Review: In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston

Posted March 30, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston
In A Badger Way
Narrated by Charlotte Kane

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Series: The Honey Badger Chronicles #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 26, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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A volatile honey badger- tiger mixed breed shifter with an off the charts IQ and a zen giant panda shifting security expert tangle (aka get tangled up) on an assignment to find a shifter scientist who seems to be experimenting on his own kind for some secret purpose.  This second of the honey badger sisters to get her story introduced a new to me author and series and told by a long familiar narrator.

Review

In a Badger Way is the second book in the series.  I didn’t read/listen to the first book or the original Pride series, but I had no trouble jumping in with this book.  I could tell that much had gone before it and a great many characters seemed to already have gotten their stories, but the new main characters and plot allowed me to do fine.

I admit that I had expectations going in after reading several book pal’s reviews of the earlier book and the earlier series.  I knew it was going to employ a lot of humor and also many shifter types who bore strong resemblance to the animals they shift into.  And, this was there from the beginning.  I enjoyed the sisters’ camaraderie and the craziness that comes with their honeybadger nature and the antics they get up to.  It was fun seeing relatively calm Shen Li start to lose his cool around vivacious Stevie.

There is a crowd of characters and the story is told from several perspectives.  I kept up just fine with all the changes, but I also felt like this story slogged in places because there was so many extra plot threads going on around Shen and Stevie.  Early on, the mission is clear and yet it took some time to get going on the mission.  Part of this is because Stevie is unstable with her shifting issues and she has anxiety attacks (she’s terrified of bears even though she shifts into a two ton hybrid that could shred them).  But, part of it is because there are some side stories going on that I found distracting rather than helpful though I never actually disliked those minor story threads.  Sometimes maybe something was supposed to be funny, but, no funny bone was tickled for me.
I can’t say that I liked several of the characters, but it was obvious that they were meant to be annoying or unlikable like the snooty jackal family or the human doctor.

I do want to go back for the first story though because I enjoyed Stevie’s sister and her mate together along with the bears.

I found the romance pair were an adorable couple.  A panda shifter.  That was so awesome and he chewed on his bamboo and hung about, got a little growly because she called him cute and adorable in his shifted form.  His steady nature was a good match for Stevie and he made it clear to her that he thought she was perfect just the way she was and would help her work on control and getting over her anxieties.  Shen resisted longer than Stevie.  He’d started out keeping her, her sisters, and her friend out of trouble, and protecting her so he ignored any whiffs of attraction.  But, Stevie had a honey badger’s stubbornness and kept at him.

Charlotte Kane is a narrator I’ve enjoyed under a different alias.  I like her voice and her narration style.  She had a bunch of characters of all ages and genders which she sorted out well.  I did wish that Chen Li had an Asian accent because of his heritage, but it wasn’t a deal breaker or interfered with my enjoyment of the story.

All in all, I had a good time and want to get the other two Honey Badger Chronicles and their zany adventures.  Those who enjoy exciting shifter stories with a strong humor element and a variety of shifters should give this book/series a try.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I read one short story by this author and had fun with it. I’ve been meaning to try something else by her. Liked her humor, and I do love my shifter stories. Great review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I think this spinoff series must be a good representation of her stuff. It was fun. You’ll have a good time. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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Very nice review. I’m currently reading this one. I’ll listen to it later on. I found that I enjoyed the first book reading it, but didn’t like the audio version as much. Not sure why, but I wouldn’t have rated book 1 as high as I did if I’d listen to it first. I do love the over the top outrageousness of all the characters. The Jackal Family we meet in the Pride series and one of them the, oldest sister, gets a full novel so, ya they are snobby geniuses, but still I loved their weird quirks. ^_^

Sophia Rose
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That will happen to me once in a while where print is better than audio for me. Or, the other way around. I’ll try that to see if that makes a difference for me, too. Maybe it wouldn’t have dragged as much if I could read it at a faster speed. Yeah, I could see where the Jackals would be the chronic relief. I’ll have to go back for more. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
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My friends are reading these and I want to get to this author but it’s not happening right now. So hopefully someday, hopefully soon. I think I will start with the Pride series and get Audible Romance when I plan to binge them if they are still in that program.

Sophia Rose
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I hear you. Sometimes, I wait to start a new author until I can get through the whole series. Yes, definitely start with the Pride series. I think that would make a difference.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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This sounds like a fun read1 I know what you mean about sometime there are two many plot threads, which can be distracting rather than helpful at adding to a storyline. Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, not bad plot threads, but just didn’t move things along.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I wanted to point out that the cover pic is definitely a panda, not a badger as in the title, but that does fit with the synopsis! I think if I was a shifter then a panda would be a suitable animal for me. Not too much rushing about 😉

Sophia Rose
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LOL, yeah, definitely a panda. But, to confuse you more, the other cover has tiger stripes behind the model b/c the honeybadger heroine is also half tiger.

Melanie Simmons
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I’m listening to this one right now. Only about half way through.

Sophia Rose
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I think that’s about when it picked up the pace and I enjoyed that more. 🙂

herding cats
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Ha the Panda. I do enjoy when they show up. I do think her earlier works were a bit stronger somehow. I’m glad this one was still good overall for you 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I do need to go back and start from the beginning. His panda among those other bears was cracking me up.

Lola
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Good to know this one worked as a standalone for you. I’ve seen this series around a few times. Too bad it slogged in a few places with too many story threads going on. It does sound like a fun read/ listen. And that sounds so fun with how she shifts in a panda. That’s great the narration was done so well too.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I’ve been wanting to try these for ages, too. I might do better with the next book now that I know it jumps from thread to thread. In fact, I’m going to go non-audio to see if it makes a difference even though I had no problems with the narrator.