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When He Was Bad (Magnus Pack #3.5)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  6,400 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
Two of paranormal romance's bestselling authors combine their extraordinary talents and set the pages on fire with an after-dark anthology featuring Alpha males so hot, so wild, and so bad, they may just be the best you've ever had... Shelly Laurenston Miss Congeniality

It's those damn stockings that get me every time. They have this sexy little line down the back and I can
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2008)
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Apr 29, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology contains 2 stories with one point in common: the hero is a shifter and the heroine is human. Surprisingly, I enjoyed both stories - a rare event when it comes to anthologies.

I'm not going to write a plot summary of any of the stories because the book description is pretty accurate. Plus, these are short stories and there isn't much more I could add without revealing the whole tale.

Miss Congeniality by Shelly Laurenston (4 stars)
I was ready to ditch SL's book for good because I did
Surprisingly, I actually liked the Laurenston story. I didn't like another book of hers I tried awhile ago but I found this one funny. I work with a lot of smart, socially inept people so the heroine amused me. I didn't particularly like either of the leads but they were funny.

The Cynthia Eden story was okay, I liked her Midnight series better.
Brilliant, duo story collection from the wonderful Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden.
Miss Congeniality
I have been hanging out to read the almost prequel story of Van Holtz and his mate.
Based in eighties, but at no stage did I feel like I was immersed in the time, this story was hilarious. The characters, like all of Shelly's books are totally original and I just lap them up.
Even though it was a short, I didn't feel like I missed out on anything or that it was rushed. It was just a fantastic, s
Paige  Bookdragon

Review for "Miss Congeniality":

I enjoyed the short story. I love the fact that the heroine is a tight up lady who knows how to put the hero in his place and the additional bonus that the hero is so much fun to read. The chemistry between the two is obvious and I laughed out loud to some scenes in the book.

4 stars

Review for "Wicked Ways" :

Although the heroine and the hero is usually my cup of tea, I was a bit bored later in the story. I'm not sure why my focus just went haywire but it's not as go
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
This book contained two short stories combined into one book by two different authors. The first in the book was a somewhat continuation of the Magnus Pack series. It was actually like a prequel, as it went back to the 80's and told how Doctor Conridge and Niles Van Holtz met. I loved Van Holtz. He was charming, sexy, and determined. The good Dr. was just okay for me. She seemed a little Miki-ish, but where I really liked Miki, Conridge lacked in.....personality,....ummm, maybe more social skill ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
May 20, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
OK, it's really more like 3.75 stars...
This book includes two stories. A very funny story written by Laurenston back in the 80s and a new one by Eden. If you don't or can't remember the 80s, Laurenston's story might not be as funny, but I did enjoy it. It is, however, more romance than erotica.

Miss Congeniality by Laurenston
Irene is a prodigy biophysicist. She considers her greatest asset to be her brain and everything else in her life is just what she does to use that brain. She is socially ine
Carolyn F.
Miss Congeniality by Shelly Laurenston. Loved, loved, this story. Irene is a professor at a college Van Holtz is a wealthy contributor to who has been attracted to her for 7 years, for no good reason. He saves her one night and in order for her not to be executed "marks" her thinking, he'll just let her go on her way. She's a clueless academic who says what she thinks, so it's all extremely funny. There's this part where she meets his uncles and aunts and they ask her to play Risk. She tells the ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Miss Congenaility by Shelly Laurenston

These are a few quotes I liked, there are many many great lines but there are the ones I remembered to hightlight!

She's odd because she's brilliant." He motioned to the exit where the female had disappeared." At this moment, she's dicusiing things you and I could never even comprehend."


"I absolutely could create a lightsaber

"You could not create a lightsaber."

"I could too. It's all a science."

"I thought being a Jedi was mystical?"

Irene snorted "Mystical,
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I picked this one up purely for Shelly Laurenston's tale, Miss Congeniality -Irene's story whom we met in Go Fetch!. In some ways she can be compared to Miki in that book but she is different in one particular aspect: Irene is clinical, analytical and insanely logical in the way she approached everything, even sex!

Science is Irene Conridge's whole life and she has difficulty in understanding emotion and social interactions. She's very much like Dr. Temperance Brennan in the TV show, Bones. She
Katrina Passick Lumsden
If I were to rate the Laurenston book on its own, it might get two stars. I generally enjoy Laurenston's writing, even when I don't care much for the characters. In Miss Congeniality, once again the hero is the saving grace. I knew of Van, of course, from Laurenston's other books, but reading about him younger made me understand him a bit better. Irene, however, was so frigid and set in her ways that she just bored me.

Unfortunately, the Cynthia Eden story deserves nothing more than to be set on
Two stories in this book...

Miss Congeniality by Shelly Laurenston~ 5 Stars!
I loved this story! Shelly Laurenston makes shifter lovin sexy and fun. We have a classic tale of opposites attract here.

Professor Irene Conridge PhD is well, Sheldon, from "The Big Bang Theory". A child prodigy, brutally honest, unemotional, scientific to a fault, mean as hell and socially retarded. It's hard to imagine Sheldon as a female, but it can be done :) Enter Niles Van Holtz, an arrogant, womanizing, sexy, soon
Jun 23, 2010 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifters
I only read Shelly Laurenston's stroy here.

I liked it a lot better than the rest of the Magus Pack serious. Yeesh, those other heroines were annoying.

The heroine here was suppose to be a bitch too ... but she came across more "intensely academic" and insecure, which allowed me to understand why she was socially inappropriate most of the time.

I want to read Jackie and Paul's story (supporting characters in this book) - now that seems like an entertaining short story. What we know is that she fin
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review is only for Miss Cogeniality
I've read that short story twice, you'd think I'd eventually get to Cynthia Eden's story, right?

Even though this is Magnus Pack 4, it really takes place in the past. We met Irene Conridge and Niles Van Holtz in Go Fetch!, where they were already married, mated and had kids. But this is how it all started.

She was a bit like Miki in a way, except even more awkward around people, and I liked that Niles had been circling her for years, never making a move.

Apr 23, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
One great read, Shelly Laurenston's Miss Congeniality, and one good read. Cynthia Eden's Wicked Ways.

Miss Congeniality stars Irene Conridge and Niles Van Holtz who were introduced in her screamingly funny Go Fetch. No, you don't HAVE to have read it before Miss Congeniality - but if you've read Go Fetch you will definitely WANT to. It's the story of Irene [no people skills and frighteningly intellectual:], and the Alpha shifter who is everything she's not [physical, wealthy, and charming:]. And
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Dec) Miss Congeniality: 4* I read this years ago - one of my first SL stories I think. I loved it then and loved it now! Irene is a typical SL heroine - cold, bitchy, funny without realizing it. Van was funny, sexy, clueless and just a lot of fun. Not her best story, I still found this one enjoyable and like to go back and reread it every so often. I liked it wsa well when Irene and her family appear in Miki and Conal's story.

Wicked Ways: 3* I think this is the first (and one of only a couple o
Jenny Callahan
Aug 23, 2013 Jenny Callahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for Miss Congeniality
DNF Wicked Ways

I LOVED getting the whole story behind Irene and Niles. They were great together! Irene is your typical socially awkward brilliant child prodigy. She is far to cerebral and in her own head to have developed any social skills. She finally met her match in Niles, he cannot compete with her intelligence, but he is the ying to her yang and breaks through her icy exterior and proves there is more to life than work. I especially enjoyed the epilogue which f
Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
I enjoyed finding out about the doc and Van, plus I loved the 80's flashbacks!!
*It might contain spoiler. Read at your own risk.*

I find that with teacher being the main character, there're lots of thing to learn. Now, with Irene...considered yourself lucky, for she has tons of twisted way to teach.

1) How to tell people you are extremely good in games?
"I don't think you want to do that."
"I don't?"
"You don't. Perhaps Monopoly or Life."
"Are you afraid?"
"No. But I have incredible luck with dice and I am ruthless. You will lose, gentlemen. I will destroy your lands, take your
May 11, 2011 Wai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an anthology of two books. The first is Miss Congeniality by Shelly Laurenston and the second is Wicked Ways by Cynthia Eden.

Miss Congeniality is the fourth and final book in the Magnus Pack series and is the reason I bought this book. However, that said, it has nothing to do with Magnus Pack, but in actual fact deals with Irene Conridge and Niles van Holtz first met in Mika's story in Go Fetch. Given that we already know about Mika and how Professor Conridge terrifies her, we can e
Kathy Davie
A two-story anthology about male shifters and the human females for whom they hunger.

"Miss Congeniality" (Magnus Pack, 3.5)

The Stories
Shelly Laurenston's "Miss Congeniality" is a look back into the past where we discover how Professor Irene Conridge, PhD, meets Niles Van Holtz, womanizing werewolf. This is just too cute! Niles is just too intrigued with the doc. Her haughty, cold ways. The constant efforts to freeze him out. And he wants her. And he gets her. In a way. When he rescues her
Nov 10, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Congeniality - Shelly Laurenston

I knew this novella would be awesome and it totally was!

Irene Conridge was a hoot. Her mind is brilliant. She's always concocting things not many people would ever even think of. She is basically the female version of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. She is a pure genius. To the point where she has no idea about emotions and the social norm. She was almost like robotic but It was so part of her charm and seeing how Niles Van Holtz changed her in so many and
Aug 28, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed both stories in this book, although both required some deliberate suspension of disbelief. Not because of the shapeshifters--I love fantasy and am perfectly willing to buy into the existence of supernatural beings. In the first story, even though the heroine was supposed to be a super-scientist, a few of the things she did seemed impossible, even for a genius with a brain the size of Mt. Everest. Impossible or poor solutions for such a brilliant character. I also had trouble believing ...more
Riverina Romantics
3.5 Stars - Only read the Miss Congeniality story.

I started this book in the usual Shelly Laurenston fashion - absolutely loving it, but by the end it fell a little bit flat for me.

It had Shelly's fabulous sarcastic humour that I have grown accustomed to, but the ending wasn't detailed enough for me. Miraculously Irene had the ability to blown up part of a defence base whilst being guarded...but you get no detail on how it was done.
Also, personal pet peeve - Irene had no interest in planning he
Totally loved these two stories. In fact I adore these two authors as well. My only complaint would be that I wish they were longer.

Shelly Laurenston's story had me laughing out loud. Which made my husband look at me strangely. lol This was a quick sexy and humorous story. Niles and Irene were so different from each other that they were perfect for each other. I was bummed when the story ended.

Cynthia Eden's story was awesome and made me hunger for more. I feel in love with Cain right away. Thi
Actually 3.75

Miss Congeniality - Shelley Laurenston - 7/25 - 4
This short opens with Irene Coleridge & Niles Van Holtz courtship front and center. Niles had already mentioned their 'cute' meet and while the backstory was more in depth than Niles' throwaway line I felt the same about the couple. I still liked him and didn't warm toward her though I did enjoy the quirkiness of both characters and they made me laugh a few times.

Wicked Ways - Cynthia Eden 7/25 - 3.5
Miranda just isn't having a gr
N.L. Riviezzo
5 stars for Laurenston's contribution as it was very entertaining. I liked that she went back to characters introduced in Go Fetch! and shared how they had met 20 years prior to the events in Go Fetch!

2 stars for Eden's contribution as it was too short and choppy to get much out of it. Too many holes in everything. I wanted more from it.
4 stars for Shelly Laurenston's story. 1 star for Cynthia Eden's.

Why 1 star? I will attempt to write my review in a way to express why:

Torture. The pain. Sentences. Why so many? Pauses. Choppy. Melodramatic. Drive me insane. Madness. Crazy. You make me. Cream. Milking. Bleh.
Zineb Serhani
"Miss Congeniality"

This was one of those books that make you throw your head back laughing oblivious to your surroundings!! I enjoyed the chemistry between Van and Irene and their banter. all in all this was a thrilling,sexy, and hilarious read.
Feb 19, 2013 Madhellena rated it it was amazing
I don't normally write reviews, but Miss Congeniality is THE BEST shifter story I have read so far.
I loved loved it! The characters are amazing, the story is great and I re-read it every time I'm in a black mood.
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“Are you afraid?" Volker questioned while sitting at the table and getting comfortable.
"No. But I have incredible luck with dice and I am ruthless. You will lose, gentlemen. I will destroy your lands, take your women, ravish your men, and make your children my slave labor. I will own every castle, house, and farm that is within my reach. I won't be satisfied until I own all of it and you. I will destroy you all, gentlemen, and, to be quite blunt, I don't think you can handle it."
Van covered his mouth to keep from laughing out loud and he didn't dare look at his sister. Verner stepped back, motioning to the table. "Now I must insist."
"As you wish." Irene sighed and stood. She glanced at Van and gave him a quick wink before turning back to his uncle. "I do hope you're a 'sobber,' Mr. Van Holtz. Nothing I love more than the lamenting of the men I annihilate."

"I can't believe you made him cry."
"I did not. He just teared up a little."
"Yeah. I think it was when you told him, 'I now control your ports and own your manhood.'"
"His wife laughed.”
“Before Van realized it, he was walking her back toward her stairs. He didn't stop kissing her, he wouldn't. The last thing he wanted was for her to change her mind. He managed to get her to the upstairs hallway before she pulled her mouth away. "What are you doing?" she panted out.
"Taking you to your bed."
"Forget it."
And Van, if he were a crying man, would be sobbing. Until uptight Irene Conridge added, "The wall. Use the Wall.”
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