Pack Challenge is book one in Shelly Laurenston’s Magnus Pack series. If I could only use one word to describe this book it would be fun. This book was an absolute delight to read. Filled with witty banter, sarcastic undertones, an ill-tempered shape-shifter who is in over his head and a super bitchy heroine – what is not to love?????
Sara Morrighan lost her mother as an infant and then at yet another young age her father was killed when they were attacked by mountain lions. Incidentally, this attack left Sara’s face badly scarred as well as left her with a badly damaged leg. After the death of her father, Sara’s psychotic and cantankerous grand-mother obtained custody of her moving her from California to a small town in Texas. Needless to say, Sara has not had the easiest of lives. When her crazy grand-mother finally passes away when Sara is twenty-eight years of age, Sara celebrates with the rest of the small town. Needless to say, there was no abundance of love for the irrational old coot. Six months have passed since her grandmother kicked the bucket and Sara is now dealing with indescribable and unbearable pain in her leg from her old injury and it seems to be getting worse. There can only be one explanation....she is definitely dying.
Zach Sheridan has come to this small town in Texas with his pack to take Sara back to where she is originally from and to also let her in on the secret of her heritage. Sara’s parent’s belonged to Zach’s pack prior to their deaths and they have waited long enough to explain to Sara that she is also a shape-shifting wolf. They tried to come for her immediately after the death of her father but her grandmother prevented them from taking her. Zach and his pack are also there to protect Sara from the Pride, a group of shape-shifting lions who are responsible for the death of her father. They are now after Sara seeing that her grandmother no longer poses a threat to them. When Zach finally meets Sara he is instantaneously attracted to her and this simply pisses him off. One, he is not one who wants to be bogged down with a mate when he is so close to becoming the pack Alpha. And two, the bitch is psychotic and he needs to stay the hell away. So why does he find her bitchy attitude and crazy demeanor such a turn on?
Sara has no understanding as to why every time she gets near Zach her body lights up like the fourth of July. Zach's intensity and his animalistic growls leaves her all warm and fuzzy, not to mention turned on beyond belief with her special parts all tingly. Zach finds himself being unable to deny his connection with Sara. It is much more than a simple lustful attraction. She calls to his inner wolf and primal instincts and he is unable to decide whether he wants to mount her or slap her ass. When this aggressive, snarky and feisty heroine and the dominant alpha who is a jackass finally do get together the explosion is nuclear. It also leaves Zach knowing that he will never be able to walk away. She is his as much as he is hers. When danger comes to the forefront threatening Sara, Zach will stop at nothing to protect the woman who has claimed him in all her bitchy glory.
All in all, Pack Challenge is a funny and sizzling hot paranormal read. This is my first Shelly Laurenston book and it certainly will not be my last. I love the mix of crazy humor and the supernatural world that this author has created. This book is not overly complicated as many paranormal reads tend to be. You get a pretty awesome hero and heroine and some hilarious secondary characters. A great read in my books!