Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jennifer Ashley - Wild Wolf

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.
But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Comment: I've been slowly trying to reduce the number of series I have to read and even some authors' backlists and, in that regard, here is another book by Jennifer Ashley, an author whose work I've been satisfied with.

This book is another installment in the Shifters Unbound series and features Graham, a lupine alpha whose pack had to travel to the are of Las Vegas because the government forced them to do it due to financial reasons, not caring they were putting a large lupine pack together with felines. Although the felines, led by Eric, were welcoming enough, Graham knows things might change and he is the only one with strength to keep the pack together.
Melissa "Misty" Granger is Graham's sort of girlfriend. Nothing has ever happened between them and Misty thinks it wouldn't ever but when she is attacked, Graham is the first she thinks of to help her.
Surviving some pretty bad experiences brings them even closer but will it be possible for them to be together? What about the pack's reaction?

Overall, I liked this book but it's not my favorite in the series - in fact, I think the author hasn't presented me with a genius book in the series yet, mostly because an evolution in the plot is taking too long - but all things considered, this was quite interesting. The best think about it was how we were able to see a different Graham, much more concerned about the well being of others and willing to defend and accept Misty and not risking his own happiness just because others might have other ideas.

The world advances too slowly, I think. I know things take time and who knows how many more books could be published but I feel impatient more (positive) changes aren't happening sooner. I get the idea behind all this, but despite the fact the constant appearances of happy/interesting known characters helps, the lack of advance is becoming something too obvious. Ok, some could say the growing tension between Shifters and Fae is already advance enough, but in practical terms, not much is happening.

The romance is something always important to think about and in this case, Misty and Graham had an interesting romance but slightly too quick. According to this book and previous one too, we have the idea Misty and Graham have been in a relationship, not physical, but becoming emotional with time. Graham never truly thought about Misty as his mate for several reasons, but during this book he not only thinks of it but acknowledges it. I get why but then if they always felt like hat it seems rather sudden why only now they felt like acting on it. Ok, the situation may have added but it still felt sudden.
Also, it's never really obvious why Misty, she's human but Graham never seems to confide why she feels special. As a reader, we can guess but in the book it's just another expectation with no real reason and I think that would help in seeing them more as a solid couple.

Some of the secondary characters feel very intriguing. I really think one of the strengths of the series is how bonded the Shifters are, even the ones without mates. The close community feel we have is probably my favorite thing about this and why I usually like Shifters stories so much. In this aspect, the author always does a great job.

All in all, this book offered good elements, some advances - not as much as I'd have liked - in the plot, but the romance could have been so much better. I liked this but I still feel something is missing in terms of making this even more addictive.
Nevertheless, a good enough installment. I'm looking for to read more.
Grade: 7/10

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