Pride Mates - Shifters Unbound, Bk 1 Author:Jennifer Ashley Twenty years ago shape shifters and announced themselves to the world only to be shunted into "Shiftertowns" and forced to wear collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to as "Taking the Collar"). — Liam Morrissey, big cat-Shifter, is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, TX, and the huma... more »ns of the city. Kim
Fraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge.
Kim ventures to Shiftertown to seek Liam's help and stumbles across too many secrets that the Shifters want
kept secret. The unmated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father,
and to his surprise discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.« less
Holly B. - , reviewed Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 7
What a ride, I finished this book in one hugh gulp. Jennifer Ashley has constructed a world where the shifter community was "outed" by a member on live TV about twenty years previously. Once revealed, the shifter communities were hunted and killed as animals in some countries. In the US shifters were allowed to live in relative peace in shanty towns if they "took the collar". The restraining collar, part magic and part science, that once placed around the neck can not be removed. If the shifter becomes aggressive, the collar shocks the shifter in increasinly larger doses until the shifter is unconscious or has calmed down. The collar is why shifters are not considered a physical threat. Treated as 3rd class citizens, refused most jobs, knowledge, and technology most shifters concentrate on family life not material concerns. Or so it appears. The story opens with a female human lawyer trying to defend a male shifter accused of murdering his girl friend (also a human). Because of the collars, the lawyer knows that the case is false but trying to prove it becomes her crusade. Following the trail of evidence introduces her to her first shifter and to the shifter community at large. This was great book, a fully drawn "world" and I can hardly wait for the next installment, write faster Jennifer!
Shifters are forced to wear a collar that suppresses their violent tendancies. Kim is a lawyer trying to prove the innocence of a shifter. The family dynamics of the shifter prides and packs is well thought out and portrayed. Liam is yummy. Look forward to reading the next in the series.
Paranormal romance by Jennifer Ashley. In this reality, all shifters wear a collar that controls their violent instincts. They also live in specific areas, similar to reservations. The Shifters are second-class citizens; getting lower paying jobs, no access to higher technologies such as better cell phones, and cable/ satellite. Kim is a human lawyer who is assigned the case of a Shifter accused of killing a Human woman. Based on the reviews, I'm in the minority here: I didn't like this book, and struggled to finish it. I had a hard time believing that the Shifters would accept thier lot in life, and the discrimination they experienced. I can't recommend this one.
A new series by Jennifer Ashley. I really enjoyed Pride Mates. It's more a contemporary book about prejudice and rights than it is a traditional shifter book. These guys don't hang out in the woods but live in a slum/ghetto/homeland on the edge of Austin, Texas.
Shifters have 'come out' and accepted collars that control their aggression as the price of being allowed to live in [relative] peace. Like minorities in the earlier part of the 20th century they strive to live public lives that cause no ripples, presenting a public face which won't cause anyone to look more closely. Their private lives are intensely different and intensely protected.
Our human heroine has been assigned to defend a shifter who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. She becomes convinced that her client is as much a victim as his girlfriend was. She needs answers and goes to Shiftertown to get them... Liam has been assigned by the clan leader to send her away. He doesn't. She is steadily drawn into the secrets of the clan and learns things that humans aren't allowed to know - and eventually Liam has to mate her to protect her.
Both an action and relationship plot, filled with well drawn characters in a fascinating setting. I'll be keeping this one and pre-ordering the next when it makes it onto the listings...
1. Pride Mates (2010)
2. Shifter Lovin' (2011)