Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review - Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Pride #8
Kensington Books
Publication Date:  June 30, 2015 (first published 2013)
Date Read:  June , 2015


There’s nothing like a good-ol’-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…
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I went into this book blindly.  Yes, I decided that it was a good idea to jump into a well established series on book number 8.  I knew that this was going to be a book about a werewolf (I figured that one out from the title) but that was about the extent of my knowledge.  Believe it or not, everything actually turned out okay and I didn't feel too lost.  I did find that there were a whole lot of characters to try to keep straight that I would guess long time readers of the series already know and love. 

Toni is the oldest in a family with 11 children and she is the only one of her siblings who is not a prodigy.  Toni's family of jackals is spending the summer in New York.  Toni's role in the family is that of caretaker.  She is able to manage all 10 of her difficult siblings which is quite the task.  Her path crosses with the wolf across the street, Ricky Lee, very early in the story.

Ricky Lee is a werewolf who seems to keep finding himself in the position to help Toni out of various situations.  He works in security and when things get dangerous, he takes it upon himself to keep Toni and her family safe.  Ricky has tons of southern charm and an easy going attitude.  Toni's difficult family doesn't even seem to faze this werewolf.

This book was filled with colorful characters.  Ricky Lee was simply fantastic.  He was just so lovable and funny and he brought a spark of excitement to every scene he was a part of.  Toni was likeable and could handle her family's needs brilliantly but she seemed to panic with every problem not related to her family.  Toni's family added a unique twist to the story and I thought they were fun most of the time.  I just loved Bo from the hockey team.  He was probably the most difficult member of the team but Toni was able to deal with him quite easily since he reminded her of her siblings.  Toni's friend, Livy, was just plain awesome.

I liked this book but I didn't love it.  The romance between Toni and Ricky Lee was rather predictable and I felt that the chemistry between the pair was lacking.  I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it kept its focus on Toni and Ricky Lee but there was so many other things going on that it was hard to keep up at times.  As I already mentioned, this book had a lot of characters to keep up with which took away from the flow of the story for me.

There were a lot of really strong points in this book.  I loved the humor in the story.  I really liked that the plot took a few turns that were completely unexpected.  The final third of the book just flew by for me because it just full of excitement.  I found that I really enjoyed this author's style of writing. 

I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance.  I do think that I will have to check out this series from the beginning because there were a lot of things that I liked.  I am willing to bet that regular readers of this series will find this book quite enjoyable.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 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 and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at www.gaaiken.com.


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