Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review of Feral Heat (Shifters Unbound #5.5) by Jennifer Ashley

From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery…

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?

This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf. 

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
Jennifer Ashley spins a tale of fantastically different diversities in shifters that are searching for a way out of their captivity from their human jailers.   Their collars that were forced on them though Fae and Human technology keeps them controlled and incarcerated within set boundaries, mental as well as physical.  In Feral Heat, Jace and Deni are thrust together in unlikely circumstances. From the beginning they both feel the mating frenzy, a pull to mate and their lives become intertwined forever.  This is their journey to find love, acceptance and freedom.

Deni is lupine and her brother Ellison is her alpha.  Her family consists of her two cubs, Ellison and Maria, Ellison's mate.  She suffered a near kidnapping that damaged her when her motorcycle crashed during a chase by a mad man.  Deni has been trying to find her way back to the land of the living and a way to heal from the damaged done to her mind and body.

Jace is the son of the alpha of the Las Vegas Shiftertown and is a strong alpha among feline shifters.  He is a dominant that can control his emotions and has volunteered to be experimented on. Dylan and his sons lead the Austin Shifters and want to find a way to remove the collars of all shifters without it driving them insane.  Jace holds great power over his cat and can consciously avert his collar from going off during times when he uses his animal senses.  When Jace and Deni begin to bond their world is turned upside down by the police searching the Austin shiftertown.  Who are they looking for and who is betraying them?  No one knows!

This is another great addition to Ms. Ashley’s paranormal romance series.  The author has the ability to grab you from the beginning weaving her story through her words causing you to get lost in the politics, drama and danger of shifters living in different Shiftertowns.   There are certain developments in this book that will have you on the edge of your seat.  The interaction between previous characters that you know and love is also a major plus.  You are able to check in and see how their lives together are progressing in this ongoing saga.  This is a highly recommended series to add to your to be read stack.  A look at the life of shifters in a shiftertown community is entertaining and allows the reader inside a fantasy world where they can escape into a reality created by this brilliant author.

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