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Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound, Book 4) (A Shifter's Unbound Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“Exciting, sexy, and magical.”--Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times bestselling author
“Danger, desire, and sizzling hot action!”--Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] sexually charged and imaginative tale…[a] quick pace and smart, skilled writing.”--Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
I am really enjoying this series so far. I was hooked after the first in the series, Pride Mates. For some reason I couldn't get into this one like the others. I think it had to do with how long it took him to claim her and for one of the reasons behind this. I understand that he was trying to give her time to adjust to the idea of being his... the thing that bothered me was the scene where he and his sister were sitting in front of a shrine to his late mate (I guess so he could say good-bye?). He also asked his 30+ year old son if he minded... I mean, it's been 30 years! In the previous book Wild Cats (the one about his sister Cassidy), she was in deep mourning for her mate who had died a year prior; this I could understand. Even Cassidy didn't have as much trouble letting go of her late mate after she found Diego, her new true mate. This really bothered me. I felt like Iona was a fill-in as a mate and the romance portion suffered from my perspective. They didn't get to really enjoy each other because there was so many other issues taking away from their mating. I almost wonder if she had been better off with Graham, the obnoxious Lupine shifter. For an Alpha and romantic lead, Eric fell short for me. He did the whole 'mine' scene enough and fought for her, but the devotion just seemed more one-sided (on Iona's side). Oh, well... I'm looking forward to the next in the series... Tiger Magic.
I love Jennifer Ashley's historical romances. In fact, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my all-time favorites. So why on earth did it take me so long to try out her PNR novels? I honestly have no clue but it was definitely long overdue! And, even though I'm starting with book four (such a bad habit of mine, I'll admit), it was so easy to immerse myself in the Shifters Unbound world.
And, wow, what a world. Miz Ashley hits you with sensual and arousing scenes from page one. Literally. When Mate Claimed (perfect title for this one!) opens, our hero and heroine are playing a very seductive game of cat and mouse. Without even having the time to build up the characters, get to know them, their chemistry still manages to leap off the pages. It is super sexy stuff, ladies.
You know, I think that might actually be the simplest way to describe Mate Claimed: a very seductive game of cat and mouse. Or should I say cat and cat?
Our heroine, Iona Duncan, is in denial--even though her body is sending out clues, bright flashing and flaring signals, that she's going through the mating frenzy: a time where her body has entered its breeding years and is desperate for a mate. Half-Shifter, she is long used to hiding and suppressing her animalistic tendencies, which she tries her darndest to do with her now-raging hormones. Except, this time, she can't ignore her Shifter side's needs.
Not that Eric Warden, alpha of Shiftertown, is about to let her. He knows the repercussions for doing so could cost her everything--she could go feral. But, more than that, his own body is responding to hers. Eric, a widow and a father, has done the mating frenzy before and never planned to do it again.Read more ›
There is a lot going on in this book. The pace is not as smooth as the previous books but I think that is due in part to the set up for future stories. Still a good read.
I love the characters that come alive with great detail and insight into their shifter or human lives. It really seems possible that we, as humans, are just missing an entire world right underneath our noses and too arrogant to believe it is remotely possible....only if....I would love to have a mate that treasured me and helped me live longer.
Why a #4 you are wondering? This book relied on sexual content more than necessary. So many paranormal authors are being caught up in this new erotica writing. I enjoy erotica when it is subtle and allows me to dream up my own personal scenes to suit my tastes. Jennifer Ashley does a great job in balancing content and using a solid plot line without too much dependence on erotica. This book was more erotic than the first 3 books. I am hoping that this trend does not continue as I will begin scanning pages instead of reading word for word at a leisurely pace. We'll see.....
The book is still great and some great twists make it impossible to stop now. The next book is Tigers and I can't wait to find out what happens to him. I am sure it is going to be fantastic. Watch for my next review about Tiger's story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good. loved the characters. I had read all of the Texas shifters first so wasn't sure I would like it, but it put a bunch of pieces together. she is unbelievably talented. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DiDi
So far I have read at least 4 books in the series by this author. She continues to tell a good story with strong and memorable characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cindy J
But, there is so much of this that strikes me as off! I don't want to spoil it for others, but I will say that the bigotry and prejudice against shifters in this book is realistic... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynne
Love Jennifer Ashley's books. The shifter series is great. Mate claimed was a really good read. It had a different twist than the other ones which was great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shirley Léon