Jennifer Ashley is brilliant. No seriously! Let me explain why.
I used to love paranormal romance books. I read everything there was and I sucked up all the stories of love between creatures and love between creatures and humans (ok, that sounds really gross but you get my point right?).
Then I started to see a pattern-
1) There must be a hunky alpha male with some type of bad in him or in his past. Hes going to be dangerous, but so damn gorgeous, it does not matter how dangerous he is.
2) There must be a dumbass female who eventually gains wisdom and understanding via lifes trials and tribulations OR she has hunky alpha male (see #1) to save her dumb ass.
3) There is a misunderstanding. Usually, this misunderstanding is due to a lack of communication on the dumbass females part. She knows something, doesnt tell hunky alpha male and due to this misunderstanding (usually a secret) there is lots of unneeded danger.
Now, how is this book different?
SEE NUMBER 2!!!! Andrea is not a dumbass female. Shes actually quite witty, fun and pretty damn alpha in her personality.
SEE NUMBER 3!!!! Yes, Im happy to say that Andrea Gray tells Sean the truth. I saw where Jennifer Ashley could have gone with this book. The author could have kept one scene (I cant explain it it would be a spoiler) that Andrea was in a secret from Sean. Instead, Andrea tells Sean everything. I was like WTF, Andrea doesnt act like a stupid paranormal romance chick and keep the secret, she just goes ahead and tells him everything.
There was no major conflict between Andrea and Sean. In fact, the only problems they had between each other was that she was very headstrong. However, Sean actually admired her for that. Instead, the major conflict is the situation they are both in with the Shiftertown.
I loved that Jennifer Ashley didnt play it safe. Because of her risks, she makes this book so much more enjoyable!!!!
Great read and I agree with the review that it was refreshing to read a romance where the characters weren't idiots and the problems are things that are happening around them and not the romance itself. I don't think the book description does it justice so I'm going to include a synopsis, usually I don't do this.
Basically Andrea is half-fae and half wolf shifter. She moves into town to escape the son of her old pack leader. The loser son and his pals are terrorizing Andrea and her stepfather into accepting a mating bond. In steps Feline Shifter/Guardian (he has a need magic sword that helps shifters cross over to death smoothly) Sean. He makes a mate-claim with Andrea to get the loser son off their back and to allow Andrea to move. They start liking each other which leads to steamy scenes and playful bantering. Throw in some humans shooting up business that has a lot of shifter clientele, shifters double crossing each other, and a fae dead beat dad that could be good or bad, and you have this story.
Fast paced, sweet, action packed. I thought it was actually better than the first one. It would be beneficial to read them in order so you can get some backgrounds on the collars and also information on the side characters of the story. It's more heavily into the romance than action. Lots of fun to read.
I really enjoyed this book I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys shifter books
Really good follow up to PRIDE MATES. Sean is the Guardian of the Shiftertown outside Austin. He mate claims a half Lupine/half Fae woman from Colorado to protect her from a forced mating. Andrea is mouthy, feisty and able to take care of herself. Andrea is able to draw more magic from Sean's sword he uses in his role to send the dying to Summerland. Good read! 4 stars
Great Imagination and Steamy~!