Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Mane Squeeze

Book Review of The Mane Squeeze (Pride Series)

Title: The Mane Squeeze

Series: Pride Series

Author: Shelly Laurenston 

Date Published: November 1st 2009

Date Read:   September 01, 2015

The Blurb:

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 honey, moose, and…uh…well, 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.

My Review

5 Project: Code Name Bear-Cat Stars


“I am not seven feet tall,” he snapped at her as if she’d really insulted him. “I’m six-eleven.” When she smirked in disbelief, he added, “And three-quarters.”

The Mane Squeeze is the 4th book in the Pride series and has now taking the spot of my favorite book in this series. I loved everything about this book. Everything!! Lock is my new favorite hero of the series, bumping Eggie to second place and Gwen is my favorite heroine of this series by a lot!

“Now listen up, you Navy-loving son of a bitch! If my friend wants that bear, she’s gonna get that bear. And neither hell nor you nor some big-haired, twenty-hour-sleeping king of the idiots is gonna stop me from making sure she gets that bear!”

“You do it every day, don’t you?” “Sometimes. There’s no shame in the toe grab. And look! You can cross arms and grab opposite toes.” “Rebellious.” “I live on the edge, Gwen.”

What this book is about

Gwen O'Neill can take care of herself. She is not only from Philly, she is the daughter of the infamous Roxy O’Neill of the O'Neill Pride, and a hybrid (Lion/Tiger) an outcast, a mix breed. Gwen is ready to make a life for herself out from underneath the thumb of her brothers, mother and her mother's pride. So Gwen moves to New York and is running a plumbing business with her crazy best friend Blayne Thorpe. While on a job Gwen runs into Lachlan "Lock" MacRyrie again. She met him at Smitty and Jessie Ann's wedding and then again when when she and blayne were getting jumped by a pack of wolves. He save them and then took Gwen to the hospital because her leg was hurt bad. But she isn't happy to see him. She is still mad at him. The last time she seen him, he promised that he would stay with her at the hospital while she was having surgery, and he left. So what if he was made to leave by the police, he promised!!! So what if he is 7 foot of yummy rock hard grizzly bear goodness. So what if when he looks at her with his big brown bear eyes she melts a little. She doesn't have time in her life for a relationship, especially with some honey lovin bear of a man, but maybe she can have a little fun with him. 

“No, because we’ll have to wait and you’ll look at me with those big bear eyes and before I know it, I’ll be flat on my back again, and afterward I’ll be too weak to eat.”

Holy shit I love Lock OMG!! He is so sexy. Lock is a huge, sweet, funny, laid back, easy going guy. My God he is so damn cute with his love for honey and playing with his toes. He is protective without being controlling. Hard working and humble over his talent of making beautiful wooden furniture. He is so calm about everything, nothing fazed him. He really did remind me of a cuddle bear. LOVE LOVE LOVE him!! Best hero of the series!

“I want you to listen to me very carefully, because I’ve never liked repeating myself. First off, don’t come here, dump your shit at my door, and then walk away before you’ve even given me a chance to figure out what you’re trying to tell me. Second, don’t ever assume, for even a second, that my pauses imply anything. I’m a thinker, O’Neill. Thinkers pause. And third, you’re absolutely right that I want to have sex with you, but I’ll be damned if I let you fuck me because you’re in a pissed-off mood and you want to get even with whoever the hell you’re pissed with. When I have you, it’s because we’ll both want the same thing, at the same time. Not because you think you can walk all over me. Do you understand what I’m telling you?”

“I mean,” he went on, unwittingly turning the knife, “not in love with anybody but you.” He thought a moment and added, “God, I’m crazy in love with you. But yeah, I love Jess. Wait…what’s wrong?” He was probably asking that because her hand was frozen in the action of reaching for her ice cream, but she’d been so stunned, she left it dangling there. Staring at her nails, she asked, “You’re in love with me?” “Crazy in love with you. You know, that whole ‘can’t imagine my life without you’ crazy in love with you.”

“Bring it, bitch!” Gwen yelled, those scary nails of her left hand pointing at McNelly over Lock’s shoulder. “I will kill you, you fucking whore! You touch my friend again, I will kill you!”

I love Gwen too. She is so wild and has a big smart mouth. Straight hood, she will fight anyone and she ain't afraid cut someone with her blade that she carries with her at all times. Funny as hell. Gwen has a fear of hospitals and doctors stealing her organs.“Is that why she’s afraid of hospitals?” Lock asked. “No. She’s afraid of hospitals because she saw this documentary on PBS once about organ theft. Ever since then, she’s been convinced they—the elusive ‘they,’ the terrifying ‘they’—want to steal her organs" Gwen is also outgoing, sweet, and loyal to those she loves. Gwen is my favorite heroine of the series and I think she makes a perfect mate for Lock. 

“Oh, my God,” she gasped. “What?” “It is bigger.” Lock peered down at his cock. “Well,” he offered as explanation, “it’s in a good mood.” “You’re a grower and a show-er.” “Gwen? Are you crying?” “Just a little.” She wiped the tears. “Nothing to worry about.” “Yeah, but—” Her hand slapped over his mouth. “Silence is your friend right now.” When he didn’t try to speak, she removed her hand and placed both on her hips. “Do you know I’m actually concerned I won’t be able to handle this thing?” A few more tears fell. “Do you know how many women actually get to say that sentence in a lifetime…and mean it?”

“Because if there’s one thing we both know, baby, is that the one person who was safe in that room was me. I know you’ll never hurt me. I know you’ll always protect me. And I know I’ll never stop loving you.”

Gwen was kind of amazed. A mother with several degrees and a prestigious position at an Ivy League college did not ensure that she’d be any less embarrassing to her child than a mother who became a nurse through night school. Gwen knew this when Alla launched into her “unfortunate changes in my vagina after the birth of Lachlan” discussion. Lock had to put his big glass of milk down for that one, his head buried in his hands. The parts of his face not covered by his long fingers turned a lovely shade of crimson. Gwen had nail polish that matched that color perfectly. “Was it his giant kumquat head?” Gwen asked, thoroughly enjoying every second of Lock’s misery. “No. It was his shoulders. He’s always had very large shoulders. I mean look at him. Even as a baby they were freakishly long.” “Freakishly?” Lock snapped. “They stretched me right out.” “Mom!” Brody shrugged and reached for more moo goo gai pork. “I didn’t mind.” “Dad!” “Well, darling, you were always quite large, so it made things a little easier for both of us when it came to sex.” “Mom!”

OMG this book is the best of the series. So freakin hilarious. I laughed all the way through this book. As a couple, Gwen and Lock are adorable together. The sex in this book is smokin' hot. I love Jessie Ann in this book and Blayne Thorpe. Mitch drove me crazy. The more of Mitch I see the more I don't like. I really like Lock's parents and Gwen's mom. I Love the roller derby action in this book. The mane squeeze is Great book. Blayne's book next and I can't wait. Below I leave a couple of my favorite quotes from this book:

“Hey, you bear son of a—” Lost in thoughts of Gwen, the growling voice startled him and Lock spun around. Immediately the two lions stumbled back and Mitch shoved Brendon ahead of him. “Take him!” Mitch ordered Lock. Brendon glared at his brother. “What do you mean ‘take him’?” “Well, bruh,” the lion explained, grinning, “I am the pretty one.” “You betraying son of a bitch!” “There’s no need to get nasty, you big baby! Take your bear-mauling like a man!”

While the two females snarled viciously at each other, Ric grabbed a stick from the ground and waved it between Jess and Blayne. “Look! Look! A stick! Who wants it? Who wants it? Go get it!” He threw the stick and Jess and Blayne watched it flip across the forest floor. Once it landed, they looked back at Ric. “Dude,” Jess told him, “that was just rude.”

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