Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

May 11, 2015 Reviews 7

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Pride Mates by Jennifer AshleyPride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #1
Published by Berkley on April 26, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 322
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain.

Like most Shifters, Liam Morrissey has learned that trusting humans leads to no good. But when a beautiful attorney enters Shiftertown alone, Liam's alpha nature leaves him no choice but to offer his protection.

Tasked with defending a Shifter accused of murder, attorney Kim Fraser is completely out of her depth in the mysterious world of Shifters. To prove her client's innocence, Kim will need the help of someone on the inside, even though relying on Liam goes against everything society says about Shifters.

And when an un-Collared Shifter threatens both Kim and Liam, the young attorney will have to learn to trust her unlikely protector and face the passion she feels for a man who can't be tamed.

So I already knew I liked Jennifer Ashley, but I was shocked to discover that I liked her PNR even more than her HR. Turns out, she’s got a talent for coming up with a unique fantasy world with vibrant characters – I’m not sure what I liked more in Pride Mates because both were fantastic.

I think Pride Mates is the first PNR I’ve read where the supernatural characters – in this case, shifters – are voluntarily “submissive” to humans to save themselves from dying out. I just loved the story of how they came to be (boy would I like to read that origin story – which would be an awesome Fae series!) and the ways that Jennifer Ashley pulled on real wild animals to define the interactions between shifters. Their struggles for survival were very much a result of their animal instincts, which I loved. Yes – they’re more powerful and have better senses and naturally longer lives than humans. But its come at quite a cost. She also pulled on some of the things you see in prides and packs that is endearing too, which was weird at first, but became awesome.

And then there’s the characters. I loved Kim – she’s all human but don’t let that make you think she’s weak. She says things when she should he afraid and keep her mouth shut, but her fear and stubborn passion for what’s right won’t let her cower. And Liam is just to great. And not just because he’s sexy, but he somehow manages to be both alpha and respect Kim’s strength and own alpha-like behavior.

And that just skims the surface, not even mentioning the mystery (which was compelling and not easy to solve) and the complexities of human-shifter relations. Or the sex 😉 There were a couple of things about Kim’s job that kind of seemed unbelievable and made my eyes roll, not big things but coupled with the tolerable semi-instalove (it makes sense and isn’t pain free, so it worked for the most part) it’s enough to knock this down to a 4 star read, which is still pretty great.

I’ll definitely be continuing with this series as soon as possible!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Jennifer Ashley

NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries, as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.


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7 Responses to “Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    This is the only book I’ve read from JAshley and I loved it as well. Your reviews of her HR put those on my tbr but I’ve always meant to go back to this series. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Reading your review helped me remember things about it (I read it in 2010) and I think I’ll re-read it before I get back into the series. 🙂
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    • Berls

      Oh wow you read it quite a while ago! I’m hoping to get to the next book before too long, so I don’t forget too much. I just love the world she created and I think the characters are good too. I hear the series only gets better!

    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona! It was very surprising – the shifters are voluntarily submissive in an effort to save themselves and that creates its own tension within the shifters.I hope you’ll read her sometime; she’s quite good:)

    • Berls

      Different right?! I don’t think that will last through the whole series and it’s definitely not something that everyone is okay with, but its a very different story for sure!

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