Fantasy Romance

Read Wolf Gone Wild

Read Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell, #1) by Juliette Cross

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.

Fun and lighthearted. At first the werewolf’s inner voice “Alpha” irritated me but then I was able to just be amused by him. The geeky stuff felt a little forced at first but continued to be integrated into the story. A tarot reading seemed like a big deal but wasn’t tied in well. The sister’s change of heart about werewolves wasn’t explained. Worldbuilding-wise, it seems like the leaders of the magic community should be too busy to have the siblings running both a shop *and* a restaurant, down to being the cook and wait staff. Overall, I enjoyed this and would probably try another book in the series. (I do find it an odd choice that the couple that was set up isn’t until two books after this, and the next couple is barely mentioned.)

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