February 21, 2011

Review: Pride Mates

Title: Pride Mates
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Review by: Jessica

Before I tell you my opinion of the book let me first give you what's on the back.

To most, they are animals even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair.

It s her job to defend those in need. But theres absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can't disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed.

Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She'll let him claim her for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

MY THOUGHTS: In a nutshell, I really enjoyed this book. Pride Mates is the first in Jennifer Ashley's "Shifter's Unbound" series, which judging from this book promises to be a very fun, hot new series. I like the way the author took a different approach to the whole shifter world. Liam (the oh so sexy main character) and the rest of the shifter community must wear "collars" which prevent them from becoming too overly aggressive. If they start to "step out of line"they get a nice little SHOCKIE which isn't pleasant. They also are forced to live without modern technology and must live in segregated towns such as SHIFTER TOWN (ugh..yes that's right, the city is knows as Shiftertown....not very original and a bit too corny for my liking but that would be my only drawback about this book).

Liam and his family are Irish, and for those who don't know me, let me fill you in on a not so little secret. I have a certain weakness for Irish boys and their accents! Combine that with a little humor and you got one happy reader in me. Example? Liam likes to use "Top 'O The Morning To You", which makes me laugh whenever I see it. Cheesey to some....hot for me! Another, what could be a potential cheese factor, but I loved, was all the hugging that happens in this book. These shifters are very comfortable with themselves and eachother in their community and they show this by hugging....all. the. time.

The book is pretty straight forward without an overly complicated, hard to follow storyline, which again makes me one happy reader. It's quick. It's easy. It's hot. And I can't wait for the next installment. I can't wait to get my hothands on Liam's brother Sean!


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