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Really Unusual Bad Boys Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758208928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758208927
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really Unusual Bad Boys is a collection of three stories featuring The SandLands Royal Family.

In Bridefight, Detective Lois Commoner is tired of her life. Ever since she was injured on the job she's lived with pain and the knowledge that her injury will have her riding a desk for the rest of her career. She's been alone since the death of her mother and now, with the end of her career, she's depressed and makes the decision to end it all. After taking pain pills she wakes up in a strange new world. The first thing she sees when she opens her eyes is a large puma who stuns her by shifting into a man. Prince Damon believes that Lois has been delivered to his world, The SandLands, to be his mate. But before he can keep her, he has to win her in the Bridefight.

Mating Season continues the SandLand stories. With his brother's recent mating to Lois and apparent happiness, Prince Maltese is lonely for a mate of his own. He's in his bathing pool when he wishes that wherever she is she would come to him. Suddenly, a woman drops out of the sky into his bath. Lt. Anne Sanger is a World War II WAC who is not happy at finding herself in the SandLands. Nor is she thrilled to find out that Maltese is determined to be her mate. She's determined to find her way home regardless of how attractive she finds Maltese.

Groomfight is the last story in this book and is Prince Shakar's story. Prince Shakar is off hunting and bored when he wishes himself to be anywhere but the SandLands. He finds himself on a strange world facing Rica Callanbra. Rica's mother is from the SandLands and appeared to her father who, in an effort to keep his mate happy, built a machine allowing them to travel to the SandLands whenever they wished.
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I'm a huge fan of MJD. I love her sassy women and with few exceptions, find her stories to be a laugh-a-minute wild ride. That said, I feel rather luke warm about this collection. The first story was available from Ellora's Cave about 3 years ago, and doesn't seem to have been edited or reworked at all. (If you read Bridefight then and liked it, skip the rest of my review, because the other two stories are very similar.)

The recurring character, Lois is obnoxious and annoying, and while I concede that MJD's smart-mouthed women can sometimes be a little annoying, they usually go about it in some charming or humorous way. The rest of the characters are "OK". The steamy factor is "OK". The quality of writing is "OK". The "Bad Boy" factor is non-existent - these guys are pussy cats.

That said, an "OK" from MJD is still better than the good stuff of many other authors. As for me, anything by MJD has an automatic spot on my keeper shelf, so I had to buy this book, even if I'll never re-read it.

Better MJD recommendations: Undead and Un-(fill-in-the-blank), The Royal Treatment (sequel coming soon) , Hello Gorgeous, Under Cover, Derik's Bane (which you'll enjoy more if you've read Secrets 6 and Secrets 8)
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I loved Bridefight when I read the novella in e-book format at Ellora's Cave. The aforementioned novella was the first part of a series that was never carried out called Canis Royal. In fact, I loved it so much that I wrote a review about the novella and expressed my pleasure in having read such a fun little story. So, imagine my delight when I heard that MaryJanice Davidson re-released Bridefight and added two more novellas of the SandLands for an anthology... and imagine my disappointment when I read Really Unusual Bad Boys. Mating Season leaves off where Bridefight left off, only this time this is Damon's brother Maltese's story. He wished for an earthly woman and got Lt Anne Sanger, a straightlaced WWII soldier. She has no idea how she'd landed in SandLands. Her circumstances are quite different from Lois's. She wants nothing more than to return to her home, however, will she want to after she spends time with the gorgeous werecat? And in Groomfight, third brother Shakar lands on earth and meets a beautiful dark-skinned woman. After spending time with her and indulging in some erotic moments, which includes skinny-dipping, he decides to stay on earth, but things could change after Rica discovers she's with child.

The problem I had with the last two novellas is that they seem rushed, thin and sloppily executed. When I read Bridefight, I felt that Davidson discovered a unique and erotic world with sharp humor and great one-liners to boot. However, the novellas are so short and end so abruptly that I am not any the wiser about the SandLands and its inhabitants. For example, in Mating Season, Anne was quite adamant about returning to earth, and then out of nowhere changes her mind. I was confused with her sudden change of heart. It was just too abrupt.
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Overall, I have not liked the Brava Bad Boys series. However, I like everything I have read by MJD and this book only strengthened that idea. The 3 stories are interconnected and revolve around the mating of the 3 princes from the SandLands. The SandLands is an alternate world where the people transform into animals; the 3 princes, by the way, transform into pumas. MJD's females are always quirky and sassy and this anthology is no different. From learning the language of the dark travelers, to confronting racism, to addressing the role of women, MJD's characters kept me laughing. Highly recommended!
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