Also in this series: The Beast in Him
Series: Pride #1
Published by Brava on September 25th 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting, Holiday Romance
Narrator: Charlotte Kane
Length: 12 hours and 13 mins
One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast...
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...
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...
In The Mane Event we have two stories: Christmas Pride and Shaw’s Tail. Both are delicious stories. In Christmas Pride it begins with Dez McDermott, a NYPD cop, meets up with a old childhood friend when she investigates a murder. Mace Llewellyn, fell in love with Dez when they were fourteen years old, but then she and her family left for the big city and he never saw her until now. Mace is determined to not let Dez go again. He begins a hearty courtship without letting Dez know his true feelings or his plan on keeping her as his mate. But he holds a secret she knows nothing about, that he is a pride lion with a full mane and tail. Will Dez accept him and the love he has for her or reject him?
In Shaw’s Tail, Brendan Shaw is injured and is running a shifter fever. Ronnie Lee Reed is part of a wolf pack, best friend to the Alpha female Sissy Mae. She is called upon to protect Brendan and watch out for him. But he has the fever, which means he tends to shift often and is highly sexually aware–way more than usual. So on Christmas Eve, Ronnie is busy protecting Brendan and keeping his lion from dancing the mamba on a human’s front lawn. Ronnie is a wild child, she is afraid of commitment and settling down and taking her kids to summer camps and soccer. She wants to be free and make her own decisions and not be tied down. But sometimes love gets in the way.
Plot and Story Line
The Mane Event was so delicious and fun and sexy! It really surprised me that I loved both stories. What really surprised me was how much depth both stories have. Normally for novella’s, there is always a feeling of something lacking, however, Shelly Laurenston has shocked me in such a fun way. Both stories are connected to each other. I loved all four characters and the side characters that are involved. I loved these two lion males—boy were they fun. They tend to be crazy and wildly fun but think too much sometimes. Unlike the wolf packs, Lions are very different. Most of the time lions are called upon to breed for cubs and are treated like kings.
In the first story we have Dez who is human and Mac a lion pride shifter. Quite a unique mix, a southerner and a gal from the Bronx. Both have tempers and they tend to run high at odd times. But boy were they lively and fun together. In the second tail Brendan and Ronnie are quite intense. Each of them have different plans for the relationship. Brendan is wanting permanence and Ronnie is just out looking for some fun and play for a short time. Then we get some added bonus from Brendan’s siblings, his twin sister and younger brother. Then of course we get more from Ronnie’s best friend Sissy Mae who loves to mess with people’s minds.
Both stories were full of fun drama, sexy interactions and some wildly entertaining moments. I can’t wait to read more of this series.
I really love the narrator here, Charlotte Kane. She is fabulous and does great with the accents—her use of character inflections make the story come alive. Love the way she portrays the various emotions and settings. She displays the humor and sensuality in such a delightful way.
The Mane Event is a thrilling and exciting beginning to the Pride series. Its playful, witty, sensual and lots of fun in and out of bed. Love seeing both of these couples together and having a introduction to the Pride series.