The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Growing up on the tough Philly streets, Gwen O'Neill has learned how to fend for herself. But what is she supposed to do with a nice, suburban Jersey boy in the form of a massive Grizzly shifter? Especially one with a rather unhealthy fetish for m for a week or 3. I so didn't want l, her. Yet despite his menacing ursine growl and four-inch claws, Gwen finds Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie cute and really sweet. He actually watches out for her, protects her, and unlike the rest of her out-of-control family manages not to morbidly embarrass her. Too bad cats don't believe in forever.
At nearly seven feet tall, Lock is used to people responding to him in two ways: screaming and running away. Gwen-half lioness, half tigress, all kick-ass-does neither. She's sexy beyond belief and smart as hell, but she's a born protector. Watching out for the family and friends closest to her but missing the fact that she's being stalked by a murderous enemy who doesn't like hybrids and absolutely hates Gwen. Lock probably shouldn't get involved, but he will. Why? Because this is Gwen and no matter what the hissing, roaring, drape destroying feline says about not being ready to settle down, Lock knows he can't simply walk away. Not when she's come to mean absolutely everything to him.
I so love these books. They paint a picture of a world you can see fitting around the one we know and the characters are so loveable and believable they feel like friends. There is a real fun quality to this series but it still delivers a first rate story that gets the heart pumping. Gwen is a fire cracker and Lock is a man you want to lock in the bedroom for a week or 3. I so didn't want this story to end but was still left with a goofy smile when the last page turned.
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