This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 26, 2019
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.
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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