Hot and Badgered by Shelly LaurenstonHot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
Series: The Honey Badgers
Published by Kensington on March 27, 2018
Genres: PNR
Pages: 433
Format: eBook
Source: Kensington Books Preferred Reviewer, NetGalley
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It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

A few months ago, this book popped up on Netgalley and every single blogger I know flipped out. We all ran off to grab it…and we were so sad that it was just a one chapter preview. So last week when I heard this was up, I started reading just to make sure it was the full book and not just chapter one. OMG you guys. OMG.

I couldn’t stop reading.

This book is awesome, hilarious, fun, and entertaining. I usually like all of her books, but I loved this book. LOVED. I can’t get over how much fun I had reading this book. Now if you’re new to this author, you can totally read any of her books out of order, however you’ll have more fun with them if you read them in order. But, if you’ll notice, this is book one of the Honey Badger series. You can begin here 🙂 You’ll see some fun cameos of other characters and I don’t think it will be confusing for you. It’s all easy to follow.

So, quick recap: Once upon a time there were three little honey badgers who…weren’t. They all had the same father, a honey badger, and usually honey badger genes will take over any other shifter, so if he mates with a tiger, the child will be a honey badger. If he mates with a wolf, the child would be a honey badger, you get the idea. However, these three little girls were only part honey badger. None of their genetics followed the rules of the universe, and none of the girls followed the rules of, well anyone. They had their own rules they followed.

And one of those sisters was a genius. Their terrible father sold her once to some very bad people. Luckily her sisters saved her, but once again they are caught up in one of his schemes and yet they’re the ones being shot at. By military grade helicopters. When they hear the news that their father is dead and they need to identify the body, they’re jumping for joy and take the next flight to America.

But their troubles follow them from Europe. Winding up living with some bear shifters, the sisters realize that they aren’t in this alone. The hero is wonderful, and patient, and kind, and you’ll love him instantly. I don’t think I stopped smiling from the moment I started chapter one until the end. This book was just what I needed in an otherwise stressful week.

Shelly Laurenston at her best, this is my favorite of her books. If her longer series are too daunting to try, go for this and see what you think. You’ll wind up bingeing the whole Pride series afterwards and you won’t regret it.

***ARC courtesy of Kensington via netgalley