Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lion Eyes, Bad Wolf & Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley ~ Review

Bree has just decided to give up trying to be a Shifter groupie when a lion Shifter slams into her truck and tells her to drive. Seamus is on the run from hunters, other Shifters, and who knows who else. All Bree knows is that he’s compelling, needs her help, and most intriguing of all, wears no Collar …

Seamus McGuire fears he’s gone crazy—feral—and become a killer. His only hope of getting away from the hunters and police on his tail is Bree, a human woman who not only knows a lot about Shifters but has great compassion for them.

Things are more complicated than they seem, however. Seamus is on a mission, to protect those in his care after the destruction of Kendrick’s compound of un-Collared Shifters. Seamus must keep it together and keep his charges hidden, but at the same time, he’s pulled to Bree as he’s never been pulled to a woman before. He needs to prove he’s innocent and not crazy before it’s too late for himself, Bree, and those he’s vowed to protect.

Lion Eyes debuted in the boxed set Dark and Damaged, in June 2015, then released on its own in print, e-book, and audio in late July 2015.

Wolf Shifter Broderick is stuck looking after his three younger brothers and a Collar-less Shifter who is driving him crazy, but he’s putting up with it for Joanne, the human woman he, for some reason, wants to impress. Joanne Greene, while grateful to Broderick for rescuing her sister, doesn’t know what to make of him. She’s been a loner most of her life, better able to relate to computers and coding than to people, until she’s drawn into the world of the Shifters.

Broderick is everything Joanne is not—a fighter and a tracker, from a rough-and-tumble family, better at working with his hands than understanding the netherworld of Joanne’s computer programmer life. Broderick is also extremely protective, wanting to draw her under his care as he does everyone else.

When Broderick is captured, mistaken for a Guardian, it’s Joanne who figures out that hackers are after the Guardian Network, the database that holds the deep secrets of Shifters past and present. Strangely, Broderick now holds the key to stopping the deadly danger of the network's breach, and Joanne with her coding skills is the only one who can help him.

Wolf Shifter Mason McNaughton is tired of the crazy feral living in his house, endangering him, his brothers, and his sweet auntie Cora. Ferals are Shifters who’ve reverted to the wild stage, forgetting all about the joys of pizza and satellite TV. Not to mention, Mason is sick of waking up to the feral’s rampages in the bedroom next to his. The feral has been given sanctuary, so Mason can’t throw him out—the only thing to do is to find a way to cure him.

The problem is, Shifter healers—elusive, Goddess-touched Shifters who have the healing gift—are few and far between. Mason volunteers to go in search of one, and is sent to a psychic in New Orleans who might have an idea of where to start looking.

Mason doesn’t believe in psychics, but Jasmine, the psychic in question, seems to at least put on a good show. Jasmine believes in Shifters all right, but she vowed after her Shifter boyfriend dumped her to never have anything to do with them again.

The easiest way to get rid of the growly Lupine, Mason, is to help him, but Jasmine never dreams what that help will drag her into.

I really enjoy all the little novella that make up this series.  They're fast, sexy reads that are still a big part of the series. 

Lyon Eyes 

Lyon Eyes is the story of Seamus McGuire and Bree.  Seamus was part of the group of uncollared shifters led by Kendrick that were discovered a few books back.  Scattered and on the run, Seamus is one of Kendricks trackers and he's charged with keeping others safe until they are called to regroup.  But something is weird and he feels like he's going feral, a very bad thing.  When he jumps in the truck...window...of a human women as he tries to escape the hunters, he's not sure of his sanity.  But Bree helps him.  Her touch clears his head.

This story is complex despite being a novella.  I'm not sure you'd enjoy it as much as I did if you weren't reading the series.  It takes a fragment of a previous book and winds into a beautiful story of protection, attraction, desperation, and love.  

We meet Bree and her mom creating a new fragment that will be used in Bad Wolf for another story.  I like that about this series.  All the fragments come together to make this beautiful series.  And there is one very small plot line from this book that doesn't get resolved until Bad Wolf.  It bugged me until I read Bad Wolf, then I got it, a thread neatly in place.

I love the characters and continue to love the world.  It's very enjoyable shifter romance.

Bad Wolf

Yeah, okay, I wasn't really looking forward to this one.  I'm not a fan of Brodrick.  He's been in other stories and he's a jerk.  Mouthy and difficult, I wasn't sure I'd like his story.  But leave it to this author to help me understand him better and end up liking him.

This novella is another fragment from a previous story.  Brodrick may be a jerk a lot of the time but it was him who befriended Joanne in a previous story when she was determined to find her shifter groupie sister.  He made sure she got safely out of the compound that night and he made her his girlfriend.

Well maybe that's a little strong.  He lets her sister and her half feral mate live in his house.  He treats Joanne like his girlfriend everywhere but the bedroom.  She's not sure what she means to him.  But in this story, he needs her and they discover what they mean to each other.

Again, this novella is a great read but I'm not sure someone one following the series would enjoy it as much as I did.  Understanding their history is important to their story.  There is some summary of it in the book but it's more enjoyable when you've experienced the whole thing.

This story was different than I expected and I ended up really liking it.  It brought some different elements into play.  I was very interested in the Fae part of this story.  And as it turns out, I really liked how this book linked back to Lion Eyes.

Again, this is very enjoyable shifter romance.

Wild Things

I was kind of surprised that we had Mason's story at this point.  He's young for a shifter and I wasn't expected him to get his own story just yet.  But as it turns out, I really liked  his little novella.

One of my very favorite characters was a house.  Yes, a house.  I won't say more on that, just that I loved it.

Mason needs to find a rare shifter healer and that leads him to New Orleans.  This story adds more psychics and magic than most of the stories have.  I really loved Jasmine.  She's a strong characters that doesn't take Masons skeptic growls.  They are adorable together with lots of fun banter.

When we meet the healer, another thread has been created that will, I'm sure, surface again.  Because this healer is so much fun.  I adore his...oh wait...I can't tell you.   

More still on the very enjoyable shifter romance.  Probably need to jump on this series bandwagon with me!


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