Mini Review: Wild and Free (The Three Series #3) by: Kristen Ashley

Title: Wild and Free (The Three Series #3)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Rating: 5 Teacups / 5 Handcuffs

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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.

Or die trying.

What we loved about Abel:

  • What’s not to love? A vampire and werewolf all rolled into one sexy alpha package!
  • He may be clueless about his vampire/werewolf heritage, but he lets his instincts guide him and claims his mate. Abel never wavers on the fact that Delilah was meant to be his!
  • Abel’s love and devotion to his adopted family, is yet another reason he’s so swoon worthy.
  • KA did an excellent job of showing that both vampire and werewolf traits are instinctive in Abel. His struggle to understand these innate feelings and his need to act on them continues throughout the novel. While he was able to figured out a lot about his nature on his own, Lucien and Callum still have to teach him about the ways of his people and that what he is feeling is perfectly normal.

What we loved about Delilah:

  • Unlike the previous two women, Delilah accepted her mate almost instantly. There was not a lot of time spent going back and forth between the lovers. When she decided on Abel, she gave him everything – she was his rock. They both had an emptiness inside of themselves, that only the other could fill.
  • Delilah is a bad ass bike chick with a crazy biker family, that provides tons of hilarity.
  • Delilah is Abel’s biggest fan girl, but she will still call him on his shit and get pissed at him, when it’s called for.
  • She was accepting of everyone. Delilah doesn’t question, but loves everyone and treats them all as equals.

Why we loved this novel:

  • This was an amazing end to one of our favorite series! We could not have been happier with how KA ended this epic fantastical tale.
  • One of our favorite aspects of this book, was the marriage of the fantasy genre with the motorcycle club genre. The perfect kick ass combination!
  • In addition to vampires and werewolves we were introduced to witches, golems, wraiths, and phantoms. Oh, there were also some badass bikers too!
  • As with a lot a KA novels family was shown not to only about blood, but those you choose to let in. This was never more apparent than in this novel. In addition to Abel’s adopted family, there are werewolves, vampires and other creatures who choose to fight and become his extended family.
  • A lot of the story has to do with Abel’s acceptance of who he is and finding his place in the world. Delilah was instrumental in him finding that peace.
  • In addition to hearing Abel and Delilah’s side of the story, we also get snippets from the other two couples we’ve come to know and love. Instead of taking away from the narrative, they actually help it move along and add greater depth.
  • Spoiler Alert: The vampire Yuri gets some serious page time, and finally finds his own HEA. In the previous two novels we were not his biggest fans, because of his adversarial relationship with the handsome wolf king Callum. In this novel he seemed to have dealt with his feelings for Sonia and was at peace with her being only a sister.
  • We will not spoil the ending, but be prepared with tons of tissues. There were a lot of tears. This has nothing to do with Lydia’s pregnancy hormones – okay maybe a little.

Happy Reading!

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