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Fans of Thea Harrison and Nalini Singh won’t want to miss this exciting, funny, and sexy novel in the mega-popular series.

It’s instinct that drives Finn Malone to rescue a bunch of hard battling honey badgers. The Siberian tiger shifter just can’t bear to see his fellow shifters harmed. But no way can Finn have a houseful of honey badgers when he also has two brothers with no patience. Things just go from bad to worse when the badgers rudely ejected from his home turn out to be the only ones who can help him solve a family tragedy. He’s just not sure he can even get back into the badgers’ good graces. Since badgers lack graces of any kind . . .

Mads knows her teammates aren’t about to forgive the cats that were so rude to them, but moody Finn isn’t so bad. And he’s cute! The badger part of her understands Finn’s burning need to avenge his father’s death—after all, vengeance is her favorite pastime. So Mads sets about helping Finn settle his family’s score, which has its perks, since she gets to avoid her own family drama. Besides, fighting side by side with Finn is her kind of fun—especially when she can get in a hot and heavy snuggle with her very own growling, eye-rolling, and utterly irresistible kitty-cat . . .

368 pages, Paperback

First published August 31, 2021

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Shelly Laurenston

45 books7,462 followers
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 out her website at www.gaaiken.com.

Pseudonym G.A. Aiken

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October 18, 2021
3.5 Honey Badgers of books past Stars

I love Shelly Laurenston. I enjoy how funny and crazy her shifter books are. Especially her honey badgers. I loved the first 3 books in this series but even though I liked this one I didn't love it. I wanted more romance. This book was funny and the plot flowed well. I was never bored. I like both Finn and Mads. I felt the book really needed more of them. There was to much side story going on taking away from Mads and the love part of the book. I didn't feel their love and it made me not connect to them as a couple. Now I loved the pride series and I loved the Mackilligans sisters. I enjoyed seeing them in this book but it seemed they were more of a star then Mads. So while I enjoyed reading this book and I loved spending time with past favorites I had to rate it a bit lower because this was suppose to be Mads and Finns book and I felt like they got ripped off.

Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,565 reviews1,244 followers
September 1, 2021
This book was... wildly entertaining!

I know this story is supposed to be about a honey badger named Mads and a fierce tiger named Finn, but... it was about so much more than them! This book had so many people popping in and out, so many perspectives trying to push themselves out there and make themselves heard, so many action scenes that highlighted the madness of everyone that it was hard to ignore everyone else.

At its core, Breaking Badger was about Finn and his brothers wanting to get to the bottom of who murdered their father and looking to the honey badgers for help. However, those badgers don't like to help anyone else but each other. Then there's Mads, who has been terrorized by her family her whole life and we're all wondering when this girl will finally stand up for herself.

I had a whole lot of love for the absolute absurdity that happened in this story. From the crazy and intense action scenes, the hilarity of the banter, the camaraderie between all of the characters, and the slow burn of the romance, I was hooked! The mystery of how the father of the Black Malones is still unsolved and I'm looking forward to seeing what these people do to find their answers.

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Profile Image for Jenn.
668 reviews28 followers
June 13, 2022
OMG. I love this series! I mean, who could not love a series about Honey Badger sifters, right? They are totally badass! Shelly Laurenston has totally been a solid "I want to read" or an "I absolutely NEED to read" author of mine for a while now. She has remained one of my go-to authors for serious paranormal badass female MC with unapologetic badassery and an awesome overarching story arc that continues to entertain and enrapture.

Mads is a half-hyena but all honey badger of Norse roots. She and her honey badger basketball and 'other' teammates are on a mission when it turns drastically sideways. They encounter "The Black Malones" (the brothers to Max'shalf-badger/tiger sister) when on a mission to save shifters from a fighting trafficking ring. The Malones are there on a recon mission for information about the murder of their father many years ago. As the job goes sideways for both parties, the Malones help the Badgers escape from a bad to worse situation their "Group" teammates put them in. When the Honey Badgers make a good will effort with danishes, well, let's say the cranky tiger-shifters are less than receptive, and very badger-type responses ensue.

Again, I love this series. I have adored every second of the McKilligan sisters finding their mates and I am still loving all that comes from Max's teammates. While you could read this book as a stand-alone, you would be far better off if you read the whole of the Honey Badger Chronicles (if not also the Pride or some of it) first as you will miss some context. There is an overarching storying that you will miss some context to. But, I'm an absolute Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken convert, so... take my warnings as you will.

This is not primarily what some would call a "paranormal romance" with fated mates and the overall central storyline centers on the couple. This is more a paranormal story about honey badger shifters, their messed up family dynamics, their exploits as members of an offshoot of "The Group", and other social encounters as well as a story about how their mates came into their orbit. I love all the things about it.

I loved Mads. Her Norse roots on the backdrop of only what had been hinted at of hyena dynamics were great. Mads loved basketball, her formidable grandmother, and her teammates. When all that became skewed, she got uncomfortable, and you never want a honey badger to get uncomfortable.

Finn Malone is a typical cranky, self-absorbed, but highly volatile tiger-shifter male. I don't know what's wrong with me but I love the completely oblivious self-absorbed cat shifters that just wait for everyone to serve them without any compunction of pulling their own weight. Maybe it's because the females that eventually do come along don't put up with a minute of that crap. IDK, I just find it highly entertaining.

Mads and Finn, in the backdrop of crazy shifter and honey badger interactions, find common ground and totally make a, sort of, understanding friendship. But with the crazy of both their species (and family's) let alone the idea of both their species getting along, well that's like courting in its maximum.

Overall, Breaking Badger is highly entertaining, funny, and a wild romantic ride for both very seriously focused Finn and Mads. I love this series. I can't wait for more, I hope we get so many more lines of stories for the rest of the badgers, the Black Malones, and for some hanging around Jean-Louis Parker.

I highly recommend all of Shelly's books for all your paranormal, fantasy series with some romantic aspect reads. Honestly, I've never been let down.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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588 reviews247 followers
May 29, 2021
Look, I'm sorry, but what the hell?

This was the most chaotic, convoluted, weird, bloody (tho I don't mind the bloody) non-romantic book I've ever read!

I'll give it credit for being fast paced and there were moments of "funny." Like the triplets scene. There were also moments of awesomeness. Like Charlie tearing the organs out of the she-tiger.

And the sex, when it happened-- ONCE--at 80%, wasn't bad either.

But the rest of it was a MESS! Now, I've read this author's works before, even enjoyed some of them. But I really don't care to read any more. Maybe not a bad thing, cuz I don't think I'll get any more ARCs approved for her after this review.
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768 reviews2,181 followers
May 20, 2021
As expected it was a lot of fun and hard to put down.....

Full review to come

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.

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2,698 reviews656 followers
June 19, 2021
Another wildly entertaining book in the Honey Badger series! I love how crazy these women are. How bad ass they are. The silly things that come out of their mouth that never fails to make me laugh out loud. I'm starting to wonder if I'm just as crazy as they are. Why else would their crazy make me laugh so much?

If you have read previous series, this feels like we are just continuing on, this one just focuses a bit more on Mads and Finn. You still get the same side characters from previous books, the same crazy antics and loads of laughter. I probably would recommend reading this in order. I think you just get more enjoyment out of these characters as you learn their personalities and what has conspired up to this point.

I think this will be one of those series that I'll never get tired of. I'm looking forward to the next book!
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2,097 reviews314 followers
September 12, 2021
SL is kind of hit and miss for me. She is well known for her absolute madness and insanity when it comes to her characters and the shite they do. It is completely OTT and if I think too much on all of it. I might just change my mind.

What I don't like is the further along a series progresses the less and less time the love interest actually spend time together. Although this was about Mads & Finn (one of the black Malones) it still felt as if it was about the MacKilligan sisters.

The black Malones want to find out who murdered their father but for so long they haven't managed to get anyway. Being saved by Honey Badgers gives them in in for information but they muck it up in a spectacurlar way giving them no choice but to grovel. And so the madness ensues.

It also felt like forever to finish this book. Nevertheless I shall still continue reading this series.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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1,299 reviews701 followers
June 30, 2021

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

I loved this story!

The MacKilligan sisters are back again as secondary characters in this wonderfully written, funny-as-hell, over-the-top story this time featuring Mads Galendotter: One of the members of Max Mackilligan's elusive basketball team/black-ops unit/robbery gang = Family

Every one of the team has part honey badger in them, which means they also have the traits that go with it. Mads just happens to also have part hyena in her as well.

The basketball team/black ops unit is tight.
They bonded in middle school and they've had each other's back ever since.
They are fearless and you do not want to piss these people off or they just might blow your house up, but not before they totally mess with you.

The dynamics of the team are great and once again, hilarious and I can't wait to read each and every one of their stories.

But more importantly, Mads and Finn's story was such a fun, and sexy-as-hell, over-the-top read!
I love how Ms. Laurenston can take a totally dysfunctional family and their "moments", and make their interactions so funny that you don't even realize that you're almost done the book because you've had so much fun getting there.

I love this series, and I'm so glad Ms. Laurenston continued with writing it with these wonderful characters.

Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of reading this book!

"An ARC of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."
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560 reviews37 followers
May 22, 2021
Shelly Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles have joined Martha Wells’ the Murderbot Diaries and Becky Chamber’s Wayfarers series as the books I shove in everyone’s faces given the slightest opening. Are they even romances anymore? I don’t know. Who cares? They have transcended genre and reason and exist on their own plane.

There are always 30 something characters and 56 plots going on in a Honey Badger book and it feels a bit like the Motown Wall of Sound. Either you can’t take the confusion or you become immersed and a wonderful story about found family emerges from the chaos. Laurenston’s world is clannish, chaotic and violent. But amongst the violence (there are gun battles, stabbings, eviscerations, defenestrations, and frequent beat downs – often between siblings), the core characters are building a safer world for themselves. Laurenston shows how the power of one person’s decision to be kind and generous has reverberated through the years and impacted the lives of people she never met. Charlie’s mother chose to take in her ex’s children by other women, Charlie’s half-sisters, setting in motion the series, but also giving the sisters a moral center that shapes their lives. As perpetual outsiders, Charlie, Max and Stevie have are protective of each other, and over the series, extend that protection to the people who are becoming part of their family.

Breaking Badger expands the Honey Badger Chronicles beyond the McKilligan sisters and into Max’s basketball and gun toting back-up squad. Mads is kind of a quiet loner. Neglected and abused by her mother and grandmother, she thinks of the other four honey badgers as her teammates, not friends. But as Finn, her love interest points out, they have moved beyond friends, they are her family.

One of my favorite things Laurenston does in her world is give her characters the gift of being their own weird selves, acknowledging that they are weird and then moving along to more important stuff. Finn and Mads do not look at each other and think about dating, they drift into each other. Neither thinks they are courting, but their friends and family know and repeatedly point it out. Along the way they realize they like each other, and maybe they don’t hate spending time together. And really, who has time to think about dating when there are playoffs to be won, enemies to be defeated, and toxic family to be handled?

The Honey Badger Chronicles also has some great mental health representation. In one of the many side plots, Stevie talks about going off her meds in preparation for a possible future pregnancy (to torment Max, of course). The issue is handled sensibly and compassionately, and also with the trademark yelling in any McKilligan sister conversation.

If you haven’t read Hot and Badgered yet, you need to get on that. Charlie McKilligan is a great character among great characters, and I alternately want to be her, and want to have her as a sister.

I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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2,003 reviews195 followers
October 22, 2021
3.4 Fun times with the shifters. Honey badgers are the most difficult, well till you no them. LOL No they are still difficult. Oh their diet, Blach.
So this was a nice fun little read, nothing too deep, just action with a touch of romance. The narrator was fabulous
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568 reviews13 followers
September 27, 2021
Huh. I finished this and that's all I could think - Huh.

This book was seriously underwhelming - little to no romance, and yes there was action but there was very little plot/storyline to go with it. One of those books where a lot is going on but nothing actually happens.

The biggest flaw this book had was the repetitive, overlong, clunky info dumps - pages and pages of them - several times I had to go back and try to work out where the story left off. This is book 4, the vast majority of readers know this world, why would the author deliver all this information in such a heavy handed manner? A lot of the info just felt like filler.

Then there was the cast of hundreds - this was supposed to be Mads and Finn's story but they hardly got any page time, let alone any connection points to make me think they gave a fig for one another, let alone some how ended up in bed and thus are a couple??????

And the Malone brothers - felt like a re-hash of the Reed Boys, only less tolerant of the world and football mad rather than ice hockey.

Nor was Mads tiny bit of the plot that big of a deal - a sword - and how it is resolved was beyond underwhelming - I felt cheated. If anything this felt like Charlie's book - but I'm even getting a little tired of her character being so invulnerable.

And I was back to questioning the editing - not just because of the overlong info dumps - but at one point Finn goes on and on about being terrified of Van Holtz's wife, and how she wasn't all that stunning but the man loved her - then later in the book he has no idea who Dee Anne is. It was just weird.
Same goes for everyone not being able to tell the Malone brothers apart - Charlie and now Mads have allergies but the rest should be able to smell the difference - it felt like the author couldn't keep her own world building rules straight. But no, tell me one more time how dangerous tigers are but how the black Malones are the worst of the bunch, Ghengis, no before Ghengis - arrrgh, so repetitive and boring.

This lacked the cleverness of previous books, the light handed and deft world building and the easy/amusing rapport b/w all the characters. All this crap about Shay being a dog lover and the coyote - so not funny, on any level.

This reminded me all too much of the re-set crows book - the one that had Tig in it where SL changed all the rules and smothered us in clunky rules and world building.

Starting to believe SL is losing her edge.
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1,596 reviews120 followers
September 11, 2023
I highly recommend this book to anyone that really loves kick-ass women and the men who lust after them.


I can't believe that I just finished this book and I want the next one. It is probably because not all of our questions are answered, so we need the next darn book...as a matter of fact, not all of our questions have been answered from the first three books! Is this some sort of evil test on behalf of the author???

The first three books in this new series have dealt with the MacKilligan sisters (there were only three until a new one showed up, and boy, oh boy, she really does have her father's screwed up genes! You'll see!).

This next part of the series will be about the Malone brothers (Siberian Tigers) and the friends of Max (one of the MacKilligan sisters). Unfortunately, we don't get to see much of the sisters' new lovers, but we do get a very healthy dose of the girls, and I loved that.

This book CAN be read as a stand-alone since it does have a goodly amount of backstory. We have a wonderful mystery, a slow-burning affair, and more with the baking for the neighborhood bears. We also learn a lot about Max's friends and teammates, and wow, they are something. I will admit that while the loves scenes are HOT-there really is only one full-length one. This book, the whole series, has more to do with mysteries and fighting than romance.

*ARC supplied by the publisher (Kensington Books), Shelley Laurenston, and NetGalley. Thank-you.
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1,632 reviews273 followers
May 12, 2022
I absolutely love all of Shelly Laurenston's book! ALL OF THEM! She writes with such humor that I know if I pick up one of her books, i will be seriously entertaint.

Mads is one of the McKilligan's, Max's, "teammates aka friends. She's a honey badger- hyena hybrid. She has the life she wants, she plays pro shifter basketball and raises hell with her other teammates. The only problem in her life is her hyena family. They are complete assholes, and stupid to boot. At least 1/2 the book we deal with their stupidity and the way they underestimate Mads.

Our hero is a tiger, one of the Black Malone's. He's a typical cat, for the most part. He and his brothers are hunting for their father's killer. They find out, after they piss of Max McKilligan, that they need info. Unfortunately only Max's family can help them, since she's the only one in good relation to her badger family (unlike her other half sisters.

It's a lot of fun seeing the tigers spending time with the insane, and insanely funny honey badgers. I can't wait where this whole plot point of taking revenge for the Malone's father takes them.
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2,626 reviews195 followers
July 17, 2021
Fun with a capital F but maybe not the most romantic story from this author. Look I get that a lot of people read these books for the romance but honestly this time it’s so low key it’s almost under the table, out the door and totally invisible. I just do not care ! I found this book to be interesting, fun and occasionally laugh out loud. These characters are amazing and yes sadly, scarily insane. The way these characters interact and support each other is only to be envied. It’s definitely not PC and yes it’s violent but for these characters everything just works. Straddling the lines between paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy as it does this series and this book keep me smiling and coming back for more. Did I want the couple to be more forward ? Yes is my answer but honestly I loved it so I’m resigning myself to just enjoying the ride and for this reader honestly it’s a joy.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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2,449 reviews818 followers
June 21, 2021
Ready for more crazy honey badger antics? With BREAKING BADGER, readers are once again thrust into this chaotic, violent world. Despite all that happens in this book, the story remains quite light-hearted and humorous. You really can’t go into this book taking it seriously because I think you would be disappointed. It really is all about the fun and crazy things that these characters get into that makes this series so great.

For this particular book, there’s a Siberian tiger thrown into the mix, so it definitely will appeal to many readers. There is also a theme of vengeance in this book, so if that tells you anything, you can expect a lot crazy antics in this book. The over-the-top nature of this book has become its most endearing quality. So if you’re ready for a good time, then I’m sure that Shelly Laurensten and her honey badgers will be more than enough to entertain you!
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899 reviews23 followers
September 3, 2021
Loved it! I wasn't a huge fan of book 3, so I went into this with lowered expectations. But, it was great. I think I need to do a whole marathon reread and see if I can't get that book three rating up, maybe...

I felt a little tie in with Call of Crows, so maybe we'll get some crossover and new books in the CoC series? A girl can always hope. I love that series. Bear needs a book. Bear needs a lady. Maybe a honey badger lady. *taps chin with thinking finger* How can we get Bear to NYC...hmmmmm.

*cackles laughing*

PS, Nat is a brat! I wasn't trying to rhyme there, I was just trying not to swear.
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2,061 reviews134 followers
September 17, 2021

Part of me cannot believe I am giving a Shelly Laurenston book two stars again, she's one of my favourite authors but man oh man this was not what I was hoping for.

The book lacks a clear narrative strand that allows the main characters to shine. Also I didn;pt really feel any connection between the MCs.

The banter between the honey badger friends and their antics are entertaining but I did't find myself laughing or as charmed as I have been in previous books.

Going on my never to read again pile, this book has me wary to pick up any new Laurensten books.

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2,201 reviews84 followers
August 31, 2021
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Breaking Badger is a wacky, violent, high-octane thrill ride from beginning to end. It’s chaotic in only a way Shelly Laurenston’s honey badgers can be, in that in any other author’s hands this level of craziness would likely be a mess but Laurenston mostly keeps it together.

Mads is a honey badger/hyena hybrid with some nightmare family members out to get her. Fortunately, she has her beloved sport, basketball, and – since middle school – her honey badger teammates. The five of them work hard and play harder but after landing in the middle of a firefight with some tigers, Mads finds herself often in the path of the Black Malones. Finn Malone and his brothers are determined to find out who killed their father and their best shot at getting information requires some help from the honey badgers. If only his brother hadn’t pissed them off… But Mads seems like one of the more sane badgers so he goes to her for help. What follows is a violent, sometimes disjointed ride with action that almost never stops.

I admit, it took me a while to get into Breaking Badger . I don’t mind violent action scenes but it felt at times like overkill and honestly Mads doesn’t have a whole lot to do for much of this story. She seems like an afterthought in her own book, which is a pity. There’s a lot of potential to her and I felt like some of the things about her past that were hinted at (her relationship with her father, for example) were missed out on. It’s not a good sign that Mads could have been dropped from this book and not all that much would have been lost. Finn is an angry, growly tiger who doesn’t have as much of a personality as I would have hoped for (Mads’s coyote easily stole the show from him). He’s interesting when he’s with Mads and when the two of them are alone they actually start to come alive. I would have loved to see more of their romance but it was skimped on in favor of the action. Around the halfway point the book picks up and there feels like order in the chaos and starting there, I was in for the ride.

Though ostensibly this is a book about Mads and Finn, it really is about the MacKilligan sisters with a dash of Malone family drama and a whole host of cameos from the Pride series. I love the MacKilligans, so I didn’t mind spending more time with Max, Charlie, and Stevie. They’re funny and endearing in their own scary ways and I was highly entertained by them. Breaking Badger is the kind of book it’s hard for me to put a rating on because there are some things I really enjoyed. Even with the issues I had with the plot and lack of romance, Laurenston’s writing is entertaining, unique, and left me looking forward to the next installment of The Honey Badger Chronicles.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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1,572 reviews875 followers
July 7, 2022
Breaking Badger is book four in the Honey Badger Chronicles by Shelly Laurenston and narrated by Charlotte Kane.

I enjoy Laurenston and the funny crazy silly humor she writes.

Breaking Badger was another fun, quirky, and humorous read. It has lots of humorous lines, a slight romance, and lots of crazy fun characters to enjoy, but it’s also a bit chaotic, convoluted, and overwhelming.

This is the first book that doesn’t follow one of the McGilligan sisters. It’s about Mads who is part honey badger and part hyena. She is also Max’s basketball teammate and friend. Finn Malone is a siberian tiger and he and is bothers want to find out who killed their father.

The issues I had with this story is that there where too many side stories going on which took away from the romance of Mads and Finn. I didn’t fully feel their romance. It was lacking; because of everything going on.

I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the characters in the story. The Pride series (spinoff) characters pop up in this one and I love that series, but as I said too many characters made it confusing, overwhelming, and took away from the main couple. I like spending time with previous and past characters, but they shouldn’t be the main topic. I wouldn’t pick this novel up on it’s own. You need to start the series from the beginning. It can be a bit overpowering if you haven’t read Laurenston before.

The Malone family were great, but the storylines for them aren’t completed. We don’t know what happened to their father and we never figured out why someone wanted to kill the brothers and honey badgers.

I did enjoy this novel. It wasn’t my favorite in the series, but still enjoyable. I like revisit this world and Laurenston is one of my go-to authors when I need a laugh.

Narration: Charlotte Kane does a wonderful job with all the voices. There’s a lot of characters in Breaking Badger, yet Kane gives them each their own voice. As always I enjoy listening to Laurenston's work and find that the humor comes out great. I enjoyed the audio and recommend listing.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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1,803 reviews61 followers
October 18, 2021
The MacKilligan honey badgers are back with this book's focus shifting to sister Max's basketball friends, starting with Mads. This is just as funny and the sister and friend dynamic is just as good as the previous books. But...and I really hate to say this but...the plot and pacing are a hot mess, and not in a good way. Everything needed for a good story is far secondary to making a joke or long fight scenes. The jokes are great, but I got tired of moving to a funny or fight scene after another with a rubber band like quality. i.e. Start of a good scene, bounces to several funny but unrelated jokes, back to the plot relevant scene, break for 10 pages of a well-written but mostly unrelated fight scene, back to the plot. Oh, the whiplash. I'm still not even sure why some of the characters from previous books were even in this. The romance was nonexistent, except for a quick sex scene near the end that distracted rather than enhanced the already convoluted plot. I'm a big fan of Laurentson, and I'll definitely read the next book. Yet, this was a big miss for me.
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726 reviews181 followers
September 29, 2021

Enjoyed this one a lot, this whole series is just so fun to read. We get lots of the great humour and crazy situations. And dynamic and interesting characters. Plus lots of time with well loved characters from previous books. My only complaint is that the romance with Mads and Finn was almost like an afterthought, and we don’t get a lot of time spent on their relationship. I love these books, but I’m still a romance reader who wants a little more focus on the couple. Still love the series though and can’t wait for the next book.

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123 reviews
November 20, 2021
4.5 stars and a HOOT!

Shelly Laurenston just keeps knocking this Honey Badger series out. of. the. park. Having settled the 3 sisters to excellent satisfaction she's now turned her pen towards Max's basketball besties. This is Mads's story. Mads is a honey badger/hyena hybrid - and All Viking, All the Time. She has serious family issues (man, those hyenas are assholes!) and her story is about her growth into her own Power (and her own powers, which are pretty terrifying).

There's a substory about the Black Malones, a family of Mongolian Siberian tiger shifters and omg... please, Shelly, PLEASE! Give us the Keane Malone story. Nothing hotter than an amazingly cranky, amazingly Alpha-hot Siberian Tiger shifter. But in this book Laurenston has shifted (ha!) the focus from romance to the mystery of the Malone clan's father - who murdered him? We still don't know - but we're getting closer... and how they get closer is funny AF! - a sort of Where's Waldo trek involving a minor Balkan war, a jewel heist... typical day in a Badger dynasty. Hysterical!

I love that Ms Laurenston loves women. It's so obvious. She LOVES us ALL! These are books about powerful women, all races, creeds, species, types. These badgers, these lionesses, the she-wolves and tigers, the full-human women... all are about as badass as you can be! They own themselves fully (witness Mads's sexual desire for Finn - she's totally upfront about what she wants and gets it. No shame, all game). Laurenston does this in every book she writes and it is just lovely to read. And every single one of these females are brutal in a fight. This makes me SO happy, to see women as lethal, competent, brutal as all get out - knowing it will take a very special kind of male to match up with them and being completely fine with not settling.
And she loves & respects my Marines. Edge Weapons. Firearms. How much more happiness!? Hoo-rah!
This Honey Badger series is best read in order, though Breaking Badger does sort of loop you in but ... trust me, Read In Order.

The sex in this series seems to be declining with each book and I think that is totally okay! When they do get to the deed, it's hot as fire but it isn't the story. Mads and Finn are on their relationship journey, so the sex is not gratuitous, but there are so many other, equally important relationship journeys, too many to list here. Most important, this book is about love of all kinds, erotic, romantic, filial, familial, friends.... love of self. And vengeance. Let's not forget the vengeance.
I have to shout out to my sister who, in that weird 6 Degrees way, turned me on to Shelly Laurenston (via Molly Harper) - Thanks, @Denise Bratschun!
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602 reviews19 followers
September 16, 2021
This book is possibly my favourite of the series so far, especially for the romance which has a slow burn but more focus then the previous books.

I fell in love with Mads instantly, she is so sweet and passionate but more down to earth then most of the Honeybadgers. She seems more of a planner, although she still has that vicious side and combined with Hyena aspect made for a lot of fun moments. Oh and adored the vikings of her history, how she finally stands up to her family and resolution.

Sadly I had a love/hate for Finn he just came across very much a jock type at timeds with some of his comments. Along with the treatment of brothers Dale and Shey, which i didn't care for although it seemed to be fitting with his tiger side so understandable.

My favourite parts were the development of relationship between Finn and Mads, how they stumble on each other and the banter is hilarious! The comfort they find together is so sweet and I loved how they worked as a team, supporting one another to achieve their goas.

Both have a love sport and strength in different areas. Great chemistry and enjoyed their dates, restaurant, flowers and fights side by side. I just loved every scene with them.

Plenty of the rest of the cast return, which is always incredible! Can never get enough of the sisters and I'm really enjoying the team of Honey Badgers, excited to see their stories. I'd also like to see more for the tiger brothers as they grew on me, so hope they might be part of the pairs too.

Overall an entertaining read with lots of action, romance and amazing friendships/found family vibes which is my favourite. Excited to see who will be next 💕

*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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2,647 reviews319 followers
September 6, 2021
This is the 4th installment in the Honey Badger Chronicles series. If you went into this looking for a strong romance, this won't be the paranormal for you. Due to the plot, and so many stories weaving together, Mads and Finn's story didn't shine like the romances in previous books. I think we spent a little too much time focusing on unnecessary things with the McKilligan sisters. We lost a lot of time developing the romance because of that, and so this one fell a little flat for me in comparison.
The plot was fun, and I still had a great time reading this one. I'm a big fan of the series, and still really enjoyed this installment. I just wanted a better chance to see Mads and Finn fall in love.
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1,343 reviews78 followers
September 21, 2021
While this book is no different (fun, crazy, fast paced) from the others in the Honey Badger series, I find myself wishing there was more romance than just non-stop action. I feel like the MacKillgans are still the main focus, when the main characters of this story are supposed to be Mads and Finn.

My favorite from the Honey Badger series is still book 1.
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2,825 reviews479 followers
August 29, 2021
I love Laurenston and her shifter series but this series seems to be losing steam for me. Maybe because we are now on Max's team members for whom I have little interest. I really wish she would have introduced the other Malones in Max's story and then started back with the Jean Louis Parkers. But, it is what it is.

Per usual, we are immediately dropped into a high octane adventure with plenty of action, chaos, and the occasional chuckle. In here we are introduced to Finn Malone and his family. He joins the badger basketball teammates when a sitch goes wrong and he finds himself reluctantly rescuing them. Of course, his rudeness makes them mortal enemies for life but when Mads finds herself falling for him-his rudeness and all-all bets are off.

I honestly feel this story was more a setup for the Malone/Jean-Parker romance that is to come. The storyline felt weak and I couldn't help but feel I had been here before. Regardless, it was a fast easy read that never fails to entertain...especially when the MacKiligansisters get involved.
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2,192 reviews289 followers
June 15, 2021
Love this series and this author a lot but it’s more about the MacKillgans and their found family ties at this point than the romance of Mads and Finn. Violently funny, with alot going on, the romance is more the sprinkle than the cake. But if that’s your jam, you may enjoy this as much as I still did.

Full review to come closer to release date.

**ARC provided for review**
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2,080 reviews91 followers
February 11, 2023
I really enjoyed this! It might have been a little slow to get moving, but that could have been me. I love the characters and enjoy the interactions with other shifter species, because the honey badgers are so different and fun! I liked Mads and Finn's story a lot!

Well narrated by Charlotte Kane.
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1,044 reviews92 followers
September 1, 2021
✦Review: BREAKING BADGER (The Honey Badger Chronicles) by Shelly Laurenston https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bRc
Publication Date: AUGUST 31, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

I enjoyed this wild ride of a story. Granted it had a lot of things going on with a lot of different point of views, but it was fun. Mads and Finn made an unlikely pair, which is a hallmark of this series, I think. The romance itself was more of an afterthought, building super slowly and only became physical once. I am not complaining about that as it was hot. I can’t really explain about the basic storyline of this installment as it had so many different things going on. I am guessing that this was to lead into backstories for future books. As with all Laurenston’s books, it is filled with a ton of snarky humor, wild and crazy action, and the camaraderie that comes from a tight knit group. I can’t wait to get this on audio…I love the banter.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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✦The Honey Badgers Chronicles by Shelly Laurenston✦
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The Honey Badger Series is a spin-off series from Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Series. Here’s the series link and a link to a blog post with some of our favorite quotes.
✦The Pride Series by Shelly Laurenston
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