No one is more surprised than I to hear that I didn’t enjoy this book that much. I didn’t dislike it, but overall I was pretty meh about it.
I found myself pretty bored by the relationship between Dee-Ann and Ric. Usually Laurenston creates a nice blend of crazy characters, wacky events, crude humor, and sexy situations. That seemed to be lacking here. We still got a little of all that, but it felt dialed back instead of her usual in-your-face style.
One of the funnier aspects of this series is the crazy interactions the main characters have with friends and family. They are rarely solitary creatures. I think that was one of the things that threw me the most about Dee. She was feared by most and didn’t really like a lot of people, so she didn’t have those ties. There were funny scenes with friends, like when they went away for Fourth of July weekend, but those weren’t as frequent as I would have liked.
I really liked the history between them that we were shown in the beginning of the book. It was adorable and so perfect for them both. It also really helped explain Ric’s reaction to Dee when he didn’t know her that well, back in Lock’s book, The Mane Squeeze. I didn’t dislike Dee and Ric together, but I didn’t feel the attraction the way I wanted to. I felt it on Ric’s part, but Dee’s attraction to him in the beginning was a little too subtle for me.
If you think about it, Dee wasn’t that dissimilar to a lot of the other female characters we’ve seen from Laurenston. She’s doesn’t bother herself to put others first and she sometimes takes a malicious glee in hurting people who irritate her. I’ve had that combo work for me many times before, but with Dee something was missing. Her personality was just a little too cold for me and I found her pretty irritating. If I had to hear her daddy’s stupid saying one more time I might have snapped! I did appreciate her personality when it came to a scene with Ronnie Lee, though. Her honest bafflement about them being considered friends, and Ronnie’s reaction to it, tickled me pink, because I still don’t like Ronnie.
Ric was a fun character, but his perfect contentment with his lot in life and his ho-hum reaction to certain family problems made him a tad bland. I thought his approach to getting Dee into his life was really smart, though. I guess it pays to be a sneaky Van Holtz so you can play the vulnerable male and lure the unsuspecting Smith She-Wolf into being the aggressor. I really liked getting to see the Van Holtz pack again. Stein seemed like an interesting character and I laughed over Niles Van Holtz’s pity and exasperation when he heard that Ric was hooking up with Dee.
Although I didn’t love this book, I still strongly recommend this author. I love her as Shelly Laurenston and I love her as G.A. Aiken. Her books have crude, inappropriate humor and slightly psychotic characters with the occasional hair-trigger temper. In other words, they’re just my type. I have never had an author consistently make me laugh as much as Laurenston has, and it’s something that keeps me coming back time and time again. Her books are crazy and over the top, and I wouldn’t have them any other way.
“And why would you suggest that?”
“Let’s just say your strengths aren’t in that particular area.”
“I am damn good at interviews.”
“No. You’re good at interrogations. Interviews are not your strong suit.”
“Since you made that six-year-old cry.”
Dee stamped her foot. “She was hiding something!”
“And she was six!”