Thursday, June 11, 2015

After Dark Review of The Mane Squeeze 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: Mount TBR & Series Challenge
Synopsis: "Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for honey, moose, and…uh…well, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to morbidly embarrass her. Too bad cats don't believe in forever.

At nearly seven feet tall, Lock is used to people responding to him in two ways: screaming and running away. Gwen-half lioness, half tigress, all kick-ass-does neither. She's sexy beyond belief and smart as hell, but she's a born protector. Watching out for the family and friends closest to her but missing the fact that she's being stalked by a murderous enemy who doesn't like hybrids…and absolutely hates Gwen. Lock probably shouldn't get involved, but he will. Why? Because this is Gwen-and no matter what the hissing, roaring, drape destroying feline says about not being ready to settle down, Lock knows he can't simply walk away. Not when she's come to mean absolutely everything to him."

My Review: This is the fourth book in this series and for some reason I was suddenly lost. I couldn't figure out who the two main characters were because they had played such a minor role in the previous book. Also a whole new set of characters were brought in from one of the authors other series and we are supposed to know them. I really dislike when series cross each other mid-series and with no warning. These factors threw me for such a loop that I couldn't really get into Lock and Gwen's stories. An interesting point though, I was wondering how long it would take for a shifter author to get them into Roller Derby, it really kicked up the excitement. I really did enjoy Lock once I got to know him, he seems kind of dopey but then he comes out with some deep thinking. I am only halfway through the series so I will keep pushing through, I just hope that there aren't anymore weird jumps that I am supposed to follow with another series.
My Rating: I really dislike weird jumps in series like this and I think it happens more with authors who are working on more than one similar type series at once. And the crossing of series just GRRRR! I am already in the middle of a 9 book series and now I really need to read another at least 4 book series to really understand what is going on.  Anywho, enough griping, once I got past these issues it was a good book, not great but good. I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

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