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June 28, 2014

Book Review: Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

Book 1 in the Shifters Unbound series

BLURB: Twenty years ago, shape shifters of all kinds banded together and announced themselves to the world, only to be shunted to areas no human wanted ("Shiftertowns"). They are forced to wear Collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to by Shifters as "Taking the Collar").

Liam Morrissey is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, TX, and the humans of the city. Kim Fraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge.

She ventures to Shiftertown to seek out Liam's help, and there stumbles across too many secrets the Shifters want kept secret. The un-mated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father, and to his surprise he discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.

REVIEW:  This is book one in the Shifters Unbound series by the very talented Jennifer Ashley, and my friends it is awesome! I have often been amazed at the very different worlds that Ms. Ashley seems to so effortlessly create, (and she writes in many different genres under her own name and several pen names as well) and my friends I think she has outdone herself again with this one!

The world has only known that Shifters walk among us in the human world for 20 years now, and there are still many prejudices against them, and fears abound. They are forced to wear Collars like animals to control their instincts and to keep them “docile” but even with these measures they are reviled and shunned by many and forced to live in towns apart from the regular population known as Shiftertowns. But attorney Kim Fraser is no wilting flower and when she is put on the case of a shifter who is accused of murdering his human girlfriend she is bound and determined to get to the truth. Kim is convinced that the shifter (Brian) is innocent of the crime, and she won’t stop until she uncovers what really happened and frees Brian.

And to do that Kim sets out to the very intimidating and very taboo area of Shiftertown to meet with one of the local Shifters trusted leaders Liam Morrissey. Little did Kim expect to find that Liam Morrissey was Mr. Tall, Dark, Drop Dead Gorgeous! Even more surprising is the fact that Kim is immediately drawn to Liam and not just for his sexy looks but for his caring and fiercely loyal and courageous persona.

Liam is the eldest son of Dylan Morrissey who is the head of the Austin Shiftertown and as such he is the best bet Kim has to get into the world of the Shifters and try to find out not only more about their culture and what makes them tick, how they live and think etc. and by doing thus she will have a better idea of how to build Brian’s defense. The sparks immediately fly between Liam and Kim and by several surprising turn of events Kim finds herself put under the protection and “marked” by Liam. Liam never expected to fall in love especially with a human but the more he is around Kim the more he wants her for his own. But there is someone that wants to see Brian go down no matter the cost, and Kim with him if she persists in pushing forward with the case. And that's not all there is the rash of Feral Shifters (those who haven't taken the collar) who have been causing major mayhem and death, plus the head over all the local Shiftertowns Fergus (who is a major baddie and not in a good way) is causing trouble for both the Morriseys and Kim (whom he wants for his own). Can Liam protect Kim from whoever is out to get her? And could this sexy strong human woman be the perfect mate for Liam? Could it be that even though they are from two totally different worlds that they will find that their hearts don’t care?

This one has it all it is full of suspense, passion, adventure and strong characters that you will be dying to see again and again. There are all kinds Shifters to enjoy in the series - felines wolves, and bears oh my! (Sorry I just couldn’t resist but honestly this one is not cheesy in any way shape or form.) Jennifer Ashley has really created a fascinating new world full of unforgettable characters that will make any readers inner cat purr… If you love a hot paranormal romance with very hot alpha males you are going to love this one!

I fell in love with Liam right off and his brother Sean is no slouch either let me hasten to say (I’m dying to see him find his own love in the upcoming books) and Dylan and Conner and their friend Ellison (who is a funny and sexy wolf shifter) so there are plenty of sexy shifters stories still to come! And I just can't end the review without saying that I LOVE the cover to this one. Is that not awesome? I'll definitely be buying the rest of this series! 



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