By: Shelly Laurenston
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 . . .
It’s been a few months since I read the other Honey Badger Chronicles books, so it took me a couple chapters to remember who everyone was and what had happened. They are fairly interconnected even though each book follows a different couple. Breaking Badger is the first in the series not to follow a sister and has branched out to follow a member of the basketball team. Still, there were parts just from the sister’s perspective.
Mads is half badger, half hyena, and all Viking. She was raised in an abusive environment, even based on standards in this world, and she has some things to work through. Finn is a tiger and is working with his siblings to find out who murdered his father. Like previous books in the series, this isn’t heavy on romance. There’s one date and one intimate scene and everything else is just them gravitating towards each other. The Honey Badger Chronicles is an action series with women leads, lots of absurd humor, and a dash of romance. I wouldn’t be surprised if the inspiration behind this series was that YouTube video about a honey badger and a dare.
Breaking Badger is entertaining and fun to read, but there’s nothing deep or amazing here. It’s a nice light read and sometimes that’s all you need. Since the murder wasn’t solved I assume the next couple of books will be revolving around the tiger brothers.