Book Review: Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell #1)
Pub Date: 14 January 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Panda Rating:

(3.5 pandas)


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.


Kidnapping, torture

TL;DR: I think you’d enjoy this if you like slow-burn paranormal romances, a strong witchy family vibe, angsty mutual pining, a little of the werewolf mate trope, and lite urban fantasy world-building. It’s a little cheesy and corny and it’s got plenty of pop culture references but it was also lots of fun! It’s definitely a great book to pick up if you’re looking for a paranormal romance for the spooky season and I’m looking forward to continuing the series!

I honestly don’t really have much to say about this book. It’s been popping up everywhere on my Kindle feed so I decided to pick it up on a whim and I enjoyed it well enough!

This was a mostly fun witchy-wolfy good time although the writing sometimes felt a little too bland which made it feel like the story progressed at a glacial pace and left me slightly bored at times. I wanted a bit more excitement but this all felt very sedate and so I didn’t really feel the tension or stake in solving the mystery of Mateo’s hex, although it did pique my curiosity! The story is based in New Orleans but I never really grasped the setting, I just got the impression that almost every location in this book was practically walkable but I couldn’t really visualise the city. I did like the little tidbits of information we got about the supernatural creatures that live here—witches, vampires, and werewolves. What I especially appreciated and also found quite different to most paranormal romances I’ve tried, is that these creatures all live together in harmony and there’s not really any animosity between the different groups. It was pretty refreshing! This also had a take on werewolves that I don’t think I’ve ever read before so that was actually pretty unique and interesting! I liked the lore that was included as well about their origins.

At times I forgot that these characters are actually well into their mid to late 30s because there were moments they acted a little immature, Evie especially. Though I appreciated her enthusiasm for comic books, Star Wars and Wolverine, I do feel like her excessive and exuberant fangirling occasionally translated into childishness. That said, I liked that Mateo and Evie were both artists who were passionate about each other’s works and art in general. It always makes me really happy to see LIs have a genuine interest and appreciation for what their partner does and I loved how Mateo was such a great cheerleader for Evie, whose ex made her feel like her art was worthless. Mateo’s inner Alpha was also really hilarious—inappropriate and constantly horny or ready to throw down, but nonetheless hilarious! He was a bit of a sassy boy and his dialogue really made me laugh. I also liked Evie’s relationship with her many witchy sisters, which was full of snarky sarcastic exchanges but they’d do anything for each other. Their individual personalities were sometimes a little too on the nose but I’m looking forward to learning more about them as the series continues.

Overall, not a bad read and great for the spooky witchy season and I enjoyed it enough to want to continue with the rest of the series!

Have you read Wolf Gone Wild or is it on your TBR?

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