Review: Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston

Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)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.

Favorite Quote:

“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 when?”

“Since you made that six-year-old cry.”

Dee stamped her foot. “She was hiding something!”

“And she was six!”

Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston
May 1st 2011 by Brava
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  1. Sherry S. says

    I know what you mean sometimes her characters are not very likeable. As much as I liked Lock in his book I didn’t like him in Bo’s book and at times in that book I would have loved to give Blayne a good smack down.

  2. says

    I’ve heard a great deal about the humor/characters and writing from both Shelly Laurenston and G.A. Aiken. I’ve got her on the shelves to give her a go ;) It’s always a bummer when the chars promise something but don’t really deliver ;( but at least she made you smile! :D

  3. says

    Aww I’m sad you didn’t LOVE it, love it. Maybe because we got to see more of Dee in Bo’s book, but I actually liked her a lot here, especially that scene where she’s chasing Ric around the kitchen.

    I have to agree with Sherry a bit though because Blayne and Bo really worked for me in Laurenston’s last book, so I was sad to see Lock be such a butthead about him in this one.

    But then I just think back to Bo and his ‘chart’ for July 4th weekend….

    Reading Amidst the Chaos

  4. says

    I’m a big fan of Laurenston and Aiken but this book didn’t do so well for me either. While I enjoyed all the familiar faces from previous books Dee’s character just wasn’t interesting for me. Which is sad because I really like Ric and looked forward to his book. One thing I noticed is that the sexin’ is toned down in this book as from the earlier books. But I would still recommend all of the books in this series. The humor, the charactors…they’re all wacky but I love them!

  5. shalagh says

    i sort of agree, i really didn’t feel dee was a likeable character and ric was sort of wimpy, but i laughed & laughed with this book, i love seeing the previous characters, they were so flippin funny. I am looking forward to her next dragon book in sept.

  6. says

    I agree, her heroines can kind of all blend together. I usually like the male characters better.

    I felt it dragged a bit in the middle, but overall I liked Ric and thought the other Pride characters made the book. Loved Blayne’s boyfriend and his organized charts.

  7. says

    @Sherry S.: Blayne’s book was another one that was iffy for me. I know what you mean about liking Lock better in his own book. He came off like a bit of a jerk in Bo’s book. Blayne… well, I like her better as a side character.

    @blodeuedd: I would have preferred one I enjoyed more, but I agree, reading this didn’t bother me a bit.

    @Leontine: I definitely recommend her. She usually has me practically rolling on the floor. It’s immature humor at times, but I love it.

    @Lucy V Morgan: LOL. There was also another funny scene involving a window, Dee-Ann, and some hyenas.

    @Dana: LOL. His pool schedule made me laugh.

    @Tabitha: I thought the sexiness was toned down too. I thought it might have just been me, though. Because I wasn’t that into the characters, you know?

    @KB/KT Grant: I loved his talk with his cousin about “nailing” Dee-Ann when they got older. LOL.

    @shalagh: The previous characters were the high point of this book for me. I can’t wait for the next dragon book either!

    @KC/Smokinhotbooks: I loved when they woke up to Bo standing over them asking to borrow a house. Bo has never heard of boundaries.

  8. Nadia says

    My problem with the book was Ric. He was very meh in this book better in other books.