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Pack Challenge

(Magnus Pack #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  17,982 ratings  ·  953 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 attention
Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Samhain Publishing (first published July 4th 2006)
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Katherine None of those characters have their own stories as of yet. I haven't heard anything about her writing stories for them, either.

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✘✘ 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

Yes, this book made as much sense as that picture.

Okay, we have a woman in a small town in Texas (yay, Texas!) who:

is a werewolf who doesn't know she's a werewolf, living in a town of werewolves

was attacked by mountain lions in her youth, so she's scarred

has two best friends who act like 12-yr old girls trying to be badass

works in a motorcycle shop and is surrounded by bikers

listens to German techno music

goes to raves - wearing camos and a cowboy hat.

Ooookay. Of course a pack of werewolves who
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
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"
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
The reader meets the very feisty Sara Morrighan with her girlfriends at a bar, where Zach Sheridan, Beta of the Magnus Pack, has ends up saving her from an attack. Sara has facial and physical scarring from an attack by a Pride that left her parents dead, so Sara has learned to make due with Mr. Right Now rather than hold out hope of some happily ever after.

But there is an attraction between Zach and Sara, and when they become intimate, it begins to reveal things about Sara’s true nature. The mo
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shifters
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
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, nook
Pack Challenge is the book that pretty much began my intense stalkerish behavior of all things Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken. Her books are bloody, snarky, and fun with kickass heroines and alpha heroes who are up to the challenge of holding on to an alpha female.

I love a strong heroine and Sarah is the epitome of that. She’s broken physically but never gives up. She doesn’t wallow in pity over her injuries, the horrific pain she’s constantly in, or even her scarred face. She doesn’t take shit fr
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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4, erotica, shifters
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
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
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
Penny Watson
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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

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
4 stars.
Sexy and captivating paranormal romance. Compulsive reading. Fabulous author.
See my review for this series under book three "Here Kitty, Kitty".
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I've heard good things about her Dragon and Pride series. I'm going to check those out, but I'm definitely going to end my relationship with the Magnus Pack.
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Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

I don’t tend to like to give out 1 or 2 star ratings very often. In fact, I’m more apt to DNF a book before I’ll rate a book that low. While I technically did DNF this book around the 70% mark, there’s no way that I couldn’t give this book a one star. I was so outraged and offended… pretty much deserved it.

First of all, I want to say how excited I was for this series. I thought that it was going to be similar to the Psy-Changeling ser
Carolyn F.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I started out with Laurenston's Pride series and fell in love. I had to read about the Magnus Pack especially with her latest Pride book out "Wolf with Benefits" that brings back a little scene of the Magnus Pack.

"Pack Challenge" is a hysterically funny, incredibly hot, PNR erotica novel. Laurenston is an excellent writer. The dialogue is snappy and realistic for the characters. The plot is smooth and moves at a good pace. I also enjoyed the secondary characters and look forward to their story's
2018 (4th re-read) Absolutely ridiculous…and one of my absolute favorites.
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
*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.

Lyndi W.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Great pacing, laugh out loud funny, insanely hot sex scenes, and some gruesome violence. Loved it.
1.5 very disappointing stars.

I had two thoughts when I finished this book.

1) What did I just read? Surely not my beloved Shelly Laurenston.

2)I'm so glad this wasn't my first Shelly Laurenston book.

I looked up the publishing date of this book and was happy to find it was written three years before the first Pride series book. This was really comforting because holy shit, this book was terrible and I absolutely love her Pride series and The Honey Badger Chronicles. I've read all of them at lea
MrsJoseph *grouchy*

I decided to read Pack Challenge after finishing the anthologies Howl For It and When He was Bad . I found both of Shelly Laurenston's works to be HILARIOUS.

Shelly Laurenston is not a NTM author: I started reading Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken quite a few years ago. I started with Shelly Laurenston's To Challenge A Dragon and I LOVED it. LOVE. So much that when I discovered the updated edition (New title: Dragon Actually and new author: G.A. Aiken), I bo
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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. Aiken's dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check ou ...more

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Magnus Pack (3 books)
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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.” 88 likes
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