THE MANE SQUEEZE
Brava, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp.
$14 US/ $16.95 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Gwen O’Neill is a woman of many talents. She is a hairdresser and a plumber. She once skated in a roller derby. She attempts to keep her mother, Roxy, out of trouble. She is also a tigon hybrid, the daughter of a tiger shifter and a lion shifter. Her best friend, Blayne, is a wolfdog hybrid and usually right beside her when trouble arises. Trouble seems to follow these two.
Lachlan McKyrie – Lock, to those closest to him - comes from intellectual parents. After seven years in the Marines, he is back in the real world, dealing with day-to-day life. He has a life plan and is working toward the goal he has set for himself. Being a grizzly shifter born to a Scottish father and a Russian mother, he is a thinker who will think something to death before acting on it.
Caught in the middle of a war between the McNelly Alpha and her mother, Gwen is trying to break away from her pack and live her own life. Being a partner in business with Blayne is not exactly what her family had in mind for her. After an ambush in the forest and Lock coming to their rescue, Blayne notices the attraction between her best friend and the grizzly. Calling in some backup, Blayne hatches a plan to bring the two of them together. Lock has problems of his own. Someone is hunting down the hybrids and killing them. With his family and friends, he will help fight the battle to keep all hybrids, including Blayne and Gwen, safe.
I will begin by saying I loved this book. I laughed out loud off and on throughout the entire story. More than once, I had to set it down and catch my breath before moving on to the next page. The sensuality of this couple, also, jumps off the page and into the reader’s heart. Gwen and Lock are opposites in many ways, but it works. At the center of the story is the controversy -- are the pureblood shifters better than the hybrids? The secrecy and action for the story lie within this particular thread. It echoes so many of the things happening in the here and now. Ms. Laurenston has created a world for a reader to dive into, a world full of diversity. I fell in love with this series and am counting down the days until the next one appears on my local bookstore’s shelves.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More