Friday, August 17, 2018

Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley ~ Review

She wasn’t ready to lead...

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love...

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger...and to each other.

I met the polar bear healer, Zander, in Wild Things (Shifters Unbound, #7.75) a novella.  He's a little bit crazy or a lot depending on your point of view.  But how else can you be when you're Goddess touched to heal.  Zander craves the solitude of Alaska where he can recover from the pain and loss of the healing he does.  So he goes fishing on his boat not expecting anything in his life to change.  Yeah, that didn't work out for him.

Rae has a problem.  The Goddess chose her to be the new Guardian of the Montana shifter town.  Problem is, she's the first women Guardian ever chosen.  The rest of the shifters in her town call foul.  Silly really...I mean the Goddess herself is female.  But I loved that this glass ceiling got addressed in this book.  And Rae makes a great Guardian...after she freaks out first.  Yeah, I would too.

This one took the place as my favorite of the series.  I really enjoyed it.  It's a little different than the rest.  It explores the idea of being Goddess touched and how humans are feeling about the shifters.  It also addresses the issue of the Fae trying to take over shifters for their own reasons.  That creates issues with the humans and lines are drawn.  But sides change from race to beliefs and I liked that.  Don't just hate those that are different from you but fight on the side who believes the way you do.  I loved it.

It's well written and as always I love the characters.  I love how the characters weave in and out of the stories.  Those we have seen before coming back to play critical roles in this story as well as meeting new ones to love.  It's a well crafted world with so many stories intertwined that my paranormal heart can be happy for many a books.

I continue to devour this series.  I just want more.  I'm nearing the end of the published books and will be waiting for more.  Hoping for more.

Have you read it?  You should.


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