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    Complete paranormal goodness!

    I just love returning to the Shifters Unbound series. It never gets dull and their is always something new to relish; a new element, a new couple, a new direction, etc. Guardian’s Mate has so much to savor and a few surprises along the way! It’s action packed, full of adventure, and sexy shifters. There was a lot of action and adventure packed into this novel. Our characters don’t get much downtime since they are dealing with Fae magic, being Goddess touched, dodging shifter bounty hunters, and new enemies. We are treated, along with our character, to one wild ride that gives us some riveting developments and captivating revelations. Our couple made a great pair. I enjoyed these two together. Zander's a crazy "big ass bear”, yep, Rae calls him that and I loved it. ^_^ He's also got some hidden depth to him that only Rae sees and can bring out. Rae is young and now she's saddled with being a Guardian. WOW a Guardian! The first female Guardian picked. Lets just say the shifters aren’t to happy and some don’t believe the Goddess chose her. Well even shifters can be prejudice to. I enjoyed Rae. She has a little mystery about her and she’s stuck with a very tough job. The romance was slow going; between Rae and Zander, but fun to watch them banter and tease and finally figure out they are perfect for each other. Theirs this smoldering tension between them that adds to the build up, so once they do hook up, yumminess befalls. I liked seeing the ragtag clan they sorta put together along with healing the loneliness each have deep inside. Their are also a lot of delightful secondary characters to appreciate. If you enjoy shifters and haven’t yet tried Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series you are in for a treat! Complete paranormal goodness ensues. We are treated to another fabulous read after another in this series. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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    Sweet

    I love this series not just for the thrill and excitement but for the story and how it reaches out to your heart
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    Love the story!

    Loved Zander from the previous stories and It was awesome that he met his true mate to keep him from going crazy. Rae completes him and the magic. Hope to see them in the future to see how their magic grows
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    Guardian's Mate

    The Shifters Unbound series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I loved everything about GUARDIAN’S MATE! Rae has a great honor bestowed upon her and many of the members of her Shiftertown believe that the honor should go to a man. Rae’s adoptive father and Shiftertown leader sends her away to protect her until she can harness these new powers and protect herself. Unfortunately, her father brings her to the craziest shifter of all and leaves her in his care. Zander is a shifter healer and spends most of his time in solitude. Healing is a gift from the Goddess (Goddess to shifters equates to God to humans) but after Zander heals someone, it takes a hefty toll on his body and his mind. And now he has this little wolf shifter dropped on his doorstep and he’s got to teach her how to be a Guardian. Zander is not the most patient guy. He’s a large polar bear shifter that is batsh*t crazy…most of the time. And Rae may be a pretty young wolf, but she’s got fire in her veins and stubborn streak to rival Zander’s own. I just loved Rae so much! She’s been through a lot: orphaned as a pup, adopted into a family of felines, been chosen as a Guardian and then shuttled off to a complete stranger, far away from her family. When faced with a sink-or-swim situation, Rae swims every single time. I admire her strength, courage and her capacity to love. Zander is cantankerous, stubborn, and sexy as hell. He’s also very alpha male and yet, his crazy sense of humor and flawless adaptability in any situation had me entertained and half in love with the big-ass polar bear! Zander and Rae paired beautifully together and I loved watching them fall in love! This is not just a love story. There is danger, battles, kidnappings, ghost fog, bar fights and so much more! Tides have changed and what you thought you knew about your enemies…well, you can forget all that! Things are heating up in the series and it’s not just the mating frenzy. I’m excited to see where the storyline goes and I can’t wait for the next book! ***I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusion reached are my own***
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    Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley

    GUARDIAN’S MATE is the ninth full length installment in Jennifer Ashley’s contemporary, adult SHIFTERS UNBOUND paranormal/fantasy romance series. This is polar bear shifter/healer Alexander ‘Zander’ Moncrief, and lupine shifter/Guardian Rae Lyall’s story line GUARDIAN’S MATE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order. SOME BACKGROUND: Thousands of years in the past, the Fae created the shifters-a cross between beast and man-and in the ensuing time the Fae lost control and power over the creatures they had created. Approximately twenty years ago shifters were exposed to the human population. Out of fear, discrimination and specieism, the shifters were collared with Fae magic in the belief that it would control aggression; then they were forced into segregated communities known as Shiftertowns. There are several Shiftertowns located throughout America where shifters live in a relative but strained peace amongst their own kind. Told from several third person perspectives GUARDIAN’S MATE focuses on the first female Guardian, chosen by the goddess, and the resulting fall out when the shifters of the Montana Shiftertown don’t take too kindly to a woman in charge. Hoping to protect his daughter from potential harm, Montana Shiftertown leader Eoin Lyall sends Rae to Alaska and reclusive polar bear shifter Alexander Moncrief for training and protection. What ensues is the building relationship between Zander and Rae, and threats against out couple when a vigilante bounty hunter takes aim at everything shifter. A group of feral shifters has targeted both human and shifter populations, and Zander and Rae are caught up in the fight. Xander Moncrief is a healer imbued with magical, empathic powers that have forced our hero into a reclusive life where the pain and suffering of others is far from his mind. Rae is a young shifter, barely past her transition, and the first woman chosen as the Guardian of her kind. The Guardian is tasked with ‘sending’ their dead to the Summerland-the shifter ‘after life’-but Rae has never been trained to handle the magical sword that is usually passed down from father to son. Xander Moncrief must temper his emotions as it pertains to the feisty lupine Guardian but attraction and the mating frenzy begin to over power our couple even as they are on the run from the people trying to destroy their lives. The romance is very slow to build; the $ex scenes are intimate and provocative. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including several shifters we have met in previous story lines, as well as the introduction of lupine shifter Ezra Wilcox, a man whose aging father recently passed away; Miles Keegan, a boat captain who hides a secret from the people with whom he works; Zander’s friend Piotr Ivanov who adds a little bit of humor and fun; and human Carson McCade, a man out to avenge the attack on his wife. GUARDIAN’S MATE is a story line that follows a new arc for the series focusing on an impending war between the shifters and the Fae. The premise is entertaining; the romance is a bit of push and pull as Zander tries to keep his distance while the couple is on the run; the characters are an eclectic and colorful mix of shifters and humans. GUARDIAN’S MATE is an imaginative tale of adventure, action and romance. If you like paranormal story lines about shifters and their struggle in a world controlled by humans and the Fae, check out Jennifer Ashley’s SHIFTERS UNBOUND series.
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