Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
Twenty years ago shape shifters and announced themselves to the world only to be shunted into
“Shiftertowns” and forced to wear collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to as “Taking the Collar”).
Liam Morrissey, big cat-Shifter, is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, TX, and the humans of the city. KimFraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of
having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge. Kim ventures to Shiftertown to seek Liam’s help and stumbles across too many secrets that the Shifters want kept secret. The unmated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father,
and to his surprise discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.
Pride Mates is a great book for a lazy day. It was entertaining, decently hot and had a good storyline to back everything up. Jennifer Ashley does a great job starting out her new Shifter Unbound series with enough info to keep a reader interested but not overwhelmed. I often find that book one in a series is essentially a information dump to get the ball rolling, not the case in Pride Mates. There is very strong world building.
Jennifer Ashley also manages to give me something I hadn’t read before as far as shifter behavior is concerned. Big cat shifters to be specific. Cats like to rub up against things, this is common knowledge. Sometimes it is touched upon in shifter books but Jennifer goes further with it then I have read before. To the point of it being almost uncomfortable. There is a LOT of touching in Pride Mates. Touching between lovers, friends and family members. You may find it all a bit odd but I think Jennifer does a excellent job of assimilating human and cat tendencies.
Liam was drool worthy with his Scottish accent….I do love me a foreign accent. He was strong in a way that was different then most Alphas. His physical strength was hampered by the collar on his neck but his mental strength more then made up for it. He also had the ability to stave off the effects of the collar for a while, allowing him to show aggression when absolutely needed or unavoidable. The collar itself was a nice addition though I’m not sure how I feel about it. It was a new aspect on a typical shifter story..but taking away a shifters innate aggression just seemed…..wrong. Though I suppose that is how the author wanted it.
Kim as a heroine I thought could have been a bit stronger. Her emotions seemed to waver a lot and I didn’t like that. I enjoyed her need to help the shifter race though. She was very tenacious on that front. I wanted her to make up her mind where Liam was concerned far before she did. Being a lawyer I would think her comprehension skills would have been superb but she couldn’t seem to grasp the meaning of “mating” with a shifter, no matter how many times she was told.In a world where shifters were common knowledge I would think it would be easier to understand.
The hot scenes were indeed hot. Jennifer does a great job writing them. Steamy but controlled. Hot yet able to be without mercy. Lots of sexy goodness in this book.
Secondary characters were wrote well and give plenty opportunities for books to come. Liam’s nephew was wrote a bit strangely however. At age 20 he is still portrayed and acts like a child. It was odd and slightly unsettling. I would hope he doesn’t get his own book b/c if at that age he is still a child, then a book wrote around him would just be weird. I mean generally a 20 year old that acts like his is maybe 12….well that a different type of book altogether. Sean’s story though sounds promising. He is a very serious and stoic character because of his position in the clan. It will be nice to see him come slightly unhinged over a female.
Prides Mates is a solid start to what looks like a excellent series. Jennifer Ashley draws you in and gives you something that is a bit different read in the paranormal realm.
I give Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley 3.75 stars!