Friday, December 5, 2014

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston [Review]

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
The Mane Event (Pride #1) by Shelly Laurenston
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: September 6, 2014

0.5. Howl For It
1. The Mane Event - Paperback | Kindle
2. The Beast in Him
3. The Mane Attraction
4. The Mane Squeeze
5. Beast Behaving Badly
6. Big Bad Beast
7. Bear Meets Girl
8. Wolf with Benefits
9. Bite Me

Shelly Laurenston
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane?
That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes―as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more.

Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her―in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...

Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go.

Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again...
Thoughts on The Mane Event: Oh, man. These guys are fun!

Christmas Pride: I don't know why the thought of these shifters doing bodily harm on their friends and siblings makes me laugh, but I SURE DO get a kick out of their internal musings on doling out some hurt when someone annoys them. Man. It's making me laugh just thinking about it.

Shapeshifters. They give me the giggles.

LOVED the family dynamics, the friend dynamics, the way Mace couldn't get Dez out of his head.All in all, a rousing good time. *thumbs up*

Shaw's Tail: And now we have Shaw and Ronnie. Mismatched? Maybe on the surface. But HIGHLY enjoyable as Shaw goes on the prowl for the She-Wolf who he can't get out of his head. Again, LOVE the family dynamics and how the Pack always have each others' backs when the chips are down.

I like how these shifters fight each other just as enthusiastically as they fight their enemies. They might pull their punches (and bites!) a bit when they're clobbering family or friends, but they show a high level of enjoyment out of knocking the snarl out of one another.


  1. You made me want to read this series asap ! Can The mane event be read first or does it have to be Howl for it ? Because many times before, I found it's best to read the prequel when you already know the characters and settings ;) Great review !

    1. I LOVED Eggie and Darla in the Howl for It story (I think their story was called "Like a Wolf with a Bone"), so I'm all for reading the prequel. You could most definitely jump in with book 1, but all the crazy wolves in the prequel pop up in later books (all grown up now!) and they are FUN!

  2. This is a series that is on my list for next year a long with Dead Witch Walking series :)

    1. Felicia, I listen to this series. I like the narrator, though, I think there are others who didn't like. The Hollows is a must listen, IMO.

    2. This series is RIDICULOUSLY fun, Felicia. I just read 2 more books in it this week and I'm loving it even harder!

  3. I listen to this series. I think it is so cute. It is my go to if I'm have a bad week and need a laugh. It always makes my mood better.