Review of Wolf With Benefits (Pride #8) by Shelly Laurenston

Wolf With Benefits_CoverSynopsis:

There’s nothing like a good ol’ boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

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About the Author:

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to

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My Review:


Shelly Laurenston does not disappoint with her newest installment to the Pride series. I have been a big fan of her novels since reading the first of the series, The Mane Event. In fact, she’s one of the top on my list of authors who specialize in shifter paranormal romances.

One thing I love about Shelly’s writing is how real her characters are. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a paranormal, so there’s some crazy stuff. But the women aren’t exceedingly beautiful. They’re normal women….who tend to be larger than most and shift into animals. *shrugs* no biggie right?

And the comedy. God, this book was funny. I loved Ricky Lee and his cowboy humor, and his ability to manipulate and push Toni’s buttons. Toni’s siblings cracked me up…heck the whole darn book had me crying tears of laughter. I think my husband thought I was losing it at one point.

There was just the right amount of sex scenes in it. There’s nothing worse than cracking open a book and every other page has a sex scene. This is a novel with action, comedy, adventure, and most of all, romance.

I would recommend this novel to those who love shifter novels that are focused on an actual story-line, building on a world that Shelly has established through several novels.

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Toni knew her mother was sneaky, but holy hell, this was some hinky shit!
Using her own daughter’s brush with death to ease her way into the wild dogs’ home was beneath even Jackie’s usual depths. Maybe even Kyle’s!
The wolf easily carried her inside the wild dogs’ home and down the hallway until he reached an enormous kitchen.
Why the wolf was here at all, Toni didn’t know. Maybe she didn’t want to know. All Toni did know was that her life was getting weird.
The wolf placed Toni’s butt on the stainless steel kitchen island so that she was sitting up. “So what hurts the worst?” he asked.
“That’s what I thought. Because it’s not really in its socket.” Toni sighed. “Great.”
“The dog is doing well, though,” one of the wild dogs pointed out.
“And that’s what’s important!” Jackie cheered, but when both her children gawked at her again, she quickly added, “You’re a hero! My daughter, the hero!”
A blond female wild dog pushed her way closer through the other dogs until she stood in front of Toni.
“Wolf is right,” she said in a thick Russian accent, “about this shoulder. But we can fix. Hold her, wolf.”
“Now wait a—” Toni protested.
The wolf scrambled up behind her, both legs around her hips, hanging well past her own long legs, and his arms around her waist, holding her tight.
“Got her!” he announced
The wild dog pulled her fist back. “I make this quick, jackal.”
“Hey! I don’t want you—owwwwwwwwwwwwww! You Russian cow!”
“See?” the Russian noted. “She’s better already. Who knew jackals were so tough?”
Coop leaned in, her brother cringing in sympathy. “Are you okay?”
“No!” Toni snarled.
“Make her sling,” the Russian ordered the others. She looked at Toni. “You’ll be fine tomorrow. I’m impressed you don’t cry like sniveling cat.”
“It’s not that I don’t want to.”
“All that matters is that you don’t. I loathe weakness. Like I loathe cats.” Then without another word, the wild dog walked out of the room.
“I’m weirdly freaked out,” Coop muttered, “and turned on all at the same time.”
Toni nodded. “I know.” Glancing down, Toni said, “Why are you still holding me?” she asked the wolf.
“I’m giving you my invaluable support, and my immense charm.”
“More like your immense bullshit.”
“Now, now, darlin’,” he teased, annoying her more. “No need to get so nasty just because you’re confused by your feelings for me.”
“I do not have feelings for you, other than pity for your mental illness.”
The wolf laughed while Coop suddenly raised his brows at her, and Toni shook her head at her brother. Tragically, she recognized that expression. Recognized it all too well.
“Don’t even—” Toni began.
“I’m Cooper,” Coop announced to the wolf, grinning at him. “The younger brother. Brother. Not boyfriend.”
Horrified, Toni snapped, “Cooper, stop it!”
“How y’all doin’? I’m Ricky Lee Reed. So glad you’re her brother. I’d hate to have to fight you for her.”
“No worries there,” Coop volunteered. “My big sis is very single and not even thirty yet.”
“That is nice to hear.”
“And you already seem to know my very single sister.”
“I will kill you,” Toni warned. “I’m not afraid to.”
“I’m glad to know she’s single,” the wolf said, “but she’s playing hard to get while stalking me all at the same time.”
“I am not stalking you.”
“I feel like a little ol’ gazelle calf without its momma.”
Toni’s eyes crossed at that pathetic visual.



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5 thoughts on “Review of Wolf With Benefits (Pride #8) by Shelly Laurenston

  1. Veronica Del Rosa says:

    I absolutely adore her werebear books. Bo and Crush just amuse the hell out of me. And yes, I love that her characters are real and have flaws. Even though her women tend to be just a tab bit psychotic and I would never, ever want to spent any alone time with them. *laughs*


    • hsavage1 says:

      hahaha yeah they can be a little over the top but I think that’s what I like about her. They’re all very original and you can tell she takes immeasurable amounts of time perfecting her characters. I love it! And the bears are amazing. I can’t imagine meeting a werebear. All big and scary haha

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