I’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year I include more romantic comedies in my reading schedule. I always feel so good when I finish up a book that really made me laugh out loud all the way through. There’s fun PNR and then there’s Shelly Laurenston. I always know that I’m in for an adventure when I open her newest release. I’m usually not sure how she’ll take me there or what crazy, ridiculous antics are going to occur on the way, but I’m always up for the ride. I really, really love this author.
Hot and Badgered is the first book in the Honey Badgers series. Which is a spin-off of her much beloved Pride series. In fact this whole book is peppered with all the characters and couples we’ve grown to love over the years. And now there is a wonderful new trio of honey badger sisters to shake things up again. The heroine of Hot and Badgered is Charlie Taylor MacKilligan, a half honey badger/half wolf shifter, raised with her half sisters in the wolf pack once her mother passed. She HATES her no good father, who does nothing but get her and her sisters into trouble. She’s the oldest and the most stable of the MacKilligan sisters. Think of her as their handler… the one who keeps them from killing other people, and each other. I mean she has her own issues, but she is loyal and loves her siblings.
Our hero is a bear shifter named Berg who first meets Charlie when she, naked and armed, busts into the hotel room where he is working as a bodyguard. He helps her out and gets stabbed in the process. Charlie is being chased by a group of assassins, and she doesn’t really know why, other than it maybe has something to do with her piece of shit father. They meet up again when Charlie and her sisters wind up in a safe house that happens to be the main residence of one of their cousins. You might remember her and her husband… Livy and Vic. Berg offers a better place for them to stay, in the middle of a bear shifter neighborhood and right across the street from Berg and his siblings, Dag and Britta.
This book is just as laugh out loud, ridiculously funny as I expected it to be. I loved being back in this world, I didn’t realize how much I missed it until Charlie and her sisters started blowing shit up and kicking ass and taking names. The romances in this series are so subtle that by the time the H/H finally get to settling down in sexual bliss I’m more than ready. I think Berg and Charlie follow that mold. But he shows his concern for her welfare early on and is more than willing to come to her and her sister’s aid when needed. He’s just a big ole’ protective bear and I loved that.
One of the things I adore about this world is that the heroines are so crazy cool. Emphasis on the crazy. They are bold, and vibrant, and not afraid to be exactly who they are and enjoy what they enjoy. I LOVE THAT. Charlie and her sister’s have quite a few anxiety issues, which most likely stem from their terrible father and all the crap he’s pulled over the years, but they are dealing with it and doing it together as a team. Berg just slides right in and learns to understand why Max is so violent and Stevie gets startled all the time.
I couldn’t even go into the details of this plot and all the threads woven into this story if I wanted to. It is one hell of a crazy ride and trust me when I tell you, there is A LOT going on. But it’s fun in a ridiculous way and I absolutely, 100% can not wait until I can go back to Honey Bader land again. Final Grade-B
“What the fuck have you gotten us into?” Dag asked.
“What are you talking about?”
“There has to be an easier way to get a date.”
“That’s not what this is about. We’re being helpful.”
“Do they need help? Because they don’t really seem like they do”