Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Review: Badger to the Bone by Shelley Laurenston

Book Description

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!

My Review

Max is crazy and a honey badger shifter who is trained to kill. She's just about as lethal as you can get. So when she finds herself kidnapped, it's not really a problem for her to escape but she wants answers first. 

Ze is one of Max's captors but when Max starts calling him a cat shifter, he just thinks she certifiable. Max is something different though and he's not sure just what kind of crazy she is.

Max saves Ze and brings him back to her home where her sisters and other shifters live. Then she tries to make Ze understand that he too is a shifter but it took a little time for him to finally believe her. Max says things that just made me laugh out loud, she can be so funny. But she's also lethal and doesn't seem to feel bad about hurting or killing someone. Most shifters don't seem to like humans and they tend not to mingle with other animal shifters. Each group of animal seems to keep to their own group. 

Of course there are government agencies that want to use the shifters for their own resources and one of Max's sisters have told one such group to keep away from her and her sisters. So when a group comes and wants Max and her friends to work for them, her sister, Charlie is not happy about it and lets them know it. All I can say is, don't piss off Charlie. Seriously, don't piss her off. 

Then there's one of Max's cousins who tends to come after her and wants her dead, just because. These sister's seriously have some messed up family. Max and her sister have family that hate them, Ze has family that lied to him and the government agencies just keep coming back to get them to work for them. 

This book had so much butt kicking action, but it also made me laugh out loud so many times. It was a lot of fun to see what would unfold next, what new character would pop up with some kind of emergency or who would come around sniffing for Charlie's baked goods. This was such a fun book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own. 


  1. Honey bears ARE incredibly fighters - what an excellent choice. And hooray for five star reads.

  2. Butt kicking action is fine by me

  3. yay it's great that you had such a great time

  4. Good review, I'm glad you found another goodie. Thinking of you and your family.

  5. I read the second book and need to get busy and get all the sisters' stories. Max has always been uber crazy so I can't wait for her story. Thanks, Mary!

    1. I'm looking forward to reading more too.

  6. I've read this author and really enjoyed her books in the past. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one and it made you laugh.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  7. I just love this series. I'm reading it again right now.

  8. I got this one today :D

  9. I am really going to have to give this series a try! Great review!

  10. This series sounds quite entertaining. I need to give it a try.


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