Animal magnetism has a whole new meaning. . .
Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward “accidentally” bumps into heartthrob Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she’s come since high school. Back then, Jess turned to jelly any time Smitty got near her. Some things haven’t changed. Except now Jess is a success on her own terms. And she can enjoy a romp–or twenty–with a big, bad wolf and walk away. Easy.
The sexy, polished CEO who hires Smitty’s security firm might be a million miles from the lovable geek he knew, but her kiss, her touch, is every bit as hot as he imagined. Jess was never the kind to ask for help, and she doesn’t want it now–but someone is targeting her Pack. And Smitty’s not going to turn tail and run. Not before proving that their sheet-scorching animal lust is only the start of something even wilder. . .
Laurenston is known for her snarky humor and fun, fast romances. What did you think of Jessica and Smitty and The Beast in Him? I’ve included a few questions below to get us started.
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Humor is a difficult genre–what one reader finds funny, another may not. Did you find The Beast in Him funny? Why or why not?
Smitty comes from a wolf shifter clan known for their crazy ways. He’s distanced himself from them by moving to New York and forging his own path. Was Smitty the perfect alpha, or was he a more beta hero?
Jessica grew up abused and alone. She created her own clan and a successful life as a gaming guru. What did you think of her as a heroine?
One of the things I didn’t expect to deal with in a humorous read was abuse. It’s made pretty clear in the first chapter that Jessica is abused by Smitty’s family and the local clan, to the point where she is “covered in bruises” and gets “the shit beat out of her.” She’s eventually forced to push one of the bullies off a cliff to get the abuse to stop. Later instances in the book show fights for dominance, and Jessica ultimately believes Smitty isn’t tough enough to be her mate because he refuses to give in and maul her during mating. What did you think of this aspect of the book? How does Smitty’s failure to protect Jessica as a teen reflect on his character, if at all? Did you feel, as Jessica did, that Smitty was holding back with her?
Shifter clans, like regular humans, are segregated by species, and a hierarchy of races is clear. The weak aren’t supposed to be at the top, and yet in the human realm, it is Jessica and her “wild-ass dogs” that come out on top. Who do you see as “top dog” in this story?
There are a ton of characters in this book! Did you find that confusing? Who were your favorites among the clans?
As a Southerner, I couldn’t help being annoyed by the stereotypical “Jessie Ann” and “Bobby Ray” and other Southernisms (good ol’ boys who only like to fight, etc.) that were sprinkled through the book. Does this accurately reflect the South? Is it meant to, or is it just meant to be humorous?
Let’s discuss! Remember, one commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card for their very own. Tell us what you thought of The Beast in Him, or give us a suggestion for a future Nice & Naughty Reading Club selection. I’ll announce the winner — and our APRIL Reading Club selection — on Monday.
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