Monday, January 5, 2015

⊱✿ Divas Angie Detloff and Shanda Hernandez Buddy Read ✿⊰ Wild and Free by Kristen Ashley

Abel Jin and Delilah Johnson have lived their lives with a hole in their soul, yearning for something they don’t understand. 

Until one night Delilah is in mortal danger and a man who’s otherworldly strong and supernaturally fast saves her. Delilah is then cast into a world where fiction comes to life in the form of Abel, her destined mate, a vampire/werewolf hybrid who claims her at first breath as his. 

But Abel knows the danger isn’t done. He’s dreamed for centuries that his mate will perish and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. 

For Delilah, she’s not only coping with fantasy come to life, but a mingling of very different families. Not to mention, she has on her hands a man who doesn’t understand his true nature and has lived his long life thinking he’s a monster. 

Abel and Delilah together fills the hole that has been clawing at them for decades. But finally finding each other, it also tips their destinies as the last of The Three. They must unite with the other destined lovers, who with Abel and Delilah, are fated to save the world. 

Buddy read and co-review with Angie Detloff & Shanda Hernandez

Like many KA fans, Shanda and I have been excited for the release of the finale of The Three series. And, for the most part, it did not disappoint. From that epic cliffhanger inWith Everything I Am we know the last of the Three, Abel Jin, the vampire/werewolf hybrid (kickass!), found his mate, Delilah, and was finally found by The Dominion.

That's exactly where Wild and Free picks up. It's action-packed right off the bat because Abel isn't the only one who's found Delilah. There are plenty of wolves and vamps that don't want to see the prophecies come true.

We didn't fully get to know Abel and Delilah in this book like we got to know the other characters in their own books. Abel and Delilah accepted each other and their fate rather easily. There was no angst, no sass-throwin', no epic fuck ups on Abel's part, and that learning curve is what makes us fall in love with and root for them. To be fair, there wasn't much room for that in this story. They had to be serious and save the world after all, but it won't be putting Abel on our top KA alpha list. We liked Abel and Delilah as characters just fine but they will be forgotten.

One thing we can say though is KA is one of the best at writing a shit hot, first time sex scene between the two main characters.

"I wanna fuck you," he snarled.
I stared.
"Yeah," he ground out. "I wanna fuck you, Delilah. Consumed with the need and I have no idea why, but I can guess, seein' as it's like you're a bitch in heat, I'm a dog that catches the scent and his mind is wiped...wiped of anything...but the need to mount you and" - he leaned forward - "rut."
"Holy fuck," I breathed.

Holy fuck indeed. *fans self* She also knows how to give us sweet.

"I love you too, bao bei, with everything I am, and I'll do it until the sun falls from the sky."

*sighs* We loved it when Lucien and Callum spoke those words and we loved it again when Abel did.

There were A LOT of characters in this book. We had to rack our brains remembering all of the vampires, werewolves, and concubines from the previous books all by name. Plus, there were many witches and wraiths added. It was brain-scrambling. The witches provided some comic relief. We loved the scenes from Yuri's pov and his time with the witches, one witch in particular, Aurora. We were happy for him and wanted more.

The ending fight sequence was everything we hoped it would be. It was bloody and emotional. The Three fit together. We loved watching Abel's journey of making sense of his abilities and feeling useful and worthy and seeing that play out. It was also satisfying seeing what Delilah had to offer. Leah and Sonia were no slouches in battle either and that rocked. The bunnies! Haha! 

There were quite a few cheesy moments. Delilah, for instance, throwing her fist in the air screaming, "We are the Three!" This song came to mind. 
Also, someone like Hop surprising us with his guitar skills was sexy but Abel doing it wasn't. We were kind of embarrassed for him.

The epilogue was KA worthy. We were happy with the ending. We love KA's writing and it was a strong finale but it didn't leave us with the giddy or gut-wrenching feels that come with a five star KA book.

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