I love The Pride Series, and any chance I get to visit the multitude of characters from this world I take no matter what. Shelly Laurenston has done a great job of building such a vivid world with hilarious, witty, strong, and complex characters. Since this is the 9th book in the series there has to be something that keeps driving the story forward, and putting this book in reader's hands. So what is it?
Simple, it's Laurenston's ability to make her characters refreshing and steamy. While the characters aren't perfect they are likeable and interesting. Plus, let's not forget the most important part, the steamy sweaty parts. Those are always a plus!
In Bite Me we are introduced to Livy Kowalski who is a honey badger shifter. She really doesn't want to follow in the family business. In fact, if she could stay away from her family forever she would. But somehow they keep drawing her back in. The death of Livy's father is a driving focus in this novel, because it opens up the plot and drives information to the reader. With the information Livy discovers more about her father and the plot is pushed further along. Livy just wants a semi-quiet life where she can continue her photography, but she feels like she's losing her creativity.
Vic Barinov is a Siberian tiger/grizzly bear hybrid. He is always on the move from country to country, but no matter what Livy somehow keeps popping into his life. He wants to help her in any way he can, even if it puts him in danger. There is an attraction between them in the beginning, but Vic is reluctant to pursue anything, because of the reputation of honey badgers.
I enjoyed seeing Vic and Livy's connection develop into something deeper, even if Livy wanted to deny it until the very end. I was sympathetic towards Livy's position. She's facing uncertainty, and she has to learn to rely on her family when they've never been very reliable. But Vic is there to help her through whatever she needs even if it's only a jar of honey.
A few of the questions that were first brought up in the last book about Whitlan and his shifter hunting ways are answered, but with its resolution I'm left wondering if there will be more books or if this is the last one. I liked the entire story arc of this book, so what kept it from being 5 stars?
This is the 9th book in the series, so there have been a lot of characters introduced in the entirety of the series. My problem is that Laurenston wants to show a small glimpse of most of the other characters that were introduced in the other books. This is great, but I feel like those snippets could be put into novellas or short stories instead of shoved in another couple's story. I really wanted just more of Livy and Vic not a drawn out reintroduction to the other characters.
That being said, I would still recommend this series to anyone who is interested in shifter PNR or PNR in general.
Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life's irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad's untimely and unexplained demise. That's where Vic Barinov comes in - or his house does. Vic can't step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he'll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge...