Review: Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #9
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 320 
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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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.

Elizabeth's Thoughts
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 conclusions reached are my own.

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