Reviewed by Kay and Anne
Kay: Ricky Lee Reed is one of those “Reed Boys”. He’s a wolf shifter from the Smith pack. He has recently relocated from Tennessee to New York to work security for Llewellyn Security, a shifter run company. Oh, he’s also a slow talkin’, swagger walkin’, non blasphemin’ Southern redneck hillbilly.
Antonella Jean-Louise Parker is a jackal shifter and very much a little girl lost in her family of prodigies. She’s the eldest child of her family and has devoted her life up until this point to them. She constantly handles and protects every aspect of their lives. Let’s not forget, these are shifter children, so to say they are handfuls, is an understatement.
This couple’s romance builds slowly. It never boils but it was still precious to read. I was afraid I’d have unanswered questions at the end of the book but I didn’t. I got to find out not only who the culprit was but what kind of shifter Livy was. This book had a little of everything. Romance, mystery and suspense.
Shelly Laurenston is a phenomenal author! This latest edition to her Prides series is a masterpiece. This is writing at its finest. Her best book by far and I say that every time she releases a new one. She has hit her stride and keeps on improving book to book. I am worshipping at the alter of Ms. Laurenston. At a time when I was asking myself who my favorite paranormal author is, I now have my answer. If you have never read a Shelly Laurenston novel yet, what the heck is wrong with you?
Kay: I agree with you, Anne. She was creepy. She made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Her detachment was chilling. The scene between Olivia and her was scary. I thought the resolution was a little too simple though. What do you think?
Anne: Delilah’s story line made me sad. I really, really was hoping for redemption. I mean, here she was in this wonderful family, and I wanted that to be enough. I didn’t really like the resolution with Delilah either. Oddly, I think it was too complicated for me. There was a very simple ending that I wanted. I understood what they did, and even why they did it that way, but I didn’t like it.
Kay: And what about when they had to go looking for Miki?
(Novikov asks) “So do you play hockey?”
“Really, How come?”
“Because I plan to use my brilliance for something real and important, not something petty like sports.”
“See, what I like about what you do,” the boy explained, his hands accenting with each word, his voice intense, “is the raw rage and violence. I can use that in my work. And while you’ll probably be forgotten soon after you retire, which is the way of you athletic types whose happiest years are usually when you’re in high school… my legacy will live on for centuries. People will study my work, copy it. My work will start a new art movement, a new wave of creativity born out of blood and violence and rage. And you… youMr. Novikov will be my David.”
“Like Michaelangelo’s David? But instead my piece will be called Jean-Louis Parker’s Novikov, and it will be the greatest art anyone has ever seen. And you… you, Mr. Novikov, will be my muse.”
This exchange between the two of them, and so many more scenes with Toni’s siblings were just hilarious! I also really loved Ricky Lee’s wolf patience while pursuing Toni. He was content to be with her and wait for her (or her family) to provide entertainment. He saw through to the heart of things with her quickly, but was patient enough to let things play out over time. I really enjoyed that. Did you have a favorite part?
Anne: Olivia! She was awesome! I was so afraid we wouldn’t get to know *what* she was. And when it was finally revealed, I laughed and laughed!
I actually kind of appreciated that someone didn’t fall in love with Blayne immediately. I’ve always thought she was annoying, though in an endearing way. 🙂 It was hilarious that Toni couldn’t remember her name!