My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am going to have a hard time not going all fan girl on this review, because quite simply I’m a HUGE fan of this series. Shelly Laurenston is one of my favorite go to paranormal authors, so I was very eager to get my hands on BITE ME. Now my fan girl feelings aside, I still think that this was a fantastic way to finish out a series. I really must caution that you need to read the previous books, because BITE ME is number nine in the Pride series. Not only do we revisit with quite a lot of the previous characters, but more importantly we are also provided with resolution for a lingering story line as well. What I love most about the series as a whole is Laurenston’s amazing writing talent with her fantastic characters, humorous dialogue, and very engaging plots. I literally cannot put down one of these books until I finish, and BITE ME was no exception.
Olivia Kowalski (aka Livy) is a tiny, yet mean as hell honey badger shifter who doesn’t like to depend on anyone but herself. She also tries to stay away from her crazy family of thieves and con artists as much as possible. Livy’s family and the few friends she has consider her to be an enigma. Due to her honey badger instincts, Livy is not only easily provoked, but she also has inclination towards aggravating others providing for some totally funny scenes that will have you laughing out loud. When we met Livy in WOLF WITH BENEFITS, she undeniably stole the show for me. Be it her sarcastic wit or her no holds barred way she jumps into a fight, she easily took on the role as my favorite character, and I was just tickled that Livy was going to be paired up with Vic.
Victor Barinov (aka Vic) is a tiger/grizzly hybrid who happens to be rather stoic, but has such a big soft-heart when it comes to Livy. Vic is ex-military/CIA and now spends his time doing free-lance work for the shifter agencies. Most of the time his bear side has control making him easy going and relaxed, but much to Livy’s delight his feline side takes complete control in the bedroom. *winks* These two start off as nothing more than friends, but I think that is why they made such a great couple. Their relationship was slow to build, and they understand each other on a level that no one else does. With the way these two click, it came as no shock just how adorable they were together in and out of the bedroom.
Now I really don’t want to give anything away because so much happens in BITE ME, but just know that Livy is out for blood after discovering the true reason behind her father’s death. For someone like Livy who is used to doing things on her own, she finds herself surrounded by shifters who want to help hunt down the person responsible, but also keep her safe as well (although that does prove to be quite the challenge given her temperament). This book was a wild ride to say the very least, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it to the point where I did not want it to end. BITE ME exceeded all my expectations, and encompassed everything I love about Laurenston’s writing. I’m going to highly recommend this series to anyone who loves shifter romances, and I can guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy it just as much as I have.
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