December 15, 2011

Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

read an excerpt
Series: Shifters Unbound 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon


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 there s 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.

The first two chapters is so charged with sexual tension it can probably power a small device like a small clock. It's hot, steamy and like Liam said, "fast and furious". Ashley didn't short change us on the romance and all its trappings and I guarantee that you'll be swept away by the scent of pheromones that seems to be included with the book.

So if you like sexy books and hotter than hot men, this will surely fire up your imagination:
Now after you've gotten over the passion and the dangerous thrill of dating a Shifter and find yourself focusing on the story, you'll understand that a couple of things were just glossed over by all the hot sex.

First off, the synopsis on the backcover is definitely misleading. The talk on murder was never the focus as it only encompasses about 30-ish pages of the 280p booked. Why am I disappointed? Because I was in the mood for some suspense-sexy-thriller kind of story and this wasn't that. Pride Mates is all about Kim and Liam coming (figuratively and literally) together. But that's ok, it's a smart marketing move I'll give Berkley Sensation that.

What really irked me was Kim's character and how it contradicts her profession. She's supposed to be a ruthless lawyer who advocates feminism but when Liam claims her as his mate she didn't even flinch. For a skeptic and someone who picks apart things for a living, she has awfully be accepting of her situation, didn't really question things. She just laid down and let herself be effed relentlessly by Liam on all levels. And while all this is happening she's still in a relationship with another lawyer.

So immediately after doing the deed with Liam on her bathroom, her boyfriend Abel called. Her body temperature haven't even cooled off, still naked from her calisthenics, she decides to break up with Abel over the phone and after the former's nonchalance, here is her reaction:
Get over yourself girl.

So if you're looking for some smexy romance book you'll love this. Like I said, Jennifer Ashley delivered really well on that department and that's the only reason why I was entertained enough to finish the book. But if you're looking for something smart to balance the steam, I'm not sure if this is the one. My brain cells were screaming on some parts.

Two years of my life I wasted on him and all he can say is "See you around?"

Tasked with defending a Shifter accused of murder, attorney Kim Fraser is completely out of her depth in the mysterious world of Shifter. 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.

Big cats are sensational, sweetie. I keep some extra large condoms if you need them.


  1. Oh WOW! This looks like a good one!


  2. Oh..ha!! and then I erad the bottom!! Well I do like Smart stories,,,but you now have me intrigued on the naughty...but...I have read some Carina Press books and ha!! not so much on the smart, but the!!
    Sometimes it's nice to have a book that doesn't do a lot of thinking just to get some cobwebs out.


  3. Yeah that's why it didn't feel like a chore because of all the naughty stuff! LOL I have to check out that Press girl you're talking about.

  4. They are publishers on netgalley. There was a rather yummy cougar shifter one and boy did it start off a corker!! It was Winters something...I actually thought I was reading a faerie book that I wanted to rad and got the titles mixed up, hence my WT! when I started reading and then I was like..sometimes mistakes can be fun. It has 3 authors and 3 stories. The chappy in the first story..WOW!!!!!!


  5. I checked out the site and there's a lot indeed! Maybe when the winter get super cold I'll try me some Carina Press too! lol Thanks Michelle!


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