Review of Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston

Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston
Honey Badger Chronicles #3
Published 31 March 2020 by Kensington

She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .

Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

It's that time of year again, readers! Time to pull you back to the land of clinically insane shifters and the people who love them. That's right, it's time to talk about the newest release from my personal deity, Shelly Laurenston. I'll say it now, the FTC requires I inform you that I was given an advanced copy of Badger to the Bone so I could give you my honest review and share all of my opinions. The FTC thinks I'm easily swayed (they've obviously never met me) and thinks my price for a phony review is a free book and requires a disclaimer or I get a fine. So here's my disclaimer because I'm a broke bitch.
Shelly saved my favourite MacKilligan sister for last in Badger to the Bone Max "Kill It Again" MacKilligan is the middle MacKilligan sister {Charlie is the oldest and Stevie is the youngest} and she's also the badger connecting the MacKilligan honey badger clan to the Yang honey badger clan. Suffice it to say that Max is all the crazy and illegal. I love her.
Max manages to find herself some new kidnappers in the Netherlands while dealing with her sociopathic cousin, and I do mean Max finds them. That crazy little badger actually jumps into their van and tell them to, and I quote, "go, go, go". Then she immediately starts a ruckus with them because why not? and comes out of it with a new friend, Zé Vargas, who doesn't know he's a shifter? Max and her team (you'll love them) bring Zé back to the MacKilligan sisters house to educate him. Zé is a former US Marine (I know, no such thing as former) and current undercover special agent, and apparently a jaguar shifter unbeknownst to him. Because somebody had crappy parenting skills and thought that was a good idea. All the judgment there. And during his fever-induced first (second?) shift, he tries to snack on one of the bear shifter neighbours' cubs then escapes into a neighbouring tiger neighbourhood.
In Badger to the Bone, Max and Zé, with the help of Max's teammates, track down the story behind his shifter genetics, deal with yet another MacKilligan sisters daddy issue, and solve a couple other problems along the way. One of my favourite things about this entire series has been the functional dysfunctional family group. While the sisters are all over each other, left, right, and centre, they're also the ones to be there for their sisters, no matter what. I also enjoy the cute little scenes that Ms Laurenston has included in the beginning of each of the books regarding the MacKilligan sisters' childhood years. They're pure gold.
As usual, Ms Laurenston delivers a hilarious action-packed story with just the right amount of romance to balance out the story. She gives us a few extra twists that I thoroughly enjoyed, complete with snorts and cackles. And right now, during quarantine and pandemic time, hilarity is what this blogger needs. There are out of control hybrids and psychotic relatives, douchebag lions that you will love to hate and new characters that you'll welcome with open arms. Best of all, we get Blayne and Bo and their spawn. Lemme have their weirdness!
Overall, I'm giving Badger to the Bone all 5 of my stars and I'm actually not sure about flames. I know, I suck. But I've been in isolation for a month. Give me a break. If you're looking for a book filled with laughs, this is definitely a good book to read. I'm due for a reread of the Pack-Pride saga myself, so I might be doing that...
Read an excerpt here!

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at this spot.
Books by Shelly Laurenston that I've Reviewed include ::
The Blacksmith Queen - writing as GA Aiken
In a Badger Way
Hot & Badgered
Like a Wolf with a Bone

I'm going a bit stir-crazy here in quarantine. I'm on day 25 myself (we be serious here) and there's only so much family togetherness a dysfunctional family can take. So, I'm making cards to send to hospitals and people like you who are stuck inside. If you'd like a card (and are 18+ and are in the US because the shipping is ridiculously expensive, sorry), you can send me your mailing information on Twitter or Instagram. If you're able to, send a card to your local hospital. That's it. Until next time, have a happily ever after and stay safe, y'all!

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