Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston
Kennsington (April 1, 2012)
Trade: $14; ebook: $11.99
Favorite Lines: “Hi.” When he stood there, not speaking, she tentatively asked, “Is there something you need?”
“A promise. Two, actually.”
“Pretend we never met?”
He smiled and she had to admit–he had a really handsome smile. “No. I just need to know that when we’re done with your crazy scheme, the world will think you broke up with me.”
“To protect my fine reputation?”
“You mean your reputation as a brawler and homicidal maniac? Yeah…not really my concern.”
“But I don’t want Nice Guy Malone thinking I broke his daughter’s heart. Can you promise me that?”
“I can definitely promise you that. And the second?”
“That if you ever see me reaching for a Jell-O shot again, you’ll take me out like you did that goalie in last month’s game against the Utah Sinners.” (p. 128, e-ARC)
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 lone-bear world upside down–and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .
As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. . .
I really don’t have much to say about Bear Meets Girl other than if you like to laugh out loud at outlandish comments and actions it’s the book for you. Shelly Laurenston is a pro at twisting situations and making her readers love the psycho characters she introduces.
Marcella isn’t my favorite character, but I love how she kicks ass even if her legendary quick temper is at times silly. Her polar opposite is Lou. He is laid back and the perfect match for the crazy heroine. You have to know what you’re buying when you get a Laurenston book: paranormal, comedic romance. If you go into this thinking seriously, you’ll be disappointed because the books are meant to make the reader chuckle or outright laugh.
Bear Meets Girl is book seven in Laurenston’s Pride series. It’s not necessary to read the previous books to understand what’s going on, but many of the secondary characters were introduced in prior books, as well as some of the story lines. The only thing that bothered me about this installment is the anti-climatic ending. After everything that happened throughout the story, the bad guys are taken care of so swiftly that I was slightly irritated. That alone knocked my appreciation for the book from a 5 star book to a 4.5 star book.
(A new, human character was introduced and I can’t wait to learn more about her. She is going to be a great new addition to the series and I hope her story comes soon.)