The Mane Attraction
Shelly Laurenston
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The Mane Attraction
Shelly Laurenston
320 pages
October 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Shelly Laurenston's series about various wolves, lions, wild dogs and other shapeshifters continues with The Mane Attraction, an enjoyable enough read if a little light on actual plot elements. The hero, Mitch Shaw, is about to testify in a serious case and will have to go into witness protection afterward. When a bounty is put on his head and he is almost killed, his friend Sissy Mae Smith takes him to safety to stay in Smithville, her family's town.

Of course, there's nothing between Mitch and Sissy Mae, who are just good friends. Sissy Mae's wanderlust combines with a need to be with her family, and Mitch will soon be living under a new name and in a new place. But as they share each others' lives and Mitch becomes involved in Sissy's life and events in her hometown, the boundaries change. Is there any future for them, and can Mitch be kept safe?

As mentioned above, the plotline of the threat against Mitch is actually fairly subordinate in this book. Most of the content is the verbal banter between Sissy Mae and Mitch, and it's very well written. I've read several of these books, but I still get very confused by all the first names - Bubba Ray, Sissy Mae, Bobby Ray, Janie Mae, Ronnie Lee, Jackie Ray, etc. - as well as the few surnames for these big clans - Smith, Reed, Shaw, etc. Otherwise, this was a reasonable read about two strong people learning how to give up control to each other and be supportive.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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