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Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound Book 1)

Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Ashley
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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 beautiful attorney Kim Fraser enters Shiftertown alone in order to prove her client's innocence, Liam's alpha nature leaves him no choice but to offer his protection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843960051
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (26 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XY674M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Time bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ashley (historical romance; paranormal romance; historical fiction) also writes under two pen names: Ashley Gardner (mysteries) and Allyson James (urban fantasy and romance). Ashley has had more than 45 novels and a dozen novellas published, and she has won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA (given for the best romances of the year), and several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards, including best historical mystery (The Sudbury School Murders), and a nomination for career achievement in historical romance. Jennifer's hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening, and building dollhouse miniatures. She currently lives in the desert southwest. For more information, see her website:

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it :D 28 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is a bril read in the sense that its not like other shifter/breed like book
the shifters are treated less than humans which is a new approach on these.
I brought this book and could not put it down and was quickly back on amazon and downloading the rest of the series.
All these books have great lead characters that have more to them then being shifters or helpless females.
Only downside ive got is that the next book isn't out yet so im back to searching for the next good read :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a great new series 21 Oct 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've never read anything from this author before and I wonder why not. This was a great start to a brand new series. It was hot, sexy and full of lovable characters. I loved the background story too and i'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I'm buying the next book straight away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed... 17 Mar 2013
By Rebekka
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not really sure what to say about Pride Mates...It wasn't bad but it certainly wasn't great... I had great expectations for Jennifer Ashley's contemporary stories after I read the MacKenzie family series. But somehow, Pride Mates lacked that little extra that connected the characters, the plot and the flow of the story. At some point I just though 'plot what plot?'. Most of the pages consisted of how hot Liam was, how muscled he was or how sassy Kim was. It made me sigh in exasperation. Even when Kim was in a really scary situation or in a highly dangerous one, she always found time to admire Liam's body before going back to being scared or hysterical.

I feel there's a pretty big difference between Pride Mates and Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series - even though both is about finding ones mate and conflict between races, the Singh's series kinda lifted its gaze above the mating/sex stuff and also had a damn good development in overall plot throughout the books, in addition to a great character cast. The heroes in Psy/Changeling were all different and so was their mates. In this Shifter Unbound series Sean is just another Ronan who's just another Liam and so forth. Same with the heroines. And it was several places it was mentioned how sassy Kim was or Elisabeth (Bodyguard) was - I don't want to be told, I want to read!

Lastly, I just want to express my surprise in how the quality of the writing and the story is so different from the MacKenzie's almost like there was two different authors...In the MacKenzie series I felt the characters connecting beyond the physical. In the Shifter Unbound series they never really fell in love, not in a way that made me really feel it, even though they announce it all over the place how much they care about their mate. The backstory of the Shifter's is also somehow half-done, almost like Ashley just put it in there so that the characters had something to talk about...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 15 Aug 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
'Pride Mates' is the first of a new series by Jennifer Ashley about shifters (half human, half animal) who are forced, by humans, to wear 'collars' that are used to contain their considerable powers.

I had hoped that this series might equal to Nalini Singh's Psy-Changleing series, but unfortunately, it didn't come close. I thought the plot had a lot of potential, but there wasn't enough depth to the writing to really get the reader invested in the characters and their plights. The plot ended up being weak as there was too much going on, while nothing was really delved into with any satisfaction, thereby giving me the feeling that I was merely reading a summary of events rather than anything substantial.

The characters also felt quite two dimensional and at times I felt myself thinking 'that is so unrealistic' (all thoughts of shifters aside!) I thought Kim's immediate surrender to Liam was also a bit unimaginative and there didn't seem to be any real source of conflict between the two, even when there was plenty call for it. Kim didn't even blink an eye when she found out that Liam had basically 'claimed her for his own' irrevocably, without any real acceptance on Kim's part beforehand. I also found the romance to be quite unbelievable at times as I didn't feel any real chemistry between the two.

The thing that irked me the most however was Liam's so-called 'Irish' accent. Now, I'm sorry, but I'm Irish myself, and I have never heard anyone use the word "lass" or say "top o' the morning to you"!?

Overall 'Pride Mates' could be a light, easy read to tide you over while waiting for the next book in your favorite series, but I wouldn't expect anything spectacular from it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pride Mates 10 May 2010
By Julia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interesting concept but a lot of sex. If you can separate the story from the explicit descriptions, its not half bad. Basically its about a human woman, a lawyer, from outside the shifter community learning about shifters and how they live, all tied up (no pun intended) with a case she is defending where a shifter has been accused of murdering his human girlfriend. Certain elements within the shifter community want to help her, others don't. However, there's no getting round it, there is a lot of explicit sexual descriptions which can, on occasion, detract slightly from the plotline. Not against explicit sexual descriptions as such, but too many and you run of the risk of having a porn novel with fantasy overtones, rather than a fantasy novel with sexual content. This book skirts the line but maybe less is more for the sequel?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride mate's
Wow I loved this book it's got everything you want , I could not put the book down , :)
Published 2 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars pride Mates
i have become addicted to these stories about shifters finding their mates, there is always some humor, action and suspension
Published 5 months ago by Donna Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
nice read to escape everyday life, just the ticket for me! ended up buying the whole series. loved it ☼☼☼☼☼
Published 6 months ago by Laure
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Reading this book just made me want to download the whole series and read them all at once. Its a Must read
Published 6 months ago by faye
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
They are good short novellas. Plot interesting and lots of sexy encounters. It's an easy very enjoyable book to read.
Published 8 months ago by stns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book!!! I would put it in the same category as the Black Dagger Brotherhood - brooding gorgeous males to do over but also a very good story to go along with it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Only bad thing that I can say is that Kim was way too excepting of a situation that she knew nothing about. Bar that a fantastic read like with all jennifer Ashley`s books!
Published 19 months ago by Michele Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I don't understand others comments - this book is witty, fast paced and the characters just well developed enough for the length. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i'd hoped it would be!
I really wanted to enjoy this book but sadly it was quite disappointing, the story was ok but it was the characters that let the book down for me, you never got to know what they... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by mari
4.0 out of 5 stars Mild entertainment and a bit of brogue
So once again I wish we could give half a star. Given the option I would have rated this book 3 and 1/2 stars rather than the full four as I've rated better books at 4 in the past... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Tali
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