ARC: Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood

Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 2/5 🔥🔥
Feels: 😲🤔😏🤨🥰

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: Yes
Location: New York then Canada
Character age range: twenties
Lead: Emilia
Love interest(s): Jason
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Yes (Shift Series)
1. Trust the Wolf – releases 01/24/19
2. Truth or Bear – releases 02/28/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: Mild violence

The quick and dirty: Girl is informed by a male wolf shifter that she’s not entirely human. They form a friendship that quickly morphs into something romantic but when he realizes who she really is, he quickly distances himself (shifter politics and abandonment issues). When there’s an attempt on her life though, he realizes he’s willing to sacrifice everything to save her. 


Jason saves Emilia from being assaulted at a club and realizes she has no idea that she’s a shifter. A hybrid bear shifter. He’s supposed to report her to SANA (the shifter authorities for whom he works) but finds it hard to do so because he’s inexplicably drawn to her and wants more time to explore their mutual attraction. When he discovers her true heritage though, he has no choice but to deliver her to the council in order to ensure her safety. The council assigns Jason to protect Emilia but that just makes it harder for him to stay away from her, especially when Emilia doesn’t understand shifter politics or why they can’t be together. When there is an attempt on Emilia’s life however, things take a turn and Jason finally realizes what really matters.

A great debut novel from Zoe Ashwood! I enjoyed the dynamic between Jason and Emilia and thought the ancillary characters, like Zach and Mat, added some interesting texture to the story. I appreciated that Emilia didn’t blindly believe Jason when he told her she was a shifter and instead asked questions (though I wish she had asked even more – especially when she arrived in Canada). The twist with the councilmember was interesting, though it felt like an after thought. I’d love to see that type of suspense be a more core part of the storyline. Looking forward to Truth or Bear next month!

You never forget your first wolf.

Emilia’s first encounter with Jason is memorable: it’s not every day you see a stranger change into a wolf. Her attraction to him is undeniable, but the secret he shares shakes the foundations of her life.

Jason’s need for Emilia unnerves him. It’s his job to report shifters without proper ID, yet he can’t make himself do it this time. The decision bites him in the tail when he discovers exactly who she is. He must keep his distance—or there will be hell to pay.

Their fates entwine when rogue shifters learn of Emilia’s identity and will stop at nothing to get to her. Emilia and Jason will have to fight together or risk losing everything.

But most of all? Emilia must learn to trust the wolf. 



Zoe Ashwood

Zoe Ashwood is a romance writer with a passion for sweet stories with a sexy twist. She’s in love with the art of making up stories – and making her characters fall in love.