Book Review: Shelly Laurenston’s Big Bad Beast

Posted July 25, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Shelly Laurenston’s Big Bad Beast

Big Bad Beast


Shelly Laurenston

paranormal romance that was published by Kensington Books on May 1, 2011 and has 307 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include The Mane Event, The Mane Event, The Mane Squeeze, The Mane Attraction, Beast Behaving Badly, Here Kitty, Kitty!, Hunting Season, Pack Challenge, Go Fetch!, When He Was Bad, Everlasting Bad BoysS, Bear Meets Girl, Howl for It, Wolf with Benefits, The Unleashing, The Undoing, The Unyielding

Sixth in the Pride paranormal-romance series set in contemporary New York City.

My Take

Okay, this was different. A predator wolf who plays reluctant to bed his female? Ric Van Holtz knows that if he chases Dee-Ann, she’ll run from him. Oh, he might get her for one night. But he’ll never get her forever so instead he plays the girl’s role slowly seducing Dee into being the aggressor.

I do enjoy Laurenston’s Pride series. She’s so funny in her depictions of her characters’ relationships and how she plays up the various shifter characteristics. It’s a series of LMAO.

The Story

Lots happening in this story. The hunt for whoever is funding the hybrid kidnappings to use in fight clubs has accelerated just as Ric confirms that his father has been dipping into Pack funds — without authorization and we discover just how low his father will go. Luckily for Rick, Dee has his back providing him with lots of laughter in a bad situation.

Turns out that Dee’s habit of rescuing young hybrids from the streets pays off as well when two of her hopeless cases roar back to life.

The Characters

Ric Van Holtz has been in love with Dee-Ann since he was six. But he’s a Van Holtz. She’s a Smith. Both have been taught that the only good Van Holtz/Smith is a dead one. Instead Ric seduces her with food, fast cars, weapons, and no hemming.

Dee-Ann Smith is a former Marine in the Unit without a lot of patience for female frills or companionship. Now she’s working for The Group, a shifter mercenary unit looking out for all shifters with Ric as her commander. A loner by nature, Dee is affiliated with the NY Smith Pack. You’d never suspect she had a soft spot for hybrids. Youngsters she rescues from the streets and takes home to Group where she trains them and insists they get their GEDs.

Everyone from previous Pride stories shows up with varying degrees of involvement.

The Cover

Yeah, this is a couple I can believe are Dee-Ann and Ric. She looks rather rough, but hot which suits Dee’s personality while he is definitely one hunky male with his low-slung jeans.