Review ~ Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllyson

Posted December 27, 2017 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments

Review ~ Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley @JennAllysonMate Bond by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 10 hrs 25 mins
Series: Shifters Unbound #7
Published by Berkley on April 7, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 312
5 Stars
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Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.

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Kenzie and Bowman are truly one of my favorite couples in this series. They frustrated me to no end, but I also adored what they had. They walked that fine line, with the mate bond just inches from their fingers, but the love between the two shone through so brightly. Their relationship was so strong, I just couldn’t believe there was no mate bond there.

I think, don’t quote me on this, but I think this is the first book we have with the North Carolina Shiftertown. Meaning we have some new characters we are getting to know which will keep you guessing on loyalties. Some characters will surprise you. Some in good ways and others in bad. I thought from reading the synopsis that we were going to be dealing mostly with pack internal problems, but it turns out we do have a mystery and storyline that goes beyond pack dynamics and risks the lives of our main characters. It seems the Austin and Nevada shifters aren’t the only packs dealing with un-Shifter-like problems.

Wow, the situations that happened in this book kept me hooked. I was just holding my breath in so many areas, scared for what was going to happen to this couple and pack. I have to say that Mate Bond was one of my favorite of this series. There was so much emotion and action woven together to create an amazing story that sticks out in my mind out of all the books in this series.

As usual Cris Dukehart does an amazing job. I am sucked into the story and I have absolutely no problems with her narration that would take me out of the story. She kept me mesmerized and totally immersed.

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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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