ARC Review: Guardian’s Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

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Shifters Unbound #9
Jennifer Ashley
Paranormal Romance - Shapeshifters
September 6th 2016


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 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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4 comments on “ARC Review: Guardian’s Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

  1. I heard good things about this author and the series, but haven’t read it myself. It was fun to read your review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one. It sure sounds like there’s a lot going on in this book. They sound like fun characters to read about.
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    • I have been enjoying this series. It’s unique and a lot does happen. Maybe you will get a chance to try out one of the novellas or novels in this series. Thank’s for checking out my review!

  2. I’ve really been enjoying this series. I have this one coming on audio. I’m really excited for it. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

    • Thank’s for stop by and checking out my review. It was a fun one to read and it’s a great series to enjoy!