Review ~ Feral Heat by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllyson

Posted September 28, 2017 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 4 Comments

Review ~ Feral Heat by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllysonFeral Heat by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 4 hrs 43 mins
Series: Shifters Unbound #5.5
Published by Intermix, Penguin on March 18, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 153
3.5 Stars
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Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright.

In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate?

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Deni has a pretty bad case of PTSD, and when it strikes, she loses her memory and is completely taken over by her animal. We’ve seen some of the destruction she’s done during her episodes already, and it is devastating to the family.

Then we meet Jace, who has been asked by Dylan to come help with the collar situation. He is told to meet Dylan at the site of the fight club which is where he meets Deni. She rescues him from an attack and the two really hit it off. I mean really hit it off!

Jace seems to have so much patience, and totally believes that he can help Deni overcome her PTSD symptoms. It was so great to see Deni slowly come to trust herself and be comfortable around people without worrying about her animal taking over.

These two are really great for each other. I was worried about how the relationship was going to work with Jace being from the Nevada Shiftertown and Deni, the Austin. She had her kids to be near and I’m glad they worked out a solution for the problem.

The testing with the collars is difficult due to police presence for some unknown reason. They have to be careful to hide what they are doing and Jace as well, since he does not have permission to be away from his shiftertown.

I enjoyed this couple mainly because Jace was just so good for Deni. They do seem to have two completely different lives, but that is what makes these mate claims so surprising at times. They are bringing together characters you wouldn’t expect and making things work. Thus, we are getting the evolution of a relationship with the overall story arc of the collars. That story arc did not progress much during this novella, but that is to be expected. I imagine more will come on that in the full length books.

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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  • I love this series. I just have two novellas that I haven’t read, Lion Eyes and Bad Wolf. My library couldn’t get them, so I’ve been watching for novellas to go on sale.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I think those were two I had a hard time finding too. I couldn’t help myself though and I think I used credits for them.

  • I do adore this series, Jennifer Ashley is amazing. Whether she writes HR or PNR she is brilliant. But I will say this is probably my least favorite novella. But for the most part they are fun and almost as good as the regular novels.

    • I find the novellas ok. I prefer full length. I never get as into the story and a novella doesn’t resonate with me the way a full length book does.