I <3 Shelly Laurenston's sense of humor. It is always loud, often crude, and quite often, bordering on the mean side. But I love it :) She is the oI <3 Shelly Laurenston's sense of humor. It is always loud, often crude, and quite often, bordering on the mean side. But I love it :) She is the one author that has always made me laugh out loud, though I understand why she is not for everyone. The other thing about Laurenston that I love are her heroines; always strong, often sexually savvy, smart and tough as nails. Those are the trademarks of a Shelly Laurenston book and that's why they are always reread them, even if I don't always love the stories.
The Mane Event is actually two stories. A Christmas Pride is about Mace (lion shifter) who just got out of the Navy and now is determined to find the human girl, Dez, who stole his heart twenty years ago and make her his forever. In Shaw's Tail, Brendon Shaw (lion) has to convince Ronnie (wolf) that he is the mate for her despite her fear of being caged in by commitment.
These are two short stories that are anorexic on plot and heavy on the sex. So for someone who considers herself a plot junkie, what made these story work for me was the over the top humor and very likeable main characters. Don't get me wrong, there is a plot but it's just an excuse to get to the next smut scene. There is sequel bait all over the place but it still works.
If you like demure, polite heroines, then this is not the book (and probably not the author for you). If you are looking for intricate world building and plot, then this is not for you, either. If you like sassy heroines, lots of sex and laugh out loud zingers, then give this book and author a try. This author has never failed to entertain me. Highly rec'd as a light, sexy beach read....more
Bo is a huge, bad-ass part polar bear, part lion hockey player with a personality disorder (he hates everyone) & Blayne is a part wolf, part dog sBo is a huge, bad-ass part polar bear, part lion hockey player with a personality disorder (he hates everyone) & Blayne is a part wolf, part dog spaztastic plumber who needs to stay away from any sugar, caffeine or stimulant.
The thing is...Shelly Laurenston rocks. This book is no different. Only Laurenston could make a really annoying spaz & antisocial ass into a readable heroine and hero. The humor is earthy and fun with a hint of mean and the sex (as always) is hot.
The Pride books don't have to be read in order, but it does help especially since there is a background thread about illegal fights going through most of the books.
If you are looking for something sweet and romantic and tender, then Laurenston is not the author for you, but if you are looking for earthy fun and raunchy humor - this is the ticket....more
Reread. Now I'm giving this book a (very) generous four stars. This is actually one of my favorite scifi series and I actually have a dead tree book dReread. Now I'm giving this book a (very) generous four stars. This is actually one of my favorite scifi series and I actually have a dead tree book dating back to '93 and it wasn't bought used either. *Wow. I just totally dated myself haven't I?* So at least one star is for reminding me of my misspent youth, but I still think this is a worthy read.
Carrie is a psychic human colonist in the planet of Keiss which is has been invaded by icky lizardy aliens called the Valtegeans. The humans have lived under occupation for over a decade with no real sign of relief despite a very active underground, guerrilla rebellion. In a life or death moment, Carrie bonds with another mind and it sets up a chain of events that will either liberate Keiss or destroy it.
Turning Point is an easy if somewhat uneven read. The beginning is especially disorienting but once Carrie recovers from the original ordeal that caused her to bond with Kusac (our feline hero), the story gets rolling in a much more linear if at times somewhat abrupt pace.
In case it wasn't clear, this a 'soft' scifi with a heavy dose of romance and (especially as the series progresses) a liberal splash of erotic kink. Nowadays that is nothing new, but back in the early 90s this was pretty freaking cutting edge. I actually think that Lisanne Norman was just way ahead of the game and had she published this series ten years later, she would have been a huge hit in the scifi/paranormal romance genre.
There is no sex in this story. All of it is basically PG-13 action with a focus on the adventure action part instead of smexing good times. I can't help but wish that Norman would go back and flesh this first book out more because there are definite parts that could use more exposition while others could be cut because they don't move the story along. Having also recently reread the second book in the series, I wonder if it wasn't actually one story that Norman was asked to break into two books. Book 2 is definitely a different beast all together when compared to the simplicity of the this book.
I enjoyed my reread and the rollicking (furry kink) adventure does make it easier to be more forgiving of the choppy pace because it sets the foundation for a promising scifi universe. Just go into the series with the knowledge that at times it does feel a bit dated and quaint and you won't be disappointed.
PS. Be aware that if you like this series, have the all the books handy because Norman does love a cliffhanger....more
This story is why I love historicals. Funny, interesting characters and just a fun read. If you are looking for a deep, meaningful love story that youThis story is why I love historicals. Funny, interesting characters and just a fun read. If you are looking for a deep, meaningful love story that you will shed a tear over every time you think about it...this isn't it. But if you want a fun read with non-cookie cutter H/h that you can reread... then this is the book for you....more