Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #2.5)

Bodyguard by Jennifer AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Nikki

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully bare human. But when it’s revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.

Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown, where she finds that mateless Ronan takes care of Shifters who have no families or clans of their own. Having grown up in foster care herself, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is, even while she chafes at the confinement.

But Ronan will only let her leave the safety of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth finally agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan’s long-buried need to find himself a mate.

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Elizabeth doesn’t need anyone but her sister. She is the girls (well, woman now) protector and she insists on keeping it that way. Elizabeth learned a long time ago not to have faith in anyone but herself. Everyone else will turn on you given the chance. When her store is robbed and bear shifter, Ronan steps in to save her life, she assumes he must have an ulterior motive. Why else would he help? Watching him interact with other shifters and those he has taken under his..err wing…is changing her perspective about people and shifters a little at a time. Ronan doesn’t seem to want anything other then to keep her safe.

Being the foster father for bear cubs left on their own, Ronan already has his hands full. The feisty Elizabeth though needs his help and with the mate claim upon him, he vows to keep her safe at any cost. Getting her to understand is another problem entirely. Ronan isn’t interested in a few nights, he wants forever. Elizabeth needs to trust him if he is ever to win her heart.

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I was so excited when I saw the Pride Mates series had a novella out! Though to be honest, for a novella, this is quite long. However, since I am in love with this series, that didn’t matter to me at all! Ronan has made a few short appearances in the last two books, and I was intrigued them, so I am glad he got his own book. There is just something about bear shifters that I love. Dare I say they might be my favorite? Everyone loves a teddy bear right? These men are generally loners (hello, bears don’t travel in packs because they are bad ass and don’t need to), they want their space. They are big and can roar and tower over the biggest of the big cats. When you get them alone though, they are soft spoken and totally gentle and a girl just wants to say “awwww”. Ronan was no exception to any of these standards….and he was more. Oh so much more. I loved his instant devotion to Elizabeth and how he felt he needed to protect her when he knew virtually nothing about her. His affection and devotion carried over to his role of foster father to the misplaced bear cubs he had taken in and was caring for. He was lonely despite his surroundings and recognizing a mate in Elizabeth, his protection instincts quickly took over. Eerily calm at all times, he was scary and large and just a guy I fell in love with a bit myself.

 

I found Elizabeth to be a flawed character even though I did like her. She had run away from a bad relationship in her past and had essentially erased her identity. I found it hard to believe that a man with as many connections as her ex had, couldn’t figure out where she was all this time. Especially since the thug Julian found her out within days. I did like her protective notion as far as her sister went and thought her and Ronan were very much alike in that aspect. But, at times Elizabeth came off more as a controlling parent and less like a loving sister. She was very hard to warm up to people because of her foster home upbringing and I got that, but I wanted her to put her trust in Ronan and the shifters earlier then she did. Up until she made the decision to love Ronan, she was just completely mistrusting. Her pit pocketing ability was a quirky habit I enjoyed in her character and read well with her upbringing. Even though she was standoffish the majority of the book, I did enjoy her internal dialogue and her thought processing of the shifters. Her snarky comments were well timed and I enjoyed her personality.

Bodyguard is a great addition to the Pride Mates series and I am so glad I took the time to read it!

 

I give Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley 4 stars!

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