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Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Ashley
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Book Description

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully naked human male. 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 for safety, where Elizabeth learns that the mateless Ronan, alone in the world, takes care of Shifters who have also been left on their own. Having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is.

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

A short novel of the Shifters Unbound series (224 pages; sixteen chapters).

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More about the world of Shifters, including book blurbs, excerpts, what's coming next, and a "Human's Guide to Shifters" can be found at "Shifters Unbound" from the right-hand menu.

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty-five books and a dozen novellas. Her books have been won RWA's RITA award (given for best romance books of the year), RT Reviewers Choice awards, Prism awards (best fantasy romance), and others, and been given starred reviews in Booklist. She also writes as award-winning author Allyson James, and award-winning mystery author Ashley Gardner. For more information, see Jennifer's website at

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  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069ZBY3C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Shifters Unbound novella November 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the Shifter's Unbound series so I woke up early this morning to download and read this novella. Other than stopping to refill my coffee I could not put it aside. I've been looking forward to Ronan's story and Bodyguard was everything I wanted and more.

Ronan is a Kodiak bear Shifter and foster dad to a house full of bear cubs. He spent the majority of his life alone and though he has the respect and friendship of his fellow Shifters, he's never known love. Due to the small amount of female Shifters, Ronan feels he will never have a mate.

Elizabeth is a human novelty shop owner with a past she'd love to forget. All she wants is to run her shop in peace and protect her little sister. One night while at the store a thug comes in and robs her. Ronan was in the store and rescued her. Due to Shifter Law, Ronan is arrested and surprised that Elizabeth would defend him. He is drawn to her and knows that with the robber being a gang member Elizabeth will not be safe until he's taken care of. He decides to become Elizabeth's bodyguard.

There were so many things I loved about this novella. The chemistry between Ronan and Elizabeth was great. Though a huge Kodiak bear, Ronan is gentle, sweet and kind; I couldn't get enough of him. I really liked Elizabeth and her very open-minded little sister. Getting to meet Liam and Kim's little bundle of joy was great and it was nice to see how things progressed for Sean and Andrea. Thing I loved most? Spike. I was thrilled to get more of him. He is by far my favorite of the Shifters and it was cool to get a little more insight into his life and personality. I'm really curious to see what Jennifer Ashley has planned for him.

If you are a fan of the Shifters Unbound series you will love Ronan's story. Can't wait for the release of book three, Wildcat, in January.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Kodiak bearshifter Ronan is in the right place at the right time to save Elizabeth, one of the few store owners who will serve shifters, during an armed robbery attempt by a punk who planned on killing Elizabeth when he was done. But when it turns out that the punk is the younger brother to the leader of the newest gang in town, Ronan's protective instincts go into overdrive and Ronan decides that Elizabeth needs a fulltime bodyguard - him - and brings her to the safety of his Shiftertown home and adds her to the collection of fosterlings living under his roof.

Elizabeth soon finds herself under the protection of the entire shifter population and even though she's is independent and used to taking care of herself, and has major trust issues, Elizabeth can tell that Ronan is one of the 'good guys' and seven feet of protective shifter male is pretty hard to resist.

What a nice surprise to find this Shifters Unbound connected short, I actually really like this series and it was fun to see the past leads in supporting roles, but I really loved bearshifter Ronan, he was a real honey, big and protective, but still respectful of Elizabeth's independence. For those who haven't discovered Ashley's series yet, this short gives a good feel for the Shifters Unbound universe, along with a little teaser for the next novel, Wild Cat (Shifters Unbound, Book 3) coming Jan of 2012.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it1 February 5, 2012
By pammur
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure why Ashley's shifter series isn't more popular. I find the books interesting and attention holding. This was a shorter book than others in the series, but just as good. The story building and plot was great and had enough romance and suspense to satisfy me. I hope more people become aware of Ashley's series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 4, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series is a wonderful one. I love each and every one and am sad when I finish each book. Jennifer Ashley rocks and her characters are complex, sexy and fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Elizabeth Chapman is a human shop owner just working day by day and trying to keep her and her sister safe from mistakes in her past. All was going according to plan until the night her shop was robbed at gunpoint and she was rescued in a very unexpected way.

Ronan, a Kodiak bear shifter, is careful to obey the rules about shifter and human interactions. Until the night he is shopping and saves the life of the shop owner. That night Ronan's life shifts in a way that will change him forever.

Elizabeth is more than grateful when Ronan shifts and saves her life and is then stunned when he is arrested and charged for attacking a human. Elizabeth doesn't care that she is trying to keep a low profile; she knows that she can't allow Ronan to suffer for risking his safety to help her. That night brings Elizabeth and Ronan together for the first time. It also sets them on a journey that will put not only them, but also their loved ones in danger. What appears to be a simple armed robbery turns into a hunt to root out a type of danger that could harm the shifters and their loved ones.

Take one Kodiak bear shifter and match him up with a tough and sexy human woman, mix in passion and suspense and you have Bodyguard. Elizabeth had a checkered past, but she had started over in hopes having a good life for her and her sister. Ronan is a large shifter with a warm heart of gold, but he isn't afraid of a bit of violence to protect those he loves. I loved how Elizabeth fought for Ronan and then how they fought for the passion they found together. Watching as the shifters proved who really controlled their land and how they ruled it was eye opening. It also told me a lot about where this series might be heading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Deborah Conrad
4.0 out of 5 stars Bodyguard
I am falling for the shifters in Austin. I really liked both books so far. I don't know if I want to read the next book since it takes place in another shifter town. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story/great series
Great story. I forgot I had this in my e-books. Loved it. I love Ronan and Elizabeth's relationship. Can't wait to see what happens with Olaf. Very good book/very good series.
Published 13 days ago by Carolyn F
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
I love this series, the author combines humour with intensity beautifully. her descriptions of the bear shifters and the "cubs" are just wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Colene Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved loved this book!!
This book is among one of Jennifer Ashley's best. I loved Ronan the bear. He is the best of the shifters.
Published 1 month ago by Conniechil
4.0 out of 5 stars Read series and you will enjoy more of these books. Ashley is a great...
This one was good but just not like the regular hot Shifters Unbound books. But hero is a big teddy bear that has a big heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book but better series
The shifter series is awesome because it stays true to world of shifter town and Austin , San Antonio area
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For a short read, this is brilliant!
Normally, kind-hearted men are not my thing. I like them personally, don’t get me wrong, but in novels I’m always squealing over the bad boys. I just do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Selenity Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the bears.
I love the bear shifters. The are so loyal.
Published 4 months ago by Cynitha M. Trent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the whole series!!!
Published 5 months ago by Sam Burrows
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others.

For information on all her novels visit Also see (Ashley Gardner) and (Allyson James) for her other works.

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