Also in this series: Pride Mates, Bodyguard, Hard Mated, Mate Claimed, White Tiger
Series: Shifters Unbound #10
Published by Berkley on May 2 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting
The New York Times bestselling author of Guardian’s Mate returns to the world of the Shifters and a tale of a new love under fire...
Lupine Shifter Dimitri has always had to defend himself to other Shifters. As a red wolf, he’s not considered a “pure” wolf, and the battles have honed him into a tough fighter, a champion of the fight clubs. Jaycee Bordeaux, a leopard Shifter, is Dimitri’s staunchest defender and oldest friend. Dimitri is determined to turn that friendship into a mate bond.
Jaycee loves that idea, but she knows that a mate bond can’t be forced. And when Dimitri and Jaycee are called on to go undercover to protect collared Shifters, she knows the dangers ahead will make or break their future together.
Red Wolf is a story that I have been eagerly anticipating since reading White Tiger. Red Wolf is the tenth installment of a fantastic and intriguing shifter series. It has been quite interesting to see how Jennifer Ashley has developed this series over the years. In Red Wolf, we have a friends to lovers trope. Our hero Dimitri and our heroine Jaycee, are more alike than they realize. They both ended up as orphans, and not fitting with the norm even for shifters. Dimitri is a red wolf which is very rare, and also suffers from a stutter. Jaycee is a feline shifter, is the most loyal of Dimitri’s defenders. Dimitri at the beginning of this story, has issued a mate claim on Jaycee. And right in the middle of their little tango of mating dance here, they are sent to go on important but very dangerous mission. Their mission is to go undercover, and help protect the uncollared shifters. As Dimitri and Jaycee go on this mission together, they are also faced with secrets of the past, dangerous dealing of the fae, and a dangerous enemy that is cunning and one that they won’t see coming.
Red Wolf is quite the story we have here. I have always enjoyed Dimitri and Jaycee especially from seeing them from White Tiger. Dimitri and Jaycee actually makes a fabulous couple. They are both two of the best trackers, they both have dominant personalities which delivers some unique dynamics in their relationship. Now I will say that the hero in this story was quite different from the others that we have seen. One, that I really enjoyed seeing was seeing him struggle with his stutter, and having Jaycee finish his sentences. Quite frankly, it was just darling seeing how well they were connected with each other. Dimitri has never really been accepted by shifter society. It broke my heart at times, seeing how they viewed him, always judging him for being different. And we do some great inner strengths that come from his character. Jaycee is quite the independent heroine. She cares deeply for Dimitri, but she also doesn’t want to lose who she is if she accepts the mating with Dimitri. When it comes down to the important decision, she starts to realize she has always wanted what Dimitri has seeked from her too.
I’m not a little cub, you have to placate. I’m not the Lupine just past his transition who wanted sex with you before his craving for you killed him. I mate claimed you, Jaycee, my best friend. Not because I thought it would make you obedient–hell, I’m not that deluded. I did it because I fucking wanted to. I claimed you because of your sassy mouth. Because your hair shines like gold in the sunshine, because as a leopard, you can hang upside down from a tress, for the Goddes’ sake. Because your eyes look like topaz, because you can kick the ass of any Shifter who gets in your way. Because you jumped into the fight club ring to keep me from being trounced by a Lupine who tried to tranq me. Because you’re hot, you drive me fucking crazy, and I don’t want any other asshole Shifter.
Jayce has a very proud and stubborn nature at times, which tends to get her into trouble and she is so impatient at times. It was pretty entertaining, but then she is a feline, and they aren’t always the most patient of creatures. We also get some fabulous fun times with our old or new favorites such as 1. Ben, who I seriously—-like REALLY he needs his own book and NOW because with each installment I just fall more in love with his character and want him to find his own HEA 2. Tiger—can I ever get enough of this lovely man? He is the most unique out of all the characters Ashley has written, and he always brings a smile to my face. 3. Kendrick and Addy and their charming cubs. My goodness I just fell in love with this couple again. They had me laughing so hard in this one. 4. Dylan, because he is always interfering and rude at times, but so SMART and what a fighter.
The story line is a pretty thrilling and exciting adventure, and takes us places that we don’t expect us to go. From a mysterious haunted house that protects those it cares about, to a strange shifter clan that have unique characters and the mysterious and dangerous lands of the fae. Red Wolf is a story that definitely led through some dark and dangerous roads, and it just led me on a great intriguing mystery. The romance that builds between Dimitri and Jaycee balances so well with the plot twists. What I have always admired about Jennifer Ashley’s books, is the well balanced stories she delivers, and Red Wolf is no different. Dimitri and Jaycee are a fantastic couple, they kick
ass booty together, and have powerful chemistry. The way that they fight together, and also how they tend to fight FOR each other is brilliantly written.
Red Wolf is a well written shifter romance that brings together elements of never ending plot twists, a engaging dynamic romance, sizzling chemistry, and enough action and intrigue to pull you to the edge of your seats. A WILD RIDE!!
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