THE MANE EVENT is two closely-interlinked novellas.
The powerful Llewellyn family has a big profile and even
bigger secrets. They are shape-changing lions with even
more arrogance than their purely animal counterparts. The
last thing they need is close scrutiny from the authorities
when one of them has the back of his head blown off. Who has
targeted the Pride? Hyenas have always hated lions, or it
could be another, lesser Pride, wanting to gain power and
stature. Resorting to a gun seems pretty tacky though, when
claws will do.
Mace Llewellyn, fresh from an elite Navy S.E.A.L. unit has
come home. He flat-out refuses to be a breeder for his
family, his sexual potency traded for favors owed to the
Pride, but he can't turn his back when the cubs of his
family are threatened. There's another reason to return to
New York. It's time to hunt the woman he loves. He was a
weedy smart-ass fourteen-year-old when they met. She was a
bosomy hotty with a mouth like a sewer. He's filled out
some in the intervening years, he only hopes she isn't
married, as killing her mate might get the relationship off
on the wrong paw. He never expects to find her
investigating the murder of a Pride member, though.
Dez (short for Desiree) MacDermot is a New York City cop,
Bronx style. She'd put the nerdy teen with the wild hair out
of her mind years ago. The one time she'd tried to contact
him his persnickity sisters made it clear she just wasn't
good enough to be associated with the family. Her joy knows
no bounds when she's assigned their case. She prays she can
arrest one of them for murder. Dez is bowled over by the
changes in Mace, even more by the feelings she thought were
long dead. Does she really want personal involvement with
someone so close to the murder? The question is moot, as
Mace gives her no choice in the matter. After finally
getting up close and personally naked with him, she finds
her objections melting away. Damn the man has talent. So
what if he's a lion? She's always understood animals better
than people. If only he didn't frighten her attack dogs so
often. It was hard on her wooden floors.
Brendon Shaw clawed his way up from south Philly to become a
breeder for The Llewellan Pride of New York. His brother was
still trapped in the underbelly, and Shaw was nearly killed
trying to reach him. How could he rescue his brother, keep
his own cubs safe, and still rock a feisty She-wolf's
world? Damn she smells good.
Ronnie (Rhonda Lee) Ree did NOT need a randy half-healed
lion sniffing at her. Even if she gave in to the nearly
overwhelming sensuality he offered, her brothers would make
kitty pie out of him when they found out.
Shelly Laurenston comes through again with a fantastic romp
on the furry side of life. THE MANE EVENT is a true
cross-genre work, enticing both fantasy and romance readers
in for an earthy, suspenseful read. She remains true to her
characters, writing with immediacy and raw truth, no
fancy-schmancy euphemisms. She has captured the essential
sensual lion, the loyalty and goofiness of wolves, and the
rich vocabulary of a girl from the Bronx with no false
notes. An evening spent with THE MANE EVENT is like a night
out on the town with great friends. Bottom line, it's a
really good time.
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.