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In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles #2
Published by Kensington on March 26, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
“Hot and humorous.” —USAToday.com
Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.
Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.
But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.
After my severe aggravation, and temper tantrum, from the snippet released when this title first appeared on NetGalley, I found myself stuck in limbo as to what In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston would entail. It was a given that I would find much humor from its story, but I didn’t think that the complicated lives of Charlie, Max, and Stevie would get even more complicated and entertaining.
We were given a great overview of Stevie’s character from Hot and Badgered, which was Charlie’s book. But in In A Badger Way we were able to learn so much more about her personality as she faced, along with all hybrid shifters, a situation that helped her mature into the badger/tiger shifter her sister’s and Shen needed her to be.
Speaking of Shen, I’ve loved his character since his introduction in Toni’s book, Wolf With Benefits. His relationship with Livy in Bite Me also made me adore his character even more. I especially loved that Laurenston chose to place him in the spotlight by including him in her honey badger series, and I love that she’s paired him up with Stevie who I thought would’ve been a terrible partner for him (I actually thought Max was more his speed).
If you’ve ever read Shelly Laurenston’s Pride and Mangus Pack series then you’re already aware that you are in store for a crazy and bumpy ride. You’ll laughing so hard you’ll cry and you’ll become so bloodthirsty that some of the gory bits will turn you into a proficient cheerleader. But, even with all of this included in In A Badger Way I feel that Laurenston placed an extra layer of oomph to the story that just pushed it over the edge in such a spectacular way that I really didn’t want to the story to end.
Shelly Laurenston delivers every single time with her stories without fail. There hasn’t been one release of hers that I have completely done away with because I was so disappointed. She is a go-to author of mine when I’m in a reading slump or when I just need to read some really, really, good. With that said, I want to end my review here because I feel a fangirl session starting to initiate and I don’t want to spoil or ruin the story for you in any way. Just expect the things that happened in Hot and Badgered to be multiplied times ten.