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Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  8,019 ratings  ·  477 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
Trade Paperback, 407 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Brava (first published January 1st 2012)
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Laura the Highland Hussy

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”
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)
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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
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
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
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
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 14, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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
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
D.B. Reynolds
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.
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.
Jessie Potts
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
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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
These books are just too funny. Yes the situations are ludicrous, the characters are slightly irritating sometimes but I just can't help but enjoy it. The constant bickering, sniping, punching and overall crazy times is just great to read about. The naughty sex scenes are just the topping on the cake. In my excitement to read this book, I realize I skipped Dee Ann and Van Holtz's book. Oops, I will go back and remedy that!

If you have liked the other books in this series, I think it's safe to say
4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked Cella and Crush and their story was a good addition to the series.

Cella is a tiger shifter. She works for an agency that protects cat shifters and also is an enforcer on the all shifter pro hockey team. She's the daughter of a shifter hockey league legend and she's also a bare-knuckles champ for 5 years running. She got pregnant at 16 and had a daughter but with the help of her family (which unlike most cat clans is very close) she was able to join the
Es handelt sich hier ja um den siebenten Teil einer Reihe, aber man könnte dieses Buch durchaus auch als Einzelband lesen. Allerdings spielen gerade bei dieser Reihe immer die Charaktere aus den anderen Bänden eine große Rolle und so empfehle ich euch die Bände der Reihe nach zu lesen. Ansonsten wird man kaum den Überblick behalten können bei so vielen Charakteren und unterschiedlichen Rassen.

In diesem Teil geht es hauptsächlich um Lou „Crush“ Crushek und Marcella „Eisenfaust“ Malone.
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Omg Amazing!!! Love this series so so much!!
This is the seventh book in the Pride series and is full of SL's typicall shifter humor with a mix of abusive and violent situations. The heroine is Cella also known in the shifter hockey world as "Bare Knuckles" Malone a she-tiger and enforcer for the Carnivore's team and a contractor for the KZS shifter ops group who gets involved with a change phobic Polar bear shifter Lou Crushek known as Crush to his friends. He is also a hockey fanatic and an undercover cop who's cover has been blown, so h ...more
Paranormal Haven
Bear shifter and undercover police officer Lou Crusheck is not happy about being transferred to a special shifter unit and is even more upset to learn he'll work alongside a special team that kills the criminals he works hard to legally take down. What's worst of all is that Marcella Malone, a feline shifter and member of the special assassin team, has made it her personal mission to bring chaos to his life. Cella knew she'd have fun messing with the by the book Crush, but she didn't expect him ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pride (9 books)
  • The Mane Event (Pride, #1)
  • The Beast in Him (Pride, #2)
  • The Mane Attraction (Pride, #3)
  • The Mane Squeeze (Pride, #4)
  • Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)
  • Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)
  • Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)
  • Bite Me (Pride, #9)
The Mane Event (Pride, #1) Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) Go Fetch! (Magnus Pack, #2) Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5) Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack, #3)

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