Wild Card (Wildcats, #3)
Kaci Dillon is a man-eater.She’s grown up on the fringes of shifter society, hearing the whispers. One desperate act as a starving, terrified child has made her the first tabby in history with no romantic prospects. But whatever. Eighteen is too young to get married anyway. Still, when she stumbles upon an opportunity to get away for a few days, who could blame her for seizing it?Justus Alexander is screwed.Confined to the South-Central territory, awaiting trial for crimes he committed as a traumatized, newly infected stray, Justus has discovered that the tribunal already intends to vote for the death penalty. He has no choice but to run. Too young to touch the trust fund that could finance his escape, he’s betting on a big win at the poker tables—until Kaci, his secret crush, catches him sneaking out and demands that he take her with him to Las VegasAfter a wild night she can’t remember, Kaci wakes up with a ring on her finger, next to a young billionaire who can’t access his fortune until he turns twenty-five—or ties the knot. If she can keep her hands off her hot, charismatic new groom, she can have their unconsummated marriage annulled. But can she really abandon Justus to his death sentence, just to undo her own mistake?

Wild Card (Wildcats, #3) Details

TitleWild Card (Wildcats, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 25th, 2017
Rating
GenreRomance, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

Wild Card (Wildcats, #3) Review

  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Kaci is a bit unusual in the Shifters world, she is only a werecat because both of her parents carried recessive genes so she wasn't raised in a Pride and it was a complete shock to her when she hit puberty and turned into a giant cat. Totally traumatised Kaci ended up in a bad place and if she hadn't been rescued by Faythe and the others she would still be living wild in her cat form. Faythe and Marc have been like parents to her and she's been loved and cared for on the Lazy S ranch but becaus Kaci is a bit unusual in the Shifters world, she is only a werecat because both of her parents carried recessive genes so she wasn't raised in a Pride and it was a complete shock to her when she hit puberty and turned into a giant cat. Totally traumatised Kaci ended up in a bad place and if she hadn't been rescued by Faythe and the others she would still be living wild in her cat form. Faythe and Marc have been like parents to her and she's been loved and cared for on the Lazy S ranch but because of her man-eater status (and I mean that in a literal sense rather than a figurative one) she is the only rare tabby who doesn't have a crowd of adoring toms just waiting for her to be old enough to marry. Sick of being looked at like a monster and overhearing the enforcers make snide comments when she sees a chance at a weekend of complete freedom she jumps at it.Justus is a stray who was turned against his will and left to fend for himself as part of an elaborate plot against his brother Titus. He wasn't given any help during his transition period and ended up accidentally killing two people and infecting a third. To make sure he was given a fair trial Faythe and Marc took him into their Pride to give him the rights not normally extended to strays. When he overhears some of the other enforcers talking he realises that the outcome of the trial has been decided before the alphas have even heard his side of the story. Unwilling to just sit around and wait for his death sentence to be announced Justus plots his escape. The last thing he planned to do was take one of the pride's valuable tabbies along with him but when Kaci blackmails him into helping her he doesn't have much choice.Rachel Vincent states at the beginning of the book that this has a lighter tone to the previous two Wildcats stories because Kaci is younger than the previous heroines and also because she has such a traumatic past. I have to agree that was the case but it didn't stop me enjoying Kaci and Justus's story just as much as all the others. Wild Card was much more humorous and I really loved the slow build relationship between the main couple, the attraction was there from very early on but Justus was very patient with Kaci and didn't want to push her into anything she wasn't ready for. They both had a difficult introduction to their lives as shifters and that made them understand each other in a way a lot of others didn't. I was actually incredibly angry with the way some of Faythe's enforcers spoke about Kaci, I couldn't believe they held her past against her when she was just a young and seriously messed up kid at the time it happened. I'm happy to say that they got what they deserved in the end but be prepared to be angry in the meantime!I really loved the chance to catch up with Faythe, Marc and so many of the characters from the original Shifters series. As always there was plenty of political manoeuvring by the alphas going on in the background but I absolutely loved the way Kaci was able to talk her and Justus out of trouble on several occasions. That girl should definitely become a lawyer because she can talk anyone into her way of thinking! We don't see much of Titus in this instalment but he does make an appearance nearer the end of the book. I have to admit I was annoyed by one particular thing he did but he came around eventually and redeemed himself in the end. There are some huge changes in this book that are bound to have a knock on effect as the series continues and I can't wait to see what is in store for the rest of the strays now. I can't tell you how much I love being back in this world, the Shifters series is still one of my favourites and this spin off is just as fantastic so I'm hoping we have many more books still to come!
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Deb B
    January 1, 1970
    it was a bit sweet and Kaci showed she was a little too naive at times especially when her maturity in other areas flared but it was a great read and a great addition to the series (though there was a moment where i had a real hate for Titus). The werecat world has always been a fave and Marc still remains my fave character through both series so it was excellent to see him as one of the main support characters in this book
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  • Mateja
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5*
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Vincent never disappoints! Wild Card is the third book in the Wildcats series, that is actually a spin off from her Shifters Series. While you can certainly start the Wildcats series, without having read the Shifters series, I would highly recommend that you start with the Shifters series. The Wildcats series brings back all of our favorite characters from the Shifters series and there is quite a bit of retracing events that happened during the Shifters series, that I feel are important d Rachel Vincent never disappoints! Wild Card is the third book in the Wildcats series, that is actually a spin off from her Shifters Series. While you can certainly start the Wildcats series, without having read the Shifters series, I would highly recommend that you start with the Shifters series. The Wildcats series brings back all of our favorite characters from the Shifters series and there is quite a bit of retracing events that happened during the Shifters series, that I feel are important details to the current stories in the Wildcats series.Wild Card is the story about Kaci Dillon, whom we first met in the Shifter series, as the young girl that had been found feral and in cat form during Faythe's trial. It also stars Justus Alexander, who we met in the second book of the Wildcats series, Blind Tiger. I always got the sense that Kaci would grow up to be a strong alpha female, and was excited to see that my assumptions were correct. Although we didn't get to know Justus much in Blind Tiger, I grew to appreciate the man that he became during the book. I also really appreciate that each books also has a continuous overall plot throughout the series, with a specific focus on each separate couple within their respective books. It helps the series to flow in true Rachel Vincent style.What I love most about the Wildcats series is that we get to read the stories of some of the secondary characters in the Shifter series, revisit some of our favorites characters, and fall in love with a whole new cast of characters. It's like going to visit a family you came to love, and haven't seen for a while.
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  • Kjmaggs
    January 1, 1970
    After hints in the last two books, we finally get Kaci’s story. I was very pleased with this addition to the Wildcats series. Abby and Jace is still my favourite couple but I liked Kaci and Justus more than Robyn and Titus. The understanding that the two quickly came to about their pasts was a pleasing footing for romance to develop. The feel of the story is younger but that is only due to their ages. While the romance was young, the politics firmly placed the story and nods to what future may b After hints in the last two books, we finally get Kaci’s story. I was very pleased with this addition to the Wildcats series. Abby and Jace is still my favourite couple but I liked Kaci and Justus more than Robyn and Titus. The understanding that the two quickly came to about their pasts was a pleasing footing for romance to develop. The feel of the story is younger but that is only due to their ages. While the romance was young, the politics firmly placed the story and nods to what future may bring. I knew Ed Taylor was going to become dangerous but I had no idea how that was going to occur. The moment I knew who Paul Blackwell’s son-in-law was, I knew something was going to happen. The climax was fantastic and is going to have massive ramifications for the universe. As for the next book and couples, there were a few hints of where the story may go or who the next couple will be. There was a discussion about werecat genetics again so maybe we will see another recessive gene werecat. If it happens and is a female, it will confirm a theory I have. Of course that does not say anything about the male lead. I would love, and hope, the Di Carlos get their chance for a future. Most likely it would be Vic as we have already been introduced to him. Maybe Ed Taylor’s daughter Carissa. Failing that, I would like to see Melody and Issac. It would be interesting to see an established couple as leads. I would like to see what the consequences of the climax will have on Abby and Jace as they are back under US pride influence.
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  • Tina Bartz
    January 1, 1970
    This third installment of Rachael Vincent's Wildcats series did not disappoint. This is Kaci's and Justus' story. Kaci is the young, traumatized "man-eater" introduced in Vincent's Shifters series, and Justus is Titus' brother, awaiting "trial" for events that occurred in the previous Widcats book, Blind Tiger. The story is well-paced and keeps the reader's interest. There is romance and sexual tension but the primary focus is the action and adventure the couple resulting from their mutual decis This third installment of Rachael Vincent's Wildcats series did not disappoint. This is Kaci's and Justus' story. Kaci is the young, traumatized "man-eater" introduced in Vincent's Shifters series, and Justus is Titus' brother, awaiting "trial" for events that occurred in the previous Widcats book, Blind Tiger. The story is well-paced and keeps the reader's interest. There is romance and sexual tension but the primary focus is the action and adventure the couple resulting from their mutual decision to sneak away from their home base, for very different reasons. The climax/resolution at the end seemed somewhat contrived and perhaps a bit too easy, especially when compared to the two previous books when the council's decisions were completely antagonistic to the protagonists. 4.5 stars
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  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    A good readAs warned by the author at the start, this book does have a younger feel to it. I found it to be funny and easy reading, if a little simplistic. I would have preferred a more complex development of the main characters relationship. I love Kaci, have done since she first arrived in the original books. She's badass and smart. It was good seeing the characters and where theft are now. It would have been nice to see Manx and Owen physically too as I think a novella with them would be grea A good readAs warned by the author at the start, this book does have a younger feel to it. I found it to be funny and easy reading, if a little simplistic. I would have preferred a more complex development of the main characters relationship. I love Kaci, have done since she first arrived in the original books. She's badass and smart. It was good seeing the characters and where theft are now. It would have been nice to see Manx and Owen physically too as I think a novella with them would be great. I love this series just wish it had stayed more adult.
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  • Audrey Pool
    January 1, 1970
    WIldcats is one of my must buy book series and Wild Card doesn't disappoint.I loved the original pride series which the wildcat books are a spin off from and await each new entry to the series with eagerness.Wild Card is slightly different from the other books in the series as the heroine is younger than the norm and thus the content is slightly less adult.However the story and writing are as excellent as usual ,our favourite characters are all present and we discover how one tabby from the prev WIldcats is one of my must buy book series and Wild Card doesn't disappoint.I loved the original pride series which the wildcat books are a spin off from and await each new entry to the series with eagerness.Wild Card is slightly different from the other books in the series as the heroine is younger than the norm and thus the content is slightly less adult.However the story and writing are as excellent as usual ,our favourite characters are all present and we discover how one tabby from the previous books finds her own happy ending.Read and enjoy.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Kaci's book!I loved reading about Kaci. The only thing I didn't like and it's more grammatical than anything, was the fact that when it was in Kaci's point of view Rachel wrote in past tense. I don't remember her doing that in her other books. It just threw me off a little but I still really enjoyed the book and recommend it! I also recommend her Shifter series and the other Wildcats books if you haven't read them yet.
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