Review: Howl For It (Pride 0.5) by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden

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Review: Howl For It (Pride 0.5) by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden four-stars
Like A Wolf With A Bone by Cynthia Eden, Shelly Laurenston
Series: Pride #0.5
Published by Brava on August 28, 2012
Pages: 315
Format: eBook
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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. . .

This review is for Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston only. I started but DNF’d Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden. Wed or Dead is a deception based storyline and I have no interest in that.

I heartily enjoyed Like A Wolf With A Bone. Signature Shelly Laurenston, Like A Wolf With A Bone is LOL funny but sweet.

Darla Mae meets her brother-in-law, Egbert Ray Smith, (her three sisters are married to his three brothers) one afternoon when he saves her life.

“Eggie?” She opened that one eye again. “Your name is Eggie?”

“Egbert Ray. Everybody calls me Eggie.”

Deciding that Darla is in danger, Eggie takes her with him home to Tennessee. Darla Mae’s sisters assumed Eggie harmed her – Eggie is visually (and physically) dangerous and everyone is terrified of him – but Darla Mae is in love with the strong, quiet Eggie who would do anything for her. Even though her sisters try to make her leave Eggie and go back home, Darla Mae puts her foot down.

“You can take me wherever you want to, Egbert Ray Smith, because I know that I’ll never be safer than I am right now . . . with you.”

And she said the words with such sincerity, her dark brown eyes so trusting of him when even his own kin never looked at him that way, that Eggie knew in that moment that he’d never let anyone harm this She-wolf. Never let anyone come near her without her consent.

He’d protect Darla Mae Smith with his life.

Eggie feels that Darla Mae loving him is proof that God exists and he’s never been happier in his life. He’ll do what needs to be done to keep Darla Mae happy – and lucky for Eggie, that’s pretty easy. Even his brothers have to watch out – Eggie

“I could skin ya, have you deboned, and buried in less than an hour. It’s in the trainin’. So don’t y’all cross me when it comes to Darla Mae.”
-Eggie

And that’s basically what Like A Wolf With A Bone is about: How Eggie and Darla Mae fell in love. And it’s hilarious.

Like A Wolf With A Bone takes place something like 20-30 years before the start of Laurenton’s Pride series. I have a ton of Shelly Laurentson books but I couldn’t really get into the Pride series so I stopped around book one (of Pride). Like A Wolf With A Bone has foreshadowing for the beginning of the Magnus Pack series. It appears that the Pride series and the Magnus Pack series seem to be set in the same world. This made me dig around till I found my old ebook library (THREE computers back) and (think about) starting Magnus Pack. We’ll see.

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