May 6 2011 12:00pm

Worshipping at the Altar of Shelly Laurenston

Big Bad Beast by Shelly LaurenstonBig Bad Beast, the sixth book in Shelly Laurenston's Pride series is out this week, and since I'd never read her, I snagged book one, The Mane Event, to dip my toe in. That was Friday night. By Sunday evening I had bought, and read, her entire backlist.

I like to call myself a connoisseur of humorous stories, the snarkier the better. Combine that with outrageous characters, steamy romance, and a well-developed plot, and I am hooked. These books have them all; I have never laughed so hard in my life. Any series that can have me hiding in the bathroom with a mysterious stomach aliment all weekend deserves god-like status.

The series follows shifters, with each book focused on a different pack: In The Mane Event, we meet The Llewellyn Lion Pride. There's the hillbilly Smith wolf pack whose legendary antics proceed them and the Kuznetsov wild dog pack, which believes a few hours of chasing their tails and singing karaoke will solve all  problems in The Beast in Him.  

Our lazy big headed lion pride, the Shaws, are fierce, dominant—and addicted to hair conditioner in The Mane Attraction and The Mane Event. Find out what happens when Gwen of the The O'Neill Feline pack falls in love with Lachlan “Lock” MacRyrie of the Bear pack  in The Main Squeeze.  Various other packs round out the series with everyone intermingling and kicking butts all over the continental United States. The alphas are both male and female, a refreshing change in paranormal/urban fantasy. The strength between the two genders is equal. If anything, the woman in this series are far more devious and dangerous than the males could ever be.

“You admit nothing. Deny everything. Demand proof. Did you learn nothing in Boot Camp?”
The Mane Event
“Okay. Let's see what we've got.”
He lifted up her foot and said, “Well, what we've got here is a freakin' boat.” “Really?” She slammed her heel against the side of his face, snapping his head to one side. “How big are they now, Mitch?”
Rubbing the abused side of his face, “Dainty little elf feet?”
The Mane Attraction

So while I build my mini altar and prepare the sacrifices, I encourage you to pick up Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series. You can thank me—once you stop laughing.


Tori Benson, Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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Natasha Carty
1. WickedLilPixie
After I get through the mass amound of books that came today, I promise to read them!
Shyral Hyatt
2. shyhyatt
She also has a Dragon series written as G.A. Aiken that is really good.
I plan on the pride series being my weekend read about to go start the first book.
3. AmyC
If you liked her Shifters you should try her dragon series, which she writes under G.A. Aiken.
4. torifl
WickedLilPixie-Sure you will. *sigh*

shyhyatt-It's wierd but I didn't like her dragon series; which is why it took me so long to read her Pride and Magnus Pack series.
Amber McMichael
5. buriedbybooks
LOL I was doing the exact same thing all week! I'm not done yet (real life is messing with my glom!) but I love this series so much. I can't decide what I like most about it, but I think it's the (often naughty) humor. I can't help chuckling.
6. Ferishia
I worship at the same alter. I SO lurve this series. I just got finished with The Mane Squeeze and I can't wait to get to the next book! :)
7. Jeana
I started reading her books when she was publishing them in eformat with Triskelion. I followed her to Samhain and now buy all her books published with NY publishers. Love her stuff and anxiously await the new books when they come out. Her books make me laugh out loud all the time. I am always getting strange looks when I read her stuff in public.
8. bungluna
Consider me another member of the Cult. I love all her books, but my favorites are the shifters. Her heroines are great fun to read, over and over again.
9. torifl
I love seeing all the Laurenton love!
Erica C
10. ecfromdc
She is a fantastic writer, from e-books to print she has me in the stitches. I literally muffle my voice when I read her books because other wise I am screaming with laughter.
If you have not G.A. Aiken needs to be added to her altar.
11. Desiree R
12. thekidsmom
I've just finished my 2nd reading of all of her shifter order of course. I had to go back to #1 after I finished the last one so that I could remember why who went where and with whom. Raunchy smex words aren't my cup of tea, but I quickly got over that because I was laughing so damn hard. I was saddened to read that she is not continuing a couple of my fav storylines (per her website).

Guess I'll head to dragon-land and see what I think of those....
Daphnie Walker
13. Danae
Okay, I have Shelly Laurenston, for years. She has multiple series under different pen names. Her dragon shifters are written under G. A. Aiken, there awesome. Her pride/pack books are the absolute BEST, though. First of all she employs a level of snarkiness, that is just awe-inspiring. I read a Pride Christmas in Brooklyn, first, now known as The Mane Event, followed by (1)Pack Challenge, (2)Go Fetch, & (3)Here Kitty, Kitty, these three books should really be read before her other pack/pride books, as they are the first in the series, & set the "world" & people in it. But be warned, if you drink, soda, or water, or anything really, while you are reading, do so carefully, as her books have a tendancie to make you spew your drink everywhere, while you laugh hysterically! To this day Go Fetch, & Here Kitty, Kitty, and Beast Behaving Badly, are my favorites! There is also a spin-off series from the pack/pride books. The Long Island Coven series, which is also fantastic! the first one is in the anthology, Sun, Sand, & Sex, titled my Kind of Town, the second is in the anthology Belong to the night, titled The Wolf, The Witch, & her lack of Wardrobe. I hope that my post helps some of you enjoy reading one of my all-time favorite authors!
14. LeanneMR
Yep, definitely one of the best authors out there whether she writes about shifters or about dragons (although I do prefer the shifter books). Well worth the cost of the books!
15. Ohiogirl
I freaking LOVE her books.

I love romance and humor, but have never gotten into the werewolf/shifter thing - until her. She is just so funny and true. Her details are awesome, emotions spot on and I've read all her pride books and am now eagerly waiting for more.

I'd even pay retail and as a self employed human, you don't know how powerful an admisison that is! ; )
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