Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley

Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (151 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Wolf Shifter Mason McNaughton is tired of the crazy feral living in his house, endangering him, his brothers, and his sweet auntie Cora. Ferals are Shifters who’ve reverted to the wild stage, forgetting all about the joys of pizza and satellite TV. Not to mention, Mason is sick of waking up to the feral’s rampages in the bedroom next to his. The feral has been given sanctuary, so Mason can’t throw him out—the only thing to do is to find a way to cure him.

The problem is, Shifter healers—elusive, Goddess-touched Shifters who have the healing gift—are few and far between. Mason volunteers to go in search of one, and is sent to a psychic in New Orleans who might have an idea of where to start looking.

Mason doesn’t believe in psychics, but Jasmine, the psychic in question, seems to at least put on a good show. Jasmine believes in Shifters all right, but she vowed after her Shifter boyfriend dumped her to never have anything to do with them again.

The easiest way to get rid of the growly Lupine, Mason, is to help him, but Jasmine never dreams what that help will drag her into.

Wow, talk about an exciting opening paragraph! I think this is one of the fastest hooks for a story and conflict ever! There is no doubt that the situation is serious, dire and the clock is ticking. Can Mason save Aleck? Will he find the healer in time? What is Mason going to have to go through to find the healer? While the hero is off trying to save the day, who else is Aleck going to threaten, or even, worse, kill? After an opening chapter like this in Wild Things, there is no way anyone can just put this book down and walk away, especially not me.

The promise of the first chapter is realized all through the book. It kept my interest; it was exciting, twisty and seductive. There were definite moments of fun which often came from Mason and Jazz’s (short for Jasmine) interactions between themselves and other secondary characters – that includes all the dialogue and descriptions of their reactions. It was a very busy book.

When they finally find the healer, Zander, the scene that affected me the most is when he came face to face with Olaf. That held me emotionally suspended over a sharp point of a figurative needle. I had no idea which way it was going to go and I was quite fearful.

The novel is a great read with a lot to recommend it, not the least of which is the romance that grows between Mason and Jazz as they do their dangdest to find the elusive healer that so many have pinned their hopes on to save a man thought lost to not only them but his mate who carries his child. I like the dynamics between Mason and Jazz and thought they were a well matched couple.

Wild Things is a stellar addition to the series. It can be read alone or out of order of the series, which is what I did. I missed the last few but I never felt like I lost out while reading this tale. I knew Aleck was in a bad way from a few books ago, and I’m thrilled I was able to see the story arc come to a kind of conclusion in this book. I chose wisely. And I liked meeting Jazz – she’s good for Mason. This book is an easy recommend to paranormal romance fans and definitely for fans of the series. Don’t’ miss it!

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