Monday, July 2, 2018

Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley ~ Review

Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain.

Like most Shifters, Liam Morrissey has learned that trusting humans leads to no good. But when a beautiful attorney enters Shiftertown alone, Liam's alpha nature leaves him no choice but to offer his protection.

Tasked with defending a Shifter accused of murder, attorney Kim Fraser is completely out of her depth in the mysterious world of Shifters. To prove her client's innocence, Kim will need the help of someone on the inside, even though relying on Liam goes against everything society says about Shifters.

And when an un-Collared Shifter threatens both Kim and Liam, the young attorney will have to learn to trust her unlikely protector and face the passion she feels for a man who can't be tamed.

I love paranormal stories and shifters are my very favorite.  When I got the opportunity to dig into this series I was so excited.  And I love this world.

Shifters are the creation of the Fae.  They wanted battle creatures to fight their wars for them.  But the shifters rebelled and were left in the human world.  There, they existed but were struggling to survive.  The females were far out numbered by the males.  Less cubs being born and shifters dying made it hard to remain hidden from the human world.  When the humans found out about them, they were terrified of their animal aggression.  So the collars were created.  Made by a human and a Fae, the collars spark and shock the shifters when their aggressive emotions flare up.  And all of the shifters are forced to live in Shiftertowns.  Wolves, cats and bears are all forced to live in the same area with one leader between them.  It makes for some very interesting issues.

When a shifter is arrested for the death he didn't commit, Kim refuses to let it pass.  As a lawyer, she will figure out what really happened.  It would be a whole lot easier if the shifters would cooperate.  Liam doesn't trust easily so when he's drawn to Kim, he struggles to decide how to deal with her and the feelings she brings.

I love the world and the characters.  It's a complex world where many stories can be told.  The lack of female mates means humans will definitely get involved.  And with every world, there are both good and bad.  So who to trust?  I wasn't sure.

But Liam, I trusted.  He protects family and has strong leadership skills.  I loved how Kim pushed him and refused to be pushed to the side.  She knew her client was innocent and she was determined to free him.  She also was upset by how unfair the law was towards shifters.  I loved that she defended those who were being unfairly treated.  Both characters captured my heart and I was definitely cheering for them.

The story was interesting and I read it straight through.  Definitely want more of this world.