Audiobook Review: Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles #3) by Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)

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Honey Badger Chronicles #3
Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)
Paranormal Romance
Tantor Audio
March 31, 2020
12 hours and 55 minutes


She's the woman he's been hired to kidnap. But ZeZe Vargas has other 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 Ze 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 Ze is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive...and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

Contains mature themes.


Badger to the Bone is book three in the Honey Badger Chronicles by Shelly Laurenston and narrated by Charlotte Kane.

I had a blast with the audiobook. I smiled a lot. Laurenston, weather writing as Akin or Laurenston; always makes me smile and feel good. I know when I pick up one of her books I’m in for a good time.

As always the books are full of humor, quirkiness, action and entertainment. This was no exception! We still get that fun loving feel and silly humor plus some suspense and mystery added to it. 

The downside to this one is that there is so much happening. The author brought back a lot of old characters from her Pride and Magnus Pack series to make appearances. I love revisiting older characters and having them worked into the story, but it was too much. It was just too many appearances and this ties into the POV issue. We get so many POV switches that it threw me. Even with the audio it took me moment to realize we where moving onto another character. 

Besides the old characters we also meet a number of new characters like Max’s basketball team who are all honey badgers. This leads me to believe the author might be giving them stories of their own. 

As for the romance. Nothing stood out to me. It was quick and almost rushed. I can’t really say they had a romance. It was some smiles and flirting; here and there. 

I will say I like Max. She’s a fun honey badger and then we get to meet ZeZé Vargas a character that doesn’t know he’s a shifter. I liked how they first meet up. It was fun! I also liked that Max took him home and helped him figure things out. 

Narration: Charlotte Kane did a great job on ALL the voice. As I said so many past characters came into the story that she had a lot of voices to do. They were distinct. The audio also helped to move the story along since we jump around so much in character POV’s, which slowed the pace down, and so having the narration deal with that, moved it along. 

Badger to the Bone was another fun listen in the Honey Badger Chronicles. I liked the audio and would recommend this series in audiobook formate. 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

6 comments on “Audiobook Review: Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles #3) by Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)

  1. I intend to read this author. Someday. I’m glad you liked it.

    • I hope you enjoy! Thank’s for visiting.

  2. Fun! I struggled with the first book in this series because too much going on and I hadn’t read the earlier series. But she is a great writing and I love her humor!

    • Sorry to hear this series didn’t hit it off with you. The first book was my favorite. I really loved it! The others where just ok! I’ve noticed that these books in this series has a lot going on. It’s change from her Pride series. It’s a bit much. I do agree she’s a fun writer. I’m currently re-listening to the Dragon Kin G.A. Akin series and her Pride series. I’m in another slump and just need silly fun reads. Thank’s for stopping in.

  3. great cover and i do love paranormal romance. there’s a honey badger and she’s female. sounds like a hoot and i can use some smiles and laughs right now
    sherry @ <a href=””> fundinmental</a>

    • Laurenston or writing as G.A. Akin always puts a smile on my face. I like to re-list to the series when I’m down or in a slump. The covers for this series are very nice. Thank’s for visiting and I hope you enjoy.