Title: Guardian's Mate
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.
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Pride Mates, October 31, 2016
Series: Shifters Unbound
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Pride Mates
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: September 6th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance
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Guardian’s Mate by Jennifer Ashley was interesting and I liked the lead characters, Rae and Zander. The premise that Rae is the first female guardian and the fact that despite her divine selection she is still ostracized by her pack are relevant to our society today. Both Rae and Zander are, because of their gifts, outcasts which makes the reader sympathetic to them. The details of their harrowing journey off the coast of Alaska is written with very good detail. For all these reasons, I wanted to really like the book but instead I struggled some with it. The story was slow to progress. During their attempt to escape bounty hunters, we’re introduced to characters who participate in the climactic scene and spend some time watching Rae and Zander get to know each other but this portion of the book was too long. Rae and Zander spent too little time training (her entire purpose of being there) and the man hunting them was a little too easy to win over to assisting them. The two spent too much time resisting each other and too little time finally acting on their instant chemistry. I’d have liked to have seen more of Rae gaining skills, coming into her talents and responsibilities as a guardian, interacting with the pack and a buildup to the pack’s acceptance of her as guardian. The return to Shiftertown and the tracking down of the feral shifters should have been a larger part of the story.
With that all said, the book was still interesting. Ashley is imaginative and writes well and I’m sure fans of the series will enjoy this book as well.