'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.