Early Review: Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
Wolf with Benefits
Series: Pride #8
Genre: paranormal /urban fantasy /romance
Publication date: March 26th 2013 by Brava
Shelly Laurenston, New York Times bestselling author and a star in the paranormal romance genre, comes the eighth book is the successful Pride series, that blends outrageous humor and sexy shapeshifters to create irresistible heroes that readers fall in love with.
Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?
Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…
Once again, Shelly Laurenston does a great job. Wolf with Benefits has been on my to-be-read list for a very long time now. A while aback I have discovered Laurenston’s Magnus series and after that Pride, which was fine and dandy because I have read all the books continuously. Then starting with book 5 and up to Wolf with Benefits, the wait for the book has been really, really long. No, seriously. Decades. Centuries could have passed. Oh well, I am exaggerating, but really Laurenston’s books are that good.
Wolf with Benefits resolves around a Ricky Lee Reed from the Smith Pack and Ronnie Lee Reed’s brother, and a completely unexpected set of characters. It took me some time actually to remember the connection between all the books. Now, for those of you who have read Magnus and the last book in that series, When He Was Bad, you will (hopefully) remember Irene Conridge (yup the genius!) and her little friend Jackie. Jackie now has her own family, is still great friends with Irene, and has a bunch of kids. Good and bad! Her own little geniuses, and others not so much. But let me tell you, this bunch will have you LOL-ing at least half the book. As for the other half? Well, there’s Novikov, Blayne, Dee, Jess, and some really great new characters.
What I love most about this book is that it had me laughing so hard I was on the verge of tears most of the time. The various storylines throughout the book are at times hard to follow, but really more intriguing than anything I have read in a long time. As always, Laurenston packs a punch to your gut and you have to sit back and watch the show. Or in this case, read it, and let your imagination do the story and characters their justice.
“Are you my daddy?” had me by my neck and didn’t let up until Toni allowed Ricky Lee to turn her life upside down. I believe those two are the perfect match, don’t think there would have been a pair more fun, and yet completely capable of protecting themselves and those around them at any given time. Their actions, dialogue and personal characteristics, which I found most amusing, are a part of a romantic story that is quite genuine and original. But the perfect characters do not a book make. The action and humour packed storyline and complicated subplots, familiar characters and the incredible array of new introduced characters and species which opens up the possibilities to further stories, are the reason why Wolf with Benefits is a stupendous read.
To conclude, great story, fun characters, quirky dialogue and fluent changes in point of view descriptions, Wolf with Benefits is a must read. Violence and complete humour with beautifully written romance, any fan of shapeshifters will absolutely enjoy. If not the best, then this book is certainly one of the best in the Pride series so far.