Wolf with Benefits
by Shelly Laurenston
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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 traveling 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…
When I started WOLF WITH BENEFITS, based on the title and the cover, I was expecting cheesy paranormal romance. And, to be fair, though WOLF WITH BENEFITS is a bit cheesy, it’s also clever, fun, and a really enjoyable read, with some great characters and laugh out loud moments.
The biggest strength of this book was its characters. Toni and Ricky Lee were great together. Part of this is because they were both well developed characters in their own right. Toni especially had lots of facets, based on her relationships within her family, and outside of it as well. One thing I admired about her is that once she decided how to handle something she just went ahead and did it. She wasn’t shy or wishy washy, sometimes just a bit not super confident of her own abilities, but as the book went on she was able to stand up for herself more and more. Ricky Lee was also a fun character. He was protective of Toni, but he wasn’t too possessive, and for the most part, he didn’t keep her in the dark about what was going on. I loved that he would just hang out, waiting for entertainment to come to him. And Toni did seem to attract unique and absurd situations, so he was definitely entertained.
My only complaint about WOLF WITH BENEFITS is the amount of name dropping of characters from previous books. Now, if you’re a fan of the series, this likely won’t matter to you, but as a newcomer, it was a bit off-putting, and I had a very hard time keeping the characters straight (and who was related to who) in the beginning. One other thing that may be a problem for some readers is the frequent shifting of points of view. I didn’t find it to be a distraction, but thought it was worth mentioning because sometimes it can be a negative for some readers.
I had a really good time reading this latest entry in the Pride series. It flew by and was the perfect kind of paranormal romance for me- no silly contrived reasons the hero and heroine couldn’t be together, just a great relationship developing throughout the whole book, surrounded by a few madcap adventures and a little bit of mystery. Luckily, there are seven previous Pride books I can go back and read, so I can catch up on some family trees!
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3. The Mane Attraction
4. The Mane Squeeze
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