Title: Feral Heat
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Shifters Unbound (Book #5.5)
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Format: eBook, 153 Pages
IBSN-10: 1101615753 (Intermix/Penguin)
IBSN-13: 978-1101615751 (Intermix/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
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?
Quick & Dirty: A wolf and leopard, can they mix, and can they mate and will they be able to help free all of the shifters?
Opening Sentence: “The fight club had moved since Jace Warden had last visited the Austin Shiftertown.”
Jace is on a mission to help free shifters from their collars and he is in Austin Shiftertown to work with the pack to find a way to get them off of the shifters. He has found a way to keep the collar from zapping him as it is supposed to do whenever shifters get aggressive or violent. While at a local fight club he is attacked by a wolf and when a she-wolf jumps into help him, he finds himself intrigued and smitten.
All the local wolves consider Deni a bit crazy, and maybe she is because ever since she was run down she loses herself in the shift and has no control over her wolf self. She decides to help Jace test ways to remove the collars. It is a debate within shifter society as the collars do help control the more violent tendencies, but most agree that they want to be free. However, taking the collars off often result in death or makes them mad.
Will Jace be able to reach Deni? Will they be able to figure out a way to take the collars off? Will they be able to truly be with each other?
I haven’t read too much in this series, but I did review another book in this series. I still find that despite not having read all of them they are easy to read and you don’t fill extremely lost. This is a novella and it focuses on the larger issues of the collar and the love between Jace and Deni. I enjoyed them as a couple and I didn’t find Deni all that crazy. I think the accident resulted in a loss of being able to control the most primal of urges so during fights or other things she has a tendency to fall into instinct versus using her human mind.
A fun easy read, and I think I have to add this series to my read list. I enjoy the differences so that it doesn’t quite feel like all the other were/shifter or paranormal books. It also really illustrates what fear looks like and the struggle the shifters have with humans and even within their own communities.
But this was why Jace had come. He’d learned slowly over the last year ow to control his Collar. He’d been teaching his father and others in his Shiftertown how to do it and preparing himself for Collar removal. The Morrisey’s had learned to make fake Collars that would fool humans, but only two Shifters’ thus far wore them–Andrea, Sean’s mate and Tiger, a shifter who’d been created by humans.
Shifters Unbound Series:
0.5 Shifter Made
1. Pride Mates
2. Primal Bonds
3. Wild Cat
3.5 Hard Mated
4. Mate Claimed
4.5 Perfect Mate
4.6 Lone Wolf
5. Tiger Magic
5.5 Feral Heat
6. Wild Wolf
6.5 Bear Attraction
7. Mate Bond
7.25 Lion Eyes
7.5 Bad Wolf
7.75 Wild Things
8. White Tiger
10. Red Wolf (May 2, 2017)
FTC Advisory: Intermix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Feral Heat. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.