Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N/Borders

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Bought

When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him.

To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea’s intense attraction to Sean is something she never expected-a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.




First and foremost if you’re not reading this series I need to ask…WHY NOT? Jennifer Ashley writes fun, easy to read shifter romance with ease. Coupled with the smexyness located within the pages and its a winning combination!

Primal Bonds finds the stoic Sean still grieving years after his brother Kenny was killed. Being the “Guardian” of his clan is enough work and heartache on it’s own. He doesn’t see the point of adding to it by thinking of taking a mate. When word comes to him that a woman, a half Fae, half Lupine shifter needs a mate he agrees. Sight unseen. Sean sees it as an easy escape. Take a mate that there is no chance of actually bonding too and save himself the agony of ever loving and losing again.

Andrea is running from an unwanted mate claim gone wrong. Though in running from one mate she runs straight into the arms of another. Now Seans Guardian sword is whispering things to her and a unwanted Fae is haunting her dreams. The shifter that claimed her unseen is heating up her blood and the mating frenzy is imminent. The move to this shiftertown isn’t at all like she imagined. Now finding out about her past is important because it dictates her future.

I love Sean and Andrea together. Sean, being an alpha, wasn’t used to a woman not backing down and being submissive. Andrea was headstrong and being submissive never even crossed her mind. That made plenty of shifters in the past mad, but Sean is different. He enjoys it, even when its annoying him. Together there were a ton of sparks and protective instincts. I like when a woman feels just as protective as the male. It makes the playing field more even to have a woman be able to step up and dish out carnage just as easily as the male. I also love when a woman is depicted as “lush and curveous” instead of stick thin. Shifters seem to like a bit of meat on their women since when dealing with shifters the women are taller and bigger all around anyway.

The last book, Pride Mates I said a couple of key things that bugged me. The touching. All the touching. It was still in this book but maybe because this book is from the POV of a shifter instead of a human, it didn’t bother me nearly as much. To these characters it wasn’t odd at all and so I didn’t think of it nearly as much. It seemed in this one the nephew, Conner, who I had previously said was very immature in cat years though he was 21 in human years, is slowly getting set up for his own book maybe in the future. I really hope its a LONG way in the future or the books skip like 10 years, because with his immaturity it would be a weird read.

One aspect of this book did slightly annoy me. In one scene they take off Andreas collar and replace it with a fake that is supposed to make other shifters think she still has her original collar on. Ok. Fine. BUT the original collars are fused to the skin, meaning they don’t move….ever. Are you telling me this woman can shift, run, bend over…whatever…and no one is going to notice that it moves away from the skin? That bugged me.

Primal Bonds was a excellent book overall and I did enjoy it more then Pride Mates. This one had more action, more interactions, and it seemed, at least to me, a better connection with the characters. I also enjoyed the side story of Glory and Dylan in this one that was a slow simmer in Pride Mates. Jennifer Ashley has a winning series in my mind and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book, Wild Cat in January 2012!

I give Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley 5 stars!


  1. Nikki I am like you why aren’t more people reading these books? WOW this one was hotter than the last and I guess since I have read so many shifter books and I am around my cats all the time with them rubbing on me and twining around my legs or sitting on my chair arm wanting to be petted the constant touching” in Pride Mates did not even hit my radar.. (Plus who would not want to be “touched” by Liam, Sean or even Conner when he gets a wee bit older!)

    Nice review of one of the more interesting books written in the genre this year.

  2. *hides under my desk* I am not reading these series, but I have heard AMAZING things about it. Why am I not reading it… time… I just don’t have it. I cannot keep up with the books I have now and so I’m not picking up new series. Thanks for the review! I do want to read it… someday!

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