Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Publication Date: February 2010
Book Disclosure: I purchased this book new.
Pride Mates is the first book is a new Shifter series by Jennifer Ashley. Kim Fraiser is a lawyer who has been assigned the duty of defending a shifter who is charged with murdering his human girlfriend. In this world Shifters are forced to wear magical collars which inhibit the violent behaviors of shifters. They are segregated from humans and are forced to live in communities referred to as Shiftertowns. As Kim starts her investigation she has to learn more about shifters and she goes to Liam Morrissey for help. He is the sexy son of the local clan leader.
Let's start out with what I liked about this story. In the beginning, Kim has to learn about the world and hierarchy in which the shifters live. Most humans don't have any clue as to how the shifters live. They are aware of their existence, but that is about it. This happened to be the most interesting part of the book for me. Also, Kim and Liam have a lot of sexual tension upon their first meeting. And those first scenes were a lot of fun to read.
Unfortunately, as the book continued on my level of attention started to wan. The writing became clunky and the characters felt superficial. I never was able to fully connect with Kim or Liam. The ending was especially frustrating because it is everything clichéd that I detest in a romance. Liam's behavior felt totally out of character. It was like his personality did a complete turnaround the last few chapters of the book. I don't see myself continuing with this series in the future.
Here is what others had to say:
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This book can be purchased in print and kindle format from Amazon.