Review: The Mane Event
"Christmas Pride" focuses on Mace, the prodigal son of the Pride. He has returned home after more than a dozen years in the Navy and he wants to reconnect with the woman he fell in love with as a teen. Dez is now a cop and a divorcee, but she is also everything he remembered and more. A murder of a male pride member helps bring her back into his life. He takes full advantage of the opportunity and makes a full court press to make her his own.
I had a couple of issues, most notably the structure of the pride. Men are sort of shipped in to breed with various females. It squicked me out a little. I also didn't like that the female shifters (with the exception of Sissy) were all portrayed as cut-throat bitches. These things didn't ruin the story, but they did give me pause.
I definitely laughed out loud more than once, with both the physical comedy and the dialogue.
"Wow. That's huge."
Dez sighed. "Would you focus?"
(*snort*) I liked that the heroine was curvy... maybe even a big girl. Though we did spend a lot of time focusing on the size of her boobs. --The sex was hot too.
I wouldn't call it deep or anything, but it was fun and entertaining.
"Shaw's Tail" centers on Shaw, a former Breeding Male of the Llewellyn Pride. He was badly beaten in the first story and as this one begins, wolf-shifter Ronnie Lee is tasked with taking care of him during his recuperation. Apparently, the healing fever also induces some amorous behavior, because Shaw can't keep his paws off her. Ronnie is a free-spirit, though, and has no interest in pursuing a relationship... even when Shaw has recovered and still comes after her. The sex is great between them, but he won't be satisfied until he can convince her to give him her heart.
The sexy times were back in full force and so were the laughs.
"No. How did she--"
"Hookin," Ronnie Lee tossed in desperately. "I was a prostitute. A damn good one too."
"Stop lyin, Rhonda Lee," her mother called from the kitchen. "I doubt you were good at all."
But like the first story, there wasn't much in the way of an emotional connection here. These two were sexually attracted to each other, had fun together, and were "in love" in couple of days. It wasn't bad, but it was definitely light reading. Also, the whole Southern drawl, backwoods Tennessee thing got a little old for me. As a Southern girl, I'm not a huge fan of the stereotype.
Overall, the book was an ok read, but I can't say I loved it. I'll probably give book two a try, but I am not in a big hurry.
The Mane Eventby Shelly LaurenstonRelease Date: October 1, 2007Publisher: Brava