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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review: The Beast in Him

The Beast In HimTitle: The Beast in Him
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Page Count: 369 KB (384 pages print)
Publisher: Brava
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Jessica Ann Ward is all grown up and looking to leave the shy, awkward girl she used be behind forever.  All that's left is for her to finally snare Bobby Lee Smith, who makes her heart go pitter pat and is far too noble for his own good.  Good thing Jessie Ann is no quitter!

The hit parade of Shelly Laurenston books rolls on with The Beast in Him, another winner set in the same universe as the Magnus Pack series, albeit featuring different characters, although Sara makes a very amusing cameo.  The "they have a disorder named for that now" crazy Smith clan that was referenced at the end of Here, Kitty Kitty is the very same one that Bobby Lee is from, and they more than live up to their reputation here.

Bobby Lee prides himself on not being like the other guys in his family.  He's a smart guy, a career Navy guy, a former SEAL, and an entrepreneur starting a private security business.  He never thought he'd see plain, quiet Jessie Ann Ward again (although he's the only one who gets to call her that) and is pleasantly surprised when he does, seeing as he's been secretly in love with her since they were kids.  Jessie Ann is all grown up now, and a complete success in her own right with the confidence to go with it.  Watching these two figure out what each other wants for the future was definitely fun to read.

One of the most interesting parts of the story was reading about how the members of Jessie Ann's pack interacted with each other.  Part of the issues between Jessie Ann and Bobby Lee stem from the fact that while Jessie Ann is a wild dog shifter, Bobby Lee is a wolf; it took a little bit of convincing for him to realize that she can more than hold her own at casa del crazy, also known as any Smith family house on the planet.  Bobby Lee is all set to be a gentleman because he thinks that's what she wants; what she wants is for him to fully accept her, and by extension, fully accept himself.  The conflict between them is a tough one, but the resolution is definitely satisfying.

The stories in this series are primarily focused on the starring couple and the road they take in getting together; there are some minor side plots but these are character driven from start to finish.  Sometimes I need a deeper conflict or more details or something different, but these books are very unique and hit the spot when you're looking for something sassy and fun.  The characters in this book can cuss with the best of them too, which doesn't bother me in the slightest, but ye be warned if it's been known to bother you.

As soon as my wallet can handle it, I'll be picking up the rest of this author's shifter books.  I've loved them all so far and don't see why that trend would change in the future.  This one especially is highly recommended- I love when folks with history are able to find their way to each other.

Overall Grade: A
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