In a Badger Way (The Honey Badgers #2) by Shelly Laurenston
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.
Shen Li is such a fun shifter. It was pretty great the way he didn't allow the craziness of the honey badger sisters get to him. He was always calm and collected and just laid back munching his bamboo. He wasn't near as out and out funny as Stevie and her sisters were, but he definitely made me laugh.
Stevie is just as neurotic in her book as she was in Charlie's, but you get more of the why behind her craziness. And since her animal is a creature that even the toughest shifters are leery of, everyone does whatever they can to keep her calm.
Shen Li was perfect for her because I don't think he was capable of getting worked up. It’s almost as if the relationship between him and Stevie happened by accident and he was just as surprised to find himself in love with her as she was. But he also didn’t think that she needed to change anything about herself either, which makes him the only one good enough for her.
There is just as much humor and action as you'd expect from Laurenston in this second book in the series, but I'm really looking forward to Max's book. She's a loose cannon and the one most likely to jump in first and think second. I need to know who is going to be strong enough to handle her intense brand of crazy.