I’m not sure what I can say about Big Bad Beast that I’ve not said about Shelly Laurenston’s previous Pride (and Magnus Pack and the Dragon Kin series written under G.A. Aiken) without coming across as a gibbering fan!
The story is a simple one of wolf shifter, Dee Ann Smith meets wolf shifter, Ulrich ‘Ric’ Van Holtz and tells of how they are going to be each others’ mates for life. Actually, thinking about it, this is the first time we’ve had a wolf / wolf pairing instead of the various cross species pairings that has been enjoyed until now.
In addition to the hilarious and sexy shenanigans that the relationship create, there are also several other reasons that I really liked this book. In no particular order other than how they spring to mind:
The introduction of Marcella ‘Cella’ ‘Nice Guy’ Malone, a tiger shifter who works for KZS (protection group for feline shifters), a former marine who is now working with old marine buddy Dee Ann Smith, the heroine of this book and Desiree MacDermot who returns in a larger role.
They are teamed together to investigate and to put a stop to the pit fights that are claiming the lives of hybrid shifters. There’s a bit of a double-whammy shock in the resolution of that story line but it’s handled very well.
There is also return of three characters from the Magnus Pack series namely, Sara and Angelina who are in very brief but memorable cameos and Professor Irene Colridge and her children who are in top, brilliantly scathing form (part of the story takes place in Washington state instead of the usual New York hence their appearance).
As has previously been mentioned, the book is full of Shelly Laurenston’s trade mark humour, snark and hot sexy times. If there was only one bad part about Big Bad Beast, it would be that it ended and that I have to wait until Bear Meets Girl is published to get my next shifter fix.