on March 6, 2012
Pages: 385 pages
Even the king of the beasts can find himself unexpectedly tamed by the right woman. . .
Weddings have the strangest effect on people. Exhibit 1: Sissy Mae waking up in Mitch Shaw's bed the morning after her brother Bobby Ray's nuptials. Exhibit 2: the gunmen trying to kill Mitch. Exhibit 3: Sissy Mae escorting a bleeding yet sexy lion shifter to her Tennessee Pack's turf for safe keeping. It doesn't help that Mitch's appraising gaze makes her feel like the most desirable creature on earth. . .
Mitch is an undercover cop about to testify against some dangerous ex-associates. Even more worrisome, he's harboring hot, X-rated fantasies about one fast-talking little canine--and he has to deal with every male in Sissy Mae's Pack sniffing around her in a way that makes his hackles rise. Mitch has his pride, and he intends to show Sissy Mae that when a lion sets out to make you his mate, the only thing to do is purr, roll over, and enjoy one hell of a ride. . .
The Mane Attraction was another story that I disliked somewhat when I first read it, but this time around ended up really loving it.
Sissy was a character that took some time to grow on me. I borderline disliked her because of how she bullied Jessie Ann when they were younger, but in reading The Mane Attraction, Shelly Laurenston really did an amazing job of showing us that there’s more to Sissy’s character than being that former bully and now Alpha female of the New York Smith Pack.
Mitch’s character started off in this Pride series as a mystery, so it was the only logical explanation for him to get his own story so that we could find out why he was always in a situation that his brother, Brendon, felt he needed to get him out of. Mitch might’ve not had the military training or had as tough of an upbringing as Sissy and Bobby Ray had being Smith wolves, but he did have to grow up with more street smarts than most gave him credit for.
The fact that The Mane Attraction turned out better than when I first read it way back when (before I was a book blogger) makes me look at myself somewhat differently. Was I so shallow that I couldn’t appreciate the growth that both characters underwent during this story, or maybe I was so narrow-minded that I couldn’t appreciate the beautiful differences within each story in the Pride series? Whatever it was I’m glad that I’ve grown and can appreciate all of those things that I might’ve found lacking the first time I read The Mane Attraction.
I will have to admit, even while I enjoyed the romance between Mace and Dez, Brendon and Ronnie, and Smitty and Jessie Ann, the romance between Mitch and Sissy has to be the most enjoyable (this might change as I go through the rest of the series). The way they gravitated towards one another was so smooth, it didn’t hurt that they were best friends before they took that next step. Further, the fact that they were such good friends it was like they were on the same brain wave when they decided to take the plunge and make their relationship physical. Because their friendship was so solid there was no threat of their relationship crumbling; they knew each other inside and out.
There were so many great nuggets in The Mane Attraction that it just might be my second favorite out of the earlier stories in the Pride series. Mitch and Sissy just stayed true to themselves and flipped the middle finger off to whoever didn’t like their brand of crazy.