Andrea is Glory’s (the Morrissey’s neighbor) niece. Andrea is not a normal shifter. Ooh, she does turn into a wolf, but she’s only half-shifter. The other half is fey. And since the fey was the one whom created and enslaved the shifters, you can imagine that Andrea isn’t the most popular gal in town, at least not in her old Town. Andrea asked to be transferred from her old Shifter Town to her Aunt Glory’s Town so she could escape from a mate-claim she in NO WAY would accept (only he was too thick to understand she didn’t want the mate-claim).
To help Glory’s niece out Sean Morrissey Mate-claims Andrea, since the law (dictated by the humans) says a female can’t leave a Shifter Town and move to another one without cause. (Males have NO business moving Town at all). Sean has every intention to release Andrea of the Mate-claim once she’s settled in. Well, until he met her at the bus station, where he and Glory was picking Andrea up. Then he was sold.
But trouble is brewing in the Shifter Town where the Morrisseys live and in the community around them, where drive-by shootings at shifter friendly bars are just the beginning and the lines between friend and enemy suddenly aren’t so clear.
I loved the first book in this series; Pride Mates where we were introduced into this world (to see our review of Pride Mates, click here: http://dangerousromance.com/?p=2995 ) and the second is just as good. We get a wonderful view into the complex world that Jennifer Ashley have created where things isn’t always black and white, where people you trust might turn on you, where people you thought were enemies in reality is… a bit more friendly and can help and where love is the highest price you can get.
Jennifer Ashley keeps on astonishing me with the twists and plots she comes up with and just when you think you have figured something out (and you might have), she throws something different into the mix.
Sean Morrissey was – to me – a fascinating character in the last book and to see him struggle with the potential of getting a mate, being a Guardian is a lonely job after all – not to mention a lot of Shifter females usually shun Guardians since their job is so full of death. After all a Guardian is supposed to send a Shifte’rs soul to Summerland, using his sword. Few would be able to handle that much death over and over.
LAURIE’S TWO CENTS: The Guardian’s are really the great tragic figures of Jennifer Ashley’s Universe. Everyone of the shifters wants a guardian near, if they are near death. It’s kinda like having a priest do last rites, but you get an automatica pass to heaven. However you have to get that pass with a sword through the heart….so people demand their town have a guardian, and get to carry a big bad ass sword and when they are dying, they derive great comfort in him being there. But the rest of time? It’s kinda like having the grim reaper at your birthday party if he’s your uncle or cousin. Sort of a buzz kill.
SABINA: Andrea is a very interesting person as well and she suits Sean in so many ways. She accepts him as he is, she’s frank about who and what she is and knows the price of loyalty and what it’s worth. She’s stubborn as hell too, which is a good thing when it comes to Sean.
As in the last book we see the future “war” brewing between Shifters and humans. We get more insight into the Shifters world and how they work, and what they’re working for, but we also see the different sides of the Shifters. They all agree that they want to be free of the collars and to not be treated as second-grade citizens. But we also see they don’t all agree as to HOW this is supposed to happen…
There are a lot of touching and sincere elements in this book. Primal Bonds is a beautiful and exciting continuation of the Shifters Unbound series and I can’t wait to read more!!
LAURIE: I’m in love with this series. I’d read SHIFTER UNBOUND years ago and somehow got distracted and didn’t know so many more of the series had been released. The world building is fantastic. It reminds me a bit of early Charlaine Harris Sookie books if it was just about the Shifters. Completely different world but a similarity of style (despite being 3rd person not first.). After Sabina reviewed SHIFTER UNBOUND, and I realized there were a bunch of books now out in the series, I bought and read, one right after the other, the entire series (thank you KINDLE!) We’re going to review them all and great news folks. Sometime in January I believe, we will be featuring an interview with Jennifer Ashley herself! So look for that and a giveaway soon! Also, I found an interesting interview with Jennifer Ashley on Youtube recently. I’ll be posting it on our Facebook page if there aren’t any copywrite problems. Thanks Sabina for the great review and reminding me of how much I enjoy this series.