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review 2018-04-05 10:00
New Release Review! Hot and Badgered (Honey Bear Chronicles #1) Shelly Laurenston!
Hot and Badgered - Shelly Laurenston

 

 

It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.
 
Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

 

 

The first book in the Honey Badger Chronicles which takes place in the Pride Stories world will keep you in stitches with a fun filled and action packed romantic adventure.

 

As usual Shelly Laurenston provides such a fun read that I just can put the book down until I have wrung every last chuckle from every page.  The zany and wonderful characters of her shifter worlds are always strong, compelling and full of snark while they tie readers in knots with laughter, they always make it easy for the readers relate to and become captivated by each and every one. So, needless to say Charlie and Berg stole the show in Hot and Badgered with their sizzling but prickly chemistry as they entertained readers with their quick witted dialogue and funtabulous but dangerous attitudes but don’t think that’s all these characters are about because they also some deep seated emotional issues that while they add to the fun also add depth to their personalities and captivate readers.

 

The fast paced and super charged plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat with lots of thills and intrigue and there is no predicting what will happen next. There are several action filled events that gets the adrenaline pumping but also provide some chuckles and since there is lots of hated family members and plenty of enemies, there is never a dull moment to be found in this electrifying story.

 

I have been waiting very impatiently for this story to be released as I love Shelly Laurenston’s books (p.s. I also love her alter ego – G.A. Aiken’s stories as well) and let me tell you that I was quite pleased with Hot and Badgered, she introduces new characters to her fascinating world and maintains her diabolical use of snark and fun to keep readers thoroughly entertained and I can’t wait to read the next one.

 

 

Hot and Badgered is the 1st book in the Honey Badger Chronicles which is a spinoff of the Pride Stories.

 

Hot and Badgered is available in print or ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   Hudson   BaM   IndieBound   GPlay   Kobo   eBooks   iBooks

 

Shelly Laurenston can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   GAAiken   BookBub   Facebook

 

 

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review 2016-01-31 00:36
Well, that was convoluted!
Wolverines Vol. 4: Destiny - Charles Soule,Ray Fawkes,Ario Anindito,Juan Cabal,Jonathan Marks,Ariela Kristantina,Juan Doe

This whole series was just overindulgent, and the plot was far too convoluted for that final play.   The final panel was pretty amazing; it had a great reveal at the end, but in retrospect, it wasn't worth the twenty issue series. 

 

Disappointing. 

 

It was still fun, and the art was fantastic, but nothing I'll ever read again. 

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review 2016-01-30 23:54
Liked this volume better than the last
Wolverines Vol. 3: The Living and the Dead - Marvel Comics

It was a little funnier, Fang wasn't in it, and that mean-spiritedness wasn't there either.   The series is ending soon, so the master plan should be revealed.   It feels like it's ever so slowly building up to that.  

I suppose the real issue isn't the pace, it's the fact that there's nothing as promising as the main storyline to distract me from the pace.   So basically I focus on the most interesting part - the game Mystique is playing - while other stuff goes on as she masterminds this.  

 

Do not care. 

 

I think proof that we could be distracted without minding is the stand-alone Deadpool issue where he legit tries to replace Wolverine.   Because the world needs a Wolverine apparently. 

 

 

It was funny, and so much pure fun that I just absolutely forgot about Mystique's plans.   I didn't remember, I didn't care.   

 

Still, I'm so close to the end.   Five more issues.   Gonna toughen up and finish the last volume, an then move onto something better, hopefully!

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review 2016-01-30 22:29
So, not a huge fan of this series...
Wolverines Vol. 2: Claw, Blade and Fang - Kris Anka,Jason Masters,Juan Doe,Charles Soule,Ray Fawkes

I kinda want to know what happens, so I'll continue reading, but this is not one of my favorite series.   Which is odd: I like everything by this writer.  I think part of is the casual cruelty in this particular volume, part of it is that it's more convoluted than what he usually writes, and part of it is that the whole 'Logan after Logan died' thing seems like milking a cash cow after you've killed it. 

 

I'm also not sure where he's going, with any of the storylines, which is just frustrating. 

 

Then again, I like some of the characters - Fantomelle and Culpepper in particular - and I want to see what happens to them.   

 

The casual cruelty I mentioned before?   Everything that Fang, one of Logan's friend, dumped on Sabertooth was just very mean-spirited, and seeing as he was doing this as a way to honor Logan just rubbed me the wrong way.   I'm not saying that Sabertooth didn't do horrible things, or that he should get away with the things he did.   But it's this weird thing where he can remember, but his personalty was inverted so he doesn't want to kill or hurt people and he wants to help them now.   So is he the same person if this was forced on him and he can't undo it?

 

In my opinion, he is not the same person.   And I don't even think saying, 'look, you did this horrible, horrible shit and I can't get over it, and I can't just forget it,' is unreasonable. However, what Fang did was rub his face in the fact that will never be Logan is just... ugh.   It made me dislike Fang, because even if he hated Sabertooth?   He did that, and he pulled another stunt, to prove to Sabertooth that he wasn't Logan, and he'd never be as good as Logan. 

 

His main motivation was to cause as much emotional pain as possible.   He took a lot of pleasure in it, in a way that made me feel weird and funny, like I was looking in at all the faults that Sabertooth was trying to hide, and it felt invasive?   

I normally don't mind sadistic characters.   There was just something about this that made my hackles rise, and I find myself less interested in finishing this series than I am in finishing Captain Marvel right now.

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review 2015-05-03 12:00
Gets better as it goes...
Wolverines Volume 1: Dancing with the Devil - Charles Soule,Nick Bradshaw

Maybe I didn't like the first issue because so much has been done with Project X, and even Wolverine, that it felt like mining his death, mining this project, and I didn't want anymore.   Maybe it was because I didn't expect Daken to show up, and I really hate his character. 

 

Whatever it is, I definitely got over that thing nagging at me.  It gets better.  Especially once it adds in some new characters, Fantomelle and Culpeppe, whom I like very much.   Mr. Sinister is another character who gets overused at times - want someone creepy, want biological warfare, want clones, go to Mr. Sinister - and whom is best used sparingly, but he fits into this story nicely so far.   

 

But the real question is am I willing to move onto this series?   I think I'm going to wait for a sale.   So far, the magic that propels me to read the next comic, and now, is missing.   It just is.   Yes, it got more exciting at the end, and I'd like to read on, but I don't feel the need to know what happens next immediately.   

 

So three and a half-stars, and I'll probably wait for volume two to come down and lower in price on Comixology before I buy this. 

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