What it’s about
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.
4 Stars! Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley is a surprisingly refreshing take on the shifter world.
I half expected some run-of-the-mill story with growling alphas trying to dominate their mates by… surprise surprise…having wild monkey sex. Of course, Liam and Kim do have lots of sex but this new paranormal world is anything but ordinary. Humans have officially acknowledged shifters, but to keep them under control and turn into something furry, they have to wear a collar to keep their basic urges in check. Shifters live in Shiftertown and are not permitted any special kind of entertainment or higher education and are basically shunned in society.
Kim is a new and upcoming human lawyer, who has taken on a shifter-case and needs Liam to show her around his world to rescue a shifter’s life. There is a lot more to this book than that, but you have to find that out for yourselves.
Jennifer Ashley created an amazing system of shifter history and politics but didn’t forget that they do have an animalistic side as well.
That is actually what I liked best about this book. Shifters do turn into animals and Jennifer Ashley includes those animal behaviours (survival of the fittest, strongest leads etc.) in her book. She doesn’t make them into some permanently nuzzling, belly rubbing, please-pet-me cuddly toys. In this book being with a shifter doesn’t translate to having wild animal sex, which I really liked.
The only thing that bothered me was the ending. Liam just annoyed me there for a moment.
Overall, Pride Mates is an enjoyable book, an unusual but awesome approach to shifters.
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