Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley #Review

Posted June 24, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 19 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley #Review
Wild Wolf

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Series: Shifters Unbound #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 1, 2014
Pages: 329
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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I pretty much threw caution to the wind and grabbed this one simply because I was in the mood for a new shifter romance. Middle of a series, ignored the blurb…yep, it was an impulse grab and then it just sat. Thankfully, I’ve been busy pulling things off the shelf that need to be read and this was one of them because I had an absolute blast reading this. My only issue is that I wish I had started from the beginning since I could tell that I was in the middle of a series. Not that it didn’t work as a standalone, but there was just this sense that it was connected to other stories.

The story is part of a creative world where shifters came out to the humans, the humans freaked, and now shifters are treated as less than second-class citizens, shunted to reservation-like towns and forced to wear control collars. Shifters aren’t the only supernaturals, but just the ones that are known.

The story begins with Graham McNeil, an alpha wolf shifter, and his clan of shifters forced out of their shifter town in Northern Nevada and forced to integrate with another shifter town pack outside Las Vegas because the humans want to consolidate. It’s a hard integration because his pack is close to feral and was already struggling with the adjustment of being forced into a shifter town after the freedom of the wild let alone now being forced to move again. Humans don’t get that Graham is an alpha in his own right and can’t just defer to the alpha of the town just because. There is also the fact that his unstable pack needs him to take a mate and secure their future leadership. Graham is already pushing things with his human girl friend, Misty. He knows that he eventually has to mate another shifter, but it is to Misty with her acceptance, her smiles, and her tender heart that he is drawn. And when Misty is in trouble, he will do anything he can for her.

Misty loves her flower shop and enjoys dating the big gruff wolf shifter who puts fear and caution on the faces of ever human and shifter he encounters. He is loud, obnoxious and has no tender side, but she cares for him deeply and wishes that their relationship stood a chance of growing into something solid. Misty knows the score with Graham. Then her life takes a turn for the bad when a gang run by an ex-con who her brother screwed over while inside prison destroys her shop, assaults her and threatens to do much worse if she doesn’t tell him where her brother is. Misty tricks him into letting her phone her brother when she is really calling Graham. Her rescue takes place and she gets to see Graham in all his alpha wolf glory, but learns that someone else orchestrated all this to trap a shifter. Now Misty is drawn into Graham’s world and they must figure out a way to work together if they are to get out of this new trouble. In the meantime, they are both confounded by growing feelings of attachment and attraction that make it impossible to imagine a future separation.

This story was exciting, humorous, hot, intriguing, and just an all around good time. I loved the creative worldbuilding and the engaging characters. The plot moved along at a good pace and I loved the intense, tight corners the author put the characters in and the imaginative solutions. The misfit family that Graham had with his nephew and the twin foster cubs along with Misty was my favorite part. Graham and Misty’s romance was rough and had lots of interruptions and bumps, but I liked them together.

All in all, this was an exciting read and has me eager to grab up more from the series. Paranormal Romance fans particularly those who love shifters should definitely give these a try.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #217 PNR
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Mt. TBR #94
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
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This series is already on my to-read list, so I’ve bumped it to the “next” shelf 😉 I’m glad you could just dive in and enjoy it, great review Sophia !

Sophia Rose
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I really don’t know why I put these things off, Iza. I’ve been missing out on a nice series and I have no excuse b/c I’ve seen the glowing reviews from our blogger pals. Hope you like it when you get the chance.

Braine TS
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I read the first book of this series, didn’t like it. Never piqued my interest again… you’re persuasive though, you’re making me want to give it another go!

Sophia Rose
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Oh good! Tempting you is part of the fun.

Lola
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Sometimes those impulse grabs are the best. Sounds like it worked out great this time. With this being the sixth book in the series I can imagine that it can feel like you are missing the rest of the story. I am always reluctant to start in the middle of a series as not all series can be read out of order and I am always afraid I miss something. I have only read a few books were paranormal creatures have come out to the humans and I always think it’s a fun plot. And how humans freak out and… Read more »

Lola
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Sometimes those impulse grabs are the best. Sounds like it worked out great this time. With this being the sixth book in the series I can imagine that it can feel like you are missing the rest of the story. I am always reluctant to start in the middle of a series as not all series can be read out of order and I am always afraid I miss something. I have only read a few books were paranormal creatures have come out to the humans and I always think it’s a fun plot. And how humans freak out and… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it is definitely a gamble to grab a book in the middle of the series. Sometimes I do it on purpose b/c I can’t resist the blurb and other times, its a total accident.

I like seeing how it works out when the humans are in the know, too.

Lindy Gomez
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Lindy Gomez

Wild Wolf sounds like an entertaining paranormal romance. It’s always great discovering a new series to love from an impulse read. The world-building and main characters sound enjoyable and really well-developed. I can’t imagine Graham, being an alpha in his own right expected to submit to another alpha’s rule. I hope he finds a way to be with Misty, in spite of her not being a shifter. Lovely Review Sophia 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sophia Rose
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It is fun discovering a new one. I read the blurb and snatched it up. Too bad it took me over a year to get around to reading it. 😉

Angela Carr
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I started audio on this series. I can’t recall if I didn’t like the narrator or the book. I didn’t finish the book. =(

Sophia Rose
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Ah, that stinks! I’ve had a few books that I didn’t get into and part of it was the narrator.

kimbacaffeinate
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Kudos to you for jumping in mid-stream so to speak. I am glad it worked. This is a series on my wishlist.

Sophia Rose
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I definitely got luck, Kimberly. I have a little book graveyard on my shelf of books I had to set back up there b/c they definitely do not work out of order.

Lover Of Romance
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I just LOVE this book, such a great story with Graham and Missy. And those twin cubs, boy were they fun. Glad to see you loved it so much. I really have enjoyed what Ashley has done with this series.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, I am right there with you now that I’ve read this one. And those two cuties were scene stealers.

Lanies Book Thoughts
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Sounds awesome, I wanna read this one now:D!! Nice review missy!

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Glad I could tempt you.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Yay! I’m glad you loved it, Sophia! It’s one of my favorite series 😀 They all do have a bit of backstory with the townships/restrictions running through them. It’s been interesting to see the series unfold. Hope you have a good time when you’re able to get back to the start!

Sophia Rose
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I liked what I saw of the previous characters and that worldbuilding premise definitely makes for a creative background.