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The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
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Aug 25, 2010

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A playful escape with a lot of hot sex scenes, but don’t expect much in the way of plot, relationship development, and romance.

This book has two short stories which are similar. The guy is a lion shifter. He smells a woman and knows she is his mate for life. He is obsessed with being with her, touching her, and having sex. The woman doesn’t want a relationship, but she is unable to resist him sexually. The second story was a little better than the first.


Mace and Dez (Desiree) were best friends in high school until Dez moved away. Mace spent 14 years in the Navy, and now comes back to town for Dez. He has loved her the entire time and his only goal is to make her his. Dez was in the marines and is now a NY City cop. She is sexually drawn to Mace, but she doesn’t want any commitment or talk of love. Mace is a lion shape shifter. Dez is human. Their entire relationship seems to be about sex. He is touching her, petting her and having sex with her pretty much throughout the story. And when he is not, he is thinking about it.

When the story begins, Dez does not know shifters exist. Mace’s best buddy from the Navy is a wolf shifter. Hyena shifters cause problems for the lion shifters. There are also other lion shifters causing problems for Mace’s family (his pride). Someone kills Mace’s brother. Mace’s sister doesn’t think Dez is good enough for Mace.

I wanted more plot development and more relationship development. I was tired of hearing how turned on Mace was and how much he wanted Dez. I don’t recommend spending money on this, but it might be ok from the library for those hungry for shape shifter books. The best parts were probably the sex scenes which were pretty hot.

Story length: 223 pages. Number of sex scenes: 10. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 31.



Brendan Shaw is a lion shape shifter. He was beaten and almost killed by other shifters when some friends rescued him. He was taken to a hospital. None of his lion relatives were able or willing to stay with him, so someone asked Ronnie to stay while he was in the hospital. Ronnie is a wolf shifter. When Brendan smells Ronnie, he can’t resist her. He’s never been drawn to anyone like this before. Ronnie only wants short term dating and fears commitment. A second story is about Brendan’s brother Mitch who keeps disappearing and never tells Brendan what’s going on. There is some time spent with the families of Brendan and Ronnie.

Most of the story seems to be about Brendan being obsessed with Ronnie and wanting sex all the time. There wasn’t much story or plot. Something about Mitch is revealed toward the end but his mystery is told and not shown. For a lot of hot sex scenes, this was pretty good, but I prefer more plot, character, and relationship development, and maybe a little more in the dialogue area.

Story length: 195 pages. Number of sex scenes: 8. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 25.

Story length: 418 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 18. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 56. Setting: current day New York City area. Copyright: 2007 and 2009. Genre: erotic paranormal romance.
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im awesome lol i liked how you actually counted the number of sex scenes

Jane Stewart lol - thanks Zolene :)

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