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.
Pride Mates is the only book I’ve read from the Shifters Unbound series. I just didn’t love the world enough to carry on. This review originally posted on February 23, 2011.
I love books where the readers are given an entire closely bonded loving family. This book has the Morrissey’s. They’re an all-male Shifter family who live together under one roof. They are all also very attractive enormous alpha males who love to touch, hug and show physical affection. Kim is a very human attorney who is currently defending a Shifter, Brian who has been jailed and accused of killing his girlfriend. The humans want to see a Shifter, any Shifter get punished for the crime. Kim has sought out Liam Morrissey in Shiftertown to get him to help persuade Shifters to communicate with her. Kim believes in Brian’s innocence. Liam decides that Kim is honest and is truly fighting for Brian and decides to help her. Liam ends up doing more than just helping her with her case. When Kim is attacked by a feral Shifter and learns numerous Shifter secrets, Liam must protect her from further harm.
Kim and Liam have an immediate intense attraction. Throw in some hot sex and exhilarating fighting and this should make for a great book. I had a few issues that most probably would not have issues with. I felt that Kim’s character did not take Liam’s mate claim seriously. Once he voiced his claim she just went with it, had some fantastic sex, and then expected life to go back to normal without him around. She carries on this way even after a formal mating ceremony.
In the world that Ashley has created for her Shifter Unbound series humans know of the Shifters. Humans have known of Shifter existence for twenty years. All Shifters must wear a Collar that keeps them from becoming violent. The Shifter’s also live separate from humans and are denied most things that humans have easily assessable to them. Shifters don’t have smartphones, satellite TV, high paying jobs, nor are they allowed to attend universities. I really did not care for the world and that lead to most of my dislike of the book. I would like to believe that we humans have a little more humanity than that. The other aspect that I disliked about the book was that one of the plots was thin and got lost in the book. There are multiple plots, and the one about Brian and his court case went missing for a short time and then it’s too quickly wrapped up.