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“I have reread this book about 50 times this year!! Laugh out loud funny. ”kelli m wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ms. Laurenston has done it again. She is one of the few authors that can make me laugh with each book I have read and that is so very rare. This story is a little darker than her previous books there are still parts that had me laughing, hard. This is Ricky Lee Reed’s story. Ricky is one of Ronnie Lee’s brothers. Being the middle brother he is laid back and easy going. He is what all wolves in this series seem to be, loyal, honorable and protective of family and those the family adopts. I love that he takes to Antonella “Toni” Jean-Louis Parker. He also seems to fit in with her family every well which is a big bonus. I also love the scenes between Ricky, Toni and Ricky’s mother. The way Toni wins over Ricky’s Mom is great. We all met Ricky’s Mom in Ronnie Lee’s book. She is what I imagine all southern Moms to be.
Toni has been managing her family of prodigies since she was old enough to draw up schedules. However she is also at the point in her life that she wants to have a family of her own. She gets that catch when she impresses Ric Van Holtz. Toni fights this change but comes to realize that she likes her job and her new apartment. I loved Toni. She is smart and funny. She is very loyal to her family. She understands the reason that her family is just a little on the weird side. She is also a very nice person, as well as compassionate and loving. I think that she is the perfect mate for a Smith pack wolf.
This is a great addition to Ms. Laurenston’s world. We get to read about some of the previous characters from earlier books. There is discussion of the problems from earlier books which so many are still working on. Ms. Laurenston brings in a cult and the psycho sister of the Jean-Louis Parker family. I am glad that there is going to be an end to the sister at some point. I really didn't like her. Ms. Laurenston did a great job of making her creepy and despicable. If you love shifters then you should enjoy this book.
“*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Toni Jean-Louise Parker is the oldest non-prodigy jackal in the very large Parker family and she has made it her responsibility to keep her younger crazily genius siblings in line and on schedule. She has no time to date, so when Ricky Lee Reed shows up in her life she uses the standard ‘go away’ reply…her younger siblings ask him if he is their dad. But Ricky Lee isn’t a dog, um, wolf with a bone for nothing. He wants to spend time with Toni, so when she has need of a bodyguard and his company is the one called he takes the job. Can Ricky Lee handle the crazy Parker family? And will Toni give him the chance?
Once again I had an afternoon of high entertainment as I sank into another Pride book. The characters are so much fun to read that I could almost *almost* wish they were my friends in real life. Though I have a feeling they’d drive me insane. I was a bit skeptical about Toni and Ricky Lee only because the other books really didn’t mention these characters and I went into this book with no real idea of what they were like, who they were. I needn’t have worried.
The romance and sexy scenes took a back seat in this story and I enjoyed the change of pace. The chemistry between Toni and Ricky Lee does a slow build until the smokin’ hotness flares up. In the meantime, there are appearances by many favorite characters and so many moments of hilarity that I was in a constant state of snickering. And I have got to say that Livy is now one of my all time favorite Pride characters. And that is saying a LOT. All-in-all an excellent afternoon of entertainment if you like snarky insane shifters going about their crazy lives.
“Toni Jean-Louis Parker has been taken care and organizing her talented siblings lives for years. So it's no surprise that she knows how to handle stressful and out-of-control situations. What does surprise her is how she's suddenly garnered the attention of fellow shifter, a wolfdog, whose brother is on the hockey team that she's just been assigned assignment promotional director of. He seems to follow her around like a little lost puppy, much to her chagrin.
Ricky Lee Reed has always enjoyed life to its fullest, taking in the sights and finding humor in almost any situation. But he never imagined he would be so intrigued by the little she-jackal he meets at the rink one day while waiting for his brother to finish playing hockey. And he never imagined their paths would keep crossing until his job - security- ended up playing a role in her job and take them all the way to Russia and back.”
“Love the series, but this book just dragged, could not finish it. Not sure why, but I've loved the others in the series.”R2G2 wrote this review Friday, May 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review Pending.”Tracy wrote this review Thursday, May 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Her writing is always funny”whitney wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fun humorous paranormal romance with outlandish rough housing where everyone was the meanest but the action was slow until near the end and the heroines lack of self-confidence was a bit much. I did like the hero's attachment to the heroine. While watching her siblings jackal-shifter Toni meets wolf-shifter Ricky.”Dawn ♥ romance wrote this review Sunday, April 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“REVIEW: Shelly Laurenston (aka G.A.Aiken) is one of my all-time favorite authors. Shelly’s world of shifters, whether it be pride and pack or dragon, is a world filled with humor. The ease with which Shelly’s characters and storylines pull you into the book is something every author should aspire to. I have a habit of re-reading novels that I enjoy, but if I am feeling a little down, one of Shelly’s books is one of the first books I head to –first.
Wolf With Benefits is one of those storylines where Shelly brings together many of her characters from previous storylines. And if you are a fan of the Pride and Pack series, you will be pleased to know that several characters from the Pack series make a return cameo. Our heroine is the daughter of Jackie the Jackal –yes you are reading that correctly-Jackie the Jackal whom we first met in the anthology WHEN HE WAS BAD in the short story Miss Congeniality.
Toni’s believes her family of ten siblings need her to help stay organized and in a sense they do. But what Toni discovers is that her talents at organization stand her in good stead with the Van Holtz organization who offer her a prime position within the company. Wolf With Benefits follows Toni as she endeavors to cope with a family of ten siblings, all prodigies in their own rights, and the knowledge that her one and only specialty leaves her feeling like a glorified babysitter. When she is asked to go to Russia to broker a deal with the Russian Shifter Hockey league, Toni learns that dealing with the Russians is not like dealing with her family back home- and what is happening back home is something even Toni would have a hard time comprehending.
Ricky and Toni’s relationship is slow to build, although they do meet within the first few pages of the book. Ricky is persistent and garnering a position as security for Toni allows Ricky more one on one private time that will eventually lead to the one thing both of them had not been looking for-a mate. And in true Laurenston style, the families, the wild-dogs, the lions and the wolves will become involved when one of the Reed boys looks like he has fallen in love with a she-jackal. We witness the OCD antics of Bo Novikov who discovers that a family of child prodigies is a little more than he can handle: Blayne Thorpe stunned that not everyone is pleased with her hyper rantings: and a family of wild-dogs whose own child prodigy is making a name for himself.
There are several secondary storylines building that will involve Dee Ann Smith, The Unit and a new member to the team whose shifter heritage is a surprise to everyone but a sexy, honey loving bear. And Shelly pulls no punches when a family member becomes a threat. Due justice will be served-not now-but in the future.
WOLF WITH BENEFITS is another wonderfully sexy and well-written storyline from the mind of Shelly Laurenston. If you are a fan of shifters and humor, Shelly’s Pride series is a definite must read. Shelly pulls the reader into the storyline and makes you feel like part of the pack , or pride, or clan or ….family.
If you are not familiar with the series, I suggest you start with the Pack series. Many of the characters from the Pack series have cameos in Wolf With Benefits. ”