Narrator: Charlotte Kane
Length: 13 hrs 43 mins
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles #2
Published by Kensington Books, Tantor Audio on March 26, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.
Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.
But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.
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In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston is book two in the Honey Badger Chronicles series. This was Stevie and Shen’s book as far as the romance goes.
The McKilligan sisters are very protective of their baby sister, which drives Stevie crazy. When she gets startled and shifts into her alternate form she really stirs up some trouble. Making herself even more wanted by The Group and Irene Conrich. To help make up for her outburst, she agrees to work a case for Irene (who Stevie does not describe very nicely) without her sisters knowing. She also ends up unwittingly committing to an obligation with the wild dogs. I felt so sorry for Stevie when everyone laughed when she mentioned the obligation to the wild dogs!
Shen gets pretty much railroaded into everything McKilligan sisters want from him, whether it be for security or for personal reasons. It was a lot of fun to see his reaction every time the girls mentioned something and he felt the need to disagree. They pretty much walked all over the poor guy and his bamboo. He may be a panda, but he is very good at his job so don’t think he’s just a character with little involvement in the action. He’s always right there in the middle of it.
We get to see some familiar characters, who always bring something interesting to the table. The fear the McKilligan sisters has instilled in people has even reached the most unlikeliest of people. I loved seeing the girls and their family in action. We do get a little side nugget with Max and some strange men. They are not after what Max thinks they are which surprises her, but as usual, Max takes care of it. I’m interested to see more of that storyline.
I truly enjoy Shelly Laurenston’s balance of action, mystery, romance and humor. Her writing makes serious problems serious, yet laced with humor. Who would have thought honey badgers and their killing ways could be so amusing.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge