Friday, January 25, 2013

Adult Review: Pride Mates ( Shifters Unbound, #1) by Jennifer Ashley

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Goodread summary:
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 is her job to defend those in need. But there is 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.

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OMG, I love this book. I remember the last time I read a book so fast and it was just as good. Pride Mates was freaking AMAZING.
I loved reading it for so many reasons, one of them being that the book was pretty fast paced. Everything happened very fast but as you read it you don't really see it until the day in the book is over and you're like "Wait, that was just one day?!?".
The book started like that:
"A girl walks into a bar...
No. A human girl walks into a Shifter bar.

I knew that the book was about Shifters but I never expected this to be the scenario.
In the world set in the book the main characters are a human and a Shifter, like in most stories, but here all human population know everything about Shifters(or so they think...).
It's been about twenty years since the Shifters revealed themselves to the human world (not all of them too happy about that but stuff happens) and now they live in Shiftertowns, Collared (a metal collar bound by mage/fae's magic to keep them from hurting people, it's activated when the wearer's adrenaline spikes up and it sends a shock trough their nervous system..) and they stay as far away from humans as possible so not to cause more trouble..
Shifters really aren't all that violent if you just look at them from the outside but deep down they are animals, with animal urges to posses and control but we get to learn all about that later.
Now in the beginning we meet Kim, a defense lawyer that is on her way to see a Shifter in desperate need of help for her first ever Shifter case.

Kim isn't one of those people that go around and look for Shifters, she isn't really interested in them and she hasn't even seen a real Shifter before. She knows that they are controlled by the Collar so she is fairly confident that she wont get hurt but who knows these days...
And there she is walking into a Shifter's office ready to fight for what little information she can get out of him.
What she doesn't expect to see is a tall, gorgeous man waiting inside:
"- thin black and silver Collar against his throat; hard, honed body; midnight black hair; definite air of menace."
Lovely sight, don't you think?

That's about when I started reading through the pages like I was on steroids... The story was fast paced then and it was so easy to fall into it and get lost in the action. There was passion, love, hatred, Kim's incredibly annoying trait to ask a lot of questions and to say no, Liam's protectiveness... A family that already existed opened their arms for another member, allowing Kim( and us) to learn a lot of their painful memories.
Shifters' lives haven't been easy and now even though they are Collared, they are safer and more protected that ever. They are a group now and through Kim's, Liam's, Sean's and Dylan's eyes we got to experience the everyday lives of the Shifters but also the most sacred moments in their long, long lives... (yeah the P.O.V. swiftly changed from one character to the other but it was a plus and it wasn't hard to follow like it is in some books)

It really was a lovely story. I haven't felt so strong about a book since I read Beautiful Disaster and this is so far away from that storyline and from that genre but it got me just as excited. I'm so glad I finally read it and now I'm going to read book two!

 I give it:

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Until the next time,

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