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Wild Wolf

Wild Wolf (Shifters Unbound, Book 6) by Jennifer Ashley

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Synopsis 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 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.

Review: Misty and Graham’s story is one that I looked forward to reading about ever since they joined the Las Vegas crew in Eric’s and Ione’s story in Mate Claimed. They seemed to be two people who wouldn’t end up together, but their story was beautiful.  Misty is a strong woman and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and share her feelings with Graham.  She is frustrated with him, because he has been keeping her at arm’s length and she does have a moment or two where she wants to call it quits.  Graham was in denial for a good portion of the story.  He knew he liked Misty and enjoyed spending time with her, but he kept to the idea that he would mate with a Lupine female, that he wouldn’t ever mate with a human. As their story progresses, Graham comes to realize that he can’t let her go and that she is his mate of the heart.

The conflict stems from the Fae, this time from one Fae who wants to control Graham and make him his tool for taking over the human world.  As Misty and Graham fight to defeat the Fae, they are also fighting to keep their relationship and keep the Shiftertown secrets and Graham’s Lupines safe from more human interference. There is a new player introduced in this installment, his name is Ben and he is instrumental in the fight to save Graham and defeat the Fae.

I enjoyed this story.  It isn’t my favorite in the series, but it also isn’t my least favorite.  I enjoyed Misty a lot.  She was a great character.  Graham didn’t disappoint either.  Overall, it is an enjoyable read and definitely shouldn’t be skipped in the series.

I hope Jennifer Ashley will give Ben his own story!

Favorite Quotes 1: This scene is between Graham and Misty when they have a passionate moment in Graham’s kitchen.  Misty is getting tired of Graham keeping her at arm’s length.  I call it “Not Just Sex”

“Don’t tempt me,” Graham said, moving her hand away. “We’re doing this my way.”

Misty curled her fingers into her palm. “Cassidy told me shifters could have sexual partners without mating with them. And often do. Mating is different from just having sex.”

Graham’s growl vibrated the window behind her. He closed the few inches of space between them, his arms slammed to either side of her before Misty could say another word.

“I’ll never just have sex with you. If I take you, it will be a mate thing, and nothing less. You know that, damn you.”

Favorite Quotes 2: This scene is where Misty tells Graham she loves him and is quite frustrated over it.  It is called “Makes Me Wonder Why”

“…You don’t own me.”

Graham didn’t release her. “I scent-marked you. I mate-claimed you. Yes, I do.”

“You know, every time I realize I love you, you start to be an asshole. You break my house, you threaten people, you even get hurt yourself. What is wrong with you?”

Graham’s grip on her arm abruptly softened. His Collar had stopped sparking, but Misty saw the dark marks it had left on his neck.

“What do you mean, every time you realize you love me?” he demanded.

“I mean, whenever I acknowledge I care about you, you do something that makes me wonder why I do.”

“No.” Graham let her go. “You said love.”

“I know I did.” Misty rubbed her arms. “And don’t give me any crap about Shifters not loving like humans do, or me not understanding what I feel, or–”

“Goddess. Misty.” Graham’s eyes filled with wells of pain that matched his rage. He stared at her for a long moment, moonlight playing on his hard face, the flame tattoos, the dark buzz of his hair. “I want you with every breath.”

Favorite Quotes 3: This is near the end where Graham finally acknowledges that he loves her and is worried he won’t be able to tell her. It is called “You Woke Me”

But Graham wouldn’t let himself die, not yet. He needed to live so he could tell Misty how much he loved her. You woke me, he wanted to say. I’d been existing before. Surviving. With you, I learned about life again.

And about laughter. Misty was always smiling or laughing about something, finding the lightness in any subject. And talking. Goddess, the woman could talk. Her sweet voice had poured over him every time he’s been with her, soothing all the hurts in his soul. How could he have ever thought of not taking her as mate?

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