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The Beast in Him (Pride #2)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  8,637 ratings  ·  374 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
Paperback, 325 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Brava (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
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
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)
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, & NOT SORRY ⚓️ Digression Queen
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...
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
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
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
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Love love Loved IT!!

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

I love this series!!
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
Lady Allison
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."

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
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
♡ 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
Better than The Mane Event, not as good as Beast Behaving Badly. It's funny at times, and even had some emotional punches. The story is good enough, but there wasn't enough plot I think, and the conflict in the relationship seemed a bit far-fetched to me. Communicate people!

I loved the Wild Dogs though, there were a very cool and goofy bunch, and I wouldn't mind learning more about the backstory of the Kuznetsov Pack, that's hinted at in this book.

I really liked Smitty, and adored his mother, wh
I continue to enjoy Shelley Laurenston. This book is no exception. I love the Smith Pack. Just a bunch of down home wolves trying to make it in the big city. Smitty and Jessie are hysterical. Jessie was a nerd and had the biggest crush on Smitty in high school and Smitty secretly liked Jessie. Now that Jessie owns her own company and is not the scared little wild dog anymore. She puts Smitty through hell. This book is so funny and the wild dogs are entertaining. When everyone gets together, it i ...more
another great read from Laurenston

A solid 4.5 star read for me. Loved all the crazy characters. The plot was well paced and the storyline original. I look forward to more.
Monty Cupcake
Funny, but oft times confusing. The way this story was told was like a person doing a highland jig, eating candy & playing the bagpipes.
I wanted to continue with this series which had been pushed down my TBR for so long now, and this one was just sooo good, excellent witty dialog, made me laugh several times. I loved the cocky sexy hero and the interaction of the mean and mischievous characters of this series.
HERO is a Warrior, former Navy and current security advisor, who after many years runs into the special, nerdy, wild dog female he used to protect in high school.
SCENES/CONTENT: several/steamy
GENRE/TONE: paranormal/witty
 One Curvy Blogger
Dear Readers,

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 g
Aparajita Mukherjee
Despite the title, the 'beast' in question, Bobby Ray, is not not at all a beast but a gentleman or at least he tries to be. He has always tried to look after the weaklings, especially, little geeky Jessie Ann and even tried to do the right honorable thing where she is concerned.
Jessie is a lone wild dog shifter in a town full of wolf shifters and she is continually tormented by the she-wolves headed by Bobby Ray's sister, Sissy Mae. Bobby tries to protect her as much as he could but then he le
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
 One Curvy Blogger
Reread: November 6th, 2014 - Review to come!
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 4 The Beast In Him Stars ~

The Beast In Him is book two in the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. I absolutely love this series. It’s the perfect book to get you out of a slump. This one was a re-read and I loved it all over again.

Ms. Laurenston did it again. We get a fantastic cast of characters and a ton of humor. The author does a great job using the many natural behaviors of the species that she is writing about for her characters. The way the species groups are described is wonderful.

3.5 Stars rounded up!
I read this for a challenge that required a paranormal romance which had wolves or bears. It has a lot of witty humor and a few hot love scenes. I really like this author now, I think she's one of the best paranormal romance writers and am so lucky that this series is at my library. :-)

Jessie Ann is a wild dog (wolf)/human shifter and her love interest in this story is Bobby Ray Smith/Smitty/aka Robert Ray Smith who is a big Wolf shifter/human. There are also characters name
Oleta Blaylock
This is the second book in the Pride series and it is about New York City Smith Pack Alpha Robert “Bobby or Smitty” Ray Smith. Bobby Ray or Smitty was raised in Tennessee and is a retired Navy SEAL. He is the Partner of Mace Llewellyn in a security firm. He is a happy wolf making his way through the female population of New York when he sees the woman that he has had a thing for since before he left Tennessee. Like most shifter males he is more than a little clueless why he is so drawn to Jessic ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 24, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.'s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pride (9 books)
  • The Mane Event (Pride, #1)
  • The Mane Attraction (Pride, #3)
  • The Mane Squeeze (Pride, #4)
  • Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)
  • Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)
  • Bear Meets Girl (Pride, #7)
  • Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)
  • Bite Me (Pride, #9)
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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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