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Bite Me

Laurenston, Shelly

(eBook - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Hot shape-shifters and even hotter passion." --New York Times bestselling author Gena ShowalterLivy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life's irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad's untimely and unexplained demise. That's where Vic Barinov comes in--or his house does. Vic can't step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he'll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge. . .

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Publisher: New York, NY :, Brava, Kensington Publishing Corp.,, [2014]
ISBN: 1617732451
9781617732454
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 28, 2014
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The 'note' at the beginning of the book was a little strange, for me. In the note Leigh apologises for the fact that her artist couldn't quite manage the merging of a bear and a tiger into one image, and that's why this cover might not meet with die-hard fans' expectations. I guess if you're a huge fan of the series you get used to a certain style of cover art and maybe this book doesn't quite fit into that, but when I look at the covers of other books in the series, I wouldn't really say that they show exactly what I would have pictured for the characters that are featured in the book. For example, I read Wolf with Benefits in May and looking at the cover now, except for the eyes, I don't really see the shirtless man's resemblance to a wolf. I mean, it's a front cover, do people really get that upset about that kind of thing? At least it's not a dark haired model when the character's described as light haired, or vice versa.

I loved Livy in Wolf with Benefits (might have even been better than the MC Toni), she was laugh out loud hilarious and I'm looking forward to her being the same in this book. I will be very disappointed if her dialogue is missing those witty quips or she neglects to threaten someone with serious bodily harm. To be continued...

22/9 - This isn't a romance, this a mildly interesting mystery about what happened to Livy's father that features some moderately amusing dialogue between Livy, Vic, Shen and a few other small characters. Livy and Vic have absolutely no romantic chemistry, they hardly even have any friendly chemistry. I have no idea how Livy and Vic are going to go from 'naked girl eating honey in a guy's cupboard, but he doesn't really react or make any attempt to make any moves on her' to 'I'm so deeply in love with you I wanna be your mate and be together forever' in 250ish pages. Most modern romances, especially the ones featuring shifters, tend to start out with the characters (or one of them, at least) having prior sexual feelings (maybe even love) for each other which have been shown through their previous interactions in earlier books in the series. Vic and Livy have interacted with each other in at least one previous book, but as far as their individual internal monologues go, they have no romantic feelings towards each other, at all. Vic's thought Livy's 'cute' a couple of times, but even when she was naked in his cupboard and sticky all over with honey he wasn't trying to sneak a look or thinking about what might have happened if he'd found her naked without the interference of Shen and his sister. So, going on all that evidence this can no longer be called a romance, in fact I'm thinking of creating a shelf called 'not romance' just for this book. To be continued...

28/9 - I really can't make myself care about Vic, at ALL. At the moment I wouldn't care if he was run over by a bus. I just feel nothing for him, and nothing for him and Livy as a couple. I don't think Livy would even be that upset to see him squashed by a bus. Laurenston is just taking the snarky personalities too far. Too much snarkyness makes it hard to believe in any connection between the hero and heroine, because they spend too much of their time together making jokes and sniping at each other, and not enough time expressing or feeling their feelings. I don't know why I keep giving this series a chance, as I've been disappointed by three out of the four that I've read. I have to STOP!!!! reading the Pride series and switch to reading only the Magnus Pack series. The characters in that series are far superior, in my opinion. They're more sympathetic and more expressive about their feelings, you can actually tell that they have some for each other. I wish I had GR with me when I go to the library, to help forestall the borrowing of any more Pride series books. DNF at page 214 due to lack of emotions that you would expect to find in a romance.

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