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The Beast in Him (Pride #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,780 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward "accidentally" bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she's come since high school. Back then, Jess's gangly limbs and bruised heart turn to jelly any time Smitty's "all the better to ravish you with" body came near her. So, some things haven't changed. Except now Jess is a success on he ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Brava (first published 2008)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Hillbilly Stars


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“This is serious. I won’t get between you and your family.” “You’re not, darlin’. This is what one friend
does for another. And we’re friends. Just like me and Mace.” She gave him a wicked little smile. “You fuck Mace too?” “Only when he’s feeling needy.”

The Beast in Him is the 2nd book in the Pride series and it is just as funny as the first book. Shelly Laurenston has a Knack for writing hilarious stories with realistic, fun loving characters. After meeting Smitty i
Note : I hope this review is not like you read Discovery Channel or National Geographic, or promotion for a new Zoo in the town.. *smirk*

My first thought when reading Shelly Laurenston' s book...


Seems there's no normal character in her books. Both men or women, shifter or not, children or adult, they're crazy and insane in their own way... :))

BTW, in this book, meet new shifter in the town!
The African Wild Dog!!

For further information, look at Wikipedia :P.
Jessie Ann Ward grew up an orphan in the small town in Alabama that was ruled/run by the Smith family. They are a pack of wolf shifters who have a reputation for protecting family at all costs. Jessie has been mercilessly picked on by all the female wolves, especially Sissy Mae Smith a female Alpha. Jessie is considered weak she is a wild dog shifter who has no pack. Jessie has always been in love with youngest brother Bobby Ray Smith and he always looked out for her and intervened when the bull ...more
Feb 27, 2011 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I had such an amazing time reading this story. I'm getting to love this series more and more with every book. This book is a full length, so in it you get to know the couple much more than in the first 2 stories from book 1. But we still have plenty of that amazing sense of humor this author has. I swear I love her, she makes me laugh so hard that many times I have to stop reading to be able to stop laughing like an ass.

In this installment we get to read about Bobby Ray (Smitty) Smith.
Jessa Ann, the heroine of the Beast in Him, makes this book as far as I'm concerned, rising from her relative bottom of the pack status to alpha female without changing her core personality one iota. (GEEKS RULE! Shewolves drool!) Although it takes most of the book for her alpha wolf shifting destined to be her mate Smitty to finally realize it.

Ok, I'll admit,These books are little too over the top to be pick of the litter for me, as it were, but what the heck- they do make me laugh from time to
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
What happens when a wolf and an african wild dog fall in love??
All sorts of awesomeness!!!

Bobby Ray Smith is a wolf, and not just any wolf, he is now the Alpha of the New York Smiths. Bobby Ray, Smitty for his friends, has managed to suppress his wild and feral side, something not easy since it seems to run in the gene pool. There is one person who always brings the edge to the front, one person which can rattle him and always had. Little Jessie Ann Ward. The one woman who made Smitty run, not b
Ivy Deluca
**UPDATE** Revisited this with the audiobook, since I've already re-read this a few times. Charlotte Kane does a great job with the narration and I would consider this the real start of the series, since the first book is more of a two novellas packaged together.

The Good, The Bad and Everything in Between
What I love about this book, which I think is the best in the series (although not my absolute fave) is that there's good humor, solid family relationships that are not easy and predicated on d
Sarah (onecurvyblogger)

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Laurenston’s Pride series is a series I come back to over and over, especially when I’m dealing with book slumps. Book slumps are periods of time after having finished or put down a terrible book (or even a book that baffled me) and have the urge to avoid all books like the plague, because the last one left me anxious and depressed.

When I pick up a Pride book, I know I’m going to enjoy the bumpy, laugh-out-loud ride. The Beast in Him tells the story of Bobbie Ray and his “one that got away”, Jes

Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

When Bobby Ray Smith aka "Smitty" left home for the Navy, he left someone behind. A young wild dog shifter named Jessie Ann. Jessie Ann, how had the distinction of being Bobby Ray's sister, Sissy's, favorite punching bag. In fact most girls in town targeted Jessie Ann. Because female wolves did that, but mostly because she was a wild down in a town full of wolves.

Sixteen years later, Bobby Ray is working a job with his partner, Mace, only to discover that Jessie Ann is not only t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 17, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
I woke up early this morning to finish this book. Now, I love to sleep, so that should be a hint as to how much I enjoyed this book.
Jessica has waited twelve years to get back at Bobby Ray Smith for rejecting her kiss before he left town to join the Navy...and boy was it worth it!! As one of Bobby Ray's friends said "...she shot your ass down like a jet over enemy territory." I snorted my way through this book. Between the shifter jokes (there are dogs, wolves, and lions...oh my) and the redneck
Val⚜Shameless,  Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
DNF @ 30%

This was just so chaotic and campy...and I'm just not in the mood for it right now.

I also don't like how Smitty seems to expect Jess to get over his sister physically abusing her as a teenager...I get that it's all some weird pack mentality, but I've read some weird pack books and...not cool.

It got such great reviews from my friends though, so maybe I will try and revisit it later...
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: March 2013
Buddy read with Jo
It was even funnier the 2nd time around!

1st read: November 2012
Buddy read with Maru
Jun 04, 2010 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr-shapeshifter
After reading The Mane Event, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. And, once I did I was so disappointed. While The Mane Event had laugh out dialogue and larger than life characters, The Beast in Him had confusing dialogue and annoying characters.

The dialogue and narrative were so chaotic at times that I kept checking to see if perhaps my book was defective. Often the dialogue was used to explain what was happening and it jumped around so much that I had to go back and reread certain p
Coyora Dokusho
Read 2 times


suuuuuper funny! and adorable!


I love Jess Ward and her wild dog pack with my whole entire heart.

Added one star... because I LOVE it now
PNR Book Lover Reviews,
Mar 05, 2011 PNR Book Lover Reviews, rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love love Loved IT!!

All i can is is Fried Chicken and Cherry Cobler!!!

I love this series!!
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
This story didn't start off too well for me. First, a she-dog...SMH...? Second, our male character is gone for 16 years, I was not feeling the plot of this story. But, I hung in there. Why? Because, any story with an alpha female and I'm all in. So, I put aside all the various shifters element, and just focused on a boy and girl becoming a couple. That's when I let the story take root.

I really liked The Mane Event, but the snarky animal banter in this tale was hilarious. I usually give best line
Colliding Worlds
Oct 10, 2015 Colliding Worlds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, owned
Die Charaktere dieser Reihe haben alle einen kompletten Dachschaden. Wirklich alle. Aber es ist so witzig und unterhaltsam, dass man sie einfach alle zusammen knuddeln möchte. Sie stechen dadurch heraus, sind nicht so wie andere Paranormal Romance-Figuren und erhalten Wiedererkennungswert. Auch die Strukturen der verschiedenen Familien mag ich sehr. Oft ist es eine seltsame Art von Hassliebe, die für viele Lacher und Wärme sorgt.
Angenehm ist es auch, dass Smitty und Jessie Ann sich bereits von f
This one was very nice ^^

- I liked the hero since book one but here he was funny, and I liked him more ^^, and I loved the heroine she was funny and quirky and geeky and I so wanna be in her Pack XD

- I liked how the heroine pulled herself from being the weird awkward girl to being an alpha of her own pack and a multimillionaire company owner XD

- I liked how since they were kids she was so special to him, I know he was a big reason in here that she was bullied but it was obvious his affections we
9/3 - Why are all the shifter women so CRAZY? Constantly attacking each other, tearing each other apart (literally and metaphorically) - it makes it hard to like any of them except Jessi(ca)e Ann (for unexplained reasons dogs don't get violent with each other or other species like the wolves, hyenas, bears, lions, and all the other shifter species in Laurenston's supernatural world). I can't stand Smitty's sister Sissy Mae and can't imagine enjoying her story, if there is one. She, and Ronnie Le ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Laurenston continues to deliver that humor that sucked me in with the first book. I have to admit that I was skeptical with Bobby Ray having his own story but I was happy with how it turned out. I liked Jessie Ann's character alot. I felt so bad that she had been bullied for so long. She was the true underdog.

Bobby Ray was first introduced in the Mane Event as Mace's partner. He's now in NYC running a security company that was hired by Jessie Ann. The two share a history from childhood. S
Bobby Ray vividly remembers protecting little Jessie Ann from his sister and her friends for years and especially the night before he went off to the Navy. He also remembers the crush she had on him and is excited to see her 16 years later. Then he's completely flabbergasted when Jessie Ann acts as if she barely knew him.

Smitty can't believe there's a woman alive immune to his charms while and his clumsy but charming wooing added to him as well and made this reader like him even more. Jessie An
Jessie Ann spent her youth hiding-under bleachers, in closets, up in get the idea. A wild dog shifter growing up in a town full of Alpha werewolves was not a good place for her. As long as Bobby Ray Smith was around though, she had a protector and a friend. She had a crush on him and he looked out for her, until the day he left for the military and she was on her own.

Years later, Booby Ray has a security company and is working an event held by the multi-millionaire Jessica Ward. Only
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 24, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of shifter romance
I'm not sure I understand the world-building in this book, but these are two great protagonists falling in love in the funniest sit-com I've read in a long time.

To begin with, they knew each other in high school, when she was a geek who had a huge crush on him. Fast forward more than a decade, and she is a hot, savvy, successful businesswoman. They meet again, and he keeps asking her out in front of their friends. She keeps turning him down to protect her heart, and his friends won't let him hea
Lady Allison
May 30, 2011 Lady Allison rated it really liked it
This was the first full length Pride book & it featured our lovable wolf Smitty - or Bobby Ray Smith as the Tennessee pack know him. I loved Smitty! I think his whole character can be summed up in an excerpt of his conversation is Jessie Ann (I mean, JESS-I-CA) Ward, the wild dog he could never forget & who drove him mad pretending she didn't remember him.

"Your exact words were: 'I challenge you, Bobby Ray Smith, to get me back into your life.'"
"I never said that."
"That's what I heard."
Feb 19, 2015 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it

Laurenston continues to deliver humor and heat both, with her sexy shifter series

Beast in Him is a great follow-on to Laurenston's The Mane Event (Pride, Book 1), it's fun combination of humor and spicy romance with an abundance of sexy Alpha shifters both male and female.

We met 'Smitty' Bobby Ray Smith, werewolf and former Navy SEAL, who was both buddy and business partner to Lionshifter Mace the lead in the last book. Smitty is sexy confident and cocky about his skills with women, he hasn't h
Jan 16, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
The Beast in Him is laugh out loud hysterical at times and at others totally frustrating!! I thoroughly enjoyed every word! Well, maybe not every word...some words I can do without, but I can live with them because the story and characters are freakin' hilarious!

I loved Smitty! I want a Smitty, can I have a Smitty, please!! Any time he prefaced a comment with "Now Jessie Ann" you knew a 'Smittyism' or logic-according-to-Smitty was coming and it would more times then not have you laughing or blus
Duchess Nicole
Shelly Laurenston is my hero! I swear, every book I've read of hers just keeps me laughing and marking quotes to laugh over later. If you've never read one of her books, just read ONE! You'll soon devour the rest. I thought this series was more romance/erotica, and it is. But it's so much more. There's always a great plot, lots of action, tons and tons of humor, and I've never really laughed so much during a sexy scene. Don't get me wrong, she can write some hot and steamy love scenes. These men ...more
Shannon C.
Jul 04, 2015 Shannon C. rated it really liked it
4.5 stars: A wonderful read by Laurenston, this book was full of zany humor, crazy antics, romance, action and suspense. I couldn't put it down--read it almost in one sitting!

The story really pulled me in. Geeky, smart girl makes good when she grows up; her former crush from high school shows up and is smitten; and then she leads him on a merry chase. The wild dog pack and their antics are hilarious. And I loved the Smith pack from the earlier books, of which Smitty the lead male character is p
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
I liked book 1 better, but this series is still a miss for me.
In this sequel, Bobby Ray Smith "Smitty" runs in his childhood friend Jessie Ann Ward, when Mason & Bobby are contracted to run security at one of Jessie's business functions. Smitty used to be Jessie's only real friend as Jessie was bullied by the other shifters. As a dog shifter and alpha of her pack, Jessie had a lot of responsibility, and getting with a werewolf would not please her pack.
But Smitty and Jessie Ann have unfinish
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Wow... I expected so much more from this book. I hate that!

Well, Jessie Ann grew up within the Smith pack of wolf shifters, as a foster child. Her being African wild dog, she was small but fast. She grew up running & hiding. She always had a crush on Bobby Ray Smith, but hated his sister & her crew.

After high school, she became a very successful computer nerd & runs into Bobby Ray who now has a security firm. He likes her. She runs from him.

Anyway it's a back and forth thing with n
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“Do you think I’m pretty?”
Smitty glanced away from the computer screen he’d been staring at for the last three hours, looked at his sister, and shook his head. “No.”
“What do ya mean no?”
“You asked. Sorry if you didn’t like the answer. I always thought you were funny lookin’. Asked momma, ‘What is that thing laying in your bed?’ And she said, ‘I found it hiding under a car, you be nice to it now.”
“Smitty gave his best pout. “Why are y’all trying to hurt me?”
“Because it’s fun?”
“It’s easy.”
“I love it when you cry.”
Smitty sighed. “Forget I asked.”
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