The same is true for many of the paranormals I read. Witches, vampires, demons, shape shifters,the end of the world, time travel… throw it all in - that’s what paranormal means… beyond the norm, yes? But above all, my favorite paranormal books are the ones that have fantastic characters and that’s what I’m really buying into.


Throughout the series Ms. Laurenston throws in every conceivable shifter and combination of shifter romances. From wolves to hyenas, and cheetahs to polar bears, you’ve got them all. The mythology is not about the end of the world or some cataclysmic event, instead the world building has a built-in quality to it. It’s a character driven series so you automatically accept a shifter world that can co-exist with a human world.

 

The series centers on the interactions between the shifters and their clans/packs/family units; and in essence the mythology is pure and one that is as ‘old as time’. It’s all about family interaction, individual dynamics and protecting those you love.In addition, the alphas of the different packs are both male and female giving the genders equal weight and you gotta’ love that.

Ms. Laurenston’s latest release Bear Meets Girl is yet another fun addition to the series. When you have a frisky feline for a heroine who has a teenage daughter, is  the only female member of an all shifter pro hockey team, and is also a member of a task force who is responsible for capturing the people who are hunting down shifters, then you have a heroine with a definite Type A personality. Pair her with a hero who does not do well with change, is as laid back as any hibernating bear, and approaches life from a logical stand point  - well then you have the makings for some interesting dynamics. Bear Meets Girl brings in many of the characters from previous books and with a combination of  suspense and humor it continues to put the fun in paranormal.

 

With each new book there is more to love and laugh about. The relationships and interactions between the heroes and heroines, friends and family are often comical, sometimes zany and always inviting. I gladly suspend my belief for Shelly Laurenston's Pride series because I buy into her world of shifters and whatever situations they find themselves in.

 

The Pride Series in Order:

The Mane Event (Pride Stories Series #1)  
The Beast in Him (Pride Stories Series #2)  
The Mane Attraction  
The Mane Squeeze (Pride Stories Series #4)  

Big Bad Beast (Pride Stories Series #6)  
Bear Meets Girl  

 

I’m curious, are you willing to suspend your belief to the breaking point when reading paranormals? Or are there certain ‘lines’ that can not be crossed?

Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-30-2012 04:14 PM

Oh Great Great Great article, how can we NOT suspend our beliefs those of us who crave the Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy romance, I don't know about the rest of you but St. Louis only hosts Vampires in LKH's novels and I've yet to see a Were, shifter or time-traveling hunk here either and believe me I've looked

And a great question too Marisa because the only lines that can be crossed for me is going into the erotic realm, in other words my beasties don't behave badly

 

but I'm really curious about the rest of you

 

Deb

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