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.

 

31/100 The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

Okay so the end of the world is nigh, only the fire wielding Crow with a love of starting trouble can help save the world.  What is a Raven to do, but help her (and fall in love).  If you think this is a recipe for disaster, well then join the line, so does almost everyone else.  If you’re looking for a good, funny, read with a little too much graphic sex, then this is a good read for you.  I will admit, I HATE how this Ended! Right up until then it was a wonderful, action packed adventure.  If you have problems with graphic language or content then this is probably not the book for you!

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.

25/100 Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna

This was a very interesting read.  It began quite serious with a tinge of humor.  From there things just went sideways.  A successful executive on her way to a promotion winds up meeting family she never knew she had and is told that she is something that shouldn’t exist.  From there things get interesting.  There is some world development, but not as much as you would expect from a series so off the wall.  It is interesting how the author manages to balance character development and world building so that you sort of feel like there wasn’t enough of either.  I am interested enough to explore the next book in this series, and honest enough to admit I love that she breaks all of the rules on accident.  This was described as Stephanie Plum meets Harry Potter, this first book did not eventuate that level of humor but I can see the faintest beginnings.  Note: If you don’t want to read the second book don’t read the Epilogue.

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.

18/100 The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

Are you introspective?  Do you not consider yourself anti-social but find small talk to be not only boring but annoying?  If you do than you can relate to Jace, the main character found in this book.  She is an amazingly oblivious intellectual that lives life in her own way and at her own pace.  The hardships that she has suffered through would make a grown man cry but Jace just keeps on dealing with the hardships of her second life.  Didn’t I mention that she was murdered and brought back to life by a Norse Goddess?  Silly me, these details sometimes get away from me.

If you want to read about an introspective loner that lives in a huge house full of women, serves as a warrior for a Norse deity, finds kinship in a house full of intellectuals under service of another Norse deity and will literally jump out of a moving car to get away from small-talk, then this is the book for you.  The fast moving plot keeps your attention while the quirky characters keep you laughing out loud.  I cannot wait for the third book in this series to be released!