34-37/100 Audio Books

Bear Meets Girl; The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; and Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston.

I really enjoy these books by Shelly Laurenston, which is why I keep re-reading them.  When listening to these books on audio it becomes more difficult to skip over the explicit sex and foul language.  If either of these things offend you then do not listen to these on audio.  They really are good books, these are going back to the beginning of the series, therefore going back to some of Laurenston’s early writing.  As she furthered her career Laurenston began to focus more on the characters than the sex.  These early books set up her mythos/world and are useful to read so you know where the other books are going.

 

33/100 Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Okay, so this is a re-read.  The main difference is that I listened to this book on Audible this time.  Boy what a difference listening to a book makes.  However, that change is not positive in this case.  I really enjoy the characters, the narrator is phenomenal with the Bronx and southern accents.  It really makes a difference. On the other hand, the amount of graphic sex in this book is much harder to skip over when I’m driving a car than when I’m sitting down and reading.  If you don’t mind graphic sex then this is a good listen, if that squicks you out then it is a decent read if you are willing to skip some parts.    This is the start to an amazing series, there is some graphic sex throughout but the characters are so easy to fall in love with and laugh along with I ignore the sexy times.

Happy Reading!

28/100 Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

This was a pretty good book, well book and a half really. The initial story, the beginning of the series, is a fascinating introduction to a very interesting world. There was a little too much graphic sex once that got started but the characters were funny and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a very ‘girl power’; ‘girls unite’ mentality like in her Crow books then you will be a bit disappointed. However if you are looking for strong female characters that know what they want and work hard to get it, then this is a decent book.

My favorite part was when the main character thought that the knight and dragon were separate entities. She had to make a hard decision, Aiken didn’t skip over that decision but included that aspect of the story.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, not wonderful or compelling me to get the next book in the series but enjoyable. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see if the writing develops to the level I am used to from this author under their other pseudonym.
It is my opinion that the ‘prequel’ half story adds to the background, but really is more graphic sex than much else.

26/100 Loup Garou by Mandy M. Roth

This was barely more than a waste of time.  The premise was interesting, the characters had some potential and if time had been spent developing them this might have been an interesting book.  I can overlook some graphic sex, but when the majority of your plot line is jumping from one bout to another I get bored.  There were some interesting parts about being part-fey part-vampire; as well as childhood secrets.  There was just enough potential for me to keep reading, but I certainly cannot recommend this book unless you like a lot of sex.

22/100 A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

I am not sure why I read this sequel to the first Leader Murders book, though I do know I will read the third.  Despite my best intentions I have become a bit attached to the characters in this series. I will admit that I like seeing the characters of the first book from a different perspective.  The main character in this book is a tortured soul that I feel bad for.  I am happy to see that the other main character seems to grow a bit in this book, it gives me some hope for the third.

If you do not mind Gay Romance with a really tough main character then this might be a good read for you.  You cannot really read this book without reading the first, it would not make any sense.  The world is rather interesting and the characters are beginning to grow so the entire plot is getting more interesting.

21/100 Bear Cop by Zoe Chant

If you want to read a romance novel with little to no character development, that jumps straight into shallow sex, and resolves the conflict almost before it begins then this is the book for you.  I am not sure why I even finished this book, I guess I kept hoping for something to happen that added depth to the characters.  They met, had a wreck, had sex, she confessed everything wrong, they were attacked, he confessed everything, then in a nice tight bow they fell in love, the conflict was resolved, and I’m left hanging.  There was a lot of graphic sex I had to skip over so that may have contributed to my extreme dissatisfaction with this book.

If you want a quick and dirty read with little depth then this is the book for you.

19/100 A Tooth For a Fang By Liv Olteano

This book sort of sucked.  Admittedly there was a lot of character development. I really began to feel for the characters but then they would do something stupid or insensitive and there goes my sympathy right out the window.  I really do like the universe.  Most of the characters are funny and easy to get along with.  Honestly, Travis might not be a complete jerk however his is not that far from it.  For Rick this is a very confusing time in his life.  He just broke up with an abusive boyfriend/boss, goes on vacation, is thrown into the paranormal world, then before his 2 week adjustment period is over he has Travis as his mate throwing him into the paranormal world and confusing the heck out of him with hormones and mating drives.  Then Travis goes and does something sweet (not to mention the tantalizing hints that Travis has been messed with on the partner front).

There are parts that are quite amusing, but really, if you want an emotional roller coaster combined with a lot of really explicit sexual innuendo (I skipped over as much as I could without losing the plot) Then this is the book for you.  One of the very few positives that this book has going for it is the utter lack of Mary Sue’s.  Nothing in this book is perfect, finding your mate isn’t a done deal (you can still hate them) the Lycans and Were’s can make mistakes, the stinky troll is a sweetheart, there are faults and flaws throughout this book.  Since I like my escapism there was a little too much reality for my taste, but the overall plot was not bad.

If you like your characters flawed, don’t mind Gay, can stand mentions of explicit sexual congress, and are okay with mentions of abuse then this is the book for you.  I wasn’t in the mood for a traumatic read but got one anyway.