Mar 19 2013 8:30am

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s Wolf with Benefits (March 26, 2013)

Wolf with Benefits by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Wolf with Benefits
Kensington / March 26, 2013 
/ $15.00 trade, $9.39 digital

Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…

Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series is known for its outrageous humor and its sexy shifters. Wolf with Benefits, the eighth book of the series, is no exception. With a crazy cast of characters and outrageous dialogue, Wolf with Benefits is laugh-out-loud funny—and that’s what makes this series so enjoyable.

Antonella “Toni” Jean-Louise Parker is the oldest of 11 siblings. All of her siblings are prodigies, except for her. So she’s in charge of scheduling and making sure that her genius siblings don’t kill each other. Because the Jean-Louise Parker siblings are so smart and so full of themselves, they pretty much steal every scene in the book. They have some of the best lines in the book and provided many humorous moments from start to finish, starting with 11-year-old Kyle, who wants to sketch the scary bear hybrid hockey player, Bo Novikov.

“I don’t see what the big deal was. It was just a request to sketch him naked.”

“A request that should never come from an eleven-year-old anything. And it better not come from you again.”

“I’m an artist, Antonella. I don’t have time to for these ridiculous rules that average people like you have about what you can and cannot ask.”

The Jean-Louis Parker children can come off as obnoxious, selfish, and overbearing, but their outlandish behavior and over-the-top reactions to their sister finding a life outside of the family was both frustrating ('cause you felt sorry for Toni) and funny ('cause the siblings could not comprehend that Toni wanted her own identity outside of her family).

“You’re deserting us?”

“You’re leaving us for your own….career?”

“I thought we were your career.”

Toni struggles with her decision because she has made the siblings the center of her world and she doesn’t know how to live life without them in the center of it.

“I’m a horrible sister. And an even worse daughter!”

It would have been easy to dislike Toni’s siblings and their selfish ways. But they are so focused on their talent that they truly don’t realize what their sister has sacrificed for them. The characters are written in a way where the moment a sarcastic comment comes out of their mouths, you want to immediately dislike them. But it is impossible to dislike the eccentric, slightly cooky Jean-Louis Parker kids. The more page time they had, the better.

It’s hard to imagine that a paranormal romance can be light and humorous and actually work but Shelly Laurenston does it exceedingly well, yet again. The dialog is smart and funny, and at times outrageously shocking. With truly over-the-top zaniness, Wolf with Benefits is entertaining from start to finish.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Shelly Laurenston's Wolf with Benefits (Pride #8) before its March 26 release:

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1. Tammye
I can't wait for this book! I went back and did a Pride series re-read just so that I would be prepared for this one. Yay!!
Kim Miller
2. kdhmhmm
I love everything she writes. Her stories leave me feeling inordinately happy. I'd love to see how a non-paranormal by Shelly would work.
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I've been waiting for one of the a Reed boys to have his own book forever. I'm counting the days...
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