Book Reviews

Sharing the Land (Wild Lands 4) by A.J. Marcus and Caitlin Ricci at Mystichawker Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-September-2022

Book Blurb

After fourteen years of being away, Ricky Pike is back at Wild Lands Ranch. He can’t wait to spend the summer running around the ranch with his birth pack, which he hasn’t seen since his parents separated when he was five. When he gets there, however, he’s less than thrilled to see a giant For Sale sign in the pasture boarding the road. Confronting Zack Abbey, the last of the humans on the ranch, becomes complicated when Zack’s possessive boyfriend steps in.

Seeing Ricky again makes Zack happy. They’d been best friends, but a lot has changed since they were kids, and Zack not being able to afford the upkeep on the ranch anymore is only the start of it. As Zack’s relationship with his boyfriend grows dark and dangerous, he needs all the help he can get. Ricky and the pack are glad to step in. To them the Abbeys have always been family, and Ricky is determined to keep them all together on the ranch they call home.



First edition published by eXtasy Books, August 2016.



Book Review

In what looks to be the final volume of the ‘Wild Lands’ series, about forty-five years have passed since Colin Abbey moved into the cabin in the woods to be with his wolfshifter partner, Thoma, and it is now the early twenty-first century. Much has changed for the wolves, and even the withdrawn Pike Peak pack has begun the unavoidable integration of its members into human society. So much so that one of them, Ricky, has moved to Maine to go to school and college – though he did join another pack with his father. Zack has remained on the ranch, but all of his family died over the years and he is incredibly lonely.

Ricky is looking forward to a fun summer break, finally returning to his birth pack in Colorado for the first time in fourteen years. But what he finds shocks him to the core. All the members of the Abbey family, who own the land and the ranch have died – except Zack. The ranch is run down, the well almost dry, and Zack has a boyfriend who is aggressive and abusive. Ricky is determined to do something about the entire mess.

Zack has been incredibly lonely, his self-esteem is almost nonexistent, and he has accepted a man as his boyfriend who has nothing but disdain for him. But because Zack is so desperate for company and isn’t sure that what he feels is valid, he has accepted the idiot into his life. When Ricky returns, Zack is reminded of a happier part of his life, but he knows Ricky will leave again, so what is the point? He still feels he has to sell the ranch and moving in with the boyfriend is his best option.

Ricky sure has his work cut out for him with Zack resisting most of his ideas. But he is tenacious, and bit by bit, he finds out what’s been going on at the ranch. Winning back Zack’s trust is his first goal, then he wants to work on a way to keep Wild Lands intact and available to the wolves as well as Zack, who is the last of the Abbey line. What follows is a great final adventure in this series!

If you want to find out what happens to the Wild Lands Ranch in this century, if an up-to-date wolfshifter and a lonely human sound like an unusual pairing, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of suspense, discoveries, and a beautiful love story, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-September-2022
Price $2.99 ebook
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