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Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,125 Ratings  ·  540 Reviews
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
Paperback, 407 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Brava (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 pretend boyfriend Stars

Ok I'm gonna keep this one short. This book just didn't really do it for me. I don't think it was a bad read, but it was a slower read and I didn't really connect with the main characters. Both Crush and Cella felt flat and one dimensional. I didn't really feel their relationship, what little one they had, and there was a serious lack of romance in this book. They seemed to dislike and or annoy each other almost the whole book. They didn't really hang around each other
Laura the Highland Hussy
Mar 23, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it

This is a fun, fast and funny book. This whole series is like that, though; full of fun and great banter.

Lou Crushek is an undercover cop when he gets transferred from NYPD to the shifter division. Crush’s cover has been blown by his former foster mother Peg, who conveniently runs BCP. Crush hates change. It makes him cranky.

Cella is the loud-mouthed KZS operative who also plays professional hockey for the Carnivores. They call her “Bare Knuckles Malone”
Apr 04, 2012 Zeek rated it it was ok
Cella “Bare Knuckles” Malone, the heroine in Bear Meets Girl, is the only girl team member of the shifter only pro hockey team The Carnivores. She also is one valued member of KZS the Cat Shifter agency who protects their own what with her mad sniper skillz and all. Recruited to a fringe task force to catch the people hunting down shifters in the previous entry to this series, along with human cop Dez Macdermitt (The Mane Event) and frenemy Dee-Ann Smith (Big Bad Beast)- crazy and sneaky wolf sh ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Shelly Laurenston brings readers another fun-filled, outrageously funny and sexy book to add to the Pride series. BEAR MEETS GIRL is the seventh book in this series and it follows Marcella “Cella” Malone, a spirited feline shifter who is a pro hockey player for the Carnivores and is a protective agent the KZS. This means she will fight you bare-knuckled in and out of the ice ring. Hilarious antics ensue when Cella wakes up after a night of too many drinks in Lou “Crus
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
3.5 stars

A typical Shelly Laurenston with lots of humour, tough, unique shifters and sexy scenes. I loved coming back and seeing old characters, like Bo, Blayne, Dee-Ann and the like. The plot was pretty well developed, but, the ending was, at best abrupt. So my only complaints were:

1)I felt there wasn't enough H/h time and getting to know each other. Other plots and the mystery plus the hockey took too much pages, so they fell too fast for me to REALLY believe.
2)The cover. I don't like it, even
Marta Cox
Sep 14, 2015 Marta Cox rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I love paranormal stories and this author writes an amazing dragon shifter series but for me her more contemporary shifter series is a bit hit and miss I'm afraid. Filled with larger than life characters who truly take no prisoners these laugh out loud stories are just something I have to be in the right frame of mind for if honest.
This book starts with the authors typical shock tactics as it's instantly apparent that Cella is going to be a nightmare to deal with. She's loud, she's brash and sh
Mar 16, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

The one thing you’re guaranteed to get with any Shelly Laurenston book is a ton of humor centered around many different character interactions. I look forward to revisiting all the series characters with any new book as well as getting to know how our new leads will fit into this crazy world. BEAR MEETS GIRL gives us Cella Malone, a psycho, aggressive, playful at times, feline whose great loves in life are her daughter, her position as enforcer on the hoc
Lou Crushek is an easy going man, even if he looks like a drug dealer or could kill you on the spot in the blink of an eye. The one thing he values the most is his job as an undercover cop, but that is a thing of the past as he is transferred to another department and has him sparring with the one woman he hoped never to see again, Marcella Malone. Waking up next to her naked body was freakishly out of character for Crush, but he was willing to go with the flow until she opened her mouth and sta ...more
Lady Lioness
March 2-3, 2014: See last year's review. Fanboy Crush is awesomesauce.

March 25, 2013 I LOVE this book. I will never get tired of Crush geeking out. Never ever.

March 19, 2012

Okay, so my best friend (a former Borders merchandising/inventory supervisor) is now a receiver at Barnes & Noble. And you know what Barnes & Noble does different from Borders? Fewer strict on sale dates. And that is why I got this book in my hot little paws eight days before I thought it was coming out.

I'm still r
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

This book was hysterical. Lou "Crush" Crushek reminded me a lot of Novikov, but with more personality and more tolerant of other people. But not by much. Marcella "Bare Knuckles" Malone aka Cella is like Dee-Ann, but as a cat she loves to toy with people and annoy them and boy can torture Crush. He's so uptight that she's able to needle him every time she's around him.

I loved the dynamics of the Malone Pride and the growing friends and family to this really fun series
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 5 Bear Meets Girl Stars ~

Bear Meets Girl is book seven in the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. I love the cover for this one.

Lou "Crush" Crushek, is a polar bear who is a cop. He is one sexy bear. I just love bears and reading about them. Crush is pretty laded back and likes things to not change, but his world is about to be turned upside down by one crazy she tiger.

Marcella "Bare Knuckles" Malone is a tiger who works for KZS (organization that protects shifter cats), she is also a former
Shelly Laurenston is one of my absolute favorite paranormal romance authors - her snarky humor and fun take on predatory shifters who are sometimes whiny, often cranky and over-entitled is always entertaining to read. However, 'Bear Meets Girl' wasn't quite as funny IMO as previous books in the 'Pride' series.

While I really did enjoy this book, I felt it just didn't have enough of that spark of snide wit that make Laurenston's books so special. Also, even though I've read (and re-read!) the prev
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 14, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans/Pride series readers
Grade: B- (between 3.5 and 4 stars)...The first half was missing sexual tension, Laurenston's brand of humor, and the characters weren't as interesting as previous h/H's. The second half was much better...funny, hot hand-cuff cop role-playing scene (HOT!!!), interesting new characters (Will the car thief get a book?), and a very nice ending.
Every time I pick up a Shelly Laurenston, I know I’m going to laugh. I am so in love with her world of arrogant, over the top shifters. They delight in violent behavior and irritating others. They have no shame and are completely at home in their lust. Really, what’s not to love? Especially when you throw in a large dose of immature humor. ;)

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it quite as much as I have some of the other ones in the series since Cella is friends with Dee-Ann, th
I enjoyed this book, I really did, it was full of favorite characters and general craziness and I loved Crush, he was such a bear and the complete opposite of Cella. The book introduced some very interesting characters Sophie, Callahans, Cell's friends etc

The only complaint I have is that the ending was too abrupt and the romance was hardly given space, it seemed like an afterthought. These two don't even share a kiss till more than half of the book.

But beyond that I loved the book as an ensembl
Been there, read that. As much as I love Shelly Laurenston and her style of writing, I'm getting bored with this series.

Only two more books before it ends... Should I even be thinking that? The Pride books follow an ever-increasing group of crazy shifters - lions, wolves, bears, tigers, and all the hybrids in between. They're hicks from the Deep South, city slickers from NYC, they love hockey and roller derby and small and large little animals. Family arguments are par for the course, and beati
I ADORE Crush. I don't know if it's the whole thing where he's often mistaken for a crazed meth dealer, a badass biker, or what, but I got such a kick out of how such an easygoing, upstanding guy could tangle with the worst if needed and come out on top.

Plus, he went all fanboy on his favorite hockey players and I just couldn't resist him after that.

On the other end of the spectrum is Cella. She likes to talk with her fists more often than not and she sends poor Crush into a tailspin whenever sh
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Nov 25, 2014 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it really liked it
I think I'm just going to write one review for every single book in this series. It will work because it's essentially the same book written nine different ways.

When I read the prequel to this series, Howl For It, I thought to myself, Well, this could be interesting. I really liked reading about Darla and Eggie. The backwoods redneck theme made me a bit leery, but Laurenston wrote the characters with such unapologetic frankness that I found myself liking even the loudest, brashest southerners i
Mar 24, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Reading a Shelly Laurenston novel is always a hoot. I’m beyond addicted to her Pride series. She has every type of shift changing animal in these books from lions, tigers and bears (oh my). I never thought I would enjoy a romance featuring a bear shifting hockey loving, anal retentive cop and a over the top spunky, hockey playing tiger chick who loves to drive said cop wild. Shelly’s latest release, Bear Meets Girl is beyond wacky, so much so you may get whiplash from the overabundance of charac ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, I'm going to say right up front that I view my reading of Shelly Laurenston as a necessity. I use her humour to help me cope with on-going health issues. Being able to KNOW that I can pick up one of her books--even one that I haven't read before--and be promised a laughfest is very important on days when I am having a lot of pain. And Shelly's books really ARE funny. I mean, come on, a wolf-wild dog hybrid (of the human persuasion) who uses the fact that she is slightly insane (in a good way ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I think this is my favorite book yet from the Pride stories. It combined humour, suspense, and silliness in a really enjoyable mixture that just 'worked'. I really liked the main characters, Crush and Cella and it was fun to see so many characters from previous books working together.

One thing I liked in this book was, although there was obviously a budding romance between the two main characters, there wasn't a focus on their sexual attraction like there is in a lot of the ot
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So here we go again with bear shifters. I've already mentioned a few reviews ago that I'm not so used to reading bear shifters in my main characters. However, I trust Shelly Laurenston, and her shifters have been nothing but entertaining. That's why I read this book.

Like any book from this series, the main characters certainly have a way of taking you with them on every page. Normally, all the elemen
D.B. Reynolds
Aug 25, 2013 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it
The cover not withstanding, this is a good story of opposites attracting. Crushek in particular is a great character, and although Marcella as his tiger love interest is less likeable, and probably not quite sane, they go well together.
Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7) by Shelly Laurenston is the first book I have read by her. It is easy to follow even if you don't have read the previous books. A little slow and more contained more fillers then expected but I do love that she brings in the characters from earlier stories in this series and it is ok for me to follow without having the feeling that I have missed a lot. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next installment. But I do look forward to read one of the previous bo ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Ridley marked it as to-buy-small-publisher
I've been told this book has a shifter hockey team. If anything could entice me to read PNR, it's hockey.
Personally I would add this book to the more cute humorous section of this series XD

- Throughout the whole thing the relationship between the hero and heroine was over the top funny: first she jumping on his lap always with the boyfriend jokes, and him hating her for it since he's the uptight cop. Second becoming a fake couple, then a real one since they obviously like each other and each other's surroundings XD

- I liked how the hero was a hokey obsessed fan he knew the smallest details like how
Jessie Potts
Feb 22, 2014 Jessie Potts rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Shelly Laurenston. One of her first books I'd ever read was Go Fetch!, which literally had me in tears I was laughing so hard. From there I moved through her Magnus Pack series as well as her Pride series (of which Bear Meets Girl is a part). She also writes under the pen name G.A. Aiken, and if you haven't picked up her Dragon books, you need to. I really don't know a better author who weaves humor with heat. OK, enough gushing …

Bear Meets Girl is the seventh book in Laurenst
A few months, no.. now years, back a few friends of mine and I had an ICQ or skype conference, and we were talking about how there were few to no books with were-bulls, -bears, or -mosquitos to be found. We then decided to write an erotic novel about homosexual werebears. We planned to include all of our pet-peeves, ungay them (because that's possible, ya know.) and so on.

In any case, then suddenly I found dozens of bear-shifter novels. What the heck. Those authors CLEARLY hacked into our conve
~E~ Riverina Romantics
May 15, 2012 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
3.5 stars

When I hear the name ‘Shelly Laurenston’ I immediately think “extremely funny lady.”

Her stories are always filled with the most sarcastic, laugh out loud one liners and they never cease to make me chuckle. Bear Meets Girl wasn’t an exception to this – it was hugely funny, and well written.

The reason why I only gave 3.5 stars is that although it was damn funny and well written there was little romance. I NEED romance. I only ever read romance and there is a reason...I only enjoy romance
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  • The Mane Squeeze (Pride, #4)
  • Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)
  • Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)
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