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.
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Kristen Ashley just keeps on getting better and better!
How would I describe Wild and Free? IT'S TOTALLY WILD AND FREE!!!
One advice that I can give you before you read this is... Free your mind! Open up to more possibilities and never let your imagination run low while reading this. It's a must because this right here is a masterpiece!
Abel and Delilah are destined to be together. From start to finish, that is the main point.
Let me try break it down:
Abel is a kind of character that is part bad-ass, part gentle and part wise.
Bad-ass ➸ I think it's a given fact that all KA heroes have this characteristic.
Gentle ➸ I tell y'all... When Abel is gentle, he's SUPER GENTLE! I expected him to be very gentle with Lilah... What I didn't expect is him being so gentle with his family too (his umm.. mom and brothers). There's an innocence in him that just gets to you as a reader. His lack of understanding of what he really is taught him to tread carefully in life and never let anything threaten his family. He thinks he's a monster, but he's far from it! My favorite scenes are the ones wherein he discovers that he's worth so much more than he thinks. I personally think that if I'm Delilah, I would also love and cherish those times. :)
Wise ➸ I think he got this from the family who reared through out the generations. He also got this from his years in this world. I like it when he explains things to Lilah. :)
Delilah is a character that you think you'd write off at the start. She just didn't shine that much to me when it all started. However, I promise y'all... YOU'D APPRECIATE HER as you read on. She's strong, she accepts change, she's concerned, AS IN SO CONCERNED about other people.
Strong ➸ Her dad's a biker. How stonger can you get when you're surrounded by bikers since birth? ;p
Accepts change ➸ She doesn't only accept change. She welcomes it with open arms! He meeting Abel and being with him in a span of days is crazy if you think about it too much, but it's supernatural! You wouldn't even bat your eyes. However, you'd think that she'd fight it some (the destiny that is), but no... As a reader, I felt that Lilah really waited for this to happen. It was what she was hoping for, so when she go it, she grabbed on tightly, swift changes be damned. I like that about her. A LOT.
She's concered ➸ She cares for people deeply. I love that she has one hell of a support system. She needed it for this book to work. Her friendship with other people got her through the hard times, but I would also like to say that her being a friend is a good thing for the other characters. First, she's fun. She's fun to be around with and never beats around the bush. She gets along with Leah and Sonia for sure! Second, I love how she thinks of Abel first. She's a person who'd think of others before herself. It's a good trait that all humans should have. I appreciate that in her.
Now onto the story...
What happens when a couple meets for the first time, finds out that they're destined for each other and then become major players in a war that they didn't even know existed?
That is what y'all should find out here!
I had a really good time reading about Abel and Lilah's roles in the war. The love part is downright perfect while drama is just... T_____________T so memorable. I remember crying and just crying for the beauty of it all. There were lots of tear jerker scenes (in my opinion, since I cry pretty easily when my heart is being touched). It's refreshing too because among all the books of KA, I think this one has the most epic war scenes and by far, is the most action-packed! Once again, my "FREE YOUR MIND" advice applies. There were A LOT of unexpected twists and turns, but it all turned out good. I loved reading about the other two couples. I love their short POVs. It gave me a glimpse of their lives. I love knowing that the couples I rooted for are doing quite well given the circumstances.
The ending is satisfying, I breathed a sigh of relief for all of them and I'm very happy because finally... they can live the rest of their lives together. It wraps up all the other characters nicely too. I'm happy for Leah and Lucien, Sonia and Callum, Abel and Lilah and umm. YURI! Haha! See? Are you more intrigued now? Please be intrigued and read it! It's worth it!
It's worth the wait, worth the money and worth the effort!
Awesome, awesome story! :)
“I’m a monster, Lilah.”
“What?” I whispered.
“I’m a werewolf vampire. I exist on human blood. I can tear a man’s head off and I have. I’m a monster.”
“I am,” he stated flatly. “And the first chance I’ve had in all my years to understand why I am as I am is to go to that fuckin’ hotel.”
I stared at him, then straightened my body so I was fully facing him. This caused his jaw to get hard again, but I ignored that and stated, “Okay, let’s break this down.”
“Nothin’ to break down.”
“Humor me,” I snapped, his head jerked, and his lips curved up.
“Carry on,” he muttered.
“Thanks,” I bit out. “First, how many men’s heads have you torn off?”
“Four, and two wolves.”
“That’s it?” I asked.
“These being the night we met,” I stated.
“Yeah,” he repeated.
“The night some of them were trying to kill me and the others were trying to kill you.”
To that he said nothing.
I kept going, “So you haven’t torn off unsuspecting citizens’ heads willy-nilly, for the fuck of it, or on a psychotic rampage?”
He pressed his lips together and I knew it was to hide his humor because his eyes lit with it before he unpressed them to say, “No.”
“Right,” I said sharply. “Have you ever had a psychotic rampage?”
He shook his head.
“So let’s get to the human blood part,” I suggested. “When you were,” I paused, “drawing from one of your ex-bitches, did you ever kill one of them?”
“Take too much and make them sick?”
“Do it against anyone’s will?”
His eyes went guarded, but he said, “No.”
I threw up a hand. “Okay, so what’s the problem?”
He blinked, straightening in his chair, but again said nothing.
“I mean, seriously,” I went on, “I’ve seen lots of vampire movies and TV shows and even the good vamps screw up and overindulge. Hell, Jessica killed three fairies in a ravenous attack. She might have had her issues as a young vampire, but by that time, she was full-on good.”
His brows shot together. “Fairies?”
“What the fuck are you talking about?”
I threw up both hands and cried in exasperation, “True Blood!”
“Jesus, Lilah,” he muttered.
“No, seriously, Jessica is very sweet.”
“For fuck’s sake,” he growled, sounding like he was losing patience, which I didn’t figure was a good thing.
“Okay, back on track,” I began. “Tell me. Tell me one instance in your life where you actually behaved like a monster.”
“I wanna fuck you,” he snarled.
“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.
“Yeah,” he said again. “That make you feel safe?”
“I can smell your fear.”
“It turns me on,” he kept going. “Makes me wanna tear into your throat and fuck you and feed from you. Now, does that make you feel safe?”
“No,” I whispered, because it really fucking didn’t.
“Right. No,” he bit off. “So I’m not a monster?”
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.