My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We all know how I feel about those bear shifters, right? Usually the books are of Kodak bears, or Grizzlies, But the book had the most incredible, loveable, honest, and grumpy Polor bear I have ever read about!
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. . .
Ok this is the first book of this series I've read- unfortunately it's book #7 - so in the beginning I was a little confused about who was whom..
In this book there is a LOT of extra characters - I'm assuming those that are married, or already have mates were from previous stories (Which I'll be reading more of this weekend :) But after awhile, things fell in to place and it all made sense. It explained who was whom, and even though there were a lot of different names mentioned, I figured it all out, and LOVED this story ...
We start off with Crush waking up in the morning - who knew those jello shots would be so dangerous.
Not only was he hung over, but he was naked, in bed with a feline -
Cella - she is suppose to be an Irish Siberian Tiger shifter... Which I love how they look - But she has the sassiest temper anywhere! And like she says , "don't try to understand her friendship with Smith, just except it"
I love her sassy mouth, always getting herself in fights - see Cella is a member of the KZS - now I'm sure if I read another book before this one, I'd know more about this operation. So we'll skip it for now :)
Anyways - but that's kind of a side job to her, her real job is being an Enforcer for the Carnivores Hockey team - She is to keep Novikov safe on the ice so he can score. He's a great player, but he sucks when it comes to anyone else. Cella is the only one besides his mate who he can tolerate. So she has her work cut out for her.
Crush is a cop - he's a good guy, always playing by the law. When his boss at the NYPD (who was scared to death of Crush anyways) told him he was transferring to another division (the Shifter's Division) Crush wasn't happy. He doesn't like change. Polars don't like change. But what else could he do about it.
Ugh I'm telling this review wrong!
So ok - back to the morning they wake up together, Cella just can't help but mess with the Polar's mind. They were both too drunk to do anything the night before, and he was too much of a gentleman to try to sneak out of bed without knowing the truth.
When he did finally leave, he made his way home, then to his new job. he wasn't looking forward to it at all.
Cella had gone out to work out, until Smith (not sure the whole relationship with these two, they're moral enemies, and yet they've save each other's lives too many time times, so they're best friends *shrug*) came and got her to bring her into the station. Cella works for the KZS, but she also works with the shifter's police department.
When they got to the station, Cella saw her bear, and ran and jumped on his lap.. Now Crush is too polite to dump her off his lap, but he's really annoyed at how affectionate she is with him. And Cella knew how much she was annoying him, so she kept it up. lol
That night at the hockey game, Crush ran into Cella again. This time while she was in her Hockey gear, and talking with none other than Novikov. She introduced them and Crush was tongue tied. He didn't even realize that Cella was none other than "Bare Knuckled Malone", and now he was there talking with Novikov!
And even better when Cella brought Crush to the owner's box to watch the game with her father "Nice Guy Malone" Crush's all time favorite Hockey Hero! Crush didn't know how to act around this man. But Nice Guy Malone sure took to Crush.
When Cella came home from her jog the next day, her family was acting strange again.. her best friend Jia told her that her Aunts were planning on fixing her up with her second cousin twice removed in order to get her out of the funk she was in.. Only Cella couldn't be happier than she was right now..
So they went over to Crush's house to talk to him into being her Pretend boyfriend.
Loved this!! But that wasn't all there was. Of course there was some crazy stuff going on with Hunter's drugging and hunting Shifter's and stuffing and mounting them as trophies,
Then there was a bunch of strange Bears hanging around that no one seemed to know.
It was crazy! I love this book! I hope all the other's have just as good a sense of humor as this one.
I'm going to start with book one now - I believe that's MacDermot’s story :) Or maybe I'll skip around. I want to read about Novikov's story :)