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Series: Wildcats #1
Published by Smashwords on February 23rd 2015
Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.
Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.
Jace Hammond has a big problem.
A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.
As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.
I read Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series in two weeks. Immediately I was in love with her writing, dialogue and characters. I had been reading some less than great books prior to picking up Stray, and was thrilled to see well-developed plot and characters in an urban fantasy setting.
I was excited to see she continued with this series, in the form of Wildcats. However I was a little less than trilled when it was focusing more on the relationships then the intricacies of shifter politics. This book felt a lot like romance fan fiction to me. It relied on the reader knowing the back story with Abby, Jace and the Shifters series. Also there was a lack of suspense about the killings that Jace and Abby investigate. The plot behind all the romance just felt weak, and I mean she was upfront with the fact that Wildcats is more romance centric than Shifters, but still give me some juicy, edge of my seat plot where I can’t guess every single thing.
I’ve been doing a lot of “nostalgia” reading – picking up series I’ve read 5 or 6 years ago. It’s never quite like the first but I still read it. Vincent’s writing is still well done, and her characters (old and new) are still great but I felt like this book was teetering on a cliff, and had she gone the extra mile it could have been so much more than what it is.