on March 5th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn't mean she'll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don't include an arranged marriage!
Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it's a stigma he can't escape. So when his neighbor Kensey--the girl of his dreams and his nightmares--proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.
Kensey and Slade aren't only from opposite sides of the tracks, they're from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their 'relationship', they might just make it out of this with their freedom.
You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn't turn into more...
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
I haven’t read a really good YA book in a while and that just so happens to coincides with my lack of reading anything Jus Accardo in forever. The Big Bad Wolf was a fun and lighthearted YA paranormal/shifter romance that will leave you feeling content and upbeat by the end of it. This book was entertaining and kept me hooked from start to finish.
“That’s what love is. It’s doing what’s best for the other person, even if it hurts.”
Kensey and Slade used to be best friends growing up, even though they came from opposite ends of the track so to speak. Kensey being from a highly respected pack while Slade is from a pack that most of their kind find unsavory. Even though they were close when they were young, that isn’t the case now that they’re in high school. But when both of their alpha fathers decides it’s time for them to settle down and claim a mate for the good of the pack a likely alliance forms between them, and this is where our story begins.
Kensey is a fighter through and through and she will fight till the death for someone or something she loves. Once upon a time that had been Slade, but now he seems to have grown into his own father. When her dad throws down the ultimatum of choosing a mate before he does Slade is the perfect solution; her dad will hate it, and it will keep him from picking someone of his choosing.
Slade isn’t his father but the stigma is there. Sure, he’s violent and quick-tempered, but deep down he’s as lost as ever. He hates the man his father is turning him into so when Kensey comes to him with a proposition, he refuses at first, but then she offers him something he just can’t turn down: his freedom.
Together these characters were great together. Their banter kept me entertained and even though they had chemistry and angst that could burn forever, Jus kept it at a decent YA speed. Kensey and Slade both were relatable and as readers, it is easy to connect with them instantly.
The plot was good. The pace felt rushed at times, but not enough to throw anything off. There’s a lot of pack politics, which I loved because it helped shape their world better in my mind. I also loved how each pack was connected to a specific ability, and I so, so wish Jus would have expanded on that further. We see Slade’s ability, but we were never introduced to Kensey’s or any of the other packs’ abilities. It kind of left me hoping throughout the whole book because that would have been amazing to witness.
Overall, I liked this book a lot. It was fun to read and I didn’t want to put it down until I wish done. This book was so easy to fall into and I hope Jus gives us more soon!