Mar 26 2012 3:00pm

Fresh Meat: Shelly Laurenston’s Bear Meets Girl (March 27, 2012)

Bear Meets Girl by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7)
Kensington/Mar. 27, 2012/
$14.00 print, $9.59 digital 

He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down—and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways.

Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series is known for its outrageous humor and its sexy shifters. Bear Meets Girl, the seventh book of the series, was no exception. I’ve only read the first book in the Pride series, and expected to have a few laughs while reading Bear Meets Girl, but I never thought it would be laugh-out-loud funny.

Bear Meets Girl is your typical opposites attract story: Lou “Crush” Crushek is a polar bear and a cop. He is equally serious about his job and his hockey. When you think of polar bears, you think cute and cuddly (thanks to those Coke commercials), but Crush is anything but.  His black eyes have been described as “soulless” and thanks to his long, unkempt hair he has been mistaken for an axe murderer or serial killer, depending on the day.

Cella Malone is a contractor for the KSV. She’s bold, tough and is the Bare Knuckle Champ five times running. She’s not shy about anything, so when she and Crush first meet, she leaves a lasting impression. Crush and Cella meet under dubious circumstances.  They are both naked, in bed, after an insane amount of alcohol and jello shots. When Lou awakens with a crushing headache and a naked female body draped over him, he instantly regretsthe jello shots and hopes that he didn’t have sex with the strange women.

“Tell me we didn’t have sex last night.”

“As drunk as you were? I don’t think you could have gotten it up with a crane.”

Crush is the perfect straight man for Cella’s outrageous mouth. Crush is very straight-laced and throughout the book, he doesn’t quite “get” Cella. Is she being serious or is she kidding? Crush, on the other hand, brings his sense of humor to the story. Because he is so by the book and straight-laced, his honest answers in the face of sarcastic questions make him accidentally funny without him realizing it. As much as Crush wants to stay as far away from Cella as possible, he can’t seem to get away from her. She invades his work, his home, even when he’s at the SportsCenter watching his favorite hockey team play, she’s there. Crush is constantly frustrated by Cella and she loves poking at him, getting underneath his skin. Cella is like the boy who picks on the girl because he likes her but doesn’t want to admit that he likes her.

“All right, fine. In truth, I just like how your face gets all red when I embarrass you.”

“Honesty. How nice of you to finally use some.”

“If it makes you feel any better, I only torment those I actually like.”

“Why would that bit of information make me feel better? That’s like saying ‘I only set fire to the ones I love.’”

It’s hard to imagine that a paranormal romance can be light and humorous and actually work, but Shelly Laurenston does it exceedingly well.  Bear Meets Girl is hilarious, sexy fun. The dialogue is smart and funny, and at times outrageously shocking. There were many times where I gasped in shock and then started laughing. 


Marquetta: Reader, Blogger, Smut Lover.

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1. tammye
I love the Pride series and have been doing a re-read of it while waiting for this one to come out! I can't wait!
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I plan on getting my hands on this one tomorrow first thing and then reading it right through. Laurenston is one of my favorite authors.
3. MsTree
I have all Shelly Laurenston's books, including her Dragon Kin under the name G. A. Aiken. I've been rereading the Pride and Magnus Pack books while I waited for this one to come out. Once I finished reading this book, I just had to go out and dismember a bunny. Finest Swiss milk chocolate. Yum! Jessica Ward-Smith would be so pleased with me. ^_^
Lenna Hendershott
4. Glittergirl
I love the Dragon Kin Series so I decided I had to collect Shelly's other books. I started the Pride Series last week in order to be caught up to Bear Meets Girl when it arrives Friday. Well the series started slow for me the first 2 books. I thought OK funny but not much substance with lots of hot sex. I've changed my mind after just finishing The Mane Attraction. I LOVED SISSY and MITCH. They were just TOO MUCH FUN. I'm just starting #4 The Mane Squeeze and I can't wait. Oh you are so right about dismembering a chocolate bunny ^_^
5. TangelB
Shelly Laurenston is one of those authors that I anxiously await the next book, buy it immediately, and then put it on my shelf. I can't read it right away because then it's sooo much longer before the next one! I anticipate, knowing it's sitting there. Then when I can wait no longer, I devour it in one sitting. Humor works for me in all aspects of life, and love is no exception. Definitely recommend her GA Aiken series too!
6. nana25
I absolutely LOVE Shelly Laurenston. The first story of hers that I read was Miss Congeniality (Niles van Holtz&Irene Conridge's story). It was love at first read. From then on, I watched out for her books. And unfortunately, I finished Bear Meets Girl too fast.... *sigh* now I have to wait for how months... or maybe even a year to read her next book. I have worn my copy of Big Bad Beast so badly, if it could talk, it would beg me to put it down. It looks like Bear Meets Girl would suffer the same fate until her next book comes out. Good thing I have them on kindle, too ;p. I've read all her dragon stories, too. But I like her shifter stories better. The only dragon story I liked was What A Dragon should know (Gwenvael and Dagmar).
7. Wendy W Durden
Ok, really late to this party, I know. I was cleaning out my mailbox, and saw this thread.
Shelly Laurenston is one of my auto buys. I have NEVER been disappointed in one of her stories. And nana25- Gwenvael and Dagmar was one of the funniest love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The scene where they critique her sister in law's lover (and his lack of finesse) had me rolling off the couch I laughed so hard! She combines a good story with well drawn characters (even the walk-ons) and humor in huge doses. And they are not predictable. There is very little foreshadowing, so I am usually pretty enmeshed without second guessing the next step.
I have been known to be cleaning out my bookshelves, and next thing I know, my hubby finds me on the floor in the middle of rereading one of her books. Last time it was Des and Mace. The time before it was Gwen and Loch. Plumbing, roller derby and salmon dreams: who could ask for more?
If you haven't tried one of her stories, start with the first Pack one- the Magnus pack one (Pack Challenge) with a psycho heroine and her biker mate. Then you go from there and they link ( a bit). You should invest in Depends before you start, there is a LOT of laughing involved. Trust me, I know of which I speak :-)
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