten her, nor she him. Blayne was freaked out when she saw Bo again, after all those years thinking he was a serial killer trying to get to her. Bo (a lion polar bear mix breed) known for being The Maurader in the wide world of shifter hockey, has a soft spot for the little Wolfdog.About to be replaced on the Derby team for being too nice, Blayne turns to Bo to learn to toughen up and hang with the big dogs. Reluctantly, Bo agrees. After a few sessions, they become closer and on their first date and during their first kiss, they're ambushed by the full-humans stalking Blayne for the shifter fighting ring they The Group is trying to take down.Blayne and Bo are both injured in a car crash and transferred to Bo's hometown by the bears, where they don't like wolves - at all. Ric and Lock try to bring Blayne back to NY with them, but she refuses - partly because she thinks Ric microchipped her and partly because she wants Bo (Bold) to spend time with his Uncle.After much worry for the safety of Blayne being in bear country, the town falls in love with her and Bo falls even more in love with her. She even attracts all the mysterious stray dogs in town. When her father comes to get her, they've figured out the fighting ring is based in bear country and they strike to take it down. They do, they kill some bad guys (especially Blayne to everyone's surprise) and they save some mixed breeds.They have some issues when they get back to NY, but figure out they're meant for each other. There's a roller derby bout and a hockey championship game and some happy endings. Again great book. I loved Bo's quirks regarding time, lists and schedules - and I loved Blayne's utter disregard for them. GREAT BOOK!!

  • Jill
    2019-01-23 19:27

    This is book number five in Shelly Laurenston's Pride Series and it is fabulous!Warning!! The characters in this book take some getting used too, they are extreme and take on quite a few characteristics of their shifter animal. If you have not read any books in this series before, I advise you to do so before reading this one, as the world and the characters are special, you really need the full picture from start to finish.Blayne Thorpe and Bo Novikov met 10 years ago, the end result had a 17 year old Blayne running in fear of her life from a very intense, misunderstood Bo.(hilarious reading moment)Now they have run into each other again. Bo is just as intense and Blayne still thinks he is a crazy man who wants to murder her in his dungeon. He was no longer the six-one, two hundred fifty pound serial killer looking sub adult she'd met all those years ago. Nope. He was now a seven-one, three hundred-seventy-eight pound serial killer looking adult Bo, has a unexplainable immediate attraction to Blayne that hasn't disappeared even though 10 years has gone buy. He has gone on to become one of the most formiddable and feared but also best Hockey player in the shifter league. Blayne is an extemely hyper, unorganised, easily distracted plumber by day, roller derby player by night and a friend to all. Unfortuanely , Blayne is in some series trouble and we fine Bo stepping up to protect her from herself and from the league of humans that are hunting her for there illegal dog fights.The storyline more than kept my interest, with action, mystery and adventure. Brilliant characters, old and new show up in this book and they are all just gems!! The Bear community in Maine was a real win for me. Oh and of course, roller derby, what fun!!!If I had to go on and on about something in this book and series it would be the humour. They are lots of fun and Beast Behaving Badly is just full of laugh out loud moments. Blaynes craziness, the fact that she is always getting herself into ridiculous situations. Her bubbly friendliness,in my mind I see her like a unstoppable overyly excited labrador. Just, go, go, go with a constantly wagging tail. I am sure we are made to see her like this, like I said the people in these books really take on there animals traits in their human form. Bo, who shifts into a half polar bear, half lion, is hilariously irrational, he has schedules and lists and loves to be on time, clean. He is really focused, the total opposite of Blayne. This leads to many funny confrontation scenes between these two characters. Just reading each of their inner monologues was a good time. Such vivid personalities really make a book for me.Shelly Laurenston has done a great job developing a different shifter world, that is interesting but isn't as dark and daunting as some of the books out there at the moment. The Pride series is fun and light, without being flaky. Easy to loose yourself in, highly entertaining, a real winner in my book.

  • Ivy Deluca
    2019-02-06 18:44

    Bo Novikov and Blayne Thorpe are examples of characters that balance each other out through their dysfunctions. She's completely flaky and he's pretty much an a-hole. They aren't everyone's cup of tea, and that's exactly why I like them. In the end, they help each other grow while keeping true to their core character traits.When I started reading Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken's books, frankly I was surprised that I enjoyed them, since her stories can be formulaic, but I found myself tearing through her series book by book in record time. Her saving grace is her dialogue and humor - it's definitely subjective, but I get it and I loved it.This book isn't as sexual as earlier books, but it fit these particular extreme personalities, and it gave the added bonus of seeing their relationship unfold slowly and realistically and I was completely satisfied once they did come together. I would have loved to have seen more of their sexual attraction develop a bit earlier, but the humor more than made up for it. The mark of a good book is whether I think about it afterwards and my desire to re-read. Considering I've read it 3... I've lost count of how many times so far, I have to say it's my fave of the series.**UPDATE** I also own all the audiobooks for the Pride series and I LOVE them. Charlotte Kane is a very good narrator with a knack for giving all of the characters their own distinctive voices and great delivery of some funny lines. Highly recommended if you're into audiobooks - check them out.

  •  ~V~
    2019-02-19 19:39 I gave this book 5 stars because I LOVE SL's Pride series and this one was a great addition to the rest!...I've always loved Blayne, the little wolf-dog has always been hilarious and it was fun to see her end up w/ someone so great. Bo...I LOVED!!! ....a Polar bear-lion who plays hockey..too funny!...and throw in his OCD w/ neatness and lists and time...what's not to love!? This book had SL's signiture "sassy and crassy" humor, which is so much fun and will have you laughing out loud! I would say that my only complaint is that the "steam" factor was not the same as her other books...normally she has some really great "smex" scenes throughout her books...but in this one it took 'till a little bit more than 1/2 way through the book for the 1st one to even show up and it wasn't really much of one..and the second one she gave us was a little bit "more" but it still wasn't what she normally I've her past books, she's written some REALLY GREAT "steamy" scenes! With that being didn't take away from my love for the book, which is why I still gave it 5 stars. Anyone who has read this series and enjoyed it should def. check it out! :)

  • Stina
    2019-01-30 20:33

    So .. Am I the only one who wanted to punch Blayne ? For the love of god that character was kind of retarded and seriously annoying. I mean .. if u hit poles and have a memory like a goldfish .. thats not cute, its actually really sad. Other than that she just seemed dumb and ignorant.And yes , the part where she goes off to chase a squirrel in the middle of a conversation just illustrates it( in "The Mane Squeeze") Well Bo .. as far as I read the book .. was nice. But unfortunately it was REALLY hard to enjoy the story as I felt like one of the main characters had a severe mental disorded. That being said .. I completely LOVED the last book which was why I expected more from this. ( And by more I mean something that I can read more than 100 pages without wanting to skip like .. 70 % of the book. And that is why I would want to give this book a 1,5 stars. Even tho I cant bring myself to finish that book since I feel like its waste of time and my nerves I do like the pride series.

  • Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
    2019-01-22 22:37

    NetGalley free readNow I gave this book five stars and I rarely ever give out a five star review. I did because Blayne was a hoot. I laughed so hard at times I couldn't see straight or breath. I loved Bo as well. The first time he saw her, he gave her a look that sent her running away. Ten years later that same look is just as frightening, but in a different way. I am a true believer of things happening for a reason and Bo thinks several times that it was for the best that she ran away the first time. He was 19 and would have been so addicted to her, he would have never focused on his hockey career. Now that he's more established, he can cut his concentration a bit more.I loved all of Bo's lists and schedule. Getting involved with Blayne means all of that is out of the window. I also loved Blayne using her personality and amping it up a bit in order to drive DeeAnn crazy. I love how Bo was a 'Bear' in a China shop when he wanted something. He was direct in every aspect of his life, to hilarious conclusions. I loved how Blayne turned all the Bears in Ursus County into her biggest fans, since they are supposed to hate wolfdogs.One of my favorite parts of the book was when Niles Van Holtz goes to speak with Blayne's father after she'd been kidnapped, gotten away, but hurt, and is now in Ursus County and wouldn't leave:"Look, why don't I make this easy for you and me?""Blayne likes to feel we have a rough-and-tumble acrimonious relationship, and I let her. Because in a bizarre, Blayne-like way, it makes her feel more normal when, in all fact, my girl's weird. I know she's weird. Her friends know she's weird. And we all accept it because she's weird, but she's also amazing. And I want my weird but amazing girl safe. So this is what you're going to do. You're going to track down the f**ckers who grabbed her and you're going to do what the Group does best, which is wipe their full-human assess from the planet. You're going to do this in a timely manner and then, when its safe, I'll go with you and bring my girl back. And, even after staying with those goddamn bears in Ursus County--who, by the way hate wolves and are terrified of wolfdogs--my girl better be as annoyingly perky and helpful as she was when she was grabbed, or I'll raise Van Holtz territory to the ground from here to the West Coast, leaving nothing but craters the size of the Atlantic Ocean when I'm done."Or when Ezra comes to Ursus County to get Blayne and walks up on Bo naked butting Blayne's books on her as she's about to go for a run. Her father sees that she's been marked and tells her that her kids will be freaks.She marches to the door and yelled "And our children will not be freaks!""Except their mother already is," her father yelled back.When Bo's mane starts to grow when he's upset that Blayne is hugging one of her male friends."Oh,no," her father said, next to him with a level of sarcasm even Bo was finding hard to take. "Your kids won't be freaks at all." "I love your daughter, sir," Bo said low for Mr. Thorpe's benefit only. "But don't think for a second I won't snap your neck like a twig if you get on my my nerves." The wolf looked up at him, brows raised, and Bo added, "No, really." Laughing, the wolf walked away from him.I loved the interactions with all the character and when Blayne was hyper and a bit wacky causing havoc to Bo's well structured world. She wants to be friends with everyone even if they don't want to be friends with her. She's willing to force the issue.But also, the fighting scenes were well written. I love that Ezra had Blayne trained like she was in the Core by different people, so she would always be able to take care of herself. The only people who know this are her father and her best friend Gwen, until the night of the attempted kidnapping. Bo is so anxious to try to get to her, that he's shocked and thrown from the vehicle when he views what Blayne can do with a knife and how fast and precise she moves.They hide it from the Bears of Ursus as well as others because her type is considered unpredictable at the best of times. She has always been afraid what people woud do if they knew she was well trained. But Lock and Ric as well as DeeAnn, who thinks she's as annoying as a teacup poodle, are thrown when they view her in action. Blayne's father knows she can take care of herself, so his responses to her perceived danger very muted.The only thing I didn't like about the book, which I can only assume is because I hadn't read the first 4 in the series, was some of the characters came and disappeared quickly. But I obviously didn't take anything off of this for that because I loved it so much. I also have Wolf With Benefits, which I can't wait to read as well.

  • Julie
    2019-01-23 20:30

    Omg!! How much do I love this book and the whole freakin series...Seriously, the realtionship between Blayne(who I love in the other books and have been waiting for her story) and Bo was super cute and just like how well they went together even both have serious crazy issues going on. If you haven't read this series yet you MUST-it is so LOL funny!!

  •  Rosebud
    2019-02-10 19:35

    Many labels have been given to Bo Novikov, most unrepeatable in public, but everyone agrees that Bo is the best player in the shifter Hockey League. His lack of people skills and strict training regimen though might be the reason Blayne Thorpe runs away in terror when he first meets her but ten years later he gets another shot. Blayne Thrope may be a hybrid wolf dog but that doesn't mean she has to act like one. Always optimistic and always perky Blayne believes a stranger is just a friend she hasn't met. Well. Until she meets Bo Novikiov. He's scary. And big. And has a reputation of his puck, his game, his rules. Anyone getting in his way will experience pain. Lots and lots of pain. But. There are exceptions to every rule and apparently Blayne is one of them.* * * * * I'm gonna start out my review by saying how mad I am. Totally and completely mad. Why? Because I'm only now reading this book. OK. I've read a number of installments in the series (which can be read as standalones) but only came to read this one because of a reading challenge I'm in. Little did I realize that this is and will remain in the my personal top three books of all time list. I loved this so much I'm devastated I finished it. I'm now experiencing extreme book hangover. You know the feeling. Any true bibliophile does at least. Well, I'm there. Bo & Blayne. Two total polar opposites who in the real world would have zero chance of becoming a couple. He's big - she's small. He's rude - she's polite. He's a loner - she's a social butterfly. He's regimented and keeps to a strict schedule - she the 'flies by the seat of her pants' sort of girl. He's organized - she believes a cluttered house is a happy home. He's rich. She's not. Blayne, wolfdog, and Bo, bearcat, are perfect for each other and readers can look forward to sensuous adult content scenes between the two. Well, after they work through their issues and maybe deal with a crisis or two. Or three. All while dealing with family and friends who have definite opinions of their own on why the two shouldn't become a couple. Oh, and parental units who have a thing or two to say too. Yup. I can't say enough how really terrific this story was. The story itself is a testament in how the right woman can change a man and vise versa. Not giving away much but their relationship was a two way street marked with snarky sarcastic dialogue, total air head behavior, and devious cunning manipulation. Got a bit embarrassing as I'd break out in spontaneous laughter (I deny snorting as I do not snort) in the most inappropriate of places. Lesson learned - do not read this book in a public setting that frowns on loud laughter, giggling, and oooing and awwwwing. But then again. Bo's rubbing off on me. Read this book anywhere you damn well please.....I'm gonna add that there is a side plot to this story that I just wont' say much more than Blayne is being hunted by stalkers who want to use her in an illegal dogfighting scheme. Dee-Annnn !!!!!!!!!End conclussion: I loved this book. It's funny, romantic & entertaining. All this contained in an action adventure story line supported by a cast of secondary characters who add their own quirkiness to the mix. The author did an excellent job of adapting base animal characteristics to their human host so as to be totally believeable. Each character WAS the human representation of a bear, fox, lion, dog, wolf, etc. I'm currently grieving that this book is done and I'm not gonna be able to continue following Bo & Blayne, my rockstar couple. Luckily, this is a series book and the author has to bring them back. Right? Fingers crossed.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-21 18:29

    This was the first book that I have read my Shelly Laurenston, I had seen this series floating around on Amazon and Goodreads but had never taken the plunge. So when I saw this book pop up on Net Galley I thought I’d give it a whirl. I knew I was picking it up on book five but it looked like it could be read as a standalone. Where I was not incorrect in that, it can be read standalone, I would recommend that you read it as a part of the series. I say this not because it really follows a series timeline but more that there is so many supporting characters that have obviously been introduced and you are expected to already know them. I’m still not 100% sure that I got all of the characters figured out but I think I got most of them. Despite the fact that I got some of the characters confused I absolutely adored this book! It was funny, sexy and entertaining as all get out. Blayne was freak’n adorable! I loved her! She always had something funny to say and was always getting into some sort of trouble. And really who else would have badgers after them! Blayne is fun and infectious, before you know it, she has you under her spell. You can’t help but like her. She is constantly underestimated. Even her friends underestimate her, they have no idea what she is really capable of and can’t seem to look beyond the surface, but Blayne has some tricks up her sleeves. One of those tricks is taming the big bad hockey player Bo Novikov. Once she realizes he isn’t trying to kill her, she decides he should have a personality make over and proceeds to tame the beast! Bo is undercover funny! He is so uptight you would never expect him to have jokes, but he actually does! He gives Blayne as good as he takes. He is such a cranky mean a$$, it’s great. But he has this fantastic intensity about him, all that focus and energy that he directs at Blayne, it’s sexy as hell! I never thought I would like such a cranky, up tight character, but watching Blayne crack him, is so damn entertaining! These two go round and round in a battle of wills, as these complete opposites attract. Blayne tried to regulate Bo to friend zone but he refuses to stay there. He’s a man that knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. The story is fast paced and hilarious! Ms. Laurenston has such a wonderful sense of humor. This may have been my first book by her but it definitely will not be my last, I can promise you that. I need to go back to the beginning to see what I missed because of all of the books are like this one, I may have to add this series to my favorite series list. *This book was provided through NetGalley for a honest review. No other compensation was provided. Rating:5

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2019-01-29 00:44

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: May 25, 2010 (March 4, 2013 Reissue?)Publisher: KensingtonImprint: BravaAuthor’s Website: Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Pride SeriesSeries Best Read In Order: Works well as a standaloneSteam Level: SteamyPet Peeves: Casual Public Nudity, Quirky Heroine Crossing the Line Into ObnoxiousFavorite Tropes: Opposites Attract, Heroine Constantly Underestimated, Bad Reputation (Hero), Sports CelebrityIf you have never read anything by Shelly Laurenston, be forewarned — there’s nothing else like her books. With a wicked sense of humor, utterly unique characters, tons of snark, more than a touch of casual violence, and just a hint of steam, this book was, in a single word, fun.Though this is the fifth book in the series, the only real obstacle to a newcomer would be the almost overwhelming cast of characters to keep up with, but overall, I think that it worked quite well as a standalone.I loved the dynamic between Blayne and Bo, but more than that, I loved all of the shifters and how the interacted with each other. The rivalries between species, as well as the major differences between Blayne and Bo certainly kept things interesting, as did the sub-plot with the kidnappings and pit-fighting.Highly entertaining, the only real things that pulled my enjoyment down were the casual public nudity and the occasional departure from quirky and into annoying with Blayne’s behavior. Overall, however, I couldn’t put it down.A very solid 4/5 Stars.

  • valee
    2019-01-31 19:38

    Really... This was just such a weird read... I don't even know where to beguin. I will admit this book was way better than the previous one... still I think that after the first 3 books the series just changed in a way I don't approve of. While I found those 3 first books funny and different from everything else out there, I found this last 2 too predictable and not as funny. I will even admit I missed the dogs a bit, lol. I think my problem was with Gwen and Blaney, I just never really liked them, although Blaney got to be a more interesting character once we got to know her better. I guess I will just never get to love this type of reads as much as other more serious books. I need more substance on the main characters. It's cute for the characters to have a defect or a vain or superfitial side, but when that's all there is about them they just stop being cute IMHO. I just don't understand why everybody loves this series so much... I keep reading the books on it because I already started but I know it wouldn't have made things any different in my life to not have ever started it. I just don't think this is a series worth spending time on, I just can't stop reading it now because I already started it but if I could go back I wouldn't.

  • KimberlyRose
    2019-02-05 21:52

    How was this even accepted by a print publisher, let alone how did this receive a overall rating of 4.41?! I am stunned stupid. And stupid is the word. After two chapters, I muttered, "This must be a joke. A dream? ...They can't all be this incredibly idiotic...." After a few more chapters, in slowly dawning amazement: "No, no, this is how all the characters are: vapid. cartoonish. childish." They don't grow either. Or, if they did grow, I didn't notice because it would have been at such a primary level. My jaw is still in a dropped state of how-is-this-successful-unless-maybe-it's-a-gag-romance...? The scenes were absolutely horrid, flitting from one emotion to another nonsensically, not in a funny fashion with "witty" exchanges as the cover quotes would have me believe. No, this author's humour style (for that is my conclusion: it must be a humour style) does not work for me.

  • Smokinhotbooks K.C.
    2019-02-02 18:26

    Read Full Review HereWhat happens when you combing hokey, a 7 ½ foot tall sexy shifter - part polar bear, part wolf - and a goofy dog named Blayne Thorpe. You get a happy KC of course. You are guaranteed to crack a smile when reading any book written by Shelly Laurenston. And this one is by far her funniest yet.In this 5th installment of her Pride series, we meet goofy, wolf-dog, Blayne that is being courted by scary, Pride hokey player Bo Novikov. She might have run screaming in the other direction 7 years ago, but this time Bo finally catches up to her and like it or not, she has a giant lover/bodyguard protecting her from creepy stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights.I giggled, I snorted, and had so many post-it notes my poor book looked like a chia pet. I would recommend buying in ebook because print can be a bit price ($14.99).

  • Anita
    2019-02-01 19:29

    I was laughing by page 4 of this book, and by the middle of it, my husband was staring at me because I was laughing so hard tears came out of my eyes. This is officially my #1 favorite series now. It's a paranormal romance series set in modern day New York City, and I can't rave about it enough. This particular installment in the series features wolfdog Blayne Thorpe, who is scatterbrained in the extreme and loved by everyone, getting together with Bo Novikov, a famous polarbear/lion hybrid shifter hockey player with a REALLY tough reputation. Along the way, they take out a human-run fighting ring that kidnaps and uses hybirds shifters in fights.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-15 21:22

    It's Shelly Laurenston so it's a fun read. You laugh during it and feel good at the end. Throw in a good plot, fun characters, and a sloppy ADHD heroine and an OCD ice-hockey superstar hero and what more could you ask for?It's the second bear book - we met Blayne as the heroine's best friend in The Mane Squeeze. DeeAnn and Ulric's non-relationship continues to heat up. The Smith pack and the Kudnezov pack have bit parts.This author [and her alter-ego G. A. Aiken:] are on my "must have" list...Pride1. The Mane Event (2007)2. The Beast In Him (2008)3. The Mane Attraction (2008)The Mane Squeeze (2009)Beast Behaving Badly (2010)

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    2019-02-17 17:36

    02/01/2013 - 1 StarNot going to give this review much time. I've read all the books in this series. Some have been better than other, but this one? Just absolutely awful. I wanted to like it. There were a few times where I thought I was going to get something, but then it just slipped away. Hate when that happens.I would not recommend this to anyone. Try another book in the series and just leave this one alone. Just awful ... but think I already said that.ARC provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-19 19:29

    Blayne and Bo's story is one of my favorites-- as I was buying it I noticed a few so-so reviews about the chemistry between them, but I think that's what makes the story unique. It's not your typical shifter romance-- you've got one huge, serious kick ass hockey player and a hyper emotional kick ass wolfdog-- I loved their progress from strangers to friends to lovers. They may be weird, but they both have heart:) This is a great read if you love your shifter romance with humor and wit.

  • Mariana
    2019-02-04 18:40

    Another white washed cover, but a wonderful book. The cover girl really should be black.

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-02-04 00:42

    Re-read #??? I lost count.I really love this series.

  • Danielle (Danniegurl)
    2019-01-24 17:31

    This is one of the best Pride books I've read. See I'm not a huge fan of them because they seem to go off on tangents and try too hard to be silly or funny. Not only that but I loveLOVE Magnus Pack (Pack Challenge) and seriously wish the author would do more with that series. The author mentions this pack a few times through out this book and it bugs me since she didn't and still hasn't continued with the series. I'm super bummed because I really enjoy Magnus Pack and it's been comparable for me to the Phoenix Pack series by Suzanne Wright. Anyways so I read the Pride series because I hope they are good and sometimes I'm in the mood for some pack/pride dynamics. It's been a seriously long time since I read book 4, but I vaguely remember a lot of the characters. In this one we have Blayne who can be cluttered, disorganized, talkative, and sometimes annoying and Bold "Bo" or the Marauder as he's known on the ice as a professional shifter hockey player. It's a cute story, Bo is really likable and Blayne can be annoying as hell. The story had some great parts to it, until Bo and Blayne go up to Bo's old home town after getting into an accident. This is where the story kind of stalled for me. I really enjoyed Bo and Blayne's banter, and all that but I felt keeping them in the locations they were practicing in might have been better because once we get to Bo's home town it's just laying around and not doing much. I really wanted to see Bo see Blayne in the roller derby competition but sadly this is mostly glossed over and it's because Bo's hockey championship is also on the same day. I have this problem though will all pride books where at a certain part they stall out, but I still read them because when the Phoenix Pack/ Mercury Pack series isn't out yet I still have something similar to fill that void while I wait. Although it isn't perfect, I still read the pride series. This book was just the best of the ones I've read so far.