Thursday, April 2, 2015

After Dark Review of The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Read for: Re-Read & Series Challenge
Synopsis: "Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes--as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her--in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...

Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl--even one who runs with a Pack--can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again..."

My Review:  As with my first read, this was just okay for me. It seemed insanely long for not a lot of substance. The first story was a little over the top, the amount intimate relations is not possible for the time period set forth. I know this is fiction and a paranormal romance on top of it but I would really prefer for things to be half way reasonable (ie. there will be no going through and entire box of condoms in an afternoon). With that said the characters are at least interesting and the underlying storyline is exciting, if only we got to spend more time on that part of the story instead of the bedroom. The second story was much better for me. I like Smitty's pack and all their personalities were much more developed and I enjoyed the lighter more comedic tone. There also seemed a little more to the story as opposed to just bed dancing.

My Rating: I was not so thrilled with the first half of this book but thankfully the second half was a little better so it redeemed the rating a little. I give it a rating of Two Paws.


  1. That stinks you didn't enjoy this one. I had a great time with it. Fluffy paranormal for sure but entertaining.

    1. The exciting murder investigation storyline just took too much of a backseat for my liking, I like sexy bits as much as everyone else but it was just too much in this book.