“Pride Mates” by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #1) – Review

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Leisure Books

Release Date: January 26, 2010

Series: Shifters Unbound

CALL OF THE WILD

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.”

My thoughts

Just look at that cover! Damn, I could stare at it for ages. I don’t know about you, but I love Celtic lore and the medallion pictured on the cover is called a Celtic knot. I have a very similar one, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to buy it. And besides it’s got everything I love in it: shapeshifters, faeries, love, sex, and vulnerable characters.

With just the right amount of humor, Jennifer Ashley managed to picture just my kind of man. Liam Morrissey is also Irish, which is always a plus for me! I love me some sexy Irish men.

I don’t need to tell you how good this book is. It just is! I’m a massive Shifters fan and can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the series. There are lots of hot sex scenes in this book, but it also speaks of family and love. Liam is such a protector and a sweet man that I found myself wishing I find somebody just like him.

The story world is also fairly interesting. I hate the fact that the shapeshifters are chained and locked in a society far away from humans. It seems so unfair, but at least they don’t feel the need to be among humans, so it’s all good. Shifters are really loving to each other, even to non-family members. The whole atmosphere in their “Shifter City” is filled with love and joy.

The book starts with attorney Kim Fraser, who is trying to defend a shifter in a murder case. Everybody thinks she is insane, but she is convinced the shifter is innocent. The only problem is that nobody will talk to her. Soooo she goes to see Liam Morrissey. He is the one who opens up the doors for her, even though he doesn’t believe she can do anything about the case. They are instantly attracted to each other and I find it sweet that he tries to take care of her even without knowing what kind of person she is. For example, he gives her a foot massage after she walked for a long time in high heels. And that was the first day they met! Ludicrous, right?

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I think I’m going to read it again soon, cause I just miss all the characters! A girl can dream, right?

Rating: ★★★★★ – 5 stars!

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“Moon Called” by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1) – Review

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: January 31, 2006

Series: Mercy Thompson

Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too. 

Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.

But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself…and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.”

My Thoughts

I looooooooooooove this series! Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite all-time authors and she certainly delivered with this first book in the Mercy Thompson series. The lead character is neither a werewolf or a vampire or any of your usual suspects, but a shapeshifter who turns into a coyote! How unusual and wonderful!

You may not know this, but coyotes are fairly smaller than wolves, and the werewolves in this series are even bigger. So imagine then how it was for little Mercy growing up in a werewolf pack, especially since werewolves think of coyotes as inferior to them. Then you can also imagine this sexy, ex-military next-door neighbor, who is also the Alpha of the local werewolf pack needing help from a coyote to save his daughter – who BTW is Mercy’s partner-in-crime at annoying her father!

Yes, this novel is absolutely brilliant, and I love the fact that the big, old tough werewolf has to rely on a coyote. Mercy is defying, brave and perfectly lovable! You’ll fall in love with her from the start, and you’ll get hooked into this wonderful world she has created.

Aside from the werewolves and shapeshifters, you also have the very “friendly” vampires and the fae. The latter have exposed themselves to the human world, and are utterly fascinating in my opinion. Patricia Briggs has this fabulous imagination and has managed to take several legends and twist them into something that simply belongs in her story world. And her vampires are downright scary, except for Stefan, who is also Mercy’s friend. He owns a VW bus that looks like the Scooby Doo van! Imagine that! Not really a scary image for a vampire, yet I find him totally appealing.

Anyways, the writing is superb, and if you’re into the Mercy Thompson series then you’ll be happy to hear that there is also a spin-off series, set in the same story world, but featuring another character that we only hear little about in the Mercy books. Charles absolutely took my heart away, as did Adam and a few side characters in the Mercy Thompson series.

From Indian legends to Celtic myths, there is something for everybody in these books. Oh, and the romance is absolutely worth it! Definitely a nice read, and one of my favorite series so far!

Rating: 🌙  – Another golden moon!