Series: Shifters Unbound

WILD WOLF by Jennifer Ashley

WILD WOLF by Jennifer AshleyWild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #6
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Graham, an Alpha wolf, knew that when his shiftertown was forced to merge with another in Vegas there would be problems.  The least of which would be two Alphas used to ruling in the same town.  And he has been proven correct, because Graham has not mate claimed anyone yet, now he is being forced to endure his pack leaders “help” in finding what they consider a proper mate no matter what Graham thinks.  Right now mating is really the last thing on Graham’s agenda but he knows that his mateless time is quickly coming to an end.

 

Misty is a human florist who has no problems with shifters shopping at her shop or just hanging with them.  In fact she has an on again/off again boyfriend who is a wolf shifter – Graham.  Misty knows that one of their issues is that she is human but Graham keeps so much bottled up that it is a total guess to Misty on what else could be a problem.  When Misty is attacked in her shop by bad guys looking for her younger brother, Misty automatically called Graham.  Now she has been kidnapped and taken away from her shop and Misty can only hope that Graham will be able to find her in time to save her and her brother.

 

Graham can’t believe just how messed up his life has become in the last few months and now Misty has been taken and he has little to go on, but nothing is going to stop him from getting her back.  Saving Misty went fine until bullets started flying and now it’s Misty turn to help Graham.  By the end of that day, things are going to get much messier for both Graham and Misty.  It seems that some of the Fae want their “pets” back and on their own terms.  If that isn’t enough to heap on the struggles that shifters are going through, the human police are appearing in the Vegas shiftertown searching for who knows what.  Misty and Graham’s budding love will be stretched to its thinnest point by the time Graham and the shifters learn how to save the shifters from the Fae once and for all.  However, has one of the grouchiest Alphas around learned the secret of love in time to save his love with Misty, the mate of his heart and can his pack leaders accept his choice of a human?

 

A human woman who not only likes shifters but has fallen in love with one must help an Alpha wolf learn that love doesn’t mean weak.  Misty and Graham learn that the journey to love isn’t always easy but is worth the battles with your mate beside you in Wild Wolf.    There are several times when I thought that Misty would have been in her right mind to tell Graham off and go on with her life, but I was so happy she stubbornly held on.   I found the Graham’s biggest problem was trying to protect and help everyone else and leaving himself for last when his happiness and mating was exactly the stability his pack needed.  I loved how Graham and Misty, with friends, went up against the mighty Fae and won the day while keeping the shifters true strength secret.  Wild Wolf is packed full of suspense, humor and passion that all combine to make Graham and Misty’s story a page turner until the last.  Things are hopping in the shiftertowns and I can’t wait until the next adventure to see what happens next.

FERAL HEAT by Jennifer Ashley

FERAL HEAT by Jennifer AshleyFeral Heat by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #5.5
Published by Penguin on 2014-03-18
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

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.

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