Friday, July 17, 2015

Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley [Review]

 Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound #1) by Jennifer Ashley
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read:May 2, 2015

Shifters Unbound
0.5. Shifters Made
1. Pride Mates - Paperback | Kindle
2. Primal Bonds
2.5. Bodyguard
3. Wild Cat
3.5. Hard Mated
4. Mate Claimed
4.5. Perfect Mate
4.6. Lone Wolf
5. Tiger Magic
5.5. Feral Heat
6. Wild Wolf
6.5. Bear Attraction
7. Mate Bond
7.25. Lion Eyes
7.5. Bad Wolf

Jennifer Ashley
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Pride Mates: Weirdly, I think I started this book and stopped at some point (don't ask me why, I don't have an answer) because the beginning was freakishly familiar. That's totally a me thing and has no impact on the book itself or the writing, but I kept having the weirdest sense of deja vu in the earlier chapters. (and lest you think I should remember starting and stopping a book, I'm just going to look quietly off into the distance and try to remain inscrutable. Because I don't remember. And it's kinda freaking me out.)

Anyway. These shifters made me all wibbly. The subjugation they've submitted to simply because if they didn't their various species would have died out soon rather than later gives me crazy eyes. I get it. I TOTALLY get it, but I can't imagine being in the position where the choice between freedom and death or enslavement and life for them and their young was on the table.

Liam and the other shifters have made the best of a bad situation. What they show the world on the surface is both truth and a lie. The things they're denied (technology and acceptance into human society) are ultimately things they can live without. They've managed to thrive in captivity and build a shifter society that most humans will never see.

I liked that.

Thrown into all this because of the case she's working on, Kim has a lot to learn about the shifters when she first meets them. Watching her stumble and come to the realization that the shifters are so much more than she's been led to believe is kinda awesome.

Love love love both the worldbuilding and the potential for the future that's introduced. These shifters have a long way to go before they're where they want to be, but the game is afoot and I don't imagine they'll let themselves me held down forever.

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