Feb 20, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston


The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Publication Date: October 1, 2007
Series: Pride #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed
DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes--as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her--in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...

Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl--even one who runs with a Pack--can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again... (Goodreads)

I have to be honest, The Mane Event didn't have much of a plot. I mean, there was one, but it played sidekick to the super hot romances in this book. So what I'm saying is, I didn't really care about the lack of plot much at all. There was a murder or something like that...and I think there was an investigation...can't really remember...yeah, don't care.

First off, I love the whole lion shifter thing. I mean, how sexy is that? Lions? I love lions! Who doesn't love lions? I thought Mace Llewellyn was the hottest thing shifting. He was pure alpha male who made me laugh (always a score) and had some really awesome one-liners that had me like, "Uh-huh. I need me one of these lion shifters." I'm really bad about writing down quotes but I'm going to get better at it because this book had some great ones. Brendan Shaw was another great lion but I didn't like him as much as Mace. His woman, however, Ronnie Lee Reed (a WOLF! Ha!) was fab. She kept me rolling with her southern twanged humor and no nonsense attitude. I liked Mace's girl, Dez, but not as much as Ronnie. Dez was independent and feisty, but something was lacking in her. I can't quite put my finger on it.

The love scenes were SMOKING. Some of the best I've read. The only thing that made me cringe was the insta-love. I get it, I get it. In the paranormal world, attraction is fated and once you find your mate, it's over. Still irritates the hell out of me. They fall in love within a week! I don't care how many paranormals I read, this will never be okay with me.

That said, for a trashy novel, this one was great. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series, as well as the Dragon Kin series by the same author.

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