My favorite of the four! The fourth in Poppy Dennison’s magical shifter series …
Title: Wild Magic
Author: Poppy Dennison
Narrator: Robert G. Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Triad: Book Four
Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.
When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.
I have listened to the audiobooks of three of four in the Poppy Dennison’s Triad shifter series, and Wild Magic is my favorite of the bunch. The story flows nicely from the conclusion of Soul Magic, and the main characters from the first three stories, Gray and Simon, together with their children, are present in Wild Magic. Joseph and Dominick, the main characters in Wild Magic, were childhood best friends, but Dominick broke Joseph’s heart as a teenager when he told Joseph they could no longer be friends since Dominick was afraid to tell Joseph that he was a shifter, and that he wanted human Joseph. Now years later, Joseph finds Dominick’s gravely injured sister and her two small boys, and promises the dying woman that he will take the boys to their uncle. Joseph and Dominick are reunited and the old chemistry between the two again rises to the surface.
Joseph and Dominick are clearly attracted to each other, but they get to know each other again, and focus on keeping the boys safe, before they act upon their physical attraction. I really like that Joseph doesn’t make it too easy for Dominick — he was deeply hurt when Dominick suddenly withdrew from him as a teen, and he’s upset when Dominick admits that he didn’t tell Joseph at that time about being a shifter because he wasn’t sure he could trust how Joseph would react. Joseph is willing to help Dominick and the boys, but he doesn’t quickly and easily give his heart to Dominick. I am not a fan of “instalove”, so I like that the two men allow their relationship to grow and blossom a bit over time before jumping into bed together.
I also really like Joseph and Dominick’s total commitment to each other and their new little family with the two boys. Both men make personal sacrifices to be together as a family, and they do so without reservation. Dominick gives up a prized post as a U.S. Marshal and takes a less prestigious post so the boys won’t be moved to another state and away from their home. And Joseph gives up his dream home so they can all move closer to the Moon River Pack where the boys will be happier.
As I’ve already stated, Wild Magic is my favorite of this series. The relationship between Joseph and Dominick doesn’t seem forced, the subplot is interesting and has just enough action to be a great store, the sex is yummy, and the word “magic” isn’t repeated a thousand times like it is in the previous stories. I enthusiastically recommend Wild Magic – especially as an audiobook!
Robert G. Davis has narrated all of the Triad series, and I truly think Wild Magic is his best performance of the series. Perhaps because he is already so familiar with the characters and with Poppy Dennison’s writing style, Davis’s narration is particularly smooth, has a lovely cadence, and his representation of the characters’ dialog is noticeably stronger than in the previous audiobooks. I thoroughly enjoyed Robert G. Davis’s presentation of Wild Magic, and will not hesitate to listen to other audiobooks for which he provides narration in the future.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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