A Nix Contempory Review – Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston (5 Stars)

Posted March 24, 2013 by Nix in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Shelly Laurenston, New York Times bestselling author and a star in the paranormal romance genre, comes the eighth book is the successful Pride series, that blends outrageous humor and sexy shapeshifters to create irresistible heroes that readers fall in love with.

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…

This was a series that I started long after people started raving about it but now I cannot put it down. I have read it multiple times already because the happiness that it brings me can remove even the darkest of moods. I have never laughed out loud so many times in one series and this new book is a fantastic edition to a collection of books that are simply brilliant. Read them, I implore you.
Toni is a jackal shifter that has a unique talent; she can deal with the most difficult of people. The babysitter to the rest of her siblings, who all happen to be child prodigies in a variety of fields, she has become accustomed to organising the most difficult of schedules. This is why she seems perfect to become the new organiser of promotions to the Carnivores, the shifter Ice Hockey team that contains the one and only Novikov. This new position tests the limits of her abilities as she is tasked, among other things, to get a bear shifter afraid of flying onto a plane. I loved all of the scenes with her and the various members of the team; I laughed out loud at most of them and ended up scaring people on the bus I was on at the time.
The scenes that I loved Toni in the most though were the ones with Ricky Lee.  We were properly introduced to him in the last book where he was the charming country boy who irritated the crap out of Novikov.  He is attracted to Toni from the first instant they see each other, even after she tries to pass all her siblings off as her children to scare him off, but only sees her as a potential bed-mate. Silly wolf.  Unable to deny the attraction between them both, she finally agrees to let him into her bed. Of course, it’s not going to be as casual as they both think. The chemistry between them is high and I loved the way his mellowness complimented her high strung personality; no one but the most laid back of men would be happy to just sit there, entertain themselves and wait for the other person to calm down.  They were perfect for each other and I enjoyed watching them both figure this out. The scenes with them in Russia were crazy cute; I officially loved Ricky Lee by the end of this book!
One of my favourite sub-plot lines in this tale happened when Ricky and Toni head to Russia and Novikov looks after her siblings. I actually cried with laughter at some of the scenes and I adored turning the pages to find more new moments including one of the funniest characters from the series so far. Her siblings were also absolutely nuts too and I hope we see some more from them in the future. There were also many cameo’s from some of my favourite characters from the Magnus Pack books; Miki is a much loved heroine of mine as she is bat-shit crazy and she featured early on.  
There is an over-arching plot that you need to know so I don’t recommend that you start with this book. I do, however, recommend you start this series. The characters are larger than life, the situations so ridiculous that you have no choice but to laugh out loud and the dialogue is gut-bustlingly funny.  I have never met a person that has hated these books.
With a slightly crazy she-jackal and a laid back-wolf, this story is high on action and laughs. With amazing chemistry and mad-cap comedy, this book melds too genres flawlessly and becomes my favourite book of the month so far.

“Exactly!” Kyle agreed. “I have every intention of making you my personal assistant when my career takes off so that you can manage my schedule and take care of my harem of women.”

Cooper smirked. “And what would you do with a harem of women, Kyle?”

Duh. Allow them to cook me dinner and do my laundry after they hunt me down like a gazelle. Just like what mum does. What else would you do with a harem?” 

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