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Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood
Series: Shift #1
Published by Self-Published on January 24, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Emilia’s first encounter with Jason is memorable: it’s not every day you see a stranger change into a wolf. Her attraction to him is undeniable, but the secret he shares shakes the foundations of her life.
Jason’s need for Emilia unnerves him. It’s his job to report shifters without proper ID, yet he can’t make himself do it this time. The decision bites him in the tail when he discovers exactly who she is. He must keep his distance—or there will be hell to pay.
Their fates entwine when rogue shifters learn of Emilia’s identity and will stop at nothing to get to her. Emilia and Jason will have to fight together or risk losing everything.
But most of all? Emilia must learn to trust the wolf.
I don’t respond to many review requests since I have many favorite authors and series. I get many emails on a daily basis from publishers about books available for review. I’m grateful to have that “problem” and it’s nearly impossible to respond to them all. I told this author I would read the prequel novella and reply in 2 days. I found the prequel, Bearly Married quite enjoyable, so I agreed to review Trust the Wolf.
This first book in the Shift series, is set at least 20 years after the prequel. Shifters are not “out” and there is a governing council. The council is made up of the eldest in family clans, seemingly more of a inherited rule than a democracy. Often in paranormal romance, I get the feeling of historical times with patriarchal rules and limited roles for women. In this case, the council position goes to male or female, so it is only a bit of that feeling.
Jason works for the council in enforcing the rules. He makes sure shifters are registered and behaving. He discovers Emilia who is not registered, and does not even know she is a shifter. They are attracted to one another, which is against the rules she doesn’t even know. As usual for me, the integrity and compassion of the main characters makes them likeable. It is easy to want the best for them.
Their romance, Emilia’s modern beliefs, and shifter world politics make for a great read. I always enjoy when there is more to the story besides the romance. This series, so far is in Kindle Unlimited. The next book, Truth or Bear, is planned for February 2019. I look forward to it since it picks up with the political issues we understand by the end of Trust the Wolf.
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