Review ~ Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllyson

Posted June 29, 2017 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 13 Comments

Review ~ Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllysonWild Cat by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 10 hrs 46 mins
Series: Shifters Unbound #3
Published by Berkley on January 3, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 296
3.5 Stars
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Heartbroken from the death of her mate three years ago, Shifter Cassidy Warden is tracking down his mysterious killer-one who could bring danger to all Shifters. But Detective Diego Escobar rekindles the flames of her mating desire. And once the fires begin, nothing and no one can put them out...

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Wild Cat is the first book featuring the Las Vegas Shiftertown. Cassidy is second in command which makes her pretty dominant. Her mate was killed and Cassidy is out to find the killers. In tracking them down, she gets caught on a construction site way up in the middle of an unfinished building. Diego Escobar must deal with his fears to capture her. Cassidy saves his life, yet he still arrests her. Diego has feelings right away about this snow leopard and he wants to protect her from whatever might happen if she goes to jail. He does some finagling and Cassidy becomes his responsibility.

I really liked Cassidy. She was dominant and fearless, just the way I like my heroines. I am surprised that she is not more devastated by her mate’s murder. I understand her wanting to get revenge, but from what I’ve read so far, some shifters actually become so depressed they become almost comatose. Cassidy on the other hand is ready to crack some heads. The attraction to Diego was kind of unexpected for me too. I just thought she would be more hung up on her mate, I didn’t think a romance would blossom so quick. It made me wonder if Cassidy and her dead mate had the mate bond with each other.

Diego coming into Shiftertown with his feelings for Cassidy and as a cop had Eric worried, but Diego proves himself to be trustworthy. He is dominant enough to not be intimidated by the alpha’s in the Shiftertown.

A lot of different scenarios are playing out in this book. I think they helped fill the book out and set us up for books to come. I felt kind of off kilter being in a whole new Shiftertown with all new characters. I had to learn the hierarchy all over again. That made this book go a little slower for me while I got my brain straight on who was who.

I was a bit unsure of how I felt about Cassidy getting into another relationship so soon after her mate’s death, but it works and I guess that is what matters. She is happy and that is the way their town needs her, so she can help the other women of their crowded Shiftertown. Overall, I will say it was a really good book for the series and being in a different Shiftertown opens the doors for the author to tell even more stories. That I have to have, because I’m loving this series and don’t want it to end too soon.

I’m really enjoying Cris Dukehart’s narration of the series. She does really well with accents and doesn’t make the dominant males sound too gruff. I think she is a good fit for Shifters Unbound.

The Series

About Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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  • You’re plowing through her books!

    • SO far behind in reviews! LOL But I did do a series binge so I listened to one right after as fast as I could because I loved them so much!

  • Great review. Glad to see you are enjoying the Shifter Unbound series.

  • Love this series! It really is a fun one. I’ve not tried any of the audios, though. I’ll definitely have to check that out. Sounds like it’s nicely done 🙂

    • The audio is so good. I think you’ll enjoy them. I keep fighting with myself on whether to go back and listen to a series I’ve already read because of the good reviews on narration. I’m not much of a rereader, but for a series like this I think I would do it.

  • I love this series. Austin is still my favorite shifter town. I was a little discombobulated when I first came the Vegas shifter town too. I’ve gotten used to changing shifter towns now. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, the first change to town always brings so many new characters its kind of like starting over again, but I got used to it. Now I just have to remember who is from where! LOL

  • You are having such fun with these, and as you know they are on my backlist wishlist 🙂