Audiobook Review: Breaking Badger (Honey Badger Chronicles #4) by Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)

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Breaking Badger Book Cover Breaking Badger
Honey Badger Chronicles #4
Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
Tantor Audio
August 31, 2021
11 hours and 25 minutes


Back with more sexy shape-shifting antics, New York Times bestselling author Shelly Laurenston’s outstandingly witty, snarky, steamy, world-building Honey Badger Chronicles continue . . .

It’s instinct that drives Finn Malone to rescue a bunch of hard battling honey badgers. The Siberian tiger shifter just can’t bear to see his fellow shifters harmed. But no way can Finn have a houseful of honey badgers when he also has two brothers with no patience. Things just go from bad to worse when the badgers rudely ejected from his home turn out to be the only ones who can help him solve a family tragedy. He’s just not sure he can even get back into the badgers’ good graces. Since badgers lack graces of any kind . . .

Mads knows her teammates aren’t about to forgive the cats that were so rude to them, but moody Finn isn’t so bad. And he’s cute! The badger part of her understands Finn’s burning need to avenge his father’s death—after all, vengeance is her favorite pastime. So Mads sets about helping Finn settle his family’s score, which has its perks, since she gets to avoid her own family drama. Besides, fighting side by side with Finn is her kind of fun—especially when she can get in a hot and heavy snuggle with her very own growling, eye-rolling, and utterly irresistible kitty-cat . . .


Breaking Badger is book four in the Honey Badger Chroniclesby Shelly Laurenston and narrated by Charlotte Kane.

I enjoy Laurenston and the funny crazy silly humor she writes.

Breaking Badger was another fun, quirky, and humorous read. It has lots of humorous lines, a slight romance, and lots of crazy fun characters to enjoy, but it’s also a bit chaotic, convoluted, and overwhelming.

This is the first book that doesn’t follow one of the McGilligan sisters. It’s about Mads who is part honey badger and part hyena. She is also Max’s basketball teammate and friend. Finn Malone is a siberian tiger and he and is bothers want to find out who killed their father.

The issues I had with this story is that there where too many side stories going on which took away from the romance of Mads and Finn. I didn’t fully feel their romance. It was lacking; because of everything going on.

I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the characters in the story. The Pride series (spinoff) characters pop up in this one and I love that series, but as I said too many characters made it confusing, overwhelming, and took away from the main couple. I like spending time with previous and past characters, but they shouldn’t be the main topic. I wouldn’t pick this novel up on it’s own. You need to start the series from the beginning. It can be a bit overpowering if you haven’t read Laurenston before.

The Malone family were great, but the storylines for them aren’t completed. We don’t know what happened to their father and we never figured out why someone wanted to kill the brothers and honey badgers.

I did enjoy this novel. It wasn’t my favorite in the series, but still enjoyable. I like revisit this world and Laurenston is one of my go-to authors when I need a laugh.

Narration: Charlotte Kane does a wonderful job with all the voices. There’s a lot of characters in Breaking Badger, yet Kane gives them each their own voice. As always I enjoy listening to Laurenston’s work and find that the humor comes out great. I enjoyed the audio and recommend listing.

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.

8 comments on “Audiobook Review: Breaking Badger (Honey Badger Chronicles #4) by Shelly Laurenston (Narrator: Charlotte Kane)

  1. I can see how too many side stories would get distracting really quickly.

    • Lots of fun characters, but just too many ^_^. Thanks for visiting!

  2. “I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the characters in the story.” This was my issue from the start. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the Pride series. I got through the first Badger book and liked it, but by the second book, I was overwhelmed by the number of characters taking center stage. I will have to try the Pride series first and then give this one another go.
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    • Ya, the author brings a lot of characters from the Pride series into the Honey Badger Chronicles. The pop in and out. It becomes a bit overwhelm even for those that have read the series. I have fun with both series and like the humor, but maybe a bit less on the extra characters would help. The first book is still my favorite in this series. The are enjoyable. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I loved the book, I can’t wait to listen to it! Thanks for sharing your review, Angel! Have a terrific day!

    • You’re welcome. This was an enjoyable listen. I can’t wait for more in the series. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I really want to read this author at some point but haven’t gotten there yet. PNR can be tricky for me but her books seem to have some humor I think I would like.
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    • It’s the same for CR books for me. They can be tricky. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!