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Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward "accidentally" bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she's come since high school. Back then, Jess's gangly limbs and bruised heart turn to jelly any time Smitty's "all the better to ravish you with" body came near her. So, some things haven't changed. Except now Jess is a success on he ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Brava (first published 2008)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Hillbilly Stars


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“This is serious. I won’t get between you and your family.” “You’re not, darlin’. This is what one friend
does for another. And we’re friends. Just like me and Mace.” She gave him a wicked little smile. “You fuck Mace too?” “Only when he’s feeling needy.”

The Beast in Him is the 2nd book in the Pride series and it is just as funny as the first book. Shelly Laurenston has a Knack for writing hilarious stories with realistic, fun loving characters. After meeting Smitty i
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shelly Laurenston fans, people who love humor in the story, shapeshifter fans
Note : I hope this review is not like you read Discovery Channel or National Geographic, or promotion for a new Zoo in the town.. *smirk*

My first thought when reading Shelly Laurenston' s book...


Seems there's no normal character in her books. Both men or women, shifter or not, children or adult, they're crazy and insane in their own way... :))

BTW, in this book, meet new shifter in the town!
The African Wild Dog!!

For further information, look at Wikipedia :P.
Jessie Ann Ward grew up an orphan in the small town in Alabama that was ruled/run by the Smith family. They are a pack of wolf shifters who have a reputation for protecting family at all costs. Jessie has been mercilessly picked on by all the female wolves, especially Sissy Mae Smith a female Alpha. Jessie is considered weak she is a wild dog shifter who has no pack. Jessie has always been in love with youngest brother Bobby Ray Smith and he always looked out for her and intervened when the bull ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I had such an amazing time reading this story. I'm getting to love this series more and more with every book. This book is a full length, so in it you get to know the couple much more than in the first 2 stories from book 1. But we still have plenty of that amazing sense of humor this author has. I swear I love her, she makes me laugh so hard that many times I have to stop reading to be able to stop laughing like an ass.

In this installment we get to read about Bobby Ray (Smitty) Smith.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr-shapeshifter
After reading The Mane Event, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. And, once I did I was so disappointed. While The Mane Event had laugh out dialogue and larger than life characters, The Beast in Him had confusing dialogue and annoying characters.

The dialogue and narrative were so chaotic at times that I kept checking to see if perhaps my book was defective. Often the dialogue was used to explain what was happening and it jumped around so much that I had to go back and reread certain p
Jessa Ann, the heroine of the Beast in Him, makes this book as far as I'm concerned, rising from her relative bottom of the pack status to alpha female without changing her core personality one iota. (GEEKS RULE! Shewolves drool!) Although it takes most of the book for her alpha wolf shifting destined to be her mate Smitty to finally realize it.

Ok, I'll admit,These books are little too over the top to be pick of the litter for me, as it were, but what the heck- they do make me laugh from time to
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
What happens when a wolf and an african wild dog fall in love??
All sorts of awesomeness!!!

Bobby Ray Smith is a wolf, and not just any wolf, he is now the Alpha of the New York Smiths. Bobby Ray, Smitty for his friends, has managed to suppress his wild and feral side, something not easy since it seems to run in the gene pool. There is one person who always brings the edge to the front, one person which can rattle him and always had. Little Jessie Ann Ward. The one woman who made Smitty run, not b
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
This review was updated on A Weebish Book Blog as part of my TBT Review feature. Review publishes on 10/05/2017.

When I pick up a Pride novel, I know I’ll enjoy every minute I spend with Laurenston’s furry characters. THE BEAST IN HIM tells the story of Bobbie Ray and “the one that got away”, Jessica Ward. While I wouldn’t consider their story my favorite of the series, it features some of my favorite characters—the wild dogs! The wild dogs are some of the smallest of the shifters, but what they
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

When Bobby Ray Smith aka "Smitty" left home for the Navy, he left someone behind. A young wild dog shifter named Jessie Ann. Jessie Ann, how had the distinction of being Bobby Ray's sister, Sissy's, favorite punching bag. In fact most girls in town targeted Jessie Ann. Because female wolves did that, but mostly because she was a wild down in a town full of wolves.

Sixteen years later, Bobby Ray is working a job with his partner, Mace, only to discover that Jessie Ann is not only t
Ivy Deluca
**UPDATE** Revisited this with the audiobook, since I've already re-read this a few times. Charlotte Kane does a great job with the narration and I would consider this the real start of the series, since the first book is more of a two novellas packaged together.

The Good, The Bad and Everything in Between
What I love about this book, which I think is the best in the series (although not my absolute fave) is that there's good humor, solid family relationships that are not easy and predicated on d
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
I woke up early this morning to finish this book. Now, I love to sleep, so that should be a hint as to how much I enjoyed this book.
Jessica has waited twelve years to get back at Bobby Ray Smith for rejecting her kiss before he left town to join the Navy...and boy was it worth it!! As one of Bobby Ray's friends said "...she shot your ass down like a jet over enemy territory." I snorted my way through this book. Between the shifter jokes (there are dogs, wolves, and lions...oh my) and the redneck
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: March 2013
Buddy read with Jo
It was even funnier the 2nd time around!

1st read: November 2012
Buddy read with Maru
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
What a FUN and sexy story. Why did it take me years to read this????

I started with this book (skipped bk 1 since two novellas) and listened to it - amazing narrator.

Highly recommend
Soooooo, I was in a random store the other day and ran across a copy of Bite Me so I bought it.

Read it asap and had a BLAST. It started to make me wonder: Why hadn't I finshed reading the other books in this series? I know I love Shelly Laurenston and I've read a shitton of her work. I've read several other books in this universe but not this series. I went rambling in my SABLE library and realized I owned books 1-7... Why no read? (Besides my FI,LO policy y'all!!)

So I started reading Pride. Kn
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bark at the moon


Seriously, the entire time I listened to this book and read it (hello Whispersync), I kept hearing Ozzy belting out:
Those that the beast is looking for
Listen in awe and you'll hear him
Bark at the moon
Hey yeah, bark at the moon

Go figure.

Setting / Time / Genre: Current. Mostly New York

Series: Second in the series.

Sexy times: Hot, hotty, hotterson.

Plan on reading more by the author: Uh huh. I'm obsessed!

Synopsis: So this is the story of Smitty, hot wolf man, and Jess, hot wild
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Audio May 2018: I enjoyed the audiobook. I liked Smitty's slow draw talking. It felt like the character I had read. No issues on this one. It was good!

~ 4 The Beast In Him Stars ~

The Beast In Him is book two in the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. I absolutely love this series. It’s the perfect book to get you out of a slump. This one was a re-read and I loved it all over again.

Ms. Laurenston did it again. We get a fantastic cast of characters and a ton of humor. The author does a great job
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
DNF @ 30%

This was just so chaotic and campy...and I'm just not in the mood for it right now.

I also don't like how Smitty seems to expect Jess to get over his sister physically abusing her as a teenager...I get that it's all some weird pack mentality, but I've read some weird pack books and...not cool.

It got such great reviews from my friends though, so maybe I will try and revisit it later...
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love love Loved IT!!

All i can is is Fried Chicken and Cherry Cobler!!!

I love this series!!
Coyora Dokusho
Read 2 times


suuuuuper funny! and adorable!


I love Jess Ward and her wild dog pack with my whole entire heart.

Added one star... because I LOVE it now
Sam (AMNReader)
The book is completely fine. We just don't click KWIM? DNF @17%
9/3 - Why are all the shifter women so CRAZY? Constantly attacking each other, tearing each other apart (literally and metaphorically) - it makes it hard to like any of them except Jessi(ca)e Ann (for unexplained reasons dogs don't get violent with each other or other species like the wolves, hyenas, bears, lions, and all the other shifter species in Laurenston's supernatural world). I can't stand Smitty's sister Sissy Mae and can't imagine enjoying her story, if there is one. She, and Ronnie Le ...more
Colliding Worlds
Die Charaktere dieser Reihe haben alle einen kompletten Dachschaden. Wirklich alle. Aber es ist so witzig und unterhaltsam, dass man sie einfach alle zusammen knuddeln möchte. Sie stechen dadurch heraus, sind nicht so wie andere Paranormal Romance-Figuren und erhalten Wiedererkennungswert. Auch die Strukturen der verschiedenen Familien mag ich sehr. Oft ist es eine seltsame Art von Hassliebe, die für viele Lacher und Wärme sorgt.
Angenehm ist es auch, dass Smitty und Jessie Ann sich bereits von f
This one was very nice ^^

- I liked the hero since book one but here he was funny, and I liked him more ^^, and I loved the heroine she was funny and quirky and geeky and I so wanna be in her Pack XD

- I liked how the heroine pulled herself from being the weird awkward girl to being an alpha of her own pack and a multimillionaire company owner XD

- I liked how since they were kids she was so special to him, I know he was a big reason in here that she was bullied but it was obvious his affections we
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
This story didn't start off too well for me. First, a she-dog...SMH...? Second, our male character is gone for 16 years, I was not feeling the plot of this story. But, I hung in there. Why? Because, any story with an alpha female and I'm all in. So, I put aside all the various shifters element, and just focused on a boy and girl becoming a couple. That's when I let the story take root.

I really liked The Mane Event, but the snarky animal banter in this tale was hilarious. I usually give best line
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Laurenston continues to deliver that humor that sucked me in with the first book. I have to admit that I was skeptical with Bobby Ray having his own story but I was happy with how it turned out. I liked Jessie Ann's character alot. I felt so bad that she had been bullied for so long. She was the true underdog.

Bobby Ray was first introduced in the Mane Event as Mace's partner. He's now in NYC running a security company that was hired by Jessie Ann. The two share a history from childhood. S
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pr-uf
Laurenston is just magic.

Bobby Ray and Jess grew up together. His sisters bullied her. Now he’s out of the military, and she’s no longer a nerd. Bobby Ray decides to go get his girl.

Not gonna lie, y’all. He is one of the funniest and goofiest heroes ever. Some of his lines killed me. I liked smart, sassy, Jessie. But stupid goofy Bobby Ray has my heart.

Under the Covers Book Blog
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Smitty! Ohh Smitty! I'll start this review by staking my claim on Smitty, he is still my favorite wolf in this series! So, everyone, gets your paws off of him.

We first meet Smitty in The Mane Event. In the first story he was just that hot military type, laid back, gorgeous guy with the sexy southern drawl, who just moved and talked smooth and slow. He is also Mace's best buddy and together they've opened up a shifter security firm in New York. Smitty, of the Smith Pack from Tennessee, brought s

Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life


Get ready, ‘cause yep, this will be another rave review for another book in this series and I will warn you… Every single book in this series deserves one! They are THAT good!

This time around we get to see Smitty, Alpha of the New York pack, find his Happily Ever After with Jessie Ann, the girl he left behind 16 years ago when he joined the Navy. She was just this scrawny Wild-Dog Shifter back then who he kept having
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it

Laurenston continues to deliver humor and heat both, with her sexy shifter series

Beast in Him is a great follow-on to Laurenston's The Mane Event (Pride, Book 1), it's fun combination of humor and spicy romance with an abundance of sexy Alpha shifters both male and female.

We met 'Smitty' Bobby Ray Smith, werewolf and former Navy SEAL, who was both buddy and business partner to Lionshifter Mace the lead in the last book. Smitty is sexy confident and cocky about his skills with women, he hasn't h
Lady Allison
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first full length Pride book & it featured our lovable wolf Smitty - or Bobby Ray Smith as the Tennessee pack know him. I loved Smitty! I think his whole character can be summed up in an excerpt of his conversation is Jessie Ann (I mean, JESS-I-CA) Ward, the wild dog he could never forget & who drove him mad pretending she didn't remember him.

"Your exact words were: 'I challenge you, Bobby Ray Smith, to get me back into your life.'"
"I never said that."
"That's what I heard."
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“Do you think I’m pretty?”
Smitty glanced away from the computer screen he’d been staring at for the last three hours, looked at his sister, and shook his head. “No.”
“What do ya mean no?”
“You asked. Sorry if you didn’t like the answer. I always thought you were funny lookin’. Asked momma, ‘What is that thing laying in your bed?’ And she said, ‘I found it hiding under a car, you be nice to it now.”
“Smitty gave his best pout. “Why are y’all trying to hurt me?”
“Because it’s fun?”
“It’s easy.”
“I love it when you cry.”
Smitty sighed. “Forget I asked.”
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