By Shelly Laurenston
Some men just have more to offer. Like hard-muscled, shape-shifting Bo Novikov–part polar bear, part lion, pure alpha. . .
Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can’t get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he’s shadowing her in New York–all seven-plus feet of him–determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is. . .
Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it’s good advice, but he can’t leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness–or his hunch that there’s more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn’t yet begun to fathom–much as he’d like to. She may insist Bo’s nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she’ll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it’ll be worth the wait. . .
BEAST BEHAVING BADLY takes place almost immediately where THE MANE SQUEEZE left off and is about Blayne Thorpe (wolfdog hybrid) and Bo Novikov (polar bear-lion hybrid). Blayne was introduced to us in THE MANE SQUEEZE as Gwen’s BFF and business partner, but Bo is a new addition to the series after signing on to Ulrich Van Holt’s hockey team, the Carnivores.
Blayne has made a lot of friends since arriving in New York, especially with the wild dogs of the Kuznetsov pack led by Jessie Ann, who is about to give birth to her very own wolfdog. Bo on the other hand, has no friends. His personality is one that no-one likes, but Blayne being Blayne sees this as the cry for help she thinks it is and is determined to make Bo a better male.
Blayne: “You’re almost thirty. A couple more years and you’ll be a broken down old sports guy, alone, bitter, unloved; some hooker or Vegas showgirl will marry you just for your money and eventually kill you in your sleep. Is that what you want?”
Bold: “Not when you put it that way.”
Blayne and Bo are total opposites, but their connection just works. She’s able to help him discover he actually has a humorous side.
So other than their hilarious relationship, the story focuses on the kidnapped hybrids who keep turning up dead after being forced to fight to the death. Blayne’s name was sold to the humans organising the fights and the Group (think shifter FBI) had decided (without her knowledge) to use her as bait to find those responsible.
After Bo and Blayne are attacked, they’re sent back to recover in Bo’s childhood town which he hasn’t seen in 10 years. Convincing Bo he needs a vacation and to reconnect with his family, they stay in town while the Group runs their investigation into the hybrid fights.
There was one element regarding the investigation that was left unsolved in this book and it always bugged me. I had my suspicions as to who could be involved and thought perhaps I simply missed reading it. But each time I read it (and the subsequent books), I always thought “Why has no-one said anything about this?”. I thought that Shelly had simply forgotten where she was going with that particular element, but my thoughts were wrong and my suspicions were proven correct in book 9. I love it when that happens.
Beast Behaving Badly (Pride Series # 5)
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