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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
The Mane Event Audiobook Sample
Reviewed by MlSimmons
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 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