Series: Pride #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington Brava on 25 May 2010
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
An ADHD wolf/dog hybrid falling in love with a vicious OCD polar bear/lion hybrid hockey player is not the sort of thing you often come across and nor should you. Bo (the hockey player) is trying to protect Blayne (our wolf dog) from people who want to use her in shifter dogfights. A noble purpose indeed but one that is made incredibly difficult by Blayne’s short attention span and willingness to befriend everybody.Blayne is either hilarious or incredibly annoying depending on how long you spend reading about her. I tend to find her amusing but I could see how others could find her personality quirks grating. She is however warm, generous and able to make friends easily. Blayne is a plumber which is an unlikely career given her hyperactive tendencies but she seems to be quite successful at it (as long as there aren’t any animals to attack her). In her spare time she plays roller derby and I think this is where she feels most comfortable as her speed and quick reactions are great assets for this sport. It is easy to underestimate Blayne but she has hidden depths that don’t emerge until later in the book and round out her personality.
Bo is determined to be the world’s best ice hockey player. He chose to play in a mix breed team because it would provide more of a challenge (and an ability to showcase his skills). Most people aren’t willing to get to know this incredibly violent Neanderthal that erupts at the slightest provocation which is a shame as he sort of grows on you. His obsession with lists, schedules and cleanliness provide most of the humour.
When they first met Blayne ran screaming from Bo because he was so big and scary looking. I found it amusing that she became interested in him once he got bigger and had a greater reputation for violence. Blayne and Bo are polar opposites in terms of size and personality yet they make the romance work because they accept the other’s quirks. Their romance is based on compromise and genuine affection rather than immediate sex.
Laurenston’s books are heavy on the snark so if you are interested in a funny shifter romance, then I recommend you give them a shot.