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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758220367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758220363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The novel showcases two breeding male lion shapeshifters who fall for females so unlike themselves that it drives everyone wild." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on October 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Mane Event" is two linked stories in one volume. The first story, "Christmas Pride", follows the meeting at Christmastime of two people who were very close at school but whose lives diverged for twenty years. Mace Llewellyn is a human who can turn into a lion and he is being pressured to take up responsibilities within his Pride with regard to the females; however he remembers Dez MacDermot from his youth and believes she is the woman with whom he wants to spend his life. Their meeting again isn't entirely auspicious as it is over the body of one of his Pride members - Dez is a police detective and Mace has just left the Navy. However he instantly insinuates himself into her life, trying to show Dez that they should be together whilst Dez investigates the murder.

The murder plot of this book, although good, is definitely subordinate to the sex part of the book. In some ways that's a disappointment as there were some interesting angles within the mystery - the Lions, Wolves and Hyenas' fighting for territory and yet various individuals crossing boundary lines within species. Most of the action in the book is between Dez and Mace and between the sheets (or in the shower, against a wall, on the couch...) with just a brief fight between the Hyenas and the Wolves to add some interest. Mace's plan for Dez appears to be to wear her down by sex and proximity so that she agrees that they should be together. There are some amusing moments with her two police dogs, with her family and with Mace's partner Smittty but most of the story focuses on the relationship between the main characters - although as a lust-at-first-sight relationship there's little growing or changing between the main characters.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mane Event is one of those guilty pleasure kind of books but somehow Shelly Laurenston manages the erotic content while telling two connected stories that are romantic and funny. This is no neat feat considering that the couples spend most of their time getting hot and sweaty and some people may be uncomfortable with the sensuality level and language here. But where a full length novel might have gotten repetitious, these short stories didn't have that problem.

In Christmas Pride - Mace a gorgeous ex-Seal Lion-shifter is back in town and determined to have the one women he's always loved Desiree. Back in high school they were best bud's but now they are all grown up and nothing is going to stand in his way. What I liked about this story is that there was the leftover crushes from when Mace and Dez were kids to build on. Mace has always been in love with this women and never doubts for a minute that she will be his. Dez is a great strong character, and when she ends up in a face off against some nasty shifters, she is tough and smart enough to handle it on her own. No damsel in distress here, definitely a worthy mate for the king of the beasts.

In Shaw's Tail - The way that Lion-shifter Shaw falls so completely for Ronnie Lee a former wild child wolf-shifter, is really appealing. Their courtship is a dance: Shaw stalks and pounces and then retreats so that Ronnie Lee won't feel trapped and flee. Both characters have a great sense of humor, and are playful both in and out of bed. Who says cats and dogs don't mix?

There are also some good supporting characters pulling the strings to get these couples together.
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With many synops already written, I'll make my review brief. Note: This book is comprised of two short stories by the same author.

I loved Laurenston's sense of humor. She literally had me busting up and laughing. Few authors are this much fun to read.

I was very disappointed when, half way through the first story, sex took over and everything else was drowned out. Not only were there several chapters in a row of nothing but the h/h having sex, thinking about sex, wishing they were again having sex, imagining having sex..., the language was vulgar to the point of distraction. Not once did the couple "make love" or even "have sex". It was always "f---ing". Truly, I've never seen that word used so many times in one book. After several chapters of it, I started to skim pages so I could get back to the actual story.

With Laurenston's ability to delight a reader so much with her humor, the overwhelming vulgarity and abundance of sex scenes are a waste of her talent. During the first half of the first story, I was sure I'd be coming back on Amazon to order more of her books. After the second half, I didn't even want to read the second story in this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arlene J. Medder on September 15, 2008
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I have read a couple stories in this author's universe but this was the first one in the loosely-connected series. It's well-written and even with my prior knowledge, there were some surprises. It's good enough that I'll be getting more books by this author. The level of eroticism is high so I would not hand it to a younger romance reader.
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