Review ~ Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllyson

Posted June 8, 2017 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 22 Comments

Review ~ Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllysonPride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Traci Odom
Length: 8 hrs 17 mins
Series: Shifters Unbound
Published by Berkley on January 26, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 304
4 Stars
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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.

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Book one of the Shifters Unbound series starts off with Liam and Kim. Liam is the son of the Austin Shiftertown’s Alpha while Kim is a lawyer trying desperately to defend a shifter on trial for murder.

Liam is laid back and suave. I love that he’s Irish and a cat shifter. Unfortunately Liam is faced with quite a few problems in this book, including dealing with his dominance and what that means to the current hierarchy. He is known for helping out other shifters and kind of being a liason between the shifter community and humans. That is how he ends up meeting with Kim as she tries to gain entry to the shiftertown and access to her clients family and friends.

Pride Mates gave us our first glimpse into the forming of the mate bond and how important it is to shifter life. I loved the romance and action in this book as the couple hunt down a feral and deal with shifter politics and family issues. The world building was great and the idea of the shifters being collared with special collars to supposedly help control the animal natures of the shifters was interesting. I was sucked into this story and truly enjoyed every minute.

The Series

About Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

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  • I really enjoy reading Pride Mates. I think I’ve reread it 3x’s now. Thank’s for the review. I loved revisiting the book. ^_^ Shifters Unbound is a fun series and we get such a verity of shifters.

    • I fell in love with this series. I’m working on getting them all reviewed right now. I’m just slow at getting them out.

      • Me too. I know the feeling about a series taking time. I’m working on Jane Yellowrock and that one is going slowly, but I’m loving it.

  • Michelle

    I’ll have to look into this series…

    • I really recommend it. I fell in love and had to binge the whole series. They are great for adventure, mystery and romance.

  • Sounds good! #getsocial17

  • Another series on my radar. So glad you enjoyed it!

  • This is my go-to shifter series. I just can’t get enough of those crazy shifters although White Tiger has to be my favorite. Glad you’re enjoying this series.

    • It truly is a great series. I like that it is sticking to pretty much just Shifters and Fae. I find Shifters get lost amongst the vampires in a lot of series.

      • I feel that way too. I like vampires but when I’m reading a shifter book, I want shifters.
        Have you tried Terry Spear’s? She’s has a few great shifter series. Also, Jessica Sims’ Midnight Liaisons series is another favorite of mine.

        • I have heard a lot of great things about Terry Spear’s books. She’s definitely on my list to try, as well as Jessica Sims’. I have a few of the Midnight Liaisons on my bookshelf already. Thanks for the recs!

  • I love this series. I just got Red Wolf and am just waiting for some time to read it. It’s such a great series. #getsocial17

  • I love this series. I really enjoyed Traci Odom’s narration, but they change narrators for the rest of the series. Cris Dukehart does a really good job too. I love both narrators. I love this series. Wait until you meet Olaf, a young polar bear cub. He’s just adorable.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Was Traci just book one? I will have to look it up. Cris Dukehart does a great job. I was disappointed in a couple of novellas where they had a different, male narrator.

      • Yep, Traci just did book one and then Tantor picked up the audios. Cris does all the Tantor books, but later in the series, Tantor drops the novellas, hence the change in narrator again. I haven’t tried any of the novellas with the male narrator. They are still on my TBR.

  • I read a later one in this series and loved it. Eventually, I need to get back and start at the very beginning.

    Enjoyed your review, Tanya. 🙂

    • I’m so nuts about starting at the beginning of series, but I have jumped in on a couple for review. Now just trying to find time to go back and get the first ones read. I feel guilty that I jumped ahead of them. LOL

  • i read this one. alas not for me