Howl For It (Pride, #0.5) By Shelly Laurenston

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    They hunger for your pleasure. They growl for your touch. And in these sizzling stories by New York Times bestselling author Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden, these sexy wolf shapeshifters are lust at first bite. . .

    Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston

    Quiet little Darla Lewis couldn't be happier when the most-feared member of the South's rowdiest pack kidnaps her. A girl gets real tired of being overprotected by her own shifter family, and there's nothing like an oh-so-big bad wolf to start a pack feud, unleash her instincts--and have her surrender however and whenever she wants. . .

    Wed Or Dead by Cynthia Eden

    Gage Ryder knew his human bride had a wild side. But spending their honeymoon night on the run from hunters out to finish him and his pack is sure not the kind of fun he was looking forward to. No problem--Gage will do whatever it takes to lay bare Kayla's secrets and find the truth. If he can keep from being captured by his own seductive game. . . Howl For It (Pride, #0.5)

    Howl For It was two paranormal shifter romances in one book, each novella length. I originally picked up the book because I’m a big fan of Cynthia Eden’s romantic suspense novels, but I’d never tried her fantasy books. After reading Wed or Dead, I’m definitely trying more of her paranormal books, because it was fantastic! I’ve never read Shelly Laurenston’s stories, so I was pleasantly surprised by her story! It had me cracking up and it was pretty hot!

    3.5 Stars Like a Wolf With a Bone-Shelly Laurenston

    Egbert Ray Smith, Eggie for short, is on break from the Marine Corps and back home with his family, the Smith Pack. As usual there’s family drama with his brothers and their mates it seems the Smith boys have married the Lewis sisters and they’re always fighting over something. Waiting outside while they hash things out inside, Eggie spies the youngest sister, Darla Mae outside as well, shaking her head over the drama playing out between the mates inside. Eggie is immediately smitten and follows Darla Mae out into the forest where he witnesses a few male figures hunting her. Apparently, Darla Mae has brought trouble back with her from San Francisco, and Eggie makes it his mission to keep her safe.

    As I said, Like a Wolf With a Bone had me cracking up. The antics between the families were funny, just their names alone had me laughing: the Lewis sisters all had Mae as their middle name: Janie Mae, Roberta Mae, Janette Mae and so forth, and all were married/mated to the Smith brothers all with Ray as their middle names: Nicky Ray, Bubba Ray, Frankie Ray. You get the picture. At any rate it was fun seeing the Eggie and Darla Mae get to know each other, falling a little harder with every minute while settling in to his home and town, battling family and danger in the process. Their romance was hot! Definitely want to read more from Ms. Laurenston.

    4.5 Stars-Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden

    Cynthia Eden’s romantic suspense is always a thrill ride and I can now say the same about her paranormal stories. Kayla and Gage are on opposite sides, Kayla is a hunter of all paranormal entities, and Gage is a wolf-shifter, a powerful Alpha of his pack; so, you wouldn’t think they’d be getting married, yet as the story opens that’s exactly what’s playing out.

    Oh, the chemistry between Kayla and Gage was sizzling! There’s obviously some mistrust between them when they each had secrets, but there was never a question that these two weren’t meant to be together. Their secrets come out pretty much from the start and they each must deal with betrayals from each of their groups. It was non-stop action, and when there wasn’t danger to deal with Kayla and Gage couldn’t keep their hands off each other! Loved the story and the paranormal world set up, but I’m not sure if this book is part of another series Cynthia Eden writes. I see a potential for more stories here, and I’d like to read more!

    A copy was kindly provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
    315 The only thing these two stories have in common are wolf shifters and some suspense (only a bit in the first).

    Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston
    I enjoyed it because while keeping most of the tropes (soul mates and such), these two are a bit different. As always, there are obstacles in their way. Not that Darla cares. She ends up with one of the most dangerous wolves ever and she ... pokes him. What I loved is that there is no angst and even though she is not very strong, Darla is hardly a damsel in distress.
    Yes, Eggie (what? It's a humorous story) is dangerous. Yes, everyone is afraid of him.

    'No, people didn’t giggle around Eggie. Or laugh. Or breathe too hard. Or make any sudden moves that might be construed as a threat. Nope. Not around Eggie.'
    People didn't. Darla, on the other hand, did. And even though he wants her from the first moment, it is she who has to do all the chasing. Not that he minds really.
    The suspense part of the story is only there to get these two together and I am not a fan of his brothers or her sisters.

    Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden
    This was darker than I expected. They have been together for weeks so no insta-love here. The story starts with their wedding and you soon find out that she is a hunter and he is her assignment.
    Then her whole world is turned upside down and she realises that not all is as she has been told. 315 *Mild Spoilers*

    I am only rating Like A Wolf With A Bone because it's the only one I read. OMG did I love this book. What a cute quick read. Funny and sexy! I loved Egbert Eggie Ray Smith so damn much I don't know what it is, but I have a weakness for the strong silent type. Eggie was hott! Everyone is scared of Eggie, but little Darla Mae! I loved Darla Mae too. She didn't let anyone treat Eggie like a outcast. they were both respectful and supportive of each other. Darla is outgoing and sweet with a touch of sass. Loved their story!!! And OMG the end with their daughter I laughed so hard! Great fast read and I can't wait to read the other books in this series!

    http://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessio... 315 Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston:
    This was such a cute shifter story! Both main characters were quirky and just had me laughing. It was silly but entertaining. The blurb makes Eggie sound scary and while he was a well trained military man with no social skills, he came off almost shy when he was with Darla. Darla was the fun, outgoing shifter who didn't really have a care in the world and wasn't afraid of anything even when their were human men trying to kill her. She pretty much just inserted herself into Eggie's life and he just followed along with whatever she wanted. Both of their families added some entertainment to the story as well. Very fun read.

    Wed Or Dead by Cynthia Eden:
    This was a more serious read than Shelly's story but equally as entertaining. If you like the Hero's who go after what they want no matter the consequences, you get that in Gage. He's a strong, dominant and protective Alpha of his pack and that extends to his very human mate Kayla. Their courtship was very short and all Gage wanted to do was bind her in marriage as quickly as possible. Probably due to the fact that he was hiding a secret from her, but she was hiding a secret from him as well. This short story was full of action as Gage and Kayla work together to try and survive a rogue shifter posing as a human hunter.

    I would give both these stories 5 Stars. I enjoyed both of them in different ways. Shelly Laurenston for the fun entertainment and Cynthia Eden for the Suspenseful entertainment.

    315 4- Going somewhere..? Stars!

    ~~Review for Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden only.~~

    I am a huge fan of Eden’s pnr writing so it was a no-brainer to request this little collection. And although Gage and Kayla’s story was quick in its telling it was an extremely enjoyable read.

    It’s too late to run… I’d just follow you.

    A shifter marrying a hunter is not what one generally expects seeing as they generally fall on opposite sides of the fence when the chips are down. Kayla has been tasked with getting close to Gage in order to penetrate his pack and take it down, but little does she realize as she walks down the aisle, that Gage knows exactly who she is and what she is after.

    A hunter and a wolf didn’t have a shot at forever…

    Double crosses, twists and turns, plenty of action of the sexy and non-sexy variety, this was a novella length story that packed a decent punch.

    I’m not letting you go.

    I actually think the premise of the hunters and what occurred in this book would have been a great start to a series, I don’t think the author has written any more involving these characters though. But one can hope for the future.

    ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

    I think I'm just going to write one review for every single book in this series. It will work because it's essentially the same book written nine different ways.

    When I read the prequel to this series, Howl For It, I thought to myself, Well, this could be interesting. I really liked reading about Darla and Eggie. The backwoods redneck theme made me a bit leery, but Laurenston wrote the characters with such unapologetic frankness that I found myself liking even the loudest, brashest southerners in the mix. Which is saying something because I can't really stand that kind of thing in real life. Laurenston has a way with characters and dialogue, and there's a wit in these stories that's sadly missing from a lot of modern romances. Her pacing is good, her sex scenes are enjoyable, not over-the-top or full of purple prose, but also not so dirty they'd throw some readers off. They're a sort of middle ground, I suppose. Which can be good or bad, depending on your taste. I personally can handle far raunchier sex scenes, but I don't need them, and I think the level of sensuality in these books is fitting to the sense of the stories overall. The characters are likable and irritating all at the same time, and that creates a tension while reading that's surprisingly enjoyable. You find yourself unable to put the book down, but not just because you love it. There's a desire to see what idiot things the characters will do next. A lot of them are the kind of people we love to hate and hate to love.

    As an author, Laurenston is capable of crafting characters with charisma. You may not like them, you may disapprove of their life choices, but damn it, you find them intriguing.

    The only negative thing I have to say about these books is that they're just too damn similar. In every book, the heroine is reluctant and bitchy, slightly hysterical and irrational, and the men are the ones who have to convince them they're fated to be together. I don't mind that in a story, but after nine full installments and two novellas, that formula got to be a little annoying. 315 Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston - 5 star read.
    Fun, flirty and fabulous insight into the elusive Eggie Smith and his journey to find his true love.

    Wed or Dead by Cynthia Edens 3 stars
    The story was interesting with some really strong highs and lows. I felt some of the choices were completely over the top interrupting the story's flow.

    I received this ARC copy of Howl For It from Kensington Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Howl For It is set for publication Jan. 30, 2018.

    My Rating: 4 stars
    Written by: Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden
    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: Brava; Original edition
    Publication Date: August 28, 2012
    ISBN-10: 0758273444
    ISBN-13: 978-0758273444
    Genre: Paranormal Romance

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    315 BR with Aly is so frigging bored.

    Just Shelly Laurenston's story.

    ******Like A Wolf With A Bone: 5 Stars******

    I'd totally forgotten what this story was about. It was like reading it for the first time and it was awesome!

    I admit that whenever I read books about my favorite characters parents I feel kind of awkward. It's like catching your parents kissing. (I'm a weird person, don't judge.)

    But I'm a serious fangirl were Eggie is concerned. I love his brooding, glaring personality. It was nice seeing how sweet he was with Darla and how cute he could be when in love. In the rest of the series we usually just see his ruthless side when it comes to enemies or is protective one when it comes to Dee Ann. Darla was also such a sweetheart.

    This is definitely a great start for one of my favorite series!

    Here's a quote that had me laughing out loud...

    Arms wide, Darla reached up and hugged their daughter. She favored her mother in the face, but she has Eggie's eyes. Whether wolf or human, her eyes were cold and yellow and deadly. Sometimes, when she'd come to visit, the teo of them would go to the mall, get a couple of chocolate shakes, sit around, and just stare at people. Taking bets on who they could get to piss their pants with nothing more than a look. It was something they'd been doing since his little girl was about five or so. It was also something they never told her momma about. 315 'Like a Wolf With a Bone' by Shelly Laurenston
    4 stars

    Laurenston often uses the novella format to give us back stories of characters in her series from previous generations. In this one we get the story of hillbillie she-wolf killing machine Dee-Ann's parents - Eggie and Darla.

    More wolf than man, we know from 'Big Bad Beast' that Eggie Ray Smith's favorite saying is time to start the killin' - and he often invokes it when forced to spend time with his crazy kin. So how then did a lethal military operative end up with sweet-as-pie Darla Mae Lewis? This is their sweet story and I really liked it. We got to see a whole new side of Eggie, and find out he may be scary, dangerous and feared by all who know him and of him, but he's really a protector at heart and gentle Darla is his perfect mate.

    'Wed or Dead' by Cynthia Eden
    3 stars

    Not as good as Laurenston's story IMO, but still entertaining and definitely hot (as one would expect from Eden). In this one, a werewolf has to convince his new wife (who turns out to be hunting his kind) that supernaturals aren't all bad. It started it out interesting, but lost some momentum halfway through and I ended up skimming through the rest of the story....

    315 4 stars: Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston
    Loved Eggie Ray Smith's story. It was sweet while also really funny. A departure from the other books in the series, this story is set back in the 1970s when Eggie was first getting together with Darla Mae. I also enjoyed the glimpses of Sissy Mae's parents and the other aunts and uncles--who we know from the earlier books in the series. Eggie has such an infamous reputation in the earlier books--crazy, tough killer--it was really neat to finally read his story. This story is best read after reading the earlier books in the series. I don't think you'd love this story as much, unless you've read them first.

    3.5 stars: Wed Or Dead by Cynthia Eden
    This was a good novella but I would have liked more development of the H/h's relationship as well as their characters. The story overall was a good, high action tale. 315