Book Review: Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

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More comedy than romance, Shelly Laurentson’s Pride series is based on a bunch of shifters living in New York. Now on it’s eighth book, (wow-right?) read my review below to see what the fuss is all about.

Pride Series book eight

Wolf with benefitsGenre Paranormal Romance  Published 26 March 2013  Publisher Brava

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…

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This is one of the silliest books that I have ever read – and that is saying somthin’. I could sum up the silliness with the following phrase which is used repeatedly throughout the book –

Are you my daddy?

Our heroine Toni gets her siblings to ask this question when men show too much of an interest in her. The thing is, Ricky Lee kinda liked it. Nay, he found it hilarious. So he stuck around – loitering, watching and generally stalking Toni for the first 1/4 of the book. During this bizarre courtship ritual he barely said a word. Not one word. Why? Because Toni has ten siblings and this book is mostly about them.



This isn’t as bad as it sounds, the Parker family are eccentric, funny maniacs with a penchant for setting things on fire and running around with scissors. Just be warned if you are looking for Ms. Laurenston’s usual Pride fare. Yes, there is romance and some sexy times. Yes, all of the crazy characters from the last seven books get some air time. But this one is about family, a large one and they refuse to move out of the limelight for our lovely couple. So much so, I would be tempted to put this in the comedy category rather than romance.

In Shelly Laurenston’s latest offering, one of the notorious Reed brothers meets a Jackal gal – someone with a family more crazy than his own volatile red neck one. Toni is the calm among the storm. She is organised, practical and can put out a fire with two kids under her arm while walking the tightrope. She would make supernanny weep with pride. So why is such a lovely young woman looking after her family you ask? Her mother is a music maestro, busy, eccentric and not really aware of what’s going on outside of her own art. Her father is a bit of a pushover when it comes to his kids and completely useless too. You see, all ten of her siblings are child prodigies, so she understands the eccentric mind and how to pander to ‘the talent’. But when Toni is offered a top director job, looking after a shifter hockey team, it’s time to make hay and hit the road. Bye-bye family! Unfortunately, she soon finds she is leaving one mad situation for another…

Ricky Lee

Ricky Lee

But enough about Toni! What about our very own Ricky Lee Reed.

“I’m not trying to piss you off, darlin’. Just trying to get you to give me a chance.”

“Why?” she had to ask. “I’m really not that interesting. I’m cute but not stunning. I’m not excessively tall. And sexually, I’m rather vanilla. So then what is it?”

Rickey decided to be honest with her. “I like your hair.”

She suddenly went tense. “You don’t have to be mean.”

“I’m not. I like curls. If we have sex, can I play with them?”

“I don’t even know how to respond to that.”

Ricky Lee is our sweet talking southern boy, complete with the occasional ma’am and hoss thrown in for good measure. He’s a NASCAR watching, smooth drawling, leisurely walking, wolf boy with a sweet sweet smile – how can a lovely lady resist?

Now, if I am being honest, I didn’t get a sense of Ricky Lee’s true personality. For me, he was the Mary-Sue of the book. He was fun and entertaining, but way too predictable at the same time. Where was the substance and care that had been put into creating the Parker children? On later reflection of this problem, I thought – do I really care? Do Ms. Laurenston’s fans really care? Why do we even read this series? Because it’s a load of fluffy nonsense that’ll make us laugh and help us to rewind at the end of a long day. Ricky Lee has a smoky voice, he’s a calculated bugger with a stubborn personality and likes his head being rubbed. That is all. The end. Surprisingly, this is okay with me. For the moment.

But now that we’re at book eight, will I be reading anymore of the Pride series? Possibly. I’m annoyed that the release dates for this series don’t fill me with the same joy that they used to. Perhaps it’s time for the author to move on and try something else a little bit different. Her characters are great, they rock my world with their silly, petty selfishness. But she needs to start working on something else. Dare I say it? A decent plot line.

The Urban Book Thief has awarded Wolf With Benefits a kiss factor rating of four – such a bringer of joy and hilarity!



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