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Feral Heat by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #5.5
Published by Penguin on 2014-03-18
Reviewed by Jo
From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery... Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright. In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self. Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate? This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf.
Jace Warden has come to the Austin Shiftertown in secret to be the guinea pig for the work being done to get the collars off of the shifters. It has become evident that the shifters must get them off as soon as possible and just wear decoys. Jace has barely gotten off his bike when he is attacked by a wolf. What surprises him is that right after that a female wolf attacks his attacker. Jace isn’t sure what is going on, but he immediately goes to the aid of the female wolf.
Deni Rowe might not have been happy at having to take a collar and move into the Shiftertown but because she had cubs, she was willing to do so. However after an accident that gave her a concussion among other things, Deni has been unable to control her fight or flight impulses and it takes nothing for her to go into battle these days. When Deni sees a stranger being attacked by a loser she knows, she immediately goes after the attacker and gets her bell clocked again. But this time, Jace helps her get control and get out of the situation.
Jace instantly felt attraction to Deni but he isn’t ready to have more than a fling right now. Deni also isn’t quite ready to look too deep into the sparks she feels when she is with Jace, but she is instantly protective of him and is willing to go on the outs even with her family to keep him safe. No one is going to mess with either Jace or Deni with the other one around. Attraction becomes flames and then passion, followed quickly by love. The odds are against them from the start because they are part of different shiftertowns and getting permission to move is very difficult. Both Jace and Deni are willing to separate and follow the rules for now, but when danger follows Jace, only Deni can help save him if she can get her emotions and instincts to work correctly fast enough. Can Deni and Jace beat the odds and find the answer to getting the collars off once and for all before they lose everything?
A love that should never have been found blossoms and flares to life while shifters look for the answer to save themselves from Fae technology that could end them once and for all. Deni and Jace find more than one answer they were looking for in Feral Heat. The struggle that both Jace and Deni have gone through separately told me right off that they would be a power couple if given the chance. I loved how both were instantly protective of the other from the minute they laid eyes on each other, even before the passion came to call. With the highly explosive background of secretly getting rid of the collars and keeping the work secret, I enjoyed seeing how Deni and Jace worked in tandem to achieve their goals and to also find a way to grab the gold ring in the end and have the best of everything. Feral Heat has suspense, passion and humor that make it a wonderful way to spend a few hours escaping into the shifter world once again.