Romancing the Weekends: Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
PJV Quickie: Shelly Laurenston has done it again! Her larger-than-life shifters with all their bizarre quirks and appetites had me turning the pages to see what kind of crazy antics they’d be up to next.
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Type: Paranormal Romance
Published: March 26, 2013 by Brava
Toni Jean-Louise Parker is the oldest of 11 children. Her mother is a world-renowned violinist and her siblings are all prodigies in their own rights: artists, dancers, musicians, science, math, even language. Toni has spent almost her entire life working to schedule their hectic and intense schedules to further their genius. 10 kids, each with their own schedules and needs? That’s a full-time commitment. In addition to keeping them on schedule, she’s also the family referee and attendant, making sure they’re not getting into trouble (which seems to be their default setting). Normally, a she-jackal her age was already starting a family of her own, but in Toni’s case, she was too busy managing her brilliant siblings to try to manage having a life of her own.
Ricky Lee Reed is a security specialist who works with his brothers. He’s pretty laid-back as far as shifters go: instead of going out and looking for trouble, he waits for excitement to come to him. When he sees Toni and her gaggle of siblings, he knows excitement has arrived, now all he has to do is sit back and watch. And once he does, he’s intrigued…
When Toni lands a job working for the shifter hockey team, her first assignment is to travel to Siberia to negotiate terms with the Siberian bears. The bears are deadly and it’s going to be a dangerous assignment; luckily, Ricky Lee is up for the challenge.
What follows is a hilarious trip through the world of Ms. Laurenston’s shapeshifters, catching up with old friends and meeting some kick-ass new ones: I love Shelly Laurenston’s Pack and Pride books, and Wolf With Benefits is no exception. While I definitely think Wolf With Benefits is shorter on the sexy-times than previous installments to the series, it works for this couple. Toni is so wound up, trying to manage first her siblings, then the hockey team that a more alpha shifter wolf wouldn’t be able to handle her. Ricky Lee just kind of sees her, gets interested, and strolls into the picture. Ricky Lee is probably the most ‘chill’ hero Ms. Laurenston has written – I love him! Now, don’t get me wrong – there are definitely sexytimes between Toni and Ricky Lee, just not as much as I expect from this series.
Wolf With Benefits keeps the reader entertained with the peculiarities of each species, pack disputes, and cloak-and-dagger type mystery. Toni’s siblings were fabulous; I don’t normally like precocious kids but these kids kept me laughing through the book. The mystery brought back characters from previous books and I was thrilled bear/lion hybrid Bo Novikov (from Beast Behaving Badly, book 6) played a great part in Wolf With Benefits – his penchant for schedules was a running joke throughout the book. We also get to meet Toni’s BFF Livy – she’s hysterical and scary at the same time. Her stint as team photographer goes hilariously wrong. None of the other characters can figure out what she is, and when we so find out – ha! Loved it.
This is such an awesome series and there are soooo many characters that I want to get their own books; I hope Ms. Laurenston plans to keep writing them for a long, long time.
Fans of her Pride/Pack series will love Wolf With Benefits. I don’t think this would be a good book to jump into the series with though, without understanding the over-the-top feel of the previous books, new readers might not get it.
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