Review: Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

Midnight Wolf
(Shifters Unbound #11)
by Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

 

 

 

What another great installment to the series. Midnight Wolf starts off with Angus being forced by the Shifter Bureau to track down a female shifter. They’ve been trying to get their hands on Tamsin, but she’s always eluded their people. So, they kidnap Angus’ cub and force him to use his tracking skills to bring in the woman. However, once he has her, he’s not too keen on turning her over to the sadistic bastards and soon finds himself, Tamsin, and his cub on the run from not only the Shifter Bureau, but other shifters as well.

You’d think that given that they are shifters, their adventure to elude the authorities would be shifting into animal form and hiding out in hotels. Nope! Instead we get sentient houses, and a traveling carnival as their hideaways! I absolutely loved the crazy twists and turns the author wrote into the story. Plus, I am so happy that we got to see the sentient house again. Nothing cooler than a house that does what it wants, can hide itself from people, be completely impenetrable, and forcibly keep people in and/or out depending on the house’s mood. So, I was definitely mentally cheering in my head when Angus brought Tamsin to the house.

Since they are on the run the entire book, there’s a TON of action and suspense. From growly shifters with the arsenal to get their way, to the corrupt Shifter Bureau, these three were always looking over their shoulders, and planning three steps ahead. Not only were their lives on the line, but Angus’ cub, Ciarian, was in danger, too. Which was something that both Angus and Tamsin took seriously. The bond that Tamsin and Ciarian had was pretty much immediate. Tamsin and Ciarian seemed to have this connection that you would expect from a mother and son. Tamsin obviously looked out for him and would comfort him when he was scared, and Ciarian was very protective of Tamsin. I’m honestly hoping that Ciarian gets his own story down the road. Perhaps with a certain shifter-fae girl he met while traveling with the carnival.

I obviously really enjoyed Midnight Wolf. The chemistry was hot (like usual), we got to meet new characters that livened up the party, there was enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, and we got to see some old favorites as well. I loved getting to see Zander, Rae, Dimitri, Jaycee, Tiger, Ben, and even the Morrissey’s. Even though this is the 11th book in the series, you can totally jump in at any time. I’ve actually been jumping around in the story quite a bit depending on the books I borrow from the library, the ones I find at second-hand book sales, and the review copies I get as new installments come out. I actually just finished reading Tiger’s book (5th in the series), and was really excited when he popped up in this one since his story was still fresh in my mind. However, the author does a good job sort of filling in the blanks on the fact that he was created in a lab by humans and therefor a bit different from your average shifter.

I really enjoyed this story. I love all the various characters the author brings in, both giving us new characters to fall in love with as well bringing back some favorites. I also like that there’s this massive “battle of the beasts” brewing between the shifters and the Fae. Not to mention the wonderful humans at the Shifter Bureau who feel like shifters are just animals to be dissected and tossed aside. There’s just so much going on that this series has yet to get boring for me. Which is huge since I tend to get bored with a series by the third book. If you’re in the market for a shifter romance, definitely pick up a book from this series.

 

Favorite part…

“Dylan only gave her a quiet look. ‘I’m an old shifter, as my sons like to remind me. That means to me, you’re little more than a cub, and I have several hundred years of experience on you. I also have a finely developed sense of smell, even in my human form. I can scent a lie at a hundred paces. You know more than you admit, Tamsin Calloway.’

She didn’t blink. ‘I lie about tons of things. Which one are you scenting?’

Ciaran gave a gleeful chuckle. Angus could see him storing up the line to use himself one day.”

 

Previous reviews from Shifters Unbound
White Tiger
Guardian’s Mate

Red Wolf

 

 

 

 

18 Thoughts on “Review: Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

  1. I used to read about shifters a lot and, I gotta be honest, I’m really missing stories with them in it! This is probably why I’m adding this series to my list, other than the fact you got me really intrigued with your thoughts πŸ˜› Thanks, Kristin!

  2. I have been loving the sentient houses in this series. It was a good addition to the series and I’m with you on hoping for a future book for him one day πŸ™‚

  3. I remember being so hooked on wolf shifting back in the day, but it’s been some since I read a paranormal. So glad you fell in love with the story and heat of this one! Hugs…RO

    • Shifters seem to be my go-to. There are so many ways an author can write them. They can be civilized or feral. I like the way this author writes each of her characters in a completely different way.

  4. I need to get back to reading about shifters! It’s been so long.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  5. I haven’t heard of this series before! And my! It definitely sounds hot. Checking it now πŸ˜‰

    • If you like shifter romances, then I definitely recommend this series. I’ve been jumping around a lot and tend to like the newer installments over the older ones.

  6. I have a book in this series but I haven’t tried it yet

  7. bookwormbrandee on 23 April, 2018 at 4:57 pm said:

    Dang! I’m so behind in this series but I’m thrilled to see that at #11 JAshley is keeping it entertaining. Suspense, chemistry, meeting new characters as well as getting to check in with favs? Yeah, I need to catch up on this one! πŸ˜‰

  8. I loved this book. The whole series is really good.

  9. Glad you enjoyed Midnight Wolf, I used to read paranormal romance, mostly Gena Showalter, but haven’t in a long time.This one does sound good.

    • I remember really liking her LotU series, but I lost touch with it years ago. Although, I did see that she’s still coming out with new installments for it.

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