Book Review: Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley

Mate Claimed by Jennifer AshleyTitle: Mate Claimed
Series: Shifters Unbound, #4
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: Edelweiss
Published: October 2, 2012 by Penguin

Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her. Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to "come out" and take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she's Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona's hunger calls to him.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Fans don’t kill me! I wanted to like this since I like the previous books in the Shifters Unbound series but couldn’t get into the plot or the characters.

The Set Up: Shifters are collared to prevent them from being violent toward humans. Shifters are rounded up and isolated in Shiftertowns to keep them separate from humans with an Alpha in charge of each Shiftertown. Eric is the wildcat shiftertown Alpha and immediately recognizes the un-collared wildcat Iona. Iona is coming into heat and Eric may be the only one who can keep her sane.

Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed the Shifters Unbound series, with the novella, Bodyguard, my favorite of the series.

What I Liked: Um…the author is a good descriptive writer but I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

What I Didn’t Like: First, this book moves readers from the Shiftertown in the other books to a new Shiftertown. I missed the town from the previous books because the characters were familiar.

Second, I couldn’t stand Iona. I thought she was irritating and selfish. She knew something was going on with her body but wouldn’t listen to Eric on the reasons and she didn’t seem to care that she may hurt people.

Third, there is another Alpha who sets up to challenge Eric for leadership and I found him almost more interesting than Eric. For me the leads in this book were boring and from the 70 pages I did read, their relationship was based on Iona being in heat more than anything else. This just wasn’t enough to keep my attention.

IMO: I know fans of the series will want to roast me for not liking this addition to the series, but that’s not enough for me to keep reading it for review.

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  1. Thanks for the input on the book :)

  2. Yeah, sorry, just couldn't get into it! But I loved Spike's story in the novella, Hard Mated. In fact, I liked the other novella a lot too; maybe I just like the novellas in the series better than the full length books. I'm like that Lora Leigh's books too. You read either series?


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