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Bear Meets Girl

(Pride #7)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  12,027 ratings  ·  695 reviews
He's big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He's also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that's turning Crush's
Paperback, 407 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Brava (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maria There hasn't been a book about Brian and Rivka, so you haven't missed anything.

While it's been a while I do believe that 'Bite Me' released in 2014. …more
There hasn't been a book about Brian and Rivka, so you haven't missed anything.

While it's been a while I do believe that 'Bite Me' released in 2014. Since then Shelly has released the' Call of Crow' books in our usual 'Pride' slot in March. Her next related release will be 27th of March, 2018 with 'Hot and Badgered', which will start up the spin-off 'The Honey Badgers'.(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 pretend boyfriend Stars

Ok I'm gonna keep this one short. This book just didn't really do it for me. I don't think it was a bad read, but it was a slower read and I didn't really connect with the main characters. Both Crush and Cella felt flat and one dimensional. I didn't really feel their relationship, what little one they had, and there was a serious lack of romance in this book. They seemed to dislike and or annoy each other almost the whole book. They didn't really hang around each other
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, re-reads
Books by Shelly Laurenston are guaranteed fast-paced fun, filled with interesting and entertaining characters and funny dialogues.

Bear Meets Girl is my absolute favorite in her Pride series. I've lost track how often I've re-read this book.

It's hard to explain why I like Shelly Laurenstons bears the most, especially Crush and Novikov. Crush is a reasonable, and easygoing guy. A polar bear by nature, and a very strait-laced cop that enjoys his quiet life outside of work. He definitely doesn't wa
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it

This is a fun, fast and funny book. This whole series is like that, though; full of fun and great banter.

Lou Crushek is an undercover cop when he gets transferred from NYPD to the shifter division. Crush’s cover has been blown by his former foster mother Peg, who conveniently runs BCP. Crush hates change. It makes him cranky.

Cella is the loud-mouthed KZS operative who also plays professional hockey for the Carnivores. They call her “Bare Knuckles Malone”
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Cella “Bare Knuckles” Malone, the heroine in Bear Meets Girl, is the only girl team member of the shifter only pro hockey team The Carnivores. She also is one valued member of KZS the Cat Shifter agency who protects their own what with her mad sniper skillz and all. Recruited to a fringe task force to catch the people hunting down shifters in the previous entry to this series, along with human cop Dez Macdermitt (The Mane Event) and frenemy Dee-Ann Smith (Big Bad Beast)- crazy and sneaky wolf sh ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I don't have the words to say how much I adore this series. This book still remains my fave so far. For readers who started this journey with the Magnus Pack series can vouch for the world building, and addition of memorable characters. The stand out for this series has always been the humor of it all. I've read this book at least half a dozen times, and it still makes me bust a gut every time. I can hear the characters in my head, and they are fucking hilarious. Marcella "Bare
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Audio July 2018: I simply adored this one all over again. The audio was so much fun. The narrator did a great job on the voices. I'm so glad I deiced to try out the audiobooks. This is one of my favorite series to re-visit. It's light, quirky, and fun. Just easy to devour and get away from the world. Recommend reading and listening to the Pride series.

~ 5 Bear Meets Girl Stars ~

Bear Meets Girl is book seven in the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. I love the cover for this one.

Lou "Crush"
Marta Cox
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I love paranormal stories and this author writes an amazing dragon shifter series but for me her more contemporary shifter series is a bit hit and miss I'm afraid. Filled with larger than life characters who truly take no prisoners these laugh out loud stories are just something I have to be in the right frame of mind for if honest.
This book starts with the authors typical shock tactics as it's instantly apparent that Cella is going to be a nightmare to deal with. She's loud, she's brash and sh
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Posted on Under the Covers

Shelly Laurenston brings readers another fun-filled, outrageously funny and sexy book to add to the Pride series. BEAR MEETS GIRL is the seventh book in this series and it follows Marcella “Cella” Malone, a spirited feline shifter who is a pro hockey player for the Carnivores and is a protective agent the KZS. This means she will fight you bare-knuckled in and out of the ice ring. Hilarious antics ensue when Cella wakes up after a night of too many drinks in Lou “Crus
Mimi Smith
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
3.5 stars

A typical Shelly Laurenston with lots of humour, tough, unique shifters and sexy scenes. I loved coming back and seeing old characters, like Bo, Blayne, Dee-Ann and the like. The plot was pretty well developed, but, the ending was, at best abrupt. So my only complaints were:

1)I felt there wasn't enough H/h time and getting to know each other. Other plots and the mystery plus the hockey took too much pages, so they fell too fast for me to REALLY believe.
2)The cover. I don't like it, even
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

The one thing you’re guaranteed to get with any Shelly Laurenston book is a ton of humor centered around many different character interactions. I look forward to revisiting all the series characters with any new book as well as getting to know how our new leads will fit into this crazy world. BEAR MEETS GIRL gives us Cella Malone, a psycho, aggressive, playful at times, feline whose great loves in life are her daughter, her position as enforcer on the hoc
Lou Crushek is an easy going man, even if he looks like a drug dealer or could kill you on the spot in the blink of an eye. The one thing he values the most is his job as an undercover cop, but that is a thing of the past as he is transferred to another department and has him sparring with the one woman he hoped never to see again, Marcella Malone. Waking up next to her naked body was freakishly out of character for Crush, but he was willing to go with the flow until she opened her mouth and sta ...more
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

This book was hysterical. Lou "Crush" Crushek reminded me a lot of Novikov, but with more personality and more tolerant of other people. But not by much. Marcella "Bare Knuckles" Malone aka Cella is like Dee-Ann, but as a cat she loves to toy with people and annoy them and boy can torture Crush. He's so uptight that she's able to needle him every time she's around him.

I loved the dynamics of the Malone Pride and the growing friends and family to this really fun series
Al George
Look, it had it's moments, really. It did.

eye roll

It just was not as good as the others in the series. Now, I know I have been listening to these books back to back, which really usually kills a series, but even then, I think this book would have been an ok. It was mildly entertaining. It was distracting. I got a lot of chores done. It kept me busy on a couple of longish drives. But over all, compared to the others. Meh.

Eye roll to the series for losing it's steam. Lordie, let the next one be better.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and grinned the entire way through this book. It's funny from the start to the end. I love the way the tigress kept the polar on the edge. Great book! Definitely want to read the others in the series. ...more
Lady Lioness
March 2-3, 2014: See last year's review. Fanboy Crush is awesomesauce.

March 25, 2013 I LOVE this book. I will never get tired of Crush geeking out. Never ever.

March 19, 2012

Okay, so my best friend (a former Borders merchandising/inventory supervisor) is now a receiver at Barnes & Noble. And you know what Barnes & Noble does different from Borders? Fewer strict on sale dates. And that is why I got this book in my hot little paws eight days before I thought it was coming out.

I'm still riding on
Shelly Laurenston is one of my absolute favorite paranormal romance authors - her snarky humor and fun take on predatory shifters who are sometimes whiny, often cranky and over-entitled is always entertaining to read. However, 'Bear Meets Girl' wasn't quite as funny IMO as previous books in the 'Pride' series.

While I really did enjoy this book, I felt it just didn't have enough of that spark of snide wit that make Laurenston's books so special. Also, even though I've read (and re-read!) the prev
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans/Pride series readers
Grade: B- (between 3.5 and 4 stars)...The first half was missing sexual tension, Laurenston's brand of humor, and the characters weren't as interesting as previous h/H's. The second half was much better...funny, hot hand-cuff cop role-playing scene (HOT!!!), interesting new characters (Will the car thief get a book?), and a very nice ending. ...more
Every time I pick up a Shelly Laurenston, I know I’m going to laugh. I am so in love with her world of arrogant, over the top shifters. They delight in violent behavior and irritating others. They have no shame and are completely at home in their lust. Really, what’s not to love? Especially when you throw in a large dose of immature humor. ;)

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it quite as much as I have some of the other ones in the series since Cella is friends with Dee-Ann, th
Finally, Crush had to ask, "Who are you?"
"If I wasn't still hungover, I'd give you my most sultry smile and tell you 'your dream come to life'. But, eh. I'm just too tired to bother and, honestly, does one have to really put in that much effort for a bear?"
"Are you always this insulting?"
"Insulting? This is me being nice."

2019 3rd re-read Cella and Crush…an odd, but very enjoyable pair. Usually I like these couples equally, but I have to say I liked Cella more. Not that there's anything wrong wi
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Reading a Shelly Laurenston novel is always a hoot. I’m beyond addicted to her Pride series. She has every type of shift changing animal in these books from lions, tigers and bears (oh my). I never thought I would enjoy a romance featuring a bear shifting hockey loving, anal retentive cop and a over the top spunky, hockey playing tiger chick who loves to drive said cop wild. Shelly’s latest release, Bear Meets Girl is beyond wacky, so much so you may get whiplash from the overabundance of charac ...more
I ADORE Crush. I don't know if it's the whole thing where he's often mistaken for a crazed meth dealer, a badass biker, or what, but I got such a kick out of how such an easygoing, upstanding guy could tangle with the worst if needed and come out on top.

Plus, he went all fanboy on his favorite hockey players and I just couldn't resist him after that.

On the other end of the spectrum is Cella. She likes to talk with her fists more often than not and she sends poor Crush into a tailspin whenever sh
I enjoyed this book, I really did, it was full of favorite characters and general craziness and I loved Crush, he was such a bear and the complete opposite of Cella. The book introduced some very interesting characters Sophie, Callahans, Cell's friends etc

The only complaint I have is that the ending was too abrupt and the romance was hardly given space, it seemed like an afterthought. These two don't even share a kiss till more than half of the book.

But beyond that I loved the book as an ensembl
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favorite stories in this series. I love Crush and Cella and the humor. A really terrific read!
This series makes me laugh every single time and I adore it. Oh those so logical bears! I absolutely loved every minute of Crush and Novikov's interactions. It is true only these two and their absurd logic could manage to become friends. Crush was just such a doll. I loved how truly honorable he was about things. He takes his position as a cop seriously. I smiled at every attempt of Cella's to needle him. Their "pretend boyfriend" routine could have easily bugged me as a overdone trope, but it w ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I'm just going to write one review for every single book in this series. It will work because it's essentially the same book written nine different ways.

When I read the prequel to this series, Howl For It, I thought to myself, Well, this could be interesting. I really liked reading about Darla and Eggie. The backwoods redneck theme made me a bit leery, but Laurenston wrote the characters with such unapologetic frankness that I found myself liking even the loudest, brashest southerners i
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: April 2014
Buddy read with Jo

Favorite Quote:
“I guess I should tell you ... I’m in love with you.”
“Pretend in love with me?”
“No, smart-ass. Really, seriously, madly in love with you. Borderline desperate but with enough personal fortitude to keep it under control.”
“Oh. Okay.” They fell silent again, Crush glad he’d gotten that off his chest. But it was when he looked over his shoulder to see if he could figure out which doorway led to the men’s bathroom that he felt Cella Malone suddenly
Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, I'm going to say right up front that I view my reading of Shelly Laurenston as a necessity. I use her humour to help me cope with on-going health issues. Being able to KNOW that I can pick up one of her books--even one that I haven't read before--and be promised a laughfest is very important on days when I am having a lot of pain. And Shelly's books really ARE funny. I mean, come on, a wolf-wild dog hybrid (of the human persuasion) who uses the fact that she is slightly insane (in a good way ...more
Been there, read that. As much as I love Shelly Laurenston and her style of writing, I'm getting bored with this series.

Only two more books before it ends... Should I even be thinking that? The Pride books follow an ever-increasing group of crazy shifters - lions, wolves, bears, tigers, and all the hybrids in between. They're hicks from the Deep South, city slickers from NYC, they love hockey and roller derby and small and large little animals. Family arguments are par for the course, and beati
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I think this is my favorite book yet from the Pride stories. It combined humour, suspense, and silliness in a really enjoyable mixture that just 'worked'. I really liked the main characters, Crush and Cella and it was fun to see so many characters from previous books working together.

One thing I liked in this book was, although there was obviously a budding romance between the two main characters, there wasn't a focus on their sexual attraction like there is in a lot of the ot
D.B. Reynolds
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover not withstanding, this is a good story of opposites attracting. Crushek in particular is a great character, and although Marcella as his tiger love interest is less likeable, and probably not quite sane, they go well together.
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