Book Review: Shelly Laurenston’s When He Was Bad

Posted September 21, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

This book came from the library, and I will never give you less than an honest review, no matter its source. I do provide informational and purchase links to make it more convenient for you to access the book. I also receive a percentage of the sale if you use one of my links to buy it. And that's not enough money to be less than truthful *grin*.

Book Review: Shelly Laurenston’s When He Was Bad

When He Was Bad

by Cynthia Eden, Shelly Laurenston


Series: Magnus Pack #3.5

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include The Mane Event, The Mane Event, The Mane Squeeze, The Mane Attraction, Beast Behaving Badly, Big Bad Beast, Here Kitty, Kitty!, Hunting Season, Pack Challenge, Go Fetch!, Everlasting Bad BoysS, Bear Meets Girl, Howl for It, Wolf with Benefits, The Unleashing, The Undoing.

Genres: Anthology, Short Stories

This Paperback has 352 pages and was published by Brava on June 1, 2008. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

A two-story anthology about male shifters and the human females for whom they hunger.


“Miss Congeniality” (Magnus Pack, 3.5)

The Stories

Shelly Laurenston‘s “Miss Congeniality” is a look back into the past where we discover how Professor Irene Conridge, PhD, meets Niles Van Holtz, womanizing werewolf. This is just too cute! Niles is just too intrigued with the doc. Her haughty, cold ways. The constant efforts to freeze him out. And he wants her. And he gets her. In a way. When he rescues her from Russian spies attempting to kidnap her. To protect her, he has to mark her. No big. It’s all folktales anyway…isn’t it???

The reason, it’s considered fourth position-wise in the series is the Epilogue’s note that it’s 20 years later. Gimme a break…

Cynthia Eden‘s “Wicked Ways” is awful. Oh, the story concept is sweet, but the execution is sooo bad. Kitty cat Cain rescues Miranda Shaw (think Eden’s been reading Laurenston’s books??) from a serial killer vampire so naturally they hop right into bed, or, rather, the couch. A vampire who uses a gun, no less. At one point, Cain decides he doesn’t have time to find his shirt…somewhere in the couch cushions. Since he’s supposed to be a big man, I kind of assume, his shirt is big enough to fit him… Then they have the big takedown and completely “forget” that the vampire can read her mind??? Gimme a break. Eden’s got no finesse in her writing and was obviously in a hurry when she wrote this crap.

The Cover and Title

The cover is okay showing the upper half of a guy’s back, his head slightly turned as though he’s about to look over his shoulder with a full moon encircled by a haze of cloud, almost as though it were the man’s breath wreathing upwards.

The title doesn’t really works as When He Was Bad indicates there are times *wink, wink* when they aren’t bad…

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