Series: Shifters Unbound, #5.5
Published by Penguin Group USA on March 18, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 153 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
FERAL HEAT pulls double duty and not only gives some more forward momentum to the Shifters Unbound series long story arc to find away to release the shifters from bondage but also finds room to have a fiery and passionate romance evolve. While I enjoyed the simmering romance between Jace and Deni, the thing that keeps me coming back to this series is the general plot premise surrounding shifters being forced by humans, to wear fae magic imbued collars that suppress their aggression and their mission to find a way to safely take them off. As the result of some very painful moments in FERAL HEAT, progress is made in the move to de-collar shifters and I continue to be absolutely riveted in finding out along with the shifters just how and when they can finally be freed.
On the romance front of FERAL HEAT is of course the relationship between Jace and Deni. Their attraction is pretty much instantaneous which I wasn't expecting but made sense given their personalities and what happens between them in the story. Their interactions ranged from endearingly sweet to super steamy. With the shorter length not allowing for a slow burn romance that I usually prefer I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fact that they just speed through the hesitant beginnings of a romance. Jace and Deni both fit so well together that it just made sense for them to have an instant attraction.
FERAL HEAT is a great bridge story between full length novels of Shifters Unbound. It everything you want from action and violence, to sweet passion and humor. The next Shifters Unbound novel; WILD WOLF comes out April 1, 2014.
1. Pride Mates
2. Primal Bonds
3. Wild Cat
4. Mate Claimed
5. Tiger Magic