Review: Jackal’s Wild by Abby Kaitz

Jackals Wild
by Abby Kaitz
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 25, 2022
Genre: M/M Romance

A shy math geek. His roommate with an NSFW alter ego. College just got a lot more interesting.

Quiet, studious Adam Hatchard is ready to reinvent himself and be the leading man in his own life.

– Survive his first frat party? Check.
– Talk to the hot TA in math class? Halfway(ish) there.
– Coexist in peace with his Neanderthal roommate? Send help.

From day one, Carter Ellison has given Adam nothing but cocky smirks, secondhand embarrassment, and dirty underwear all over their room—the perfect storm for Most Annoying Roommate Ever.

His ridiculously toned body deserving to be the eighth wonder of the world is beside the point.

But Carter has a secret: an unconventional side hustle involving cameras and a distinct lack of clothing. When Adam stumbles upon Carter’s online alter ego, the last thing he expects to feel is…compassion.

And when Carter asks him to hold the camera? Adam discovers there’s more to his roommate than the irritating frat boy persona Carter puts on.

What begins as a way for both of them to earn extra cash develops into something more. Something involving longer-than-appropriate stares, stolen touches, midnight confessions—and the realization that Adam just may have found his own leading man


So, um… I was not expecting that story. I knew that it would be an interesting romance between college roommates. However, I was not expecting the turn of events that take place. I don’t want to go into details and ruin anything, because when I realized what was happening, my jaw hit the floor. It was one of those moments where I was completely in shock at the revelation.

One thing that I really liked about this story was the way the author wrote the characters. Adam is an introvert nerd who would much rather study alone in his room than hang out with friends and go to parties. His roommate is the opposite. Carter is a bit of a slob who is never in his room, except when he’s passed out in his bed. Needless to say, Adam has never really given his roommate a seconds thought. However, when he finds out his roommates secret, things get a lot more interesting.

Not only did I really like the story twist that takes place, but I also enjoyed the character development. Adam only recently came out as gay. So, he’s still very reserved when it comes to embracing his sexuality. Then there’s Carter who has felt lost and forgotten for years, and has learned to keep people are arms length. Add onto that that there is a stalker out there harassing Carter, and you have one very interesting story.

This was a pretty solid read. It was real and felt raw at times. I really enjoyed watching the characters grow and learn to embrace who they are. If you are in the market for a steamy m/m college romance, then I would give this book a read.





5 Thoughts on “Review: Jackal’s Wild by Abby Kaitz

  1. What a read this sounds like it turned out to be. I absolutely love it when a story just reveals something so shocking to the reader when you least expect it (I just experienced it on my last read so I feel you) But these moments are literally the best for us voracious readers.

    • Yesss. I agree. I was expecting a normal fluff romance and maybe learning that the roommate was a closet nerd or something. I was not expecting what was actually going on.

  2. i love a good shock. glad this supplied one
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I like when a book can shock me and ends up being more than what I thought it would be.

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