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Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  12,509 ratings  ·  667 reviews
What's an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams? Step one, hide all sharp objects...

All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attentio
Published July 4th 2006 by Samhain Publishing
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Pack Challenge is book one in Shelly Laurenston’s Magnus Pack series. If I could only use one word to describe this book it would be fun. This book was an absolute delight to read. Filled with witty banter, sarcastic undertones, an ill-tempered shape-shifter who is in over his head and a super bitchy heroine – what is not to love?????

Sara Morrighan lost her mother as an infant and then at yet another young age her father was killed when they were attacked by mountain lions. Incidentally, this at
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Squicky buddy read with Anne. So what are you waiting for? Go and read her review now!

A word of warning: explicit sex scenes will be discussed in this review. If that makes you uncomfortable either don't read "incriminating evidence #3" or just walk away from this review and quietly close the door behind you. I'd advise you to stick around (believe me, it's worth it) but hey, it's your life.

So. I've read a lot of crappy books in my life. But let me tell you, this is majorly craptastic. It give
Buddy read with o0Sarah0o!
Check out her review HERE.

K. I read Go Fetch! a little while ago, and sort of thought it was decent, except for some of the squicky sex scenes. But I kept wondering if I should have started with the first book...first, you know?
So, here we are.

The good?
I finished it quickly, which means I thought it was a very readable book. Laurenston is a talented writer, in that she can keep my eyes moving along the page.
I also like the way scars or 'handicaps' are treated in thi
This book wasn't bad, but it felt like a lot of the same thing - sex, sex, and more sex.

Unlike the characters in this book, my world was not rocked by their constant world-rocking sex and physical attraction. The "romance" comprised mainly of the main characters' finding each other insanely hot and rip-your-clothes-off desirable. I just couldn't see what they saw in each other...other than their emphasis on the other person's being a "hot piece of ass." Most of their scenes (once they got past t
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
”You belong to me, but I belong to you. Even before you marked me, I belonged to you… as much as it annoys the shit out of me.”

Okay, I give in...I'm a sucker for a shifter story. I love the whole dynamic of the mate for life thing, there's almost always a great storyline, and most importantly they are always hotter than hell. That whole claiming thing...gets me every time. This story was no different.

This story starts out with Sara, drunk in a bar, stirring up her normal amount of "Drunk-Sara"
Ok. Ummm... No.

I think the polite way to put it is that this was an "interesting take" on the werewolf theme.

I wanted to like Sara, but it was hard to. She was all over the place but I settled for just not liking her. Zach didn't even seem to like her, and I had to agree with him but then he went and fell in love with her, so I was left by myself on the not-liking front.

Lots of disrespectful chit-chat that is more annoying than it is cute. Lots of rough-ness, especially rough sex. It felt out
Laura Lulu
Eh. There are reasons I'm not a huge PNR fan, and this book contains more than a couple of those reasons. Some PNR kicks it up a notch and actually gives us a bit of plot and character development along with the sexy times. And some doesn't. This book falls into the latter.

I find it to be a major cop out when characters are so crazy sexually attracted to each other because of their shifter half, even thought they don't know each other and/or can't stand each other. So they don't know squat about
I really, really disliked Sara! I dont have a problem with alpha females in general, but she was over the top. Too harsh and too b!tchy (no pun intended) for my taste. I liked Zach a little better but, by the end of the book, I wasnt so sure if he truly loved Sara. I dont know, something about them didnt "click" with me, and thats a problem when it comes to a romance book.

The story was easy to read, quick paced and funny (I even laughed out loud a couple of times), so Im not giving up on Ms. Lau
Zach Sheridan is more than stunned when he finds the girl he is looking for is a full body woman with attitude and no clue of what she is, a shifter. Zach is in line to become the Alpha of the Magnus Pack, and the last thing he needs is a distraction but every instinct he has is telling him to make Sara his and it is only a matter of time before he loses the fight he has internally telling him no.

Loved this book, Sara is tough as they come having had a not so easy childhood with a crazy grandmot
4 stars
”You belong to me, but I belong to you. Even before you marked me, I belonged to you… as much as it annoys the shit out of me.”

Sara’s new found freedom from her crazy bitch grandmother; she is finding it harder and harder to enjoy her life. The pain in her leg is getting worse and the only way to remove the pain was to drink it away. The night she stuck her tongue down the throat of her “pretty man” set everything in motion that would change her life forever. Zach show up on the back
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
Who doesn't love some bikers, shifters and hot sex? nooot this girl lol
Julie (jjmachshev)
Hot book. The first in her "Pack" series.
Sara is scarred from the attack that took her only remaining parent, her father, from her when she was 10. She's already figured out that no man will want a too-big, agressive, scarred woman as a wife. Good thing she's perfect to be an Alpha wolf's wife!

Zach likes pushy women just screw that is. He's perfectly happy to run a pack and has no desire to find a mate, settle down, and raise pups. Good thing he's about to meet his dream woman. Now if
I never expected a paranormal book to be this funny. This is one of the laugh out loud funny books I've read in a long time. The humor is adult and current. If you're offended by profanity then please do stay away from this book. The banter between the heroine and her two friends had me laughing so hard. That was quite an unexpected treat.

This is a story about a female wolf shifter who is unaware of her heritage. She's the kind of heroine I love. Smart, feisty, strong without being a ball buste
Penny Watson
This book is a hot mess.

I have never before encountered an author who creates such unlikable characters. Cripes!

The first book I read by Shelly Laurenston was Beast Behaving Badly. The heroine was one of the most irritating, hyper, unlikable characters I've ever seen in a romance novel. (For the record, I thought the hero-polar bear was adorable, thank God).

But that was before I read Pack Challenge. In this book, the hero, the heroine, and all her side-kicks, are equally horrible. The hero Zach

What a surprise Pack Challenge was, I thought I would kinda like it but I ended up liking it a lot. It won’t be for everyone, because the females are a little bit unrefined, and the story is far from spectacular. I did laugh though and I came to a realization, that I really enjoy my h/h unrefined (by unrefined I mean; brass, bold, and without polish).

Sara has scars on her body and in her heart. She finds it hard to trust, and only has a handful of close friends. She lost
Ronda  Tutt

This book was the greatest read, I haven't ever laughed so hard in my life from a book. I literally had tears running down my face at some of the interaction between Sara and her two friends along with the Magnus Pack. I was hooked immediately and couldn't put the book down. Sara and Zach's romance was perfect and their erotic scenes were totally HOT! I loved Sara's kick ass attitude and action and her friends were just as awesome. Zach made the perfect
Apr 02, 2009 Sheree rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of erotic romance
Recommended to Sheree by: Cindy
4.5 stars

Pack Challenge is a wicked, hilarious, sarcastic, raunchy romp of a read. It's the first book in a trilogy & the first Shelly Laurenston that I've read & believe me, I will definitely be reading more.

Sara works at a chopper shop, chills with her outrageous & slightly psychotic pals Angie & Miki & is completely unaware of her unusual heritage. She is a slightly damaged, very aggressive, antagonistic girl who has no idea how attractive she is to just the right male.

Laurie Garrison
I simply loved this book, it has just about anything you want, friends, shape shifters, action, blood, humor, Hot Sex and a storyline to boot.. If you like your erotic with not as much sex as most this one is for you..

**Little spoilers below**

I loved Sara, she has a sad start in life, with the scars to prove it, but she is tuff and loves bar fights, she has two friends thats just as tuff, Miki and Angie all three together they are a riot. Sara meets Zack in a bar, she is three sheets in the wind
Sammy Loves Books
Wow! This book was a lot of fun to read and I just loved the interaction amongst the characters. Usually you have the scarred alpha male hero, so it was great to have a scarred alpha heroine. I found my self cheering for her character because even with her insecurities, Sara turned out to be one strong alpha girl. Sara also had two friends that were just laugh out loud funny at times. Miki is the genius and Angelina is the pretty one. Their books are 2nd and 3rd in the series. The characters are ...more
#1 Magnus Pack series

ROFL funny, just as highly entertaining and enjoyable as the author's "Pride" series (also about shifters).

In Pack Challenge, Sara is minding her own business, working at the chopper (motorcycle) shop & hanging out with her two outrageously funny friends.

Once Zach and his biker pals roar into town on their motorcycles, Sara's life is turned upside down. Hilarity ensues, along with a very good plot. Can't wait to see what happens next.

I think I'll buy the rest of Shelly L
For some reason I gave this book a 3-star rating when I first read it but now that I think about this book and after I read oOSarahOo's great review, I actually remembered that, I didn't like this book at all. I think I only gave it 3 stars because I really wanted to like it. Still, I've heard good things about her Dragon and Pride series, and I'm going to check those out, but I'm definitely going to end my relationship with the Magnus Pack.
Bloodthirsty, but full of fun and alpha shifting pnr yumminess. This one wont be for everyone- she says "bitch". alot.- but I'm def. sold on this author! :P
"Honestly. The things I have to do to keep you from killing anybody.”

The first book in what I'm absolutely sure will be a fantastic series, Pack Challenge was amazing. It was a quick, light read, but I enjoyed every second of it.

While the plot isn't the most original out there, the characters are so interesting that you can't help but be lost in the story. Sara is one feisty, fearless badass female, and also slightly crazy. I adore her sharp wit and how she switches from being completely rati
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This was an unexpected find and a quick, easy read. Though the story was short, it didn't seemed rushed at all. I loved the characters and the interesting development of the story.

In a nutshell, Sara is raised human by a local pack alpha--never knowing shifters exist. As she matures, her aggression as a (pack) leader becomes a very dominant emotion in her life. Unbeknownst to her, she has 3 different pack looking out for her well being...then there is a pride of lion shifters who want her dead.
I really liked this book. Usually in romance books the H/H are opposites and that's what attracts them but not in this case. Sara is the female version of Zach which works in this case.

Sara is one of the bitchiest, craziest, psychopathic heroines that I've ever read and yes, I liked her, alot. She is the complete alpha female and proved it over and over again.

Loved the storyline as well. Sara has NO IDEA what she is, a shapeshifter (wolves). Her bitch of a grandmother, took her in after her pare
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Well. I am not sure what to say. I have read a few of SL's books including her G.A. Aiken 'Dragon' books & this one just rated "Super Corny" in comparison. Just Sayin'!

Really this is a shorter book than all her others & the story line lacked anything more substantial than you would find in an anthology book.

Sara is a small town Texas girl who has been raised by her grandmother who recently died & everyone is happy about that. Her mother and father were killed by the 'Pride' (lion s
Carolyn F.
Just a comment before I even read this book, I wish it were just about 1/2 inch longer on the bottom. I'm just saying.

Fantastic book. I just love Sara, Miki and Angelina. They are so funny and great together.

Sara is a girl who works in a motorcycle shop. She meets Zach at a bar where Miki is the bartender. Angelina has some kind of shop, but they don't really talk about it. Sara gets drunk, some guys try to kill her, Zach saves her and Sara kisses him as thanks. Now he can't get her of his min
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 15, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shifter fans, paranormal romance fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 STARS!!

I started reading Pack Challenge a few hours ago and just finished it now. And I wished that it was longer!!

I felt like it was waayy too short for me to really get into. I always already more than half way through the book when I felt a connection between the characters and even then, I wish I had more to read about Zach and Sara because I felt that their relationship was hurried.

I really liked the friendship between Sara and her best friends. All the girls sound like they have su
Laura Carson
Shelly Laurenston you are a genius!
What to say about this book... I LOVED IT! Between laughing my ass off at Sara & her psychotic friends to falling in love with the sexy alphas, I couldn't put it down.
I'd also like everyone to take a moment for a round of applause. The women in this book had backbone and weren't afraid to show their crazy side and kick some ass! No shrinking violets to go along with these alphas.
There is no way I can stop this series at book one or take a break between bo
*Originally read 3/24/11 - 3/26/11*
*Reread 3/18/12*

Hilarious! I'm so glad I got lured into rereading this series again.

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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

Magnus Pack (4 books)
  • Go Fetch! (Magnus Pack, #2)
  • Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack, #3)
  • When He Was Bad (Magnus Pack, #3.5)
The Mane Event (Pride, #1) Go Fetch! (Magnus Pack, #2) Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5) Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack, #3) The Beast in Him (Pride, #2)

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“Zach - "Yes. And Tigers. And mountain lions. There's an array of shifters."

Sara - "Bunnies?”
“Angelina leaned forward as Sara pulled Miki back to her, "You know what they say about curiosity? That it stabbed the annoying biker girl over and over and over again until she spit up blood.” 85 likes
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