The Mane Event (Pride Stories Series #1)

The Mane Event - Shelly Laurenston After reading (and loving) the Magnus Pack series, I am now starting the Pride series. Laurenston has a knack for blending a hot-n-sexy romance with a dash of humor, a yummy alpha hero, and a strong kick-ass heroine then rolling it all into a great paranormal story. No wimpy damsels in distress in these books! Shelly Laurenston is now officially an auto-buy author for me! There are two stories in this book. The first is Christmas Pride with Desiree (Dez) MacDermott and Mason (Mace) Llewellyn as the lead characters. The second story is called Shaw's Tail and the leads are Ronnie Lee Reed and Brendan Shaw. Brendan is a minor character in Christmas Pride and what happens to him towards the end of the story is the beginning of the his story in Shaw's Tail. Overall, I think Christmas Pride was the better story. There didn't really seem to be all that much going on in Shaw's Tail other than Brendan chasing after Ronnie, but honestly, it didn't bother me much because I love the characters and universe of these books enough that a little lack of plot wasn't a big deal. An interesting part of the these two stories is that the fear of commitment is actually on the part of the females. Usually it's the male that doesn't want to commit to a long-term relationship but in these stories it is the male character who does the chasing and is determined to convince the female they are life mates. Dez and Ronnie both panic at the thought of being "in love" and Mace and Brendan, respectively, have to carefully work to convince them they are destined to be together.