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Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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Kim is an attorney for a big law firm, and has taken on a big cat shifter client, one that is going to be on trial for murder of his human girlfriend. She decides since he won’t tell her anything helpful, that she will go to Shiftertown and speak to the man’s mother. Sounds simple-not even close. When she gets there, she encounters Liam, an Irish shifter. Meeting him changes everything for Kim.
In this author’s world building, humans learned about shifters twenty years previous to this. In order to live with them, humans collar them. Literally. The collar reacts anytime a shifter gets extremely mad or aggressive and shocks them into stopping. The shifters hate the collar but submit to it for the betterment of the shifter community. Without the collar, ferals(as they are called)are pretty much out of control and kill indiscriminately. Shifters are also segregated in shiftertown communities in areas that human’s don’t live. I found this premise to be unique and refreshing for a shifter book. I certainly don’t read a lot of books where shifters are anything but dominant over humans.
Characters. I absolutely loved Kim and Liam’s journey together-insta love and all-at least on Liam’s part. It didn’t matter one bit because the chemistry between these two characters was off the charts, the conversations were easy and real between the two, and the adoring way Liam treats her from the beginning was nothing short of amazing. Kim was feisty, smart and determined, Liam was loving, dominate, strong, and loved by all his clan. These two made this read for me, and in addition, there are a lot of side characters that I found were just as fleshed out, and I can’t wait to see if some of them have their own books.
Of course there is much more to this story. Not only the mystery of Kim’s client and whether he is guilty or not, but all kinds of pack politics and hierarchy are explored. Prejudice against the shifters, and what they go through because of this was reminiscent of another period in American history, and how African Americans were segregated. I am not sure if that was the authors intent, but my mind went there early on while reading this. It just added another dimension to this read for me.
This was a can’t put down read for me, and I pretty much read it in one day. It was just that good. I recommend it to adult paranormal romance readers, and I think even some urban fantasy fans might find a lot to like about this read as well, due to plenty of action and violence. Definitely a top read for me.(PureTextuality.com)
One of Your Greatest Fans,
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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