Shelley Laurenston is my Favourite writer of all time!! After a small brake reading other authors I read this book. I laughed out loud on a plane! Cried and just enjoyed this book SO much! I so wish she could write as fast as I can read her brilliant creations. But I guess genius masterpieces take time! If you want love and laugher surrounded by extremely dysfunctional animal families, mobsters, Russians, claws and friends that drive you crazy, this is the book for you. Not soppy or porno, but a hole heap of love and laughter. If I could make six stars I would. :)
Love Livy's snarky attitude, though sometimes the girl-power, punch everyone in the face (from all the female characters) can be a little random and overwhelming. Still, I enjoyed the story and the main characters!
Shelly Laurenston has to be my number one favourite author, I cant get enough of her books. loved BITE ME. Laughed out loud. couldn't put it down. would recommend this book to anyone who loves a strong woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and a sexy man who would do anything for her.
Just a real pity no more books have been written in this entertaining series. A really interesting read but once again there is so much going on in this book that a review can only skim the surface. Russian mobsters, Russian wolf packs, Honey Badger thieves and forgers, debts owed and repayed. We met Livy in the previous book, she is the best friend of Antonella. Olivia (Livy) is a honey badger from a big crime family but she works as a photographer. She has no time for people fools or idiots and prefers her own company. When she finds her father murdered and stuffed it starts a chain reaction that goes half way around the world. Vic is a bounty hunter, of sorts, he is also ex CIA and was also in the previous book. He and Livy formed a friendship in that book and in this book that evolves into a lot more. These two are so alike in there dislike of crowds and they meshed so well, it was lovely. Loved his parents, quirky people and his interactions with Novikov were so funny. Another slow build up relationship which I enjoyed, sometimes this insta mate thing gets boring. I cannot go into all that happens but we once again have some of the other characters we know from this series in this book plus we get to meet Livy’s VERY dysfunctional family. Hate the BPC for knowing and protecting Whitlan due to Chumakov. They knew what was going on which allowed Livy to get badly hurt. I was also very surprised and disappointed in Niles and the Groups actions, or NON actions, in relation to Whitlan. Just loved Dee-Ann scaring the s**t out of Niles for that fact. Really glad Whitlan got his just deserts and loved that it was Eggie who did it. Justice has been served and it was even better that Great Aunt Li Li took out Chumakov, No Mess, No Fuss. This can be read as a standalone but you will have more enjoyment if you have read the rest of the series.
“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” – George Carlin Poor Livy. Being a honey badger shifter is really the pits sometimes. Let’s take her father’s funeral.
“So how did it go?
“Fistfight on the casket. Poisonous snakes in the backyard. My father’s ex-girlfriend head-butted by my mother… The usual really.”
Wow. Growing up in a family known for being enemies to … well … everyone, isn’t actually all that easy. Especially when you have no interest in learning the finer skills of pickpocketing at age three or how to best break in to a safe, steal the swag and get away clean by the time you are a preteen. Huh. Livy isn’t interested in the family business of breaking every local, state, federal and international robbery law on the books – she just wants to be a photographer. And she is a really good one at that. But family business rears its ugly head, no matter how carefully Livy tries to stay away. And her father’s death will lead to a return to the family business, will she or nil she. Thank goodness she has good friends to back her up. And, believe it or not, her family as well. Of course, when her old friend Vic, a bear-tiger hybrid, shows up along with his friend and sometimes business partner Shen, the giant panda, things get even stickier.
Livy: “Your feline is showing.” Vic: “Because you’re not being rational and there’s an eight-foot four-hundred-pound whiny baby over there begging me to claw the holy s*** out of him.”
Polar Bear Hockey Player (and aforementioned whiney baby): “You are Rude!”
Livy has no interest in a ‘relationship’ with anyone – especially when said hybrid makes her insides feel funny. But sometimes what we want and what we need are very different. And having a mammoth sized hybrid on her side turns out to be rather a good thing after all.
I read the first two of Shelly Laurenston’s “Pride” series quite some time ago and remember liking them, and finding them rather funny. “Bite Me” is sooo much more! I laughed so hard all through the book I had tears running down my face. The story is great, but the characters make the book. From Tennessee hillbillies (and proud of it) to savants in everything from art to music to science, Shelly takes what could be cliché characters and make them so much more. There is tremendous humor here, but also depth – the love of family and friends, the sacrifices friends are willing to make, and a lot about love and duty, greed and egotism – and the best way to break into an unbreakable vault, of course.
Yes, the first ones were OK but Book Nine? Priceless! It is now on my “to be read immediately when feeling sad” shelf. And I am going to go back and read the rest as well. The first two were more of the typical ‘paranormal romance’ with some humor thrown in – lots of sex and not as much story. This one? LOTS of story, lots of laughs, and a tiny bit of very well-done sex – lagniappe rather than main course!
Highly recommended. Have fun! Oh, and please note. Just because Shelly’s wonderful cover artists couldn’t figure out the best way to make Vic look sexy in his hybrid form, (he really is quite terrifying in his shifted form! All. That. FUR!!) and put that gorgeous tiger on the cover instead, doesn’t mean that Shelly doesn’t respect her friends, the hybrid shifters!