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Born to Be Badger

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Honey Badgers Are Bad A$$!

Man, I adore these honey badgers! They aren't afraid to kick booty - everyone's booty. They may not always start the trouble, but they are more than happy to add to the destruction.

This is book five in the Honey Badger Chronicles. It features Max's teammate Tock, and Shay, an Amur tiger shifter. I was trapped, er, captivated from the very first page.

Many thanks to Kensington Publishing and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor or expectation.

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This was amazing, I can’t recommend enough for everyone to pick up this series. I loved returning to this world,mum a massive Shelly fan and this did not disappoint.

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Ooooh there is a lot going on in this story. I wish that Tock and Shay had gotten their own story because this felt like it was a filler from one event in the larger plot to the next. The romance hardly happened and was always interrupted by family and crazy events. There were also just too many characters and side plots that I lost focus. I did love the humor, sarcasm, and overall badger personalities that come from Tocks shifter side. I also enjoy how everything is so fast-passed and action-packed. Unfortunately, some elements and the overall plot/feel felt repetitive over the course of the novel.

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Amazing as always! Tock and Shay are such entertaining characters. The storyline is funny and draws the reader in.
Who doesn't love honey badgers!!!

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The more I read in this series the more I love it! The humor has me constantly laughing. I love all the antics the Badgers get into and how they pull in other shifters. If you have read previous series, this feels like we are just continuing on, this one just focuses a bit more on Tock, Shay and Dani (Shay's daughter). I loved how Dani and Tock bonded with each other. And the puppies! And I really loved getting so much of Charlie. She is such a fascinating character that I'm glad she's had a big role in this whole series. I probably would recommend reading this in order. I think you just get more enjoyment out of these characters as you learn their personalities and what has conspired up to this point.

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A pretty cool story! I came in expecting one thing but came out pleasingly surprised! From the characters who were engaging and the world building keeping me pretty invested

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Eeeek I loved this book, so much! Welcome back to the worlds of the Pack and Pride.
Tock and Shay were a fab addition to the couples I have already met through reading the pride, pack and later the honey Badger books and world. I wondered where the story arc would go from Fin and Mads book how could a heroine obsessed with time find love with an easy going tiger but boy did they. Shays protective streak and love of dogs was no match for Tocks obsession with time and efficiency and once the fever hit we knew they were destined for each other.

I love the worlds Shelly creates because i become fully immersed its a fantasy novel yet i feel like i am actually seeing Shay shift into his Amur tiger form and Tock be simply unstoppable as any Honey Badger is when overcoming anything that gets in her way. For me Shelly is and always will be a must read i love her characters the snark of the heroine the Alpha of the Hero and lets face it some of these ladies out Alpha the Alpha but they are loved and supported because a true Alpha Male knows that sometimes you just need to say Yes dear and let your woman have her way.

As always with Shellys novells there is a lot going on lots of stories within the main story it in no way detracts from Tock and Shays story but the book is jam packed it introduces some older honey badgers and some Van Holtz pack members that i am hoping means a novella or too in the future for there stories. We meet Tocks grandmother the formidable Savta and a few of Tocks cousins we meet Shays adorable daughter and in the background of the main story we watch Nelle torture Keene and read how the Black Malones finally made peace with the Irish malones and i am hoping to see Cella and the boys in future books as they hunt the ones killing and harming pack.

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I always like the violence in the Honey Badger books, largely because it is so over the top that it tips over into comedy. There's also always an element of the fact that the bad guys in these books have multiple opportunities to not do the bad thing that will get them on the Badgers' radar in a bad way, and when they don't, it's hard to feel sorry for them as they experience the consequences.

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I loved this book!! It was fabulous and well done. The characters were on point and I thought the plot was well developed. I would recommend this book to others.

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When I’m in a book slump, as I was this fall, Shelly Laurenston is the author I turn to when I want to break it. That’s why I’ve already read Born to be a Badger twice. This book is a delightful continuation of the Honey Badger series. It focuses on Tock, with her fascinating family and fellow basketball playing honey badgers, and Shay, a Tiger football player. The sports talk is in short supply in this book which is mostly focused on the antics of the honey badgers, the development of a new poison and a conflict with lions. We also get introduced to another group of honey badger friends who are the future template of Tock and her team.

Like the previous books in this series, and in contrast to Laurenston’s Pride series, the romance between Tock and Shay is basically a subplot and not the overall focus. The action and over the top characters of the badgers and the Malone brothers are really the main focus. The series seems to be slowing down and I predict the next book will be the last with Keane and Nelle. There are moments of laugh out loud and turn the page actions as you’re amazed by the resilience of the badgers. There are also sweet moments, especially when Tock bonds with Shay’s daughter over math. I do really like the pairing of Tock and Shay and I just wish there was more page time devoted to their relationship. My favorite honey badger wrangler, Charlie, still continues to play a big role and I love any time she’s on the page. Overall, a great continuation to the series

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I had such a fantastic time reading this book! Having different honey badgers from Max's childhood, getting together with the various Malone brothers, is so entertaining! And while there are 4 brothers, I'm not sure if the youngest would be a part of this, since he is collage-aged. We'll see what happens!

Tock is all about being on time, and being precise with it. Hence the nickname, and the very good, expensive watch that she has. That her mom's side of the family have a lot of power and influence as spies and such, well, of course she got to be a part of the shifter-trafficking humans take down!

Shay is more of the laid back brother. He's a dad, he loves his dogs, and his life is comfortable. Well, besides investigating his dad's murder, and his attraction to Tock. I really enjoyed watching them together as they dealt with everything life was throwing at them!

Loved what this book added to the world, of all these connections, and new information, and I'm so excited to see how it's all going to come together in future books! I just have so much fun reading these wild and crazy reads!

Absolutely loved reading this book, and I can't wait to continue on!

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I am Now HOOKED on the Honey Badgers!
I have to admit, going into reading Born to Be Badger, I wasn’t entirely convinced that I’d like it, but the description was compelling, And, since I love shapeshifter romances and I’ve been meaning to read Shelly Laurenston’s work for some time. I am SO glad that this is my first read of hers, because this was a serious laugh-out-loud RIOT of a read the whole way through, and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series, going back to read the beginning of the series, and digging through Shelly’s backlist to see if any of the heroine’s friends group’s parents have a book, or any of the older generation honey badger friend group have books!
Told in multiple POV, Born to Be Badger does some serious world-building, and while clearly built on some previous world-building, feels largely stand-alone (with the only real overlap I’m seeing from the previous books in this series, but it doesn’t feel completely necessary to have read them all in order). Tock is a fascinating character, and I loved getting to know her and see her grow, both in and out of her relationship with Shay Malone. All of the honey badgers are dynamic and compelling, and the Malone brothers and other partners of the main group of honey-badgers are fantastic book boyfriend material. And I have predictions for Nelle’s book, which I expect is next, and I have strong suspicions as to who her hero will be.
I loved reading this, highly recommend, and can’t BELIEVE that I haven’t made a point to check out Shelly’s work before now!

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Another witty and funny book by Shelly Laurenston: well plotted, entertaining, and compelling.
World building and character developement are excellent.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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Honey Badger Tock is fresh off the action of the last book when a call from family sends her across the world on a rescue mission, with Tiger Shay along for the ride. But things are not what they seem like -- the mission becomes an ambush, Tock and Shay's families (found and otherwise) are in deep trouble, and a worldwide conspiracy to traffic full humans falls into their laps to stop. The action starts and just doesn't stop. Answers will be had, romance will be found, but will the enemy be vanquished once and for all, and their world be the same?

While worth the wait to continue the series, slightly disappointed in the fact it teases a big bad but doesn't really resolve or offer a cliffhanger, more like a slow buildup. Good but not the strongest in the series. I'm sad that I will have to wait for the next one, and I could not predict whose story comes next.

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This book was pure chaos. Which probably shouldn't be surprising when the protagonist can shift into natures most chaotic little gremlin, the honey badger. The pacing is cinematic and slightly manic, jumping between scenes and characters in a way that really pulls you along. My only regret is that I didn't take the time to read earlier installments in this series first, since the cast of characters is fairly large, and I think I'd have appreciated it more if I'd understood their intricate relationships and dynamics from jump. That said, the book was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed spending time with the protagonists.

Tock, so nicknamed because of her obsession with keeping time, is a professional basketball player in a shifter-only league, as well as being a part time thief, brawler, fixer, and whatever else she needs to be. Shay is a tiger-shifter single dad to a math-loving little tiger cub. The two are in overlapping social circles that get completely thrown together when one of the badgers' investigations goes sideways.

The plot doesn't take a clear path to anywhere, but it's a lot of fun, full of action, violence, stress-baking, and international organized crime. Truly, the honey badgers are a handful.

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This is another great read by Ms. Laurenston. This is Emily aka Tock and Shay 's story. The overarching story deals with a lot of background action and secrecy and different agencies, and there are a lot of other characters from other books that are constantly introduced, which I love! I love catching up on them, love knowing what they're doing! However, the romance is in the background and is not wholly in your face, so like a slow burn.
Shay was totally the sweetest tiget ever! Love him! The book basically premises on hilarious, laugh out loud moments, along with sibling rivalry in a good way, and the support of all those involved with each other. I must say that as much as I love Ms. Laurenston's books, the romance was a bit on the meh side for me.
Oh, and I absolutely adored Shay's daughter, Dani.
4 stars.

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I am a big fan of the Honey Badger Chronicles and the Pride series before it. I love how the different shifters have personalities based on their shifter type. These books always make me laugh and Born to be Badger was no exception.

Shelly Laurenston has a way of writing that makes things that are completely extraordinary seem normal. Of course, honey badger shifters sleep in cabinets and steal things. Everyone knows that. I love how she writes strong female characters and we everyone is accepted for who they are.

If I had been reading this story as part of an urban fantasy series I would have given it 5 stars. I loved the plot and the antics of new and familiar characters immediately drew me in. However, I did feel that the romance was lacking. It felt tacked on as it was necessary for the genre but not very central to the plot. I liked Tok and Shay but I liked Tok's relationship with Shay's daughter almost more than her relationship with Shay.

If you are already a fan of the Honey Badger Chronicles I think you will enjoy the latest installment! It brings all the familiar characters and the same humor from earlier books. However, I would not recommend this one to people who have not read the earlier books. It would not function well as a standalone.

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This next installment of the Honey Badger Chronicles was excellent and I encourage others to check out the entire series!

This one absolutely leaves you wanting more and anticipatory of the next installment.

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This is a new book in the Honey Badger Series by Shelly Laurenston. This book is set in the Same world as the Pride series. Many of the same characters are in this book. This time the book is about Tock and Shay. The story continues with the search for the murder of the Black Malone brothers’ father.
They get help from the Honey Badgers because of family connections.
I really enjoy all the stories they are funny and way out there with the shifter side of the people.
This one was not as deep as some of the others, but I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one about another Malone brother and a badger.
Recommended

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Shelly Laurenston Books are the Absolute Best!!

Laugh out loud hilarious, suspenseful, romantic, steamy and action-packed!! These books are so entertaining and fun to read! If you’ve never read a Shelly Laurenston book…do yourself a favor and pick one up today! You won’t be disappointed!

Set in New York, we follow a group of rowdy and hilarious shifters that are on a mission to end shifter/human crime and get pulled into a bigger world of danger than they anticipated. As they figure out the new dangers they face, navigating twists and turns, Honey Badger shifter Tock and Tiger shifter Shay can’t fight the natural attraction between them and must rely on each other to solve this mystery.

The world building is amazing and you’ll be hooked. I love every book I have ever read by Shelly Laurenston. Not only do they have romance, action, humor, suspense and amazing characters, but they always have a great storyline with an intriguing plot. Five stars and highly recommended. Pick up a copy today! It’s that good!

I received an advanced review copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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