Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review of Jennifer Ashley's Wild Wolf (+Giveaway)

Blurb: In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack.

But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Review: So yeah, maybe I've been anxiously awaiting this one for a while now. And who the deuce was lucky enough to win a signed ARC? Yeah, that was me. :)

I'm sure you guys already know Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite authors, both historical and paranormal. Just when I think I'm in fictional love with one character from an earlier book (Sean), then she dangles a new one in front of my face. 

I loved Graham!

He was such an ass in earlier books, but I knew there had to be more to him. Especially once he met Misty. Don't get me wrong, he's still an ass in this book to a degree, but he's an endearing, possessive, sarcastic ass who loves his little Misty. *Le sigh* Yep, I like him very much. Once you knew more of what he'd dealt with in his life, the losses in his life, how he struggled to keep his pack from falling apart, moving to a new territory and all that, his ass-ish tendencies made much more sense.

But hey, what's a great hero without a good supporting cast. I love that the author writes strong heroines to suit her heroes. Plus, the shifters are big on family and Graham is no different. I loved the two little cubs, Kyle and Matt. You'll totally understand when you read the book.

AND, could have just been me, but it really seemed like the story line for the whole series picked up a whole new thread, progressing and deepening the plot with the shifters' collars and Fae. Overall, I loved this latest addition to the Shifters Unbound series. I can see Wild Wolf being one I'll reread many times. 

Mini excerpt: "You done with sex?" Dougal asked, appearing from the green behind the house and falling into step with him. "Took you long enough."

"I'll never be done with it," Graham said. He walked along slowly, a bit chafed, but that would be gone by the time he went back into the house. Shifters healed quickly. "Mating frenzy won't let me be."

"Eric is looking for you. You need to go talk to the Collar-making Fae."

Graham shook his head. "I'm not leaving Misty alone. My wolves will know I mate-claimed her soon enough."

Dougal stepped in front of Graham, stopping Graham's long-legged pace. "You made the mate-claim? That's awesome. Did she accept?"

"No, she tried to refuse. But I think I've changed her mind."

"With sex?"

"No, I made her spaghetti," Graham said impatiently. "What do you think? Of course, with sex."

 (Ha! Now that makes me want to go back and read it again.)
 Available for purchase at: Amazon

Be sure to visit Jennifer Ashley at: Website

Now! For the Giveaway!

Blurb: 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?

 ***Right, so I'll offer two lucky commenters a digital copy of Feral Heat, a Shifters Unbound novella. Just comment with your email address to be entered to win. Good luck!***


  1. Woot! I loved it too! And his grumbly self. lol I enjoyed him from the start when he first showed up and lordy was all in a swoon with him and those cubs. <3

    I'm gonna have to give her historicals a try next I think. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  2. Good gracious, I really need to start reading this series!
    I have the first few books, but I think they got lost in my tbr pile. lol

    Great review and excerpt!

  3. I started this series and am up to book 3. Love the series so far. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. <3 these books!

  5. LOVE that cover!!! I really need to start this series! :D
    Please don't enter me into the contest though.

  6. Ha, I can't stop drooling at the cover of Wild Wolf. :)