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Beast Behaving Badly (Pride #5)

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Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can't get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he's shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as ...more
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Published May 25th 2010 by Brava
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 bear-cat sexiness Stars


“Stop!” Bo put his hands over his ears and gaped down at her. “Good God, woman. Hit the brakes on the freight train that is your mouth.”

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“You’re an asshole!” “You don’t even know me.” “On the ice. You’re an asshole on the ice. And now everyone wants to be assholes! That’s expected now!” She rolled closer. “And because I’m not an asshole, I’m suffering! Your fault!”

Beast Behaving Badly is the 5th book in the Pride series and it is awesomely hilarious. I really
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Crazy stars

Blayne Thorpe is a wolfdog, one of the most unstable shifter breeds, she is also way too nice for her derby team. When it seems like she won't be playing in their bouts because of being too polite she gets Bo Novikov, one of the hardest hockey player in the shifter leagues, to train her.

Bo Novikov, a lion-polar bear hybrid, was fascinated with Blayne Thorpe from the first moment he laid eyes on her ten years ago but she run away from him screaming. Ten years later he isn't about to
I think this one was my favorite of the series, thus far. Mostly because I “got” Blayne. I like shiny things, I would totally wear bunny rabbit ear muffs and sparkly red ice skates, I’m the peacekeeper just like her and hate seeing people being rude- but don’t mistake us for wimps because I’ll claw your eyes out if you try to hurt someone I love… just like her.

In Blayne’s story we find her hunting down Bo Novikov, ruthless #1 hockey player extraordinaire. Having locked eyes with him long ago, sh
Blayne Thorpe is a spirited wolf dog whose thoughts and actions run a hundred miles a minute. She has caught the interest of Bo Novikov, the seven feet, 400 lb shifter and notorious hockey player who has a reputation of being just plain mean. Blayne decides Bo needs a life and to be happy, this is the opening that Bo needs to convince Blayne he wants her to be happy. Danger lurks in the background though as hybrid shifters are being kidnapped and tortured to fight in the pits until their death, ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Ally rated it it was amazing
Love it / Hate it

hate it

Just kidding. No real hate, but who doesn't love a meme involving The Queen? I really need to start using more of these! Ok, seriously, loved it. There were just parts of Blaine's personality and Bo's, for that matter, that made me cray.

Setting / Time / Genre: Current, around abouts

Series: oh yes

Sexy times: Puleez. You know it. Sign says "do not read if you can't handle various euphemisms for naughty bits"

Plan on reading more by the author: I'm not even gonna dignify that one
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I got this as soon as I could as I love Shelly Laurenstons Pack and Pride books, and once again I wasn’t disappointed. Like all of her books this one is ripe with dangerously crazy females and the most adorably arrogant men.

This book carries on from the “Mane Squeeze” and features Blayne Thorpe (a wolf-dog) and Bo “The Marauder” Novikov (polar-lion). The relationship that blooms between these two is funny, and they definitely come under the heading “opposites attract”, with Blayne being a carefr
I have no real review. But I am giving this book five stars because :

1) I felt great after I read it
2) I wanted to read another book JUST LIKE IT when it was over
3) I laughed a LOT while I read it
4) I wanted to be these characters' friends
5) I went back and read parts of it again right after I finished it

I don't think I've read a bad Shelly Laurenston book yet. She just does it for me.
Yes, I’m on a Pride ride lately, and since books 3 and 4 were sooo good, I went straight with this one. And it was exactly what I needed in the middle of an intense work trip. The heroine was Blayne, the crazy but smart wolfdog that I loved in the previous book. The story had very few scenes, very mild by these series standards, but the love story among such different hero and heroine was such a blast, I was smiling all the way till the end. Loved the secondary characters, the dialogs, the way t ...more
(PNR Book Lover Reviews),
Mar 15, 2014 (PNR Book Lover Reviews), rated it it was amazing
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OH Wow this Was damn Good!! i love this series!!
and i couldnt wait to read Blayne and Bo's story!!
And it Lived up to what i thought and more!! It was so good!!
Even tho the WowZah Scenes were limited it didnt bother me at all, I laughed so much threw this one!! I can not wait for Dee ann and Ric!!!

Re Read Was AMAZING!!! I Loved it so much more the 2nd time around!! So funny :)

RE READ Was Brilliant!!! Loved it the 3rd time :)
Jan 08, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this book was amazing. I loved Bo and Blayne - so comical and so right for each other. Now I absolutely cannot wait until Ric and Dee's story comes out!!

Blayne and Bo had met briefly 10 years ago, when Bo had spotted her and she freaked out and ran off. Bo has never forgotten her, nor she him. Blayne was freaked out when she saw Bo again, after all those years thinking he was a serial killer trying to get to her. Bo (a lion polar bear mix breed) known for being The Maurader in the wi
Feb 02, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
This is book number five in Shelly Laurenston's Pride Series and it is fabulous!
Warning!! The characters in this book take some getting used too, they are extreme and take on quite a few characteristics of their shifter animal. If you have not read any books in this series before, I advise you to do so before reading this one, as the world and the characters are special, you really need the full picture from start to finish.

Blayne Thorpe and Bo Novikov met 10 years ago, the end result had a 17 y
Mar 05, 2011 ~V~ rated it it was amazing I gave this book 5 stars because I LOVE SL's Pride series and this one was a great addition to the rest!...I've always loved Blayne, the little wolf-dog has always been hilarious and it was fun to see her end up w/ someone so great. Bo...I LOVED!!! ....a Polar bear-lion who plays hockey..too funny!...and throw in his OCD w/ neatness and lists and time...what's not to love!? This book had SL's signiture "sassy and crassy" humor, which is so much fun and will have you laughing out loud! I ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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Omg!! How much do I love this book and the whole freakin series...Seriously, the realtionship between Blayne(who I love in the other books and have been waiting for her story) and Bo was super cute and just like how well they went together even both have serious crazy issues going on. If you haven't read this series yet you MUST-it is so LOL funny!!
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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Ivy Deluca
Oct 18, 2015 Ivy Deluca rated it it was amazing
Bo Novikov and Blayne Thorpe are examples of characters that balance each other out through their dysfunctions. She's completely flaky and he's pretty much an a-hole. They aren't everyone's cup of tea, and that's exactly why I like them. In the end, they help each other grow while keeping true to their core character traits.

When I started reading Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken's books, frankly I was surprised that I enjoyed them, since her stories can be formulaic, but I found myself tearing throu
Many labels have been given to Bo Novikov, most unrepeatable in public, but everyone agrees that Bo is the best player in the shifter Hockey League. His lack of people skills and strict training regimen though might be the reason Blayne Thorpe runs away in terror when he first meets her but ten years later he gets another shot.

Blayne Thrope may be a hybrid wolf dog but that doesn't mean she has to act like one. Always optimistic and always perky Blayne believes a stranger is just a friend she h
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: May 25, 2010 (March 4, 2013 Reissue?)
Publisher: Kensington
Imprint: Brava
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Pride Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Casual Public Nudity, Quirky Heroine Crossing the Line Into Obnoxious
Favorite Tropes: Opposites Attract, Heroine Con
Amanda P
This was the first book that I have read my Shelly Laurenston, I had seen this series floating around on Amazon and Goodreads but had never taken the plunge. So when I saw this book pop up on Net Galley I thought I’d give it a whirl. I knew I was picking it up on book five but it looked like it could be read as a standalone. Where I was not incorrect in that, it can be read standalone, I would recommend that you read it as a part of the series. I say this not because it really follows a series t ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Stina rated it it was ok
So .. Am I the only one who wanted to punch Blayne ? For the love of god that character was kind of retarded and seriously annoying. I mean .. if u hit poles and have a memory like a goldfish .. thats not cute, its actually really sad. Other than that she just seemed dumb and ignorant.And yes , the part where she goes off to chase a squirrel in the middle of a conversation just illustrates it( in "The Mane Squeeze")

Well Bo .. as far as I read the book .. was nice. But unfortunately it was REALL
Really... This was just such a weird read... I don't even know where to beguin. I will admit this book was way better than the previous one... still I think that after the first 3 books the series just changed in a way I don't approve of. While I found those 3 first books funny and different from everything else out there, I found this last 2 too predictable and not as funny. I will even admit I missed the dogs a bit, lol. I think my problem was with Gwen and Blaney, I just never really liked th ...more
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Jun 22, 2010 Smokinhotbooks K.C. rated it really liked it
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What happens when you combing hokey, a 7 foot tall sexy shifter - part polar bear, part wolf - and a goofy dog named Blayne Thorpe. You get a happy KC of course. You are guaranteed to crack a smile when reading any book written by Shelly Laurenston. And this one is by far her funniest yet.

In this 5th installment of her Pride series, we meet goofy, wolf-dog, Blayne that is being courted by scary, Pride hokey player Bo Novikov. She might have run screaming in the other direct
Jun 09, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
It's Shelly Laurenston so it's a fun read. You laugh during it and feel good at the end. Throw in a good plot, fun characters, and a sloppy ADHD heroine and an OCD ice-hockey superstar hero and what more could you ask for?

It's the second bear book - we met Blayne as the heroine's best friend in The Mane Squeeze. DeeAnn and Ulric's non-relationship continues to heat up. The Smith pack and the Kudnezov pack have bit parts.

This author [and her alter-ego G. A. Aiken:] are on my "must have" list...

I was laughing by page 4 of this book, and by the middle of it, my husband was staring at me because I was laughing so hard tears came out of my eyes. This is officially my #1 favorite series now. It's a paranormal romance series set in modern day New York City, and I can't rave about it enough.

This particular installment in the series features wolfdog Blayne Thorpe, who is scatterbrained in the extreme and loved by everyone, getting together with Bo Novikov, a famous polarbear/lion hybrid shif
Mar 03, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
Blayne and Bo's story is one of my favorites-- as I was buying it I noticed a few so-so reviews about the chemistry between them, but I think that's what makes the story unique. It's not your typical shifter romance-- you've got one huge, serious kick ass hockey player and a hyper emotional kick ass wolfdog-- I loved their progress from strangers to friends to lovers. They may be weird, but they both have heart:) This is a great read if you love your shifter romance with humor and wit.
Aug 14, 2016 Ciera rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this!!!! Yet again Im reading books out of order, but Im glad this was the first one i picked up! This is the type of chemistry and couple that i love in a book. Blayne and Bo are amazing together and i loved every interaction/conversation they had. What really got me about this plot was the whole idea of the two main characters having completely opposite personalities. Blayne was a bit scatter brained, funny, energetic, and pretty much carefree. Bo, having a reputation as one o ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another white washed cover, but a wonderful book. The cover girl really should be black.
Dec 28, 2015 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Once again I found myself in the throes of a serious book funk, so I pulled out a secret weapon - one of my unread Shelly Laurenston books. Seriously, she should use this as a marketing ploy because it works like a charm for me every single time. Laurenston's brand of humor and snark will snap me out of even the worst book funk. I'm going to cry when the day comes that I have no more unread Shelly Laurenston books in my arsenal.

Beast Behaving Badly may just be my favorite of the Pride Series. Th
Jan 21, 2015 DemetraP rated it it was amazing
This book is on my keeper shelf. I've re-read it so many times I've memorized parts of it. It's an opposites attract story. Bo is overly precise, very neat and organized, and plans his schedule down to the minute. Blayne is messy, forgets things constantly, has an overstuffed backpack where she can't find anything, and talks all the time. Bo is the strong and silent type.

It was funny how they were both shifter hybrids and she kept complimenting his beast's attributes.

I just love this book. It's
To my surprise, this book really worked for me. I didn't read the others in the series, because after Hunting Season I wasn't convinced Laurenstons writing style was a good fit for me. So I kept postponing reading the first book in this series, but wasn't entirely ready to drop it completely, since decent shifter books aren't that easy to find.

Somehow I ended up reading the sample of this one somewhere last week, and found myself hooked, because it was so deliciously funny.

It's a very quirky and
Oct 22, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
And another re-read 22/10/12 just cause I needed to read a good book :)

I decided to do a re-read cause the next book Big Bad Beast is in the mail from Book Depository.

I loved this book, it is #5 in the series and this time it is bears and wolfdog hybrids. Bo Novikov, the bear/lion hockey player everyone wants on their team because he is so mean and Blayne Thorpe, the wolf/wilddog derby player who is too nice because if she lets go people end up dead.

There is a plot by humans to capture hybrids f
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Pride (9 books)
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  • Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)
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