Author: Shelly Laurenston
Publication: Brava (April 1, 2008)
Description: In The Mane Event, Shelly Laurenston introduced a whole new breed of heroes sexy, shape-shifting hunks who redefine the term Alpha male. Now, in THE BEAST IN HIM, one gorgeous lone wolf is about to meet his match Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward accidentally bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she come since high school. Back then, Jess gangly limbs and bruised heart turned to jelly any time Smitty's "all the better to ravish you with body" came near her. So, some things haven't changed. Except now Jess is a success on her own terms. And she can enjoy a romp or twenty with a big, bad wolf and walk away. Easy. The sexy, polished CEO who hires Smitty's security firm might be a million miles from the lovable geek he knew, but her kiss, her touch, is every bit as hot as he imagined. Jess was never the kind to ask for help, and she doesn't want it now, not even with someone targeting her Pack. But Smittys not going to turn tail and run.
The Mane Attraction
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Publication: Kensington (November 1, 2008)
Description: Ready for something wild? Shelly Laurenston's sensual, shape-shifting heroes are definitely a breed apart. But even the king of the beasts can find himself unexpectedly tamed by the right woman...Weddings have the strangest effect on people. How else to explain the fact that Sissy Mae Smith woke up in Mitch Shaw's bed the morning after her brother Bobby Ray tied the knot? Or that gunmen are trying to kill Mitch, and Sissy Mae now has to escort a bleeding, stubborn, yet still incredibly sexy lion shifter to her Tennessee Pack's turf to keep him safe? It doesn't help that Mitch's appraising gaze makes her feel like the most desirable creature on earth, or that the ultimate stray cat is suddenly acting all kinds of possessive...Mitch is an undercover cop who's about to testify against some dangerous ex-associates. Even more worrisome, he's harboring hot, X-rated fantasies about the fast-talking little canine -- and he has to deal with every male in Sissy Mae's Pack sniffing around her in a way that makes his hackles rise. Mitch has his pride, and he intends to show Sissy Mae that when a lion sets out to make you his mate, the only thing to do is purr, roll over, and enjoy one hell of a ride...
My Thoughts: These were both fun, sexy romances. Jessie Ann had a major crush on Bobbie Ray when they were kids. Bobbie Ray was her protector. But when he left for the Navy, she grew up. Now she is a strong confident Alpha and Bobbie Ray is going to have to work before they will have a relationship. Added to the mix is the he is a wolf and she is a wild dog. They react very differently to stress. Jessie Ann is used to running away or climbing trees when stressed. There are lots of cute moments in this romance.
Sissy Mae is an Alpha wolf who doesn't take any nonsense from men. She is the original love 'em and leave 'em kind of girl. Mitch is a lion who doesn't want any part of a Pride. He is determined to go his own way. But they become best friends because they have the same sense of humor. When Mitch is in danger Sissy Mae takes him back home to Tennessee and they find out that best friends make the best lovers. Again, there was lots of humor and lots about Pack policies.
Both books are recommended for those who like sexy shifter stories. You can learn about more books by Shelly Laurenston here.
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