REVIEW: JENNIFER ASHLEY ✭ MIDNIGHT WOLF

REVIEW: JENNIFER ASHLEY ✭ MIDNIGHT WOLFMidnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #11
Published by Berkley on April 24th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, PNR, Shifters
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Berkley
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four-stars

Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she's slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he's determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she's worth helping before she's locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

MIDNIGHT WOLF

by Jennifer Ashley

It’s been a while since I last visited this world and I see I missed a lot. That is not to say that you can’t read Midnight Wolf as a standalone. No, Jennifer Ashley is really good at explaining prior events and facts about a fantasy world as you go and I never felt lost. That being said, I think the experience will be richer and deeper if you’ve read some of the previous books in the Shifters Unbound series. Plus, you’ll just want to know what happened in the prior books.

The Shifters Unbound world is fascinating. Shifters are being treated as second class people at the best of times and animals at the worst. They wear collars that  send waves of pain through their bodies when they get so upset that violence is imminent. But there is a revolution going on, unbeknownst to mankind. One shiftertown in particular is rising against the oppression of humans – they secretly wear fake collars and prepare for insurgence.

Against this background we meet Angus, a wolf shifter whose brother tried the rebellion thing before and failed, leaving Angus with a bad reputation and without a mate because his brother took that away from him too. Now Shifter Bureau has his cub, blackmailing him into rounding up a collarless shifter who, he’s been told, has been close to his late brother.

I loved Angus so much. A blushing alpha male is pretty unusual and it was adorable to see this growly, brooding, quiet wolf shifter getting a little flustered about Tamsin’s boldness. He is immensely protective of his son, he is the reason Angus goes after Tamsin to begin with but he regrets soon that he has to hand over Tamsin to the Shifter Bureau. Angus doesn’t trust easily but those who call him friend are loyal to a fault to  him because he reciprocates. Tamsin’s crashes down his reservations in one fell swoop with her light and laughter.

Tamsin tasted joy in every second of her life, Angus realized. She was on the run, being hunted by Shifter Bureau , wanted in connection with Angus’s brother’s activities and more recently a murder, and yet she took time to find delight in a simple love song.

Tamsin is a handful. She’s sassy, snarky and brave and gives Angus a run for his money. There is more to her than meets the eye but it’s not only that she’s one of a kind among shifters that attracts him. She inhales life, lives it to the fullest and finds joy in the smallest things. She loves to poke the wolf but it’s all in good fun, she is never malicious. Where Angus views potentially dangerous situations from all angles, Tamsin jumps right into the brawl. You see, they are polar opposites but that’s why they work so well.

“We belong together . I knew it when I saw you, kicking ass at poker and being all smug about it.”

Ciaran, Angus’s cub was so cute and precious! You could practically watch him fall in love with Tamsin as well.

I have no idea why it took me so long to go back to this rich PNR world – I really love spending my time there and I enjoyed Midnight Wolf and its main characters. I also loved seeing Dylan and Sean from the first couple of books again. I wonder who the next book will be about…but no matter. I have some catching up to do!

I recommend the Shifters Unbound series to those who love fast-paced, enjoyable PNR/Shapeshifter stories. I think you will fall in love with this universe and its characters.

four-stars

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