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- Book 1 of 13 in Shifters Unbound
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- Publication date : April 26, 2010
- File size : 584 KB
- Print length : 322 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (April 26, 2010)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B004XY674M
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,730 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Brian's fate lays in the hands of a human lawyer, Kim. She is a junior partner at the law firm and this is a case that could make her career or break it. The shifters don't trust her and won't talk to her or help her until she finally convinces Brian to put his faith in her and he points her in the direction of the bar manager shifter who holds the key to Kim successfully getting the assistance of the shifters.
Kim is a curvaceous and beautiful woman despite the fact that she isn't a shifter the minute she meets the friendly shifter bar manager, Liam, sparks fly. He's her key to making any headway into the hidden world of shifters. There are all kinds of roadblocks to Liam helping Kim, especially the fact that the Alpha of the shifter clan has told Liam to meet her and send her on her way. There is opposition from both sides. No one seems to expect, or even want the little spitfire, Kim, to win.
Liam can't help his protective instincts from being triggered by Kim. The small, beautiful, fragile and very human attorney is in possession of a larger than life personality and doesn't seem to back down or grasp just how much danger she's getting herself into by protecting a shifter. The beauty does something to Liam that fires every protective instinct roaring to the surface and though he knows he shouldn't, he marks her with his scent so everyone in shifter town knows she's under his protection.
The story is about freeing Brian, but it also spins around to find the unlikely relationship forming between Liam and Kim. The story is compelling, well written and steamy hot from start to finish. It's got romance, drama, action, love, hate, racism, injustice and a family's love that will make or break everything. I highly recommend you read it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
I loved it and can't wait to read the next story in this series!
No. A human girl walks into a Shifter bar."
Pride Mates is my first read by Jennifer Ashley. I strive to read a variety of genres and authors. Although my preference seems to be a modern romance (with a hint of dark), I occasionally dabble in the paranormal sector of the book world. Pride Mates was quite an intriguing read.
Jennifer Ashley has created a world where Shifters (animals that can shift into humans and visa versa) are forced to wear a collar in order to curb their urges to live like animals. The Shifters are organized into prides and clans where they live separate from the humans. Shifters are not allowed to eat in the same places as humans. Shifters are not allowed to fly in planes. This element paired with the fact that this book happens to be set in non other then one of my favorite cities- Austin Texas. The irony is Austin is known for it's weirdness!
Liam is a powerful shifter. He and his family are from Ireland. Kim is a lawyer who has been hired to defend a shifter named Brian. Brian has been accused of killing his human girlfriend. Due to the requirements of her case, Kim ventures to Liam's Shiftertown in order to interview family and friends of her client.
“He looked like a man who'd invite you to rest your head on his shoulder while he made everything bad go away.”
When Liam meets Kim, there is an immediate attraction between the two. The Shifters are very physical with each other. The feeling of touch is critical for them to comfort one another. As Liam and Kim travel through Shiftertown, they form a friendship that is sure to bloom into more.
“You all sound like you don’t take this seriously, like you don’t want me to get Brian free. Brian’s mother is barely holding it together. You and Sean had to do the comforting sandwich with her, remember?”
Just like every great story with a hero there must be a dark nemesis. in Pride Mates there is an evil shifter named Fergus. He wants Kim to stay silent. In order to protect her, Liam claims Kim as his mate.
What works really well in this book is the family connections. I was completely enamored with Liam, his father, his brother, and his nephew. These men care so deeply for each other. Additionally, the passion between Liam and Kim was off the charts hot. I recognize that this was a definite love/lust at first sight and yet, the paranormal element allowed me to dismiss any qualms about these two connecting so fast. Therefore, Ms. Ashley was quite successful with this aspect of the plot. I wanted to join the fun with these characters. They were so likable and driven to protect each other. Additionally, Ms. Ashley does an excellent job of bringing forth a truly relevant issue through this PRN story. Because the Shifters are discriminated against so violently, it reminds us of the importance of accepting and loving one another.
The only problematic element in this read was Kim's inability to clearly identify her relationship with Liam. At first, she wants him and then she seems confused by what the mating process means. Finally, she decides she wants to be with him and then HE turns her away. I am all for a little cat and mouse play (what we call in the theatre world advance/retreat) action. However, this part of the story was a bit jarring for me and definitely distracted me from the core of the story.
Overall, I recommend Pride Mates to anyone who enjoys a good PRN romance. The plot was well developed and as I stated earlier I absolutely adored the characters. The action was intense and well distributed throughout the read. It is because of my love for these Irish Shifters that I have already started reading the next book in the series.
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This is what I class as a light read. Its not particularly short, but neither is it especially long and its not the sort of novel that gives me pause for thought. That said, its not bad, but not great. I'll avoid the synopsis as there are multiple versions available already.
This story focuses on two characters, Liam, a fae-cat shifter and Kim a laywer working on a high profile case trying to prove the innocence of a shifter accused of murder. Both characters have their quirks, least of which is Liam's rather strong Irish brogue - slightly overdone at times (in my opinion at least). Kim is not really a very memorable character to me, having only read the novel in full yesterday I had a bit of trouble making her stand out in my mind... Liam does, though not a whole lot more, but Kim completely fizzled out after about an hour.
The characters are not particularly strong and this isn't the best written novel either, its straight forward, simple to read and tries to keep the plot running, though I felt that at times it meandered a little.
A decent read for a slow afternoon but nothing amazing. If you like paranormal and shifter romance novels go for it.
I feel there's a pretty big difference between Pride Mates and Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series - even though both is about finding ones mate and conflict between races, the Singh's series kinda lifted its gaze above the mating/sex stuff and also had a damn good development in overall plot throughout the books, in addition to a great character cast. The heroes in Psy/Changeling were all different and so was their mates. In this Shifter Unbound series Sean is just another Ronan who's just another Liam and so forth. Same with the heroines. And it was several places it was mentioned how sassy Kim was or Elisabeth (Bodyguard) was - I don't want to be told, I want to read!
Lastly, I just want to express my surprise in how the quality of the writing and the story is so different from the MacKenzie series...it's almost like there was two different authors...In the MacKenzie series I felt the characters connecting beyond the physical. In the Shifter Unbound series they never really fell in love, not in a way that made me really feel it, even though they announce it all over the place how much they care about their mate. The backstory of the Shifter's is also somehow half-done, almost like Ashley just put it in there so that the characters had something to talk about...