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.
Title: Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell, #1)
Author: Juliette Cross
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
This was a nice paranormal novel that combined all the things I love about contemporary novels with some magical bits. But, this book was only nice. Not great.
The book started out strong by jumping right into the plot. Our lovely werewolf friend, Mateo, can’t change into a wolf because he’s been hexed so he seeks help from the friendly neighborhood witch. I liked how the world were set up and introduced without being shoved down my throat all at once. It was a great start to the book.
I also really liked the dual pov of this book even though it was almost like triple pov. Every time we received Mateo’s thoughts, we also received the thoughts of his wolf, Alpha. It reminded me a lot of Venom, how there’s this darker, bloodthirsty voice/animal in the head of the regular guy. Anyway, the interactions between Mateo and his wolf, especially when Evie was around were hilarious. I loved being in his head.
Now, the main reason I can’t give this book more than three stars is that it was boooooring. I hate to say it, but that’s just how I feel. After about 30% of this book, things were dragging for me. I know we get a lot of relationship building between Mateo and Evie, but I found myself wanting some action of any kind. A couple of small scenes were thrown into the mix eventually, but we really don’t see action and excitement until basically the last 10% of the book. I was not too happy about that.
Overall, this book had great characters and a nice plot, it just wasn’t paced well. If you don’t mind some slowness for the sake of relationship building, then maybe you’ll enjoy this one more than me.