Saturday, June 8, 2013

Book Review: Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Wolf with Benefits
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Publication: Brava (March 26, 2013)

Description: Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he's been hired to do so, but because it's the right thing to do. And if that means travelling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he's ever had...well, who said his job didn't have perks? Toni doesn't know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there's something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting...and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for...

My Thoughts: WOLF WITH BENEFITS was another quirky—very quirky—paranormal romance by Shelly Laurenston. Jackal Toni Jean-Louis Parker is the oldest of eleven and is the one who can manage to keep her siblings' lives organized. All of the other kids are prodigies in one field or another and almost all of them have the ego to go with their extraordinary gifts. Toni is constantly solving problems—often self-created problems—for her assorted siblings. 

Toni meets Ricky Lee Reed while escorting some of her younger siblings to the sports arena where one of her brothers wants Bo Novikov's authograph—and to sketch him naked. Ricky Lee finds her entertaining and attractive. He's a wolf and so isn't at all prejudiced against jackals since they are both canines. Not that he wants to mate with her, but a little fun would be good. 

It doesn't take long before Toni and Ricky Lee are both involved in Toni's new job as Director of Team Travels and Promotions and a threat to her siblings. The dialog is crisp and funny. The byplay between Toni and Ricky is funny. The story is filled with appearances by characters from earlier books in the series including Blayne, Bo Novikov, and Dee-Ann Smith. A new character, Livy Kowalski the honey badger, adds all sorts of craziness of her own. 

This one was fun. Fans of funny, quirky paranormal romances will love it. 

Favorite Quote:
"Y'all need to remember that these Russian bears are not be be trifled with," Rory went on. "So if it looks like things are getting out of hand"—he looked directly at his brother—"let Toni do the talking."

Toni blinked. "Me? Why me?"

"If you can calm down Novikov, then Lord, woman, you can calm down damn near anybody."

"Thank you?"
I bought this one. You can get you copy here.

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