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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758231709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231703
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shelly Laurenston is the New York Times bestselling author of many paranormal romance titles, including Wolf with Benefits, Bear Meets Girl, and the Magnus Pack series.

Charlotte Kane is a classically trained actor with numerous film, television, and voice-over credits. She has also appeared on stage in London, Los Angeles, and New York. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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They make me laugh at random moments.
The reason I loved this book so much is because the heroine was the Alpha and the hero was pretty much a Beta, yet they complemented each other so well!!!
Great writing, very entertaining characters, steamy romance.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By RVAbooklover VINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's because I have been loving some beta heroes lately, but this book worked for me on every level. Ric, pretty, charming, wily Ric has known for 25 years that Dee-Ann is the one for him. He declared himself to his Uncle Van (well, cousin Van, really)the first time he met Dee, at the tender age of 6. I do like a boy who knows what he wants. Ric is now Dee's supervisor in The Group, and knows he has to manuever carefully in order to not mess up his chances with Dee. Ric is smooth at chasing Dee until she catches him. Yes, you read that correctly. He plays his hand well.

The action revolves around stopping the hybrid fighting rings, as it has over the last few books. Though the scenes are few, they are tense, and dramatic. Following the money, Ric finds a surprising sponsor for these heinous fights, and the resulting intended decimation of the hybrids.

Also, Ric's father and brother adds to the drama with their less than legal antics. Dee puts a quick stop to Ric's brothers B&E attempt, though, in one of many hilarious scenes. When Dee leaves Ric a note saying "We need to talk" she is referring to Wendell's treachery. Ric thinks she means to kick him to the curb. Refreshingly, after Dee figures out where Ric's mind went when he saw those words, she confronts him rather than letting it drag out into some big whopping misunderstanding.

I think almost everyone from the series shows up here in one place or another, but it doesn't feel contrived at all. The reasons for the appearances make sense, and they all are in perfect voice. One of my favorite characters ever, Irene, and Dee bond over PB &J's. And I love Blayne. Do you suppose anyone will ever cotton on to the fact that she manipulates everyone so perfectly?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Wheaton VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dee-Ann Smith is a former Marine and now member of a shifter protective unit know as The Group. Ric Van Holtz is her supervisor and the guy who has been madly in love with her since they were 6 years old.

The Group is trying to track down an outfit that is using young hybrid shifters in what is tantamount to a dog-fighting ring. Hybrids usually are clanless because of the intermixing of the breeds is anathema to some and are thus without much protection. That is until The Group and the Smiths, Kunetzov and Van-Holtz packs get in on the action.

Dee-Ann is backwoods hillbilly while Ric is an upper crust, fancy master chef. She is an anti-social killer, while all he wants to do is love and feed her.

Normally a synopsis like that would lead one to believe that this book is filled with spine tingling suspense and angsty danger. One would be wrong. This is a Shelly Laurenston book. And while there is suspense, danger and lots of killing, it is all done amidst some incredibly hilarious hi-jinks and dialogue and writing that is simply laugh-out loud.

Take this scene. When Ric takes his lady love, Dee-Ann to introduce her to his favorite aunt, she decides to make his young cousins peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The gourmand Van Holtz's are fascinated at the delicacy:

'Shouldn't you use the homemade jam we make each season?" the middle son Finn asked "rather than that store-bought grape jelly?"

"PB&J. ain't supposed to fancy, boys. It's supposed to be delicious."

The abnormally large female cut the sandwich into four pieces and gave one to each before taking one for herself. They all took a bite and she grinned at their appreciative groans. "See?" she said around a mouthful of peanut butter and jell.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on April 29, 2011
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The rich, cultured, and gorgeous Ulrich Van Holtz has the singular ability to keep a lot of different balls in the air as he smoothly juggles them all. Between the wildly successful restaurants and business investments, the hockey team he owns and serves as goalie, the properties he manages, and his position in the Group as a team supervisor, Ric is definitely skilled at multitasking. The moment he laid eyes on Dee-Ann Smith, the deadliest she-wolf in the country (and probably several other countries as well), he truly appreciated all those balls for what they were: intensive, hands-on training. And it would take every single bit of that training, every skill, all of his many talents, and every single ounce of his canny intellect to achieve his new life goal: making her his.

He's a Van Holtz. Failure is not an option.

Dee-Ann Smith is a cold killer. A ruthless, massive she-wolf, she enjoyed her years in the shifter-populated Unit, and now she's out, she likes the combination of freedom and license to kill that she gets working for the Group. She's the deadly ghost who can slip past any defense, slide into anyplace she wants, and do it all in a blink with nary a sound. Scarred, yellow-eyed, and genuinely disinterested in anything remotely resembling social etiquette, she'll never be pretty, but she's the one wolf you want ferreting out information and mowing down anything in your path.

For months the Group has had her working on blowing apart the hybrid pit fighting rings that threaten the lives of hybrids and risk discovery of their kind to full human masses.
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