Thursday, July 5, 2018

Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley ~ Review

When half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray flees an abusive would-be mate, the only way she is allowed to relocate to the Austin Shiftertown is if a Shifter there claims her as mate.

Sean Morrissey, the Guardian of his clan and all of Shiftertown, is mateless, lonely, and has a tough job--to send the souls of deceased Shifters into the afterworld. He volunteers to claim her, sight unseen, but doesn't realize that one look at the gray-eyed, dark-haired Andrea will stir the mating frenzy in him. Even though the mate-claim isn't finalized, official, or yet blessed, Sean will do anything to get Andrea into his life and keep her there, forever.

I jumped from book one to this one overnight.  I'm so enjoying this world of shifters.  

In this book, we meet Andrea and learn more about Sean Morrissey.  Both are avoided in the shifter world for different reasons.  Andrea is half-Fae, the smell of which send most shifters running.  Shifters hate the Fae.  And Sean is the Guardian.  The shifter chosen by the Goddess to carry the sword that sends shifters to dust when they are dead or dying.  While he is very important and valued by the pack, women aren't exactly flocking to him to mate.  So it's interesting that these two end up together.  

I really enjoy a series that builds the world and the characters as the books go along.  We see Liam and other characters from book one.  Though the focus of this story is on a different couple, it expands the understanding of the world.  While it could certainly be read as a stand alone, it really does add to the over all unbound shifter world.  I love that.

Sean is a character that I truly love.  He's quieter than a lot of the shifters but his feelings run deep.  His family is important to him and so is the pack.  I admire him and I cheer for him.  As for Andrea, she's got some spunk.  She doesn't just roll over and do whatever her possible mate says.  I liked that about her.  I liked that she was interested in her Fae side even though shifter hate the Fae.  She worked to meet her father.  I really liked her.

The story is interesting.  Sean has mate-claimed Andrea before even meeting her.  She can still say no.  That's exactly what she did to the last shifter who mate-claimed her in her previous shifter town.  And that's why she needs to get away from him.  Of course, he's not too happy about her turning him down.  Gonna hear from him more.  So Andrea leaves that shifter town - not an easy task.  A shifter has to get permission to change shifter towns.  And Sean mate-claiming her in Austin makes that possible.  Andrea decides anyone would be better than the crazy guy she said no to.  

I definitely cheered for these two.  Despite the mate-claim, they had to fight for their relationship in every sense of the word.  That battle together was so enjoyable to watch.  This is a great series that I intend to continue.  Certainly am stuck in these books.

If you love a good shifter world with some hot sexy romance, than this is a good book to check out.


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