Series: Pride #9
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life's irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad's untimely and unexplained demise.
That's where Vic Barinov comes in - or his house does. Vic can't step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he'll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge.
FTC : I requested this book as I adore the series. This one did not disappoint.
Honestly, these books never fail to make me laugh. As this series has evolved, I found the books to be getting funny and funnier, the snark losing the slightly bitchy edge to become a snark that makes me chuckle at every-point. You know you’ve found a good book when you laugh like a maniac on public transport.
Livy is a honey badger. Did you realize that honey badgers were incredibly nasty and viscous creatures? I didn’t until I met Livy in the last book. Livy is a woman in a mess. Her muse has gone, her family are hassling her into the family’s criminal business and now her estranged father has suddenly died in odd circumstances. Honey badgers don’t show when they are in trouble and Livy is no different; it’s up to sexy hybrid Vic to try to make sure that she truly is OK. When it turns out that Livy may need help to exact some well earned honey badger justice, it falls on Vic again to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. The longer he stays with her, the more appealing she becomes … is he really man enough to take on a honey badger?
The warring hybrid parts of Vic have always been an issue for him. The bear and the lion want different things and, because of it, he has stayed away from the fairer sex. He can’t seem to stay away from Livy though, or the craziness that surrounds her. With his partner Shen (a fricking PANDA), he decides that the only thing he can do is make sure she doesn’t set the world on fire in vengeance.
Livy is nuts. Her family is nuts. What Vic is actually getting involved with is a violent predator with a family that likes to throw parties with snakes as canapes and burrow into peoples home to steal things. I loved them all. They were so over the top, and slightly ridiculous, I couldn’t help but chortle all of the time. I loved Livy and I enjoyed watching her develop as a character as she learned to let Vic into her life. I loved the way she gave him the acceptance that he didn’t know he needed, the reassurance that he wasn’t a freak because of the combination of animals that lived beneath his skin.
Vic is just so cute! He buys Livy flowers when she is upset, takes her to honey town (no, this is NOT a euphemism) to cheer her up and knows instinctively what to say. All that and, when his cat side takes over, he is insatiable! The sex scenes in these books never ever disappoint and these two were incredible. The pairing shouldn’t have worked but it did and this may be one of my favorites of the series. The writing is more fluid, the characters (although still as ridiculous) are less cartoon like and the story-line is more fleshed out. The series arc carries on from the previous books but it isn’t embedded deeply enough that you couldn’t read this as a standalone.
With all the characters from the previous books making a cameo (Dee-Ann, how I love you), this is a book that made me happy at every page-turn. If you like snarky comedy with a side of very hot romance, this is a book you should try. Recommended.