White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #8)

White Tiger by Jennifer AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

A woman is lured into the shadows of a dangerous manhunt…
Wanted and on the run…
 
For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them
 
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.
 
In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.

 

I have been a lover of this series from the beginning several years ago now. I’ve read almost all of them plus some of the novellas cleverly put in between the full length books to keep readers interested and coming back for more. While primarily wolves and lions a few books Ashley introduced a tiger into the mix and seeing as how those are my absolute favorite, I became even more invested in the series as a whole. When I heard this book was coming, I knew I couldn’t miss it. A white tiger? YES PLEASE.

Working late nights at a out of the way diner is something Addie has been doing for years. It’s an honest income and while not glamorous, it does pay the bills. The new regular, a stoic man with his three young boys, has been coming by nightly right before close for the last slices of pie. Addie doesn’t mind, he’s nice to look at, and the company as she closes the diner takes her mind off her loneliness.

Kendrick knows coming to see the beautiful waitress at the local diner every night is an extremely bad idea. Especially when his past finally catches up with him and the diner ends up in shambles and Addie ends up in his hotel room playing babysitter to his cubs. Now she’s in danger because of him and he has no choice but to bring her with him as he searches for the members of his disbanded pack. Ok, so maybe he does have a choice but he’s going to ignore that and bring her anyway because ever since he met her, his long dead heart has started beating again. He thought losing his mate years ago was tough, but the thought of losing Addie is becoming an increasingly alarming reality he is not ready to face.

I adored this book from beginning to end! Addie and Kendrick together just worked so well. Addie, though human, does an incredible job is stepping up to the task as needed and being able to not only keep up but to command the shifters listen to her when warranted. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is and put Kendrick in his place if needed. Kendrick isn’t used to others, especially females, talking back to him. As an alpha it’s always been his way or no way. He finds Addie’s ability to openly defy him interesting and even humbling to a degree. She challenges a  part of him that not even his deceased mate had been able to. They work as equals together and the more time he spends with her, the more he realizes how much he likes it.

Kendrick’s cubs are a delightful highlight to this book. Always showing Kendrick as the wonderful father not only to his biological sons but also to his adoptive lupine son. His playfulness and protective instincts, an important part of his character, were never more on display than when the cubs were involved. As the book progressed, Addie was also encompassed with Kendrick’s protection. He’s not a man of many words but it’s apparent from the beginning how much he loves not only his sons but his family, the pack/pride. His search for those missing is unwavering and unyielding. When he finds them you can definitely feel the emotional connection he has to each of them in turn. Being part animal, there is less need for words and body language becomes an important aspect. I loved Addie’s reactions to these people who were a huge part of his past and her ability to grasp how their interactions were not sexual but more comforting and stress relieving.

Plenty of characters from past books in the series make important appearances as the ongoing story ARC unfolds with ease. Never a dull moment, White Tiger is character driven with wonderfully tender moments broke up by an excellent story and action sequences to keep you quickly turning pages.

Book nine will bring us a polar bear with a past he’s not ready to share who played an important part in this book. Known for his crazy behavior, though I think it’s just a coping mechanism to keep people away, Zander will meet his match in the only female Guardian the shifters have ever seen. I am overly excited to find out more about Zander and his need to keep people at a distance of his own terms.

I give White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley 5 stars!  

 

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