Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 10 hours 15 mins
Series: Shifters Unbound #10
Published by Berkley on May 2, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
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I was so excited for Jaycee and Dimitri’s book! I loved their characters from White Tiger and knew they were meant to be together. After the step Dimitri takes in White Tiger to try and protect Jaycee, I was curious to see how she was going to react. Luckily, she doesn’t respond to it and we do spend Red Wolf working through it.
Dylan and Kendrick have set Jaycee and Dimitri on a mission to investigate some shifters that may or may not be involved with the Fae. Brice is the leader of a small group of shifters in New Orleans who are just a bit off. They don’t react quite the same way about mates that other shifters do which really works Jaycee up. This Brice character is the type that knows how to manipulate shifters and has managed to work his magic over quite a group and they are actively trying to recruit Jaycee and Dimitri. This is the opening they needed to find out more about the group. The deeper in Jaycee and Dimitri get, the creepier and more guilty this bunch appears. With Brice being enemy #1.
Since Jaycee and Dimitri are in New Orleans, they are staying in Jasmine’s house. I loved this house from Jasmine and Mason’s book and now it is featured in all it’s glory here. It is fun to see how the house reacts to it’s inhabitants and situations. No one is sure just what is up with the house, what makes it do the things it does, but it’s clearly sentient. I really enjoyed the house.
We end up on quite the adventure in Red Wolf and meet some new characters along the way. Their species make their loyalties questionable, but you take whatever advantage you can get when you’re in a bind. Jaycee’s new friend may be an interesting addition and I’m excited to see how much of a role she plays in upcoming books.
Red Wolf was a great, fun listen for me. I loved our main characters and the road they walked as they discovered their mate bond. The action was pumping and I was deeply disturbed by Brice’s group. Brice was someone I just wanted to slap. His character was just too full of himself. He was really well written. The Shifters Unbound series is one of my favorites and this was a great addition to the series. There was a lot of action, adventure and relationship conflict. Plus the addition of Jasmine’s house topped it all off.
The narration was as good as ever and Cris Dukehart really has these characters for me. It must have been hard with Dimitri’s stutter. The stutter irritated me some, but I knew it was a part of his character and it shaped him so I would have to deal. I loved how Jaycee just understood him and was able to finish sentences correctly for him.
You definitely don’t want to miss this one if you are a Shifters Unbound reader. I think you could get by jumping in new here. There is a lot of back story, but most of it is not really something you need to understand when reading Red Wolf. If you do just jump in, you are going to fall in love with this world and want to go back and get all the other books in too. I highly recommend them.
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