Review: Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

March 30, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★


Bear Meets Girl (Pride, #7)

Title: Bear Meets Girl
AuthorShelly Laurenston
Series: Pride #7
Cover Art: Craig White
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; March 27, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0758265204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758265203

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Sexual Content:
Several sex scenes.


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


Description

He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down–and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. . .

“Laurenston’s characters shine with wit and depth.” –Publishers Weeklyon Belong to the Night

Review

If anyone had told me I’d be reading a mash up of shapeshifters, professional sports, covert operations, and romance, I’d never have believed them.  Laurenston not only covers all of these subjects within one book, she does so with a flair and humor all her own.  The Pride series runs the emotional gamut from racial tension to slapstick comedy, and BEAR MEETS GIRL is an example of how nuanced and fun this series can be.

All of Laurenston’s shifters have the same manic joy and blood chilling ferocity of their animal counterparts, and BEAR MEETS GIRL shows both of those sides off nicely.  Irreverent, cut-throat, and ferociously loyal, all of most of these characters will manage to cross the line to uncomfortable at some point, but I’ve long since learned to trust that Laurenston will write them back into my heart soon enough.  Cella pushed my buttons (along with Crush’s) at the start, but sure enough, I was entirely invested in her by a few chapters in.  As much as I trust her characterization, though, in both of Laurenston’s authorly incarnations (she also writes The Dragon Kin series as G. A. Aiken), she can sometimes overwhelm me with politics and different POV’s.  I often wish she would either commit to more POV’s (so the switches would be expected) or fewer. BEAR MEETS GIRL has a few instances of odd camera changes (and an unexpected criminal mastermind at the end), but neither complexity detracted from my enjoyment over all. 

Reading BEAR MEETS GIRL made me nostalgic for bears I’ve loved before, and the glimpses of Bo and Blayne at the Ice Party have already prompted a re-read of BEAST BEHAVING BADLY.  The slapstick and dialogue kept me laughing out loud and the chemistry between Cella and Crush reminded me why bears are my favorite Pride heroes.  Though Crush wasn’t able to dethrone Lock or Bo as my favorite furry heart-throbs, BEAR MEETS GIRL is definitely my favorite Pride book to date.

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