Length: 13 hours 43 minutes
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Setting: Queens, NY
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Narrator: Charlotte Kane
Also in this series: Hot and Badgered, Badger to the Bone
Also by this author: Hot and Badgered, Pack Challenge, Badger to the Bone
Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.
Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.
But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.
In a Badger Way was one of my most anticipated reads/listens of 2019. I fell in love with Hot and Badgered last year and couldn’t wait to get more of the MacKilligan sisters! Stevie, the youngest sister, is bat crap crazy (literally). She has a serious panic disorder-if you startle her or stress her she turns into a 2 ton badger tiger hybrid. Charlie and Max, her sisters, are very protective of Stevie because she is brilliant and kind of a mess. I was not sure how Stevie could be the heroine. I mean, who would be able to be in a relationship with Stevie? Enter Shen.
A giant panda shifter enters a house full of bears and he is a body guard to a weasel. Nope, not the start of a joke! Shen is super chill. He is the yin to Stevie’s yang for sure. He is swept into the MacKilligan chaos because he is assigned to protect Stevie’s prodigy friend, Kyle.
“I like my toes. You can’t be a dancer and have pretty toes. And from what Kyle has told me…you have some fucked-up hooves.”
What I love about this series is how ridiculous it is! Stevie is this genius girl whose life is a total disaster in every area except science. Max is a psychopath (I mean that literally). Charlie is a compulsive worrier. They are surrounded by a slew of crazy characters and I love it all. It’s just a mad cap story that is delightfully entertaining because you simply cannot fathom what will happen next. And how can you not love Shen? He is so tranquil even when things get a bit tumultuous. I also loved that Stevie gets her panic disorder under control a bit. I really felt that she would never be a good match for Shen if she was still so neurotic she couldn’t function normally. His zen does help her keep from going bat crap crazy!
Gangsters soon learned the local nuns were not to be fucked with.
I adored the audio for Hot and Badgered. In a Badger Way was narrated by a different narrator. Kane was good, but it didn’t quite have the same magic as Odom brought to book one. Still, a great listen that I recommend!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: shifters, opposites attract, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Bewitched and Bewildered series by Alanea Alder (the same level of hijinks and hilarity)…then you will probably like In a Badger Way!