The Mane Event Audiobook by Shelly Laurenston (review)

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Review of: The Mane Event Audiobook
Shelly Laurenston

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On March 11, 2014
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The Mane Event Audiobook

By: Shelly Laurenston

Narrated by: Charlotte Kane

Published by: Tantor Audio 06/10/2013

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4 Hearts rating image Hot ListensPride Series, Book 1

12 hrs and 16 mins

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Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That’s what runs through NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot’s mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn’t just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes, as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy-SEAL bod-o-death. It isn’t even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It’s more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her…and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her…in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they’d always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel.

Shaw’s Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He’s been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn’t think he’d survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl, even one who runs with a Pack, can redefine herself. First order of business: Find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again…

©2007 Shelly Laurenston (P)2013 Tantor

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This is two stories in one.  The first story is Christmas Pride about Desiree “Dez” MacDermot, who is New York cop from the Bronx.  During a murder investigation, she runs into her former best friend, Mason “Mace” Llewellyn and his sisters, who were her nemeses. Mace is right out of the Navy SEALs and is a pride lion. Dez is a former Marine MP and a human. In this world, most male lions are treated as they are in the animal world, they sign contracts with other prides to breed with the females of other prides.  They are treated like the king of the jungle, just like their animal counterparts.  Mace wanted no part of this, hence why he joined the Navy.

When he comes home from the SEALs and finds the girl of his dreams in his sister’s office and is a cop, he is stunned.  She has no idea about shifters and is accusing his sister of murdering one of her pride’s breeding males.  Eventually, Mace tells her and even shows her his other form.  She takes it all very well, even though she is a dog person and isn’t real fond of cats.  I really enjoyed the cop aspects of this part of the story.

In the second story, Shaw’s Tail, we have another lion male, but this one has been a breeding male.  He has already fulfilled his contract with the Llewellyn Pride.  While he was investigating his brother, around the hyenas, he is severally injured. We learned about the injury in the previous story, when a southern pack of werewolves and Dez help save him.  When he wakes up in the hospital, there is a beta she-wolf that came to town with Mace from a southern pack there with him. Ronnie Lee Reed is a wild child with severe commitment phobia.  She spent most of her adult life traveling the world, many of the countries she is not allowed back in, with the new alpha female, Sissy Mae.  Even college is too much of a commitment for this girl.

Both stories were sexy and funny.  There is a wide variety of animal shifters in this series.  These shifters also seem very different from many of the other shifters I’ve read.  These shifters seem a lot more like their animals, but without losing their humanity.  For example, the male lions tend to be lazy and regal and the females tend treat them like kings. With the wolves, there is a comment about being able to see them “wag their tail” even when they are in human form, when they get extremely excited.  I find this very different aspect to the story from most other shift stories

The Author

Shelly Laurenston

The Mane Event Audiobook Narration by Charlotte Kane

I enjoyed the narration.  The narrator did a great job with the New York and Southern accents.  I’m not extremely good with my Bronx and Brooklyn accents, but there were distinct differences

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  1. I didn’t know this was by same author as The Dragon Kin series (by G. A. Aiken) !! Which I love!! I read the first 4 books a long time ago, I tried the first published on audio, but unfortunately the narration wasn’t good, the books are awesome though. I know exactly what you mean, she’s got a nice style of writing and her humor is great.
    I’ll be adding this to my wish list 🙂
    BTW, the narrator sounds so familiar, I wonder is she’s using a pseudonymous. I must investigate..LOL

    • I have the Dragon Kin series on my TBR list for a while. I might have to get it a try, sorry that the narration wasn’t great. I guess I’ll have to read those.

      As for the narration, when I was looking at reviews on Audible trying to decide whether to pick these up, someone commented that she sounded like Johanna Parker. I’m not familiar with her either, so I’m not sure. Some people didn’t like the narration, but I loved the New York accents.

      • That’s it then! I thought it was her. I like her. I’m glad she can pull a New York accent. I’m surprised, I think she does a really good southern accent (although my southern friends She’s excellent as Sookie in the Southern Vampire Series.

  2. And this is yet another book that I one-clicked and haven’t gotten around to reading yet, LOL. I’m glad you liked it. I’m interested in seeing for myself what this “wag(ging) his tail” while in human form is all about 😉 Great review!

    • Thanks. I got this when Audible was doing the sale not too long ago for first in the series for like $5 or so. I had seen good reviews and thought I’d give it a try. I’m really glad I did. It was very cute. Book two is probably next on my list once I get done with all these high priority new releases that are coming out. I think things slow down for me in April after The King comes out, so maybe I can do more of this series then. 🙂

  3. Oh I love her books as both Shelly and GA. I think probably a lot to do with how she writes her shifters like you were saying. I get such a kick out of how her cats behave in real life. I can’t remember when they first showed up but her bear shifters are a trip too.

    • I haven’t met the bears yet, but I look forward to it. I love bears, but you rarely see them in shifter books. Another one I think I saw was that she has African Wild Dogs. Another animal that I love.

      • Oh yeah the Wild Dogs are a hoot! She’s slowly adding some other random shifters and it’s just so fun watching it happen. They really are an interesting group. Hope you enjoy the bears when you get to them 🙂

    • Anna, don’t forget to try her Dragon series, Dragon Kin. I just found out that she writes those under, G. A. Aiken. Those are fabulous too.

      • Oh yeah I’ve read em all! I love those too. Different feel but amazing reads. She’s one of my (under both names) drop everything else the second her books hit shelves authors. lol

        • The two of you have convenience me what my next read will be, once I get through a few new releases that are coming up. I’ve been looking for a new series to read instead of listen to and since Lup said that the narration for the Dragon Kin series isn’t very good, I think I’ll trying reading this one.

    • That is what pulled me in too. Can’t wait to get to book two.

  4. I read this series a couple of years ago and loved it. I have two books to read before the new release. I’m tempted to check them out on audio. But I’m not loving the sample of the narrator. I may just have to read the ebooks instead.

    • I enjoyed the narration on this one, but we will see going forward. My favorite part was the New York accents. If we get away from those, I’m not sure what I’ll think. I think book two is going to be my next book once I get through new releases.

  5. These sound good, and I am partial to shifters and military so they appeal to me. Wonderful review, adding to my wishlist!

    • I’m not sure if the military theme continues throughout the series, but I really enjoyed book one. I’m partial to military and cops too, so I hope we see more of it.

  6. Sexy lion shifters and one in NY?! I’m sold! I haven’t read anything by this author but I’m adding her to my list now, thanks for the great review Loupe! I need more shifter book boyfriends 😉

    • I think you’ll like her. She has a sense of humor that is right there with Molly Harper.

  7. This author is new to me, sounds interesting, I sure will look her and her other books, see if she has other stuff that will appeal to me more.

    • I haven’t tried anything else from this author yet, but I will be looking up her other stuff, I want to get through this one series first.

  8. To let everyone know. I saw this ebook on Amazon for $0.99, not sure for how long, but that is a great deal for now!! If you purchase the Kindle edition, you can then get it from Audible for $2.99. That is a great deal and I don’t know how long it will last.

  9. I didn’t realize that there were actually two stories in this audiobook. That’s what I get for skimming the blurb. Thanks for adding yet another one to my pile Loupe. I can always count on you. LOL

    • You know, I saw that when I was looking and I forgot that it was two stories. Then when I was listening, it didn’t really call out that a second story was starting. I was thinking, “what happened to Dez and Mace?” but then I went back and reread the blurb and was like “oh yeah”. I liked the first story better than the second one, but they were both great.

  10. lol – when I saw the title I thought it was going to involve horses. Wrong mane, though. 😀 Im not too big on shifters, but this definitely sounds good!

    • That’s funny. I’m a huge fan of shifters. I would love if I could find a good horse shifter book. I have never seen one.

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