So, many of you know about the Eve Langlais Furry United Coalition (FUC) series and what a hoot it is. But lets talk about another series that makes me cackle like a loon as I gain more than a few smiles and belly laughs from the pleasure we get from them.
Celia Kyle’s Ridgeville Shifters is awesomesauce!!!! The first, He Ain’t Lion, introduces us to the Ridgeville Lion shifters on the night of the Gaian Moon, the sexy times when all shifters work to increase the numbers of their prides and packs. And havoc prevails when a human, Maya Josephs, wanders in to the pride owned bar in hopes of a wild night in order to get over a nasty break-up. But she gets more than she bargains for when she catches the eye of the Prime, Alex O’Connell. Perfect, sexy-as-hell Alex is the perfect one-night-stand material – oops. And what begins is a series that is an absolute hoot. Maya is a trip – mouthy, coarse, and bossy, Maya is an incredibly fun character, filled with “Mayaisms” which will jerk a chuckle from even the dourest of readers.
“Sometimes life gives you the unexpected. Then you say ‘fuck you life’ and kick it in the balls. Because—hello?—life is obviously male.”
Book 1.5, You’re Lion, is a 44-page short best described by this paragraph from the Goodreads description:
“With new pregnancy hormones making her inner kitty extra bitchy, Maya’s not sure who she’s going to murder first: her gyno for discovering the pregnancy, her guards for following her every move (and annoying the living shit out of her), or the striped beyotch cooing over Alex. Screw it. She’ll start with the tigress and work her way around to the other two.”
GET that tiger beyotch, Maya!
“To err is human, to love is divine. But fucking with a chick that grows fur and claws is a mistake. Show ‘em how big that mistake can be.”
Next Ball of Furry introduces us to (are you ready for it? Can we all say. . . ) were rabbit!!! Yep, our favorite sort of “‘ya gotta be kidding’ you really mean were rabbit?? character. Carly isn’t a sabretooth bunny like Miranda, but what the hey? She is still one kick-ass, silly natured fluffy tailed bundle of attitude. What she doesn’t need is a man whore for a mate, but given the Gaian Moon, a wild night shared with Neil, said man whore, Carly hops away to hide from her feelings for Mr. ‘Spread the Lovin’’. Carly is a wonderful, strong character with a heart of gold and one off my favorite characters throughout the series. And this is the volume where the darkness begins to gather over the pride . . . a story line which will flow through all the books of the series and lend a depth not available in some of the other series which contain a great deal of humour. The balance makes this series a favorite of mine.
“If he’s your guy, he’s your guy. Just make sure you tattoo your name on his furry ass so everyone else knows who he belongs to. You could pee on him and mark your territory, but a tattoo is permanent.”
Book three, and Maddy and Ricker get their turn. And what a turn it is! Head Over Tail equates, in my life, with ‘laugh your ass off’ crossed with ‘Scaryville’ as we get more deeply involved in the story of Alistair and the ‘Freedom’ group – a group that bases its idea of ‘freedom’ on the idea of kidnapping, torture and murder – especially when they can commit said atrocities, as well as rape, against women.
When Ricker Croft, the council tracker and big scary bad-ass is sent to rescue Maddy Lane, a Sensitive, from Freedom, he gets the shock of his life – for Maddy isn’t the submissive, timid sensitive he expects. Instead of kowtowing to his orders, he is knocked on his ass when she instead shocks him stupid when she attacks and rips the balls off of a hyena rapist attacking another sensitive, Elise, a fox shifter, during Ricker’s “save the woman who turns out to be your mate” attempt. What do you expect when Maya has been giving her lessons?
Everyone dies at some point. I just help things along every once and again.”
Fierce In Fur tells the story of my favorite male character, Brute. I love the huge, strong, quiet, deadly types. And Brute certainly fits the bill. He spends his time protecting the Prima (mostly from herself), protecting the pride (mostly from the Prima) and generally keeping his family from murdering each other (often). And when he meets his mate, he is thrilled. Until he realizes that his mate is Elise, the brutalized sensitive rescued with Maddy from a brutal two years of captivity. Broken and bruised from her horrific treatment at the hands of barbarians, Brute has his hands full not only gaining Elise’s love and trust, but protecting her from the past which is determined to overwhelm her once more. Still my favorite couple!
“It sounded like a good idea at that time. And I figured I could apologize later. Apparently that only works in theory. – Brute Mauer, Prima guard, now wondering if there is a mate handbook.”
Deuce has never been my favorite character in the Ridgeville series. Just one of those things – I really can’t say why, other than he just grated on my nerves. But Deuce’s Wild changes all of that, and actually makes me somewhat ashamed of my bad attitude about his randy attitude. But hey, everyone else in Ridgeville apparently feels the same, because when Deuce gives it his all to save Elly, a curvy squirrel, from Alistair’s brutality, a misunderstanding assures that Elly is ripped away from Deuce, and even her pleadings and assurances will not convince Alex or the other men in the pride that he is innocent. The best part of the story, though? Elly KICKS ASS – and changes everything with a few well-placed gunshots. You go little squirrely girl!!!
“Some shifters don’t understand that “no means no”. If that’s the case, teach them that a nine millimeter Glock means no.”
In Sealed With A Purr, Alistair McCain is dead, and his captives in his different facilities are being rescued and moved to safe quarters for healing and recovery. It won’t be easy – these women are in horrific shape, tortured in ways that are unbearable for even the strongest men to stomach. So, it will take a very special male to protect the brutalized women in a Georgia compound. What he finds there are women damaged almost beyond redemption – one of them being Alistair’s own daughter, Tess. Brutalized herself, she is still hated by the other women, one of whom would do just about anything to see her dead for who her father was, no matter that she suffered at his hands as well. Tess lives in a cell, isolated from the other women, suffering in silence and deep loneliness. Harding has his own painful history, and the chemistry and shared pain between the two is touching.
”Love your enemies. It pisses them off. Then again, I prefer stabbing them with whatever’s handy. But you know, potato, potahto.”
Like A Fox is a short story, a literal ‘quickie’ which finds Gavin, Elise’s brother, finding his mate in Gina, a lioness who has suffered her own pain. Jenner, her ex-boyfriend, was a trusted member of the pride – until his true colours showed as a vicious member of Freedom. Humiliated by his betrayal, Gina has been taking ‘backbone’ lessons from Maya and is now a part of the close knit group of “crazy ass women” in the Ridgeville pride. Only 27 pages, this could have easily been book 6.5, but still, it gives a HEA to Gina, who certainly deserves it after what she has been though.
“Backbones are like assholes. Everyone’s got one. You just have to find yours. The backbone, not the asshole. I’m assuming you know where your asshole is. If not, we have bigger problems.”
I love Big Furry Deal. Poor Millie. One of the women imprisoned and brutalized by Freedom, she never even knew her real name, having been captured at the age of two and used, brutally, by Alistair’s men. Now, with help from the women of the pride and two rescued shifters, she has a new home in Ridgeville, and the rather overbearing support of Maya, who is determined to salvage her new bestie. She’s even discovered a mate. But . . . for Millie, having a mate is a horrible, no good, he’ll end up very dead, bad idea. She’s got what some refer to as a “control problem.” In other words: she has no control and that’s her problem. For her little control problem really, really hates men – as in ‘piss me off and I can make your head explode, literally’ sort of hatred. No one in the pride trusts her (well, except for Maya and the girls. And really, who cares what the alpha thinks when Maya is really the one in charge?) The threat from Freedom is still alive and kicking, even if Alistair is dead. And the danger may cost Millie her life – unless her mate and the pride can track down the danger. Of course, when the danger appears again, it’s the awesomesauce women of the pride who truly bring it on!
“Alex is the pride’s Prime so of course he’s the boss. I gave him permission to say that and everything.”
The final in the series is Lion’s Honor. Well, Maya: Wisdom From The Queen is book ten, but it is a collection of ‘Mayaisms” so it doesn’t really count as ‘story’. But it is, of course, a laugh riot so that is what counts! I haven’t read Lion’s Honor yet – I am hoarding it!! I will read it when I really need a happiness boost and I know I won’t be disappointed!!!
“Once upon a time, I tried to be normal. It was around the same time I thought I was wrong. Thank God they were dreams. I though the apocalypse finally showed up.”