Pride Mates
Jennifer Ashley
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Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, Book 1)
Jennifer Ashley
Leisure Books
304 pages
January 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley marks new territories with her sizzling, predatory new novel, Pride Mates. Passion and deadly peril go hand in hand when the laws of man and the call of the wild are draw battle lines for dominance in a world gone mad. Will the innocent fall victim to those out for blood, or will the evil lurking in the shadows find an unexpected predator knocking on its door?

DA Kim Fraser has been handed the biggest case of the decade: a shifter is on trial for his life after being accused of murdering his human girlfriend. Kim believes in his innocence and the effectiveness of the collars so much that she’ll do what it takes to prove she’s right. However, what if she’s wrong, and the courage she showed walking right into the middle of Shifter-town actually proves to be blind stupidity abetted by a caffeine boost?

Liam knows prey when he sees it, but Kim Fraser isn't the type he usually likes to lull into a false sense of security before his predatory nature makes them howl his name to the gods in pure reverence. Aside from his father, no other shifter matches him in size, weight, or strength - so why does this little, defenseless human tempt him more than any suitable shifter mate? Regardless of his questionable desires, Liam needs to protect Kim as she struggles through the unfamiliar ways of Shifter-town and unknowingly challenges predators in ways she can’t even begin to fathom.

Politics and shifter power plays for dominance take center stage as Kim’s investigation leads to discoveries that could destroy the very foundation of the shifter community, along with any tenuous good relations with the humans. Evil hides among the shifters, and it’s time to hunt it down. Failure is not an option for Liam, on whose shoulders the future of Shifter Town squarely rests.

Pride Mates is similar to novels by Sherill Quinn, another well-known contributor to this and similar genres. The heavy doses of animalistic masculine tendencies toward predatory dominance make for sizzling love scenes and cutthroat fighting. Add in a frilly love story and who-dun-it mystery trail for crime-solving enthusiasts, and Pride Mates can only be called fantastic.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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