Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston (Pride #7)


Bear Meets Girl by Shelly LaurenstonAvailable: March 27, 2012 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Brava

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down–and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. . .


Waking up with a beautiful female draped across his chest, Crush can’t remember what happened the night before. Being a cop usually means he stay in complete control at all times. Those jello shots certainly did him in. The female, a Siberian Tiger named Cella turns out to be the most annoying female he’s ever met. And now he can’t get rid of her.  She’s not only in his house but she’s also the enforcer for his favorite hockey team.

Cella is used to doing everything on her own. Sure, she has tons of family but she has even more pride. Why let someone else do it if you can do it yourself. The polar bear is just what she’s looking for to have a bit of fun. He is uptight and way to quiet. When they end up working together on a case will it make opposites attract? Or is it all fun and games?



Shelly Laurenston is quickly climbing my author hall of fame ladder! Bear Meets Girl is the 7th book in her Pride series. I instantly loved Crush. He ‘s totally by the book and him being a cop really worked for the story line in this one. I also thought the vast differences between Crush and Novikov (a fellow polar, though hybrid from Beast Behaving Badly) were magnificently done. It seems in a lot of shifter books you often fall into the trap of characters behaving like their species. I like that to a point, but I also like differences in personality.

Cella was another win with me. She is over the top in every way possible. Snarky, completely independent and way to honest. That woman had no qualms telling anyone, anything. She’d beat your ass then mock you over it. I loved her! Anyone that can call their friend a whore and then ask when they are going to dinner next is a winner in my book. I spent much of the book snorting over the incredibly witty banter between not only Cella and Crush but Cella and everyone else. She was a really strong character being a hockey enforcer AND a hired part-time assassin.

Of course readers also get treated to seeing most of the past characters as well. I think my favorite is Blayne (Beast Behaving Badly). She is a caffeine addicted whirlwind of a woman. She’s whiney and cute and just always bouncing around everywhere. She. Is. Hilarious.

The story arc that continues into Bear Meets Girl seems to be getting a bit darker as the books continue to come out. In previous books we’ve known someone was forcing hybrid shifters to fight much like a dog fight. Bear Meets Girl takes it to a new level. Now someone is abducting shifters to use for game hunts..then stuffing the bodies to use as trophies. A bit more morbid than what Laurenston has come up with in the past.

There was only one thing that really irked me. Bear Meets Girl is about shifters…and yet, no shifting. Not one main character was in animal mode for anything. There are a few partial shifts..a claw here, a paw there. There is a short bit about one of the abducted shifters being hunted, but otherwise that’s it. Nada. Nothing. I thought it strange for a shifter book not to have shifting. Especially since past books have included it at least in some part. The heat level in this one was decent but don’t go into it expecting a whole lot of sex. You’ll be sorely disappointed. The connection between Cella and Crush was definitely there though so I didn’t miss the abundance of sex. Much. *smirk*

Bear Meets Girl is an excellent addition to a strong series that I find myself looking forward to again and again! Laurenston is going strong with the Pride series. Each book delves a bit deeper without being extremely dark. The characters are well rounded, lush and seem as real as you and I….well except for the turning into animals thing 🙂 Laurenston will certainly bring a smile to your face with her brilliant writing skills and wonderful conversations between characters!

I give Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston 4 stars! 



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