Hot and Badgered Audiobook by Shelly Laurenston (REVIEW)

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Review of: Hot and Badgered Audiobook
Shelly Laurenston

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On May 5, 2018
Last modified:March 22, 2019


Hot and Badgered Audiobook

By: Shelly Laurenston

Narrated by: Traci Odom

Published by Tantor Media 03/27/18

Hot and Badgered Audiobook (Honey Badgers Chronicles #1) by Shelly Laurenston read by Traci Odom

Hot and Badgered Audiobook Sample

Hot and Badgered Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

In this first of a spin-off series from Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series, we follow three half-sisters as they try to survive. The MacKilligan sisters have had a rough past which has left them with a few issues. Add to that they are all at least half honey badger, they have some interesting personality traits.

We start off this series with a prologue about the sisters as they are very young. Charlie, the oldest of the sisters and half-wolf, her mother took in the other two kids of her ex. Max is a full honey badger and the middle sister. Stevie is the youngest and half tiger. When Charlie’s mom dies, she gets her sisters to her mother’s pack in Wisconsin and her grandfather raised them until they were adults and then encouraged to leave the pack.

Charlie has spent her whole life caring for her sisters. She is the glue that holds them together. Max is a psychopath and will blow up at people and likely kill them. Stevie is a genius in both science and music. She also has a lot of anxiety and spends a lot of time in mental institutions for the rich.

When the MacKilligan are again on someone’s hit list because of something stupid their father did, Charlie has to gather her sisters and get them to safety. She takes them to a place outside of New York City. They end up in a safe house in a bear neighborhood across the street from the hero of the story, Berg Dunn.

So Charlie has to find out how to get the assassins off their tail. While she has to do that, she is also roped into making sure one of her cousins go through with her wedding to a very rich human who doesn’t know that he’s marrying into a crazy honey badger family.

So Berg, his brother and sister, they’re triplets, are just sweet cuddly teddy bears. I really liked all three of them. I just really love how she writes bears. They are so cute and their obsession with honey is great too (though, nothing will ever top Locke playing with his toes).

The MacKilligan sisters are crazy, but funny and a lot of fun. I can’t wait to hear more of their story.

A big highlight is that you have many characters from the Pride series. Dee-Anne Smith, Kyle Jean-Louis Parker, Blayne Thorpe, Ulrich “Ric” Van Holtz and Marcella “Cella” “Bare Knuckles” Malone, and last but not least, Bo Novikov all make appearances. There are more too. I’m hoping that Shin, the panda shifter we met in the last Pride book, who also makes an appearance in this one, will get his own book in this series. I love Shin.

This series is all about the humor and crazy characters. The romance isn’t the focus of the story, it is mostly about the crazy family while the sisters look to find the assassins. I love everything about it. So much fun. I was laughing so much. If I had read this book, instead of listening, I would’ve had so many quotes highlighted to include, but it is so hard to do with audiobooks.

Hot and Badgered Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I had been hoping that Johanna Parker, the narrator for the Pride series, would narrate this series, but I was excited to see that Traci Odom is the narrator. She is another narrator who I love. I thought she did a great job with all the characters in this series, and there are a lot. There are a few differences between her voices for some of the Pride characters, but the differences aren’t extreme and the new voices aren’t bad, just a little different. I loved her male and female voices. If you haven’t tried Traci, I highly recommend her. She does a great job with all of her narrations.

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 be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at


Narrator: Traci Odom

Narrator: Traci Odom


Narrator: Traci Odom

Traci Odom, an American-born actor and voice artist, has built a successful career that spans decades. As a stage, film, and television actor, she has played everything from a tree to an Irish setter to a lawyer, but it is as a veteran narrator of more than fifty-five audiobooks that she has truly found her voice, inviting her listeners into the worlds of romance, witchcraft, devilry, and vampirism. To relax in her spare time, she daydreams of becoming the first female American Ninja Warrior—but then she would have to get off her couch to make that dream a reality, so she lives out her daydreams in her professional life, both on camera and on microphone. Working in close collaboration with her authors, she brings their creations to life with dynamic energy and commitment.

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I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I liked it since it was so over the top 😀 Oh and yes SHin totes need his own book!!

  2. Would you say this would be best read after the Pride series or is it ok to jump in here? I’ve been dying to jump into Laurenston’s books.

    • I think I would start with the Pride series. There are a ton of characters in this series from Pride and the introductions in this series aren’t great.

  3. I haven’t read this but it sounds good. I should read more of this authors books.

  4. Oh man, I am a sucker for crazy yet lovable families. I will get to Shelly and Traci at some point.

  5. I noticed that this audiobook is available through Hoopla and have been considering it. I haven’t read much of the Pride series but this sounds like fun. I will have to try it soon. Great review!

  6. This is another author I will try at some point. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart

  7. LOVED this novel. It’s so fun and over the top. It made me want to go back and read the Pride series again. I’m actually listen to the Pride series since it’s offered up in the Audible Romance Package. Great review.

    • I really love the Pride series. Shelly writes some really fun characters.

      • That she does. I can’t wait for more in this new series.

  8. It’s been ages since I read shifter romance. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about honeybadgers though. Do they get wickedly weird and beastly like Eve Langlais’ “cuddly” shifters?

    • If you like Eve Langlais, you will like Shelly Laurenston. Very similar styles. I love that they both write non-traditional shifters. And they both will always make you laugh.

  9. Wow Honey Badgers as shifter what next LOL
    great review Melanie

    btw I’m guest posting at Romance University stop by and say hi if you’ve got a minute – link below

    • She had Honey Badgers in the last two books of her Pride series. They were so much fun. I will be sure to stop by and thanks for reminding me. I tend to visit from Bloglovin, so probably wouldn’t have remembered (even though I saw on Twitter).

  10. I didn’t like it nearly as much as you. But I didn’t read the previous series, and there were so many characters, it got annoying. I think if I’d read the previous series, I would have been better prepared for the onslaught of characters and craziness. Also, I was expecting more romance, which you point out, this doesn’t really have. It’s not really UF either. It’s unique, which isn’t bad, but can be jarring if you’re new to the author.

    • I could see where having read the Pride series would make you enjoy this one more. While not entirely necessary, it does help to have more background on all the players in the story. I look to this author for the laughs more than anything.

  11. I think I’ve only read one or two books in the Pride series. I didn’t even hear about this one though and now I want it haha

    • This author doesn’t do a lot of promotion. It is easy to miss her books. She doesn’t even have a Twitter account.

  12. it’s an author I heard a lot about but that I haven’t tried yet I confess

    • She is a lot of fun. Her books will make you laugh. She also writes a dragon series under the name G.A. Aiken.

  13. I always like seeing less common shifter types, honey badgers sound fun to read about! This sounds like a good one and the characters sound great. That’s nice you also have some recurring character from her previous series.

  14. Still need to get into this series. It always sounds like so much fun and now I’m curious about the humor! Love humor in my books.

    • Shelly Laurenston has a ton of humor in her books. Her characters are pretty crazy. 🙂

  15. I love crazy sisters. This sounds like one I would enjoy too! I have not yet read or listened to this author.

    • I love this author. She also writes a dragon series under the name GA Aiken. Her books are full of humor. Her Pride series is still probably my favorite. So many cute characters.

  16. Humor and crazy characters sound good to me! Shelly Laurenston is an author I have yet to try.

    • I really love Shelly Laurenston (she also writes a GA Aiken, which is really fun and dragons).

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