Mar 19 2014 8:30am

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s Bite Me (March 25, 2014)

Bite Me by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Bite Me
Kensington / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print, $12.99 digital

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

I adore Shelly Laurenston and her delightfully sexy unpredictable shifters. One of the better humor based paranormal romances on the market, Laureston has created a world that balances a well plotted storyline with some of the most dynamic and volatile characters in fiction. They are wild, crazy, humorous, and snarky. Dangerous with a capital D, these shifters and humans are true alphas yet aren’t bogged down by the emotional tragedies that require massive amounts of angst, pity, and turmoil. They go after who they want though the journey to true love is often filled with uncontrollable laughter, sarcasm, and some high-handed shenanigans. What I truly enjoy about the series is the hero and heroine treat each other with respect. Even when one half of the equation is human, they are never treated as a lessor addition to the whole.

Bite Me is the ninth installment in Laurenston’s Pride series and brings some new blood to the world she has created. We first met Livy Kowalski in book eight, Wolf With Benefits. Livy, best friends with Toni Jean-Louis Parker, is a honey badger who was practically raised by Toni’s family. Tiny and cute, in the world of shifters she is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable. Coming from a long line of thieves, grifters, and killers, most shifters will cross the street when they see her kind coming, but Livy has never followed in her family’s footsteps. Her loyalty to others besides her relatives and refusal to scam or steal from her friends makes her an anomaly in her family.

“...when I met Toni’s mother, she was carrying around her Stradivarius violin while she was trying to rein in her kids. And my first thought was, ‘I could get at least fourteen million for that on the open market.’ ” Livy shook her head. “It’s a beautiful instrument. My parents could never believe I didn’t bring it home with me.”

However, she does most resemble her family in that guilt is an alien emotion none of them suffer from. Which makes for some hilarious scenes when Livy interacts with them.

“You were always a terrible daughter.”

“Touch me with that finger again and I’m eating it.”

The Kowalskis and Yangs (Livy’s mother's family) are a narcissistic overbearing group who drive Livy insane and she avoids them at all costs. But loyalty runs deep, even in this family, so when Livy discovers her father’s death wasn’t an accident as she was led to believe, Livy doesn’t hesitate to call the family together to plan their revenge. From Livy’s sociopathic cousins to her poisonous snake eating uncles, Livy and her family keep the story flowing briskly and provide plenty of laugh out loud moments when chaos and mayhem come to Manhattan.

Her cousins moved off and Livy was about to follow when she looked over her shoulder at Melly. The little idiot was talking to a cop. She had her butt on his desk and was leaning down so that her top was probably giving him a very nice shot of her braless tits.

Livy briefly entertained the thought of leaving the bitch here, but she didn’t want to hear about it later from her mother. So she walked up to her, grabbed Melly by the back of her head, and yanked her off the desk by her hair.

Instead of fighting while Livy dragged her ass across the floor toward the elevators, Melly waved at the detective and called out with a giggle, “Call me!”

Add in the arrogant Kyle Jean-Louis Parker, the socially constricted Bo Novikov, and the amoral Dee Smith and you have all the makings for a classic Laurenston adventure that just won’t quit.

“So,” Kyle went on, “have you ever modeled before?”

“No. And I don’t plan to start now.”

“You’d be foolish to throw away this opportunity.”

“What opportunity?”

“To be immortalized by me.”

Vic had no idea how to respond to that. He’d never met a

child with so much arrogance.

“You don’t mind being naked, do you?”

If you enjoy outrageous scenarios, witty banter, and insanely funny characters in your paranormal romances then look no further than Laurenston’s Pride series. Her stories are winners across the board.

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1. wsl0612
I'm so conflicted!! I love Shelly's work and can't wait for this to arrive but I hate to read it right away and suffer waiting for her to publish a new one - it's like trying to decide whethere I should eat all the Samoas now because they're so delicious vs knowing I won't be able to get them again for a year so I should freeze them. Decisions r difficult ;-)
2. Torifl
wslo612-LOL I am the sameway. Do I devour? Or do I savor as I will have to wait a year for next one?

Answer. I devored but have re read a few times. :)
3. Lizzie18
Can't wait ! Can't wait ! Can't wait !
Will definitely devour, but will re-read Wolf with Benefits in the next few days so that all the delicious caracters introduced there are fresh in my mind when I sit down to savour Bite Me.
4. MaryC
Love the Pride books - can't wait to read BITE ME.
Love the series so much I purchased the audio versions too.
Carmen Pinzon
5. bungluna
I read somewhere that this will be the last Pride book. If so, I'll devour it and just have to compulsively re-read until she comes out with a new series.
6. Joeliza
I can't wait for this last book in the series. I have re-read her books so often that I need 2 copies of them!!!! I read a lot of books (too many really!)and Shelly is my favourite. I will read this really quickly the first time and then go back and savour it the second time so that I pick up on every little nuance.
7. Torifl
bungluna-It's not the last book in the series but she is rumored to be taking a break from the series after this one.
Carmen Pinzon
8. bungluna
@Torifl- that's a relief. Hope it's a (very) short break. I'm selfish that way, I guess.
9. Wendy W Durden
Shelly is one of my must reads. All of her books (including the G A Aiken dragons) are ridiculously hilarious. One time I was reading one on the couch while my sister in law was reading her own book on the oppososite side and I laughed so hard we both fell off the couch!
Speaking of rereading, whenever I am reorganizing my book stash, I always seem to find myself surrounded by piles of books, with one of hers in my hand. And my husband comes in, takes one look at me curled up on the floor, reading, shakes his head and goes back to hide in his mancave. None of Shelly's books ever ends up in my donate pile. But I have lent her out, and those who have read them come back for more.
She writes really strong, believeable characters, in wild, not so believeable situations (really? a shifter ice hockey league?) trying to find love and family and personal growth, with humor and style. Ok, maybe a shifter ice hockey league makes sense.... have you seen some of those players?
10. Torifl
bungluna-We both are. lol

Wendy W Durden-Laurenston has a special shelf for her books (shifters and dragons)
Her shifter hockey players make me cry laughing. I knew some hockey players in my younger years and though not shifters, they were just as competative and insane. lol
11. allyson55
I really enjoy Shelly Laurenston's books. The ice hockey team are hilarious and Bo is so arrogant I just crack up reading about his antics. Crush being a Polar bear cop and in love with the team's enforcer while idolising her ex-player father is absolutely my favourite book.
What am I saying, all the shifter's are fabulous. This is a great series and even though very funny it handles the darker situations with skill and sensitivity.
I was happily pleased with myself when I deduced that Livy was a honey badger and I'm really looking forward to reading her story. Toni's family are so quirky and amusing that they're always a treat to interact with.
Really looking forward to reading the next book.
12. wsl0612
I finished Bite Me yesterday and it was great! I really need a long vacation to re-read the whole series again, but I must say that Shelly's bear shifters are difficult to top :-)
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