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Ashley, who writes urban fantasy as Allyson James, follows her 2010 paranormal romance, Pride Mates, with another sexually charged and imaginative tale. Humans force shape-shifters to live in shantytowns and wear fae-made magical collars that keep them from using their animal powers. Half-fae, half-lupine shifter Andrea Gray, fleeing a forced mate-claim in her hometown, heads to the Shiftertown in Austin, Tex., where she gets protection from a mate-claim in name only with feline shifter Sean Morrissey. In a twist on the pretend marriage trope, the contract gives decidedly nonsubmissive Andrea and alpha male Sean license to explore their burning passion in electrifying detail. Andrea's mysterious, surprising background and special abilities enhance the plot, as do the interesting supporting characters. Occasional clunky backstory dumps will help new readers grasp the many story line intricacies, and returning fans will love the quick pace and smart, skilled writing. (Mar.)
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"Ashley's skill at blending plot intricacies with believable characters makes this a terrific mix of passion and power. Settle in and enjoy!" ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; a edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240786
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary 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 her novels as Jennifer Ashley and Allyson James visit Also see (Ashley Gardner) for her other works.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) on March 8, 2011
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Sean Morrissey is a Guardian, chosen to wield a magical sword that will send the souls of dead Shifters into the afterlife. Though he is respected for what he does, his position has left him longing for a mate he can share his life with. When he hears that the half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray is being abused in her pack, Sean mate-claims Andrea without meeting her in order to bring her into his Shiftertown in Austin where she will be safe. While helping Andrea, Sean is given the chance to finally have a mate but what he didn't expect was to instantly fall head over heals for the sexy and mouthy Lupine.

True Andrea needs Sean and the rest of the Morrissey clan in order to escape her old pack and the abuse of a Shifter she will not mate but she is far from weak. She will not cower behind Sean when things become difficult and will let her opinions be known. I love when a heroine has a backbone and Andrea definitely does. Sean gets frustrated with Andrea when she refuses to hide and not go to work when humans start shooting bars and restaurants that Shifters are known to frequent. Everything in Sean calls for him to protect his Andrea, even though she hasn't officially accepted his mate-claim. What I liked about Sean was that he took care of Andrea but knew when it was a losing battle and did his best to just make sure she didn't get hurt. I love my alpha males but sometimes they cross over the line into being obnoxious but Sean knew when to be protective and when to give Andrea some space.

I liked Liam (hero in Pride Mates) but I loved Sean. Sean has Liam's devotion to his family and pack, strength and street smarts but there is a sweeter side to Sean that I could not get enough of. Unlike Liam, Sean didn't push the woman he wanted as his mate away.
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Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
Paranormal Romance -March 1st, 2011
5 stars

Primal Bonds is the second in Jennifer Ashley's shifter series but can be easily read by itself. It is a thrilling an emotionally satisfying romance. I liked it even better than the first book, Pride Mates.

In this story, the half Fae and half lupine shifter named Andrea Gray has found sanctuary in a new Shiftertown. She fled her old one because she was terrorized by a lupine who wanted to mate with her. But as a condition to being allowed to stay in this new Shiftertown, Andrea had to find someone who would volunteer to be her potential mate.

Sean Morrissey is the Shiftertown Guardian. A powerful protector who carries a magical Fae sword that allows shifters to be released to 'heaven' before they die. When he first saw the beautiful and vulnerable Andrea, he couldn't help volunteering himself as a potential mate and has vowed to wait until she is ready for him. But their relationship is complicated by prejudices against shifters. A rash of human shootings on various Shiftertowns causes severe injuries. When the police ignore the shifters' pleas for help, the Morrissey family becomes more determined to find out the cause and 'fix' it.

This is an exciting story that I read in one sitting! I loved the 2 main characters and the chemistry between them is super hot. Jennifer Ashley also has separate storylines including Sean's father which add a lot of depth to this book and made me feel like I really knew these characters. There are some really good surprises concerning Andrea and her Fae nature, which drives the story. It was also fascinating to learn about Sean's role as a Guardian and the Guardian history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 11, 2011
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I read the first book in this series (this is the 2nd) and I completely fell in love with the characters that this author creates. Since tehn I have read almost all her books and for the most part will read anything that she published. I don't know if I was just expecting too much with this book but there were so many things that I found inconsistent with this story. I did buy for one second that the Glory character would just take Dillian back so easily. I really was looking forward to some grand romancing after the charater was practically cheating on Glory with his dead wife's memory. I thought that part of the story was not very strong. Neither did I like the fact that we never got to know about Liam and Kims' family. Was the baby a boy? A girl? I LOVED their own story so I was disappointed to get so little of them and no resolution what so ever with them. As far as the H and H story, it was worth the read but I don't think it was the same caliber as the first story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki B on July 28, 2011
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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.
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