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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599982714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599982717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Subtle, demure, delicate Shelly Laurenston is a 2005 EPPIE Award Winner and 2004 CAPA Winner. A misplaced New Yorker trapped in Los Angeles, Shelly is constantly plotting and scheming her way back to civilization-think "Escape From New York." When she isn't playing video games, polishing her brass knuckles, or writing, she's trying to keep her dog, Maximus Psychotixus, from turning the local cat population into Happy Meals. Shelly is also the author of the award-winning TO CHALLENGE A DRAGON as well as PACK CHALLENGE, GO FETCH!, HERE KITTY, KITTY! and A PRIDE CHRISTMAS IN BROOKLYN. She also has her first print book out now, MAGNUS HEAT. All her books are available at Triskelion Publishing.

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Customer Reviews

I love Sara, Miki & Angelina and the MEN .... phew talk about hot.
Betty Davis
Great characters, lots of action, decent amount of good sex scenes, and a happy ending makes this the perfect book!
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Shelly Laurenston now has a new fan, I look forward to jumping right into the next book in this series.
Ronda Tutt

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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Readsalot on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second Shelly Laurenston book that I've read. Distressing Damsel was really a great read and I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. In the meantime I figured I'd try something else from the same author.

This book was previously released with the second book in the series, Go Fetch, in a single volume called Magnus Heat. That is where I read all of the rave reviews. So I was prepared to really like this book. Well, even though I think this book is a very fresh take on wolf shapeshifters and their community...I just wasn't feeling this one. The beginning was a bit slow and I was actually bored until it got to page 200 something (ebook edition) where the bedroom scenes take over.

The characters weren't as realistic and didn't feel as "natural" as the characters that were created for Distressing Damsel. The constant "B----" name calling among the three girl friends became monotonous and annoying.

I gave the book a 3 star rating only because the book picked up towards the end and because I like Ms. Laurenston's writing in general. She has a very fresh perspective and a unique voice to her writing. I'm just not too impressed with Pack Challenge. On the other hand, there were very many 5 star ratings for the version of this book released under the title of Magnus Heat...Check that out before you make your final decision.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cmoonlight on November 19, 2008
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This book had a perfect combination of humor, romance, and action. And the love scenes were STEAMY! Zach and Sara were a great couple...not too mushy...but still loving. Sara was a great heroine. I also loved the supporting characters. I can't wait to read their stories. This was a great book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Kay on July 27, 2008
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Shelly Laurenston, in my opinion, is one of the best, if not THE best, erotica writer out there! Her ability to mix romance, humor & steamy sex is priceless!
Pack Challenge is the hilarious story of Sara & Zach. Zach is a hunky alpha male shapeshifter, though he isn't the alpha of his pack...yet. Sara is a quirky, slightly psychotic (don't give her tequila!) woman who is also a shapeshifter...she just doesn't know it. Add in some great sidekicks, and you've got yourself one heck of a great story.
The rest of this series (originally released as Magnus Heat & Here Kitty Kitty) are being re-released by Samhain Publishing in the future. And I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the release dates!!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roxy L. Lyday on March 28, 2008
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Okay, this is one of my all time favorite books. This is book one in the Magnus Pack Trilogy. I originally bought this as an e-book, and loved it show much I bought it in print(I am waiting for the last two to come out in print). This book is laugh out loud falling off the couch funny, and you get to watch a trio of friends find themselves and grow together, plus it has really hot shape shifters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toni Hudson on July 4, 2009
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This book is the first in the Magnus Pack series and it tells of Zach and Sara's story. Sara has been working in a motorcyle shop all her life after her mean grandmother dies. Unbeknownist to her she is a shifter living in a shifter community except for her two best friends Miki and Angelina who are also clueless about their town. Sara was in an accident when she was little and walks with a limp; all of this happens before she reaches the age to shift and therefore it keeps her from being able to shift or heal her wounds. This accident also kills her parents and she goes to stay with her grandmother who resented the Magnus Pack for taking her daughter away and letting her get killed. So she keeps Sara away from them and threatens to kill any who come after Sara thus keeping her in the dark about her shifter status and community. When Zach rolls into town with his alpha all heck breaks lose and the next thing you know Sara is walking around without a limp(with some help from Zach), finds her mate, and fends off a pride of lions who are out to kill her. Shelly Laurenston has never disappointed me with her storyline, humor, or the suspense you can find in her shifter series and I can't wait till she writes more. Well done Shelly Laurenston please write more I am still waiting on Nikolai's brother story- you know the one that likes Zach's sister.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Frick on May 29, 2008
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The characters here are not your ususal shifters (don't say werewolf!), but down-home folks with edges and flaws. Although I will run, not walk, to the nearest store to get the latest Shelly Laurenston, this one remains my favorite. I laugh aloud everytime I read it (embarrassing when done in public). Put aside any preconceptions on what should happen in a novel about shifters and go with the flow. Can you really afford to pass up a book that has motorcycles, wolves, a conspiracy-theory geek with a shotgun, and the possibility of were-bunnies?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica Fanton on May 5, 2009
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I don't generally waste my time posting an opinion about something in a forum or blog like this one. But this time, I couldn't resist.

I've read all of the reviews, and I strongly disagree with any of the criticisms a couple of the reviewers provided. A couple of reviewers commented that the characters weren't "realistic." While I certainly agree that most novels with a romantic slant do not develop characters like the ones in this book, I thought it was completely believable--for modern female characters whose relationships are that close. I loved it, and I actually think it is a more realistic character development than in other romantic books. I could clearly see the motivation behind why the protagonist was the type of woman who didn't care what other people thought of her and didn't pretend to be nice. More women should know themselves so well--and like themselves so well--that it doesn't matter if anyone thinks she's unreasonable, tough, jaded, or b****y.

I accidentally picked this book up years after its first release, about two weeks ago. It was a terrific, entertaining story. I have since ordered all of the books by this author (and read Go Fetch).

If you like a romantic novel with a strong, independent, modern female protagonist who is comfortable enough in her own skin to not worry about what others think of her or her attitude, you'll love this book, too.
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