Guardian's Mate (Shifters Unbound Series #9)

Guardian's Mate (Shifters Unbound Series #9)

by Jennifer Ashley

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of White Tiger returns as primal desire draws two lone shifters into each other’s arms...
 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425281369
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Shifters Unbound Series , #9
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 231,853
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shifters Unbound series, and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as national bestselling and award-winning author Allyson James. She lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, and spends most of her time in the wonderful worlds of her stories.

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Guardian's Mate 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is jthe second book ive read in this series and it was very fast paced with lots of action in and out of the bedroom and other places! Lol not happy having to wait until next year for the next one as ill forget about it all by the time the new book comes out. It was a really good read either way and if you like adult paranormal youll love this and zander will crack you up with his craziness and Rae with her stubbornness. They balance each other out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Pre-ordered the 10th book. Now have to wait for it to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant read great addition to the series I can hardly wait for the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the shifter series and Zander an Rae have a special place in my heart. You wont be dissapointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an good book
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
There has never been a female Guardian, until now. Zander is the eccentric healer that everyone thinks is crazy and he has retreated back to his Alaskan home to find solitude and peace. What he wasn't expecting was for a favor to be called in and for him to have to take on the very first female Guardian and train her. Rae is really out of her comfort zone and doesn't like being left by her foster father with Zander, the crazy polar bear shifter. Well, adventure follows Zander and it doesn't take long until they are going into the environs of Alaska to release a dead shifter's soul, end up in a bar fight, get chased out of Alaska by bounty hunters, and end up back home in Montana with a broken sword on the hunt for feral shifters. It was fun and their banter back and forth was enjoyable to watch. I liked watching them try and resist each other because they really couldn't afford to let into their mating frenzy while dealing with everything they dealt with. Zander, I think is one of my favorite characters; you really don't know what to expect to come out of his mouth, how he will react to things, or the fact that he seemed less guarded than the other shifters. Part of it I think is because he was never collared and seems to be able to make friends anywhere he goes. I liked their story a lot. A lot happens in such a short amount of pages, only 336 pages. The size of the book is deceiving, it is jam packed with adventure, humor, passion, friendships, and experiences. I loved it.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Rae Lyall has been chosen by the Goddess to be the first female Guardian which pisses off a lot of elder shifters. They claim her choosing was engineered by her father, the leader of the Montana shifter town. Wanting to keep her safe he travels with her to Alaska and leaves her with Zander, in the hopes Zander will protect her, but also train her to use her gifts. If you have read the last several books in this series, then you are familiar with Zander. He is Goddess blessed, using his gifts to heal. He is also considered to be a slightly crazy polar bear shifter who is a bit anti social. He does not appreciate this young woman being his responsibility, but her loneliness and fear of being an outcaste tugs on his heart. The last few books in this series have lacked the fun and originality that were in the first few books. Zander brings back that joy and fun, living life for the moment, determined that even if he's in the middle of a cluster@*#^, things usually turn out alright. Rae who has been sheltered in a shifter town, doesn't know what hits her when life turns upside down, and their adventures begin. Guardian's Mate has brought the fun back into this series with Zander and Rae's story. His guidance is somewhat unorthodox, but it seems to be exactly what she needs to gain confidence and prove to everyone that she was the right choice as Guardian. If the author continues to have fun with this series then I will keep reading her stories. After all, these books are not serious, they are romances between people who turn into animals. That should be fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I liked the plot it did get slow and boring in a few places. The new characters are a great addition and I look forward to their stories. I prefer the Austin shiftertown community and was happy to see some old faces show up. Still a good read for the series but not as wonderful as most of the reviewers stated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite. Highly recommend it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A return to the action of the early books. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series but this book was outstanding thank you
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
This book is now my favorite in one of my favorite series. I loved having Zander as our hero, and Rae was the perfect heroine. Fast, and exciting. Paranormal at it's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy this series. It's like visiting family everytime. Love seeing how the characters develop! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
306 pages. Love this series
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review & Giveaway: Guardian's Mate: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-6mz Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Reviews by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars #TopFav2016 REVIEW: I truly enjoyed reading about Rae and Zander. Their story takes the reader through a lot of territory, while seamlessly building their relationship. I felt an instant connection with them both right away and loved that neither of them fit into a stereotype, other than a sexy one. I even began to think of the sword as a character and really enjoyed that. It was a fast yet smooth story that pulled in people we knew and some new interesting players that I hope will pop back in now and then. Fun all the way around. I can’t wait to see where it brings us next. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. Note from Cori: Totally loved this one too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book and wonderful series
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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 hum
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
New and exciting things are happening in the world of Shifters Unbound. Wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is chosen by the Goddess as the first female Guardian. Rae is a young orphaned wolf shifter raised by big cats and just barely out of her transition. Traditionalists are not happy with her being picked so her Alpha and step father takes her up to Alaska to be trained by polar bear Shifter and healer, Zander. Zander knows that being chosen of the Goddess is not an easy path. He is not happy with the task being thrust upon them both nor is he happy with the feelings she engenders in him. The Goddess knows what she is doing and the rest are along for the ride. This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions action and adventure.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as good as the others! Waiting was worth it!