Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: Pride Mates

Author Jennifer Ashley 
Format e-book 
Print Length 304 pages 
Publisher Leisure Books 
Published Jan. 26, 2010 

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. 

My Opinion 

Kim is a defense attorney who must defend a shifter, Brian, who is accused of murdering a human woman. One who he happened to date, secretly. See shifters and humans do not typically hang out in this society. Shifters since they came out twenty years ago are labeled dangerous and have been collared, segregated from regular society. The collars protecting the humans from the shifters basic aggressions. Her only hope to getting answers is from Liam, the beta in the local shifter town. 

This is the first book in the series and because of that there is a lot of world building. You should read this one before reading any of the others. There are a lot of rules for the shifters to follow- where to eat, how to travel, where to travel, which jobs they can hold, where to live. There is a lot of time spent on the world building, which I liked. 

Kim starts out afraid of shifters, yet determined to defend her client. This means that she has to become familiar with shifter/human politics. She adapts really quickly with all the things shifter- maybe a little too quickly. Her attraction to Liam is instantly as his with her. Liam is a great character with a lot of personality and presences in the book. While I connected with Liam, Kim was well pretty basic for me. The author could have replaced her with another gal half way through and I would not have cared. There was chemistry on Liam’s part, but Kim felt more like a cold fish. 

The secondary characters sometimes stole the spotlight from the two main characters. Sean’s difficulties with the role he plays. Dylan and his relationship or lack thereof with Glory. Conner having to deal with having just transformed. All of this held my interest and made me want to read more. 

Overall, the book made me want to read more. If only to find out what happens with the secondary characters. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “Touching is reassurance, keeping the bonds between family intact. It’s more than love; it’s necessary.” 

Other People 

Dylan- alpha shifter, Liam’s father 
Sean- shifter guardian, Liam’s brother 
Conner- shifter, Liam’s nephew 
Fergas- shifter, didn’t like him

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