Big Bad Beast (Pride #6) by Shelly Laurenston
May 1, 2011
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “It’s Miss. Nice Southern girls use Miss.”
“Then I guess that still makes you a Ms.”
I ADORE Shelly Laurenston and her crazy unpredictable shifters. When I received Big Bad Beast for review I decided to get the first one, The Mane Event, so that I could get an insight into the overall arc. From there I went and got her whole back list and spent the weekend with these crazy, sexy, outrageously funny shifters.
Big Bad Beast is #6 in the Pride series. Filled with Laurenston’s trademark humor and snark, we get a ring side seat to the romancing and mating of a tough and nonsense ex-marine Dee Ann Smith by chef premier and pretty boy Ulrich (Ric) Van Holtz. Plenty of laughter, smoking hot love scenes, and interfering pride members will keep you rolling.
Ric is a wolf shifter and restaurant cook extraordinaire in his cousin’s New York restaurant. He also helps run The Group. The Group is a consolidation of ex-military shifters who are called in to investigate and handle shifter problems. When she-wolf Dee Ann Smith joins The Group after leaving the Marines, Ric thinks his fondest dream has been granted. Ric has wanted the elusive and very scary Dee Ann Smith since he met and gave her a candy bar at age 6 and announced to his cousin Van he was going to “nail her and nail her good.”
As Ric worms his way into Dee Ann’s bed and heart, they are both pulled into shifter politics as Ric has to deal with his narcissistic father, Dee Ann has find out who is kidnapping and pit fighting the hybrids, and they both have to deal with certain shifters who feel that a Smith and Van Holtz should NEVER be together.
One Bad Beast is hilarious from page one. Ric knew Dee Ann was the ONE when he first met her. But fate had different plans for them so they don’t meet up again till about 25 years later. Dee Ann now works for Ric but has no idea how he feels. Ric wants Dee Ann badly and he decides that the best way to do it is to let her catch him and make her think it was all her idea. Once Dee Ann “catches” him, the romance and the antics start. This story isn’t as much about the chase as the others books are but more about what happens after the chase. Dee Ann and Ric get together pretty quickly (though not that quickly because they have been working towards it for 2 books).
Dee Ann is a woman after my own heart. Tough, quiet, and takes no crap from anyone. Most of the shifters are scared of her. She takes after her father, Eggie Smith, as the pride’s unofficial enforcer. Or as her father likes to say, “Time to start the killin’.” Consistently reminded of her “freaky eyes” and her size, she’s always thought she’d be alone.
Ric is fabulous. Funny, sweet, supermodel sexy, and gifted with the kiss of snark, he is perfect for Dee Ann. He doesn’t want to own her or control her-he just wants to be with her. He understands her the way few do and it only serves to make him love her more. *sniff* I need a Ric.
The rest of the gang is all in here to interfere, offer useless advice, and eat them out of house and home. I love that Ms Laurenston adapts past characters into current story lines. The entire shifter nation interacting with one another is what makes these stories fabulous. We see Mitch Shaw who is STILL throwing his brother Brendon under the bus. “Take him!!!”
Blayne is still annoying Dee Ann to the point of murder but it’s so funny you can’t help but laugh as she pings and pongs all over the place. The rest of the Smith pack show up to comment on Dee Ann’s relationship with her wolf.
“Get your suit on. We’re hitting the beach.”
“I just woke up and —”
“Not a request. Just move your ass cousin.”
“I know it’s fine. In fact, it better be goddamned fine.”
“Rich man’s whore.”
“At least mine can cook the food he eats. And replaces it too.”
“Now see, Dee Ann Smith. That was just mean!”
What I really enjoy about this series is that while you have a romance and a main conflict, there is no heavy angst involved. Non-stop action and crazy antics keeps this series delightfully fresh and addictive.
The ending is action packed and resolves the main conflict perfectly. Other loose ends are tied up and we get a few clues to who Ms. Laurenston will write about next. If you enjoy non-stop humor and wit in your shifter romances then look no further than Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series. I guarantee you’ll soon be as addicted as I am.