Reviewed by: Krista
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from past books in the series.
If you haven’t read Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series, you need to go and pick up the first book in the series Pride Mates. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
The latest entry Wild Wolf deals with the unlikely relationship between Graham McNeil, lupine Alpha and co-leader of the Las Vegas Shiftertown, and the human Melissa “Misty” Granger, flower shop owner.
Graham isn’t your typical hero and before Wild Wolf he wasn’t particularly likeable. He was even one of the main antagonists in a prior novel. He’s a big, hairy, tattooed, gruff wolf. He’s loud and more often than not obnoxious. He also dislikes and distrusts humans in general. So it’s extremely surprising (even to himself) that he is in a sort of relationship with one.
From the moment Misty met Graham she was attracted to and amused by him. Instead of insulting or annoying her, his loud and obnoxious manner humored her. She saw through all his bull and found him funny.
Graham knows he shouldn’t be in a relationship with her, that he should find some lupine to mate with, but he can’t seem to quite end their unusual relationship. The back and forth between Misty and Graham was one of the most engaging parts of Wild Wolf. I loved that Misty could see deep, deep beneath Graham’s gruff exterior. That doesn’t mean he isn’t still a complete asshole—at one point he screams repeatedly at Misty, blaming her for a Fae’s actions. Later he doesn’t understand why she is mad at him.
This book is somewhat of a departure from the previous books. The relationship between Graham and Misty is still the core of the book, but the story also sets up the series to move forward in a different direction. Ashley digs deeper into the Shifter’s Fae beginnings and lays the foundation for some epic confrontations.
I can’t wait to see where everything is going.
Sexual content: Sex