She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .

Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

Titles in The Honey Badger Chronicles include – Hot and Badgered – In A Badger Way – Badger to the Bone –

**There are connections to the Pride series woven throughout The Honey Badger Chronicles series.  While I, personally, would recommend reading that series as well, it is a 9 book series and not everyone can do that – I get it, I really do.  Still, if you’re interested in going all the way back to a connecting series here are the titles.**

Titles in the Pride series include – Howl for It (#0.5) – The Mane Event – The Beast in Him – The Mane Attraction – The Mane Squeeze – Beast Behaving Badly – Big Bad Beast – Bear Meets Girl – Wolf with Benefits

Title:  Badger to the Bone
Series:  The Honey Badger Chronicles #3
Author:  Shelly Laurenston
Genre:  Paranormal Romance (Shifter Romance)
Published:  March 31, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Max is sassy, stubborn, definitely crazier than anyone else around, but she is also one kick-butt honey badger shifter who you do not want to mess with – and someone just did.  Time for the evil family members to make a play again, this time by trying to kidnap Max and she’s having none of it especially when a jaguar shifter is in on the action against her – but wait, Zé didn’t know he was a shifter?  Oopsie.  Well, he does now and he’s about to get lessons about that magical world from a woman who can go from calm to crazy, to kick your butt around the block faster than anyone he’s ever encountered before.  And he’s about to be taken on a whirlwind adventure with sisters, evil family members, and just maybe fall in love with a butt-kicking honey badger along the way.  Life just got interesting for Zé.

Badger to the Bone is the rip-roaring, action-filled, intense third story in The Honey Badger Chronicles series – and if you haven’t read this series yet then I’d gently suggest you start at Hot and Badgered and move forward first (if you can, I know not everyone can do that) for these sisters have a collective tale to tell, plus they’re all really good stories.  The romance between Max and Zé simmers throughout their story, it is not the main focus the fast-paced action part is more the main story, but they blend together so well that it reads as it should when Max is involved in the situation.  We will also meet up with some characters from the earlier series, Pride so when you meet them here I’d definitely recommend checking out their stories if you can, again, well worth the time and effort for these additional stories.

I’m not going to go into any details here – you really need to experience Max and Zé firsthand but it is an intriguing story that never ever seems to slow down.  I had a blast, and if you love a good shifter story, or diving into a paranormal world then this is the story or/and the series for you.  Highly recommend.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available in paperback, audio and e-readers (mine is the Kindle)