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Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross
Series: Stay a Spell #1
Published by Self-Published on January 14, 2020
Genres: Fantasy Romance
What's the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he's cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.
Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven--no werewolves. They're known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she's ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules.
What Evie doesn't know is that Mateo's wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she's in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.
Stay A Spell is a new series from Juliette Cross. I’ve read a few of her other series and this one is a bit of a shift in tone and direction. It is much more on the romantic side of PNR and it’s a lot lighter, with more humor and pop culture references than the other series I’ve read by her.
Meet Evie, our Star Wars and comic loving heroine, who also comes from a crazy little family of witches. I mean crazy in the best shenanigans kind of way. Her oldest sister, Jules, is the power force behind the magic scene in New Orleans with all of her other sisters including herself leading some kind of support role too. Jules has always said “stay away from Werewolves they are nothing but trouble” and she is probably right because Mateo is T R O U B L E. Well actually he is in trouble and only Evie and her family might be able to help him.
Mateo has been cursed. He used to have a good balance with the wolf inside of him and they each got body time and didn’t really bother the other. But due to the curse not letting him shift, Alpha is the voice in his head that just won’t shut up and is really only interested in eating, fighting and banging. Not specifically in that order. He needs Evie to help him break this curse since he is starting to feel like the wolf is going to take over and no one in the city needs that to happen.
Wolf Gone Wild is a cute love story with a good introduction to the world and some of the characters in it. Evie is pretty adorable and I loved her geeked out love of all things comic book related and the pop culture references brought out in the story. Her connection to Mateo is cute and I really enjoyed reading their love story. Alpha is the comic relief and it was fun watching him and Mateo try and find a balance sharing the same body in the same space and time.
This series seems like all the books will be romance based and you can read them as stand alone novels. I liked how the magic was presented in the book and look forward to seeing what other kinds of creatures the series has in story for us. Evie and Mateo’s story was witty, flirty and fun. I’m interested in seeing how the rest of the sisters do and who their matches will be.
She took out her wand— yes, you heard me— handcrafted according to her Pottermore-assigned wand as 14.5 inches long, made of vine wood with unicorn hair core. I’d asked her what her craftsman had used instead of unicorn hair, because unicorns weren’t real. She’d just laughed at me like I was silly and naïve. So I left it alone.
“Wait a minute. You watched it once? So you’ve seen one Star Wars movie? And that’s it?”
He shrugged a shoulder. “Not really into science fiction movies. Or movies in general, for that matter.”
“I can’t even believe what I’m hearing,” I muttered more to myself than to him. It was like Chewbacca speaking Klingon. Does. Not. Compute. Okay. Don’t freak out on him.
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