Hard Mated

Hard Mated

by Jennifer Ashley

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A short novel in the Shifters Unbound series: 43,000 words, seventeen chapters. Book 3.5 of Shifters Unbound (Austin Shifters)

Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown, is stunned when Myka, the best friend of a dying human woman, announces that Spike has fathered a cub. What's more, the mother is giving the boy to Spike to protect and raise.

Myka, who'd been raised by an abusive stepfather, is not sure that a wild fighter named Spike is the best man to bring up the cute little jaguar cub. She goes to Shiftertown to check out Spike, and finds that the man behind the name is a lonely Shifter who's lost most of his family and is a fierce caretaker to those he has left.

Spike is torn between the cub and his duties as tracker to the Shiftertown leader, and begs Myka, the only person who understands, to help him. He starts to like the sassy Myka, a horse trainer who's not afraid of working with animals, even if they're wildcats who turn into humans.

When Spike's job puts his cub and Myka in danger, Spike is forced to choose between those to whom he's pledged his loyalty and his need to protect the woman and cub he's come to love.

Shifters Unbound Book 3.5

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014888240
Publisher: JA / AG Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Series: Shifters Unbound Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 65,248
File size: 393 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ashley has written more than 85 published novels and novellas in romance, urban fantasy, and mystery under the names Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner. Her books have been nominated for and won Romance Writers of America's RITA (given for the best romance novels and novellas of the year), several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Urban Fantasy, Best Historical Mystery, and Career Achievement in Historical Romance), and Prism awards for her paranormal romances. Jennifer's books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have earned starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist. More about the Shifters Unbound series can be found at www.jennifersromances.com

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Hard Mated 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story (301 nook pages). Love this entire series, can't wait until October when the next book comes out. Highly recommend. Not just this book but the entire series as well. Jennifer Ashley rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For .99 it is so worth. Youll love Spike kick ass/loving atitude. The second half is the best. Higjly recommended it :)
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Ashley is one busy lady! She also writes under Allyson James and between the two she has a genre for everyone to enjoy: historical romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and even erotica. So far, no matter which series it's been, I've enjoyed it. Hard Mated is no exception. It's a novella in the Shifters Unbound series and it's a quick, fun read. It's only $.99 too! Hard Mated has all the elements that I enjoy in Jennifer Ashley's work, lot's of action, a hot alpha shifter, a heroine not afraid to stand up to all the alphas in Austin's Shiftertown, and some pretty hot sex! If you enjoy shifters stories, then pick up Hard Mated. It's a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aw man i love this boy i keep reading it iver and over again. I can't wait till the next bbook come out in october :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I loved Spike or Eron, and Myka and Jordan they will make such a great family! I loved revisiting old friends and seeing that Shaun and Andrea had their baby. Would love to see a story about Conner even though he's still considered a "cub"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is fast paced and keeps your attetion. Best of the series. Can't wait until the next one.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. At the moment Jennifer Ashley is my go-to author for paranormal. She writes a wonderful story that gives you all that you want in a romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can never get enough of this author. Every book i've read leaves me wanting more. Bravo and keep them coming. Keep me lusting for the suspense, passion and hot sexy encounters.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Loved Spikes story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished it and I can't wait to read it again. This was a fabulous story!
kmtnd More than 1 year ago
If you have enjoyed any of the shifters unbound series than Hard Mated is a must read. This is Spike's story, and adds many details about several characters. The only complaint I had was that I wished it would have been longer! I've always liked Spike's character, especially after reading Body Guard, so it was nice getting to see more and learn more about him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books cant wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep these books coming could not put this book down love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book....it was a really good read
tcrafter More than 1 year ago
Just keep reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ravenwarwing More than 1 year ago
i love the Shifters unbound series. it is a must read. i picked it up and i could not put it down.
VickiRose1 More than 1 year ago
There are so many things I can say about Jennifer Ashley & her Shifters Unbound series and every single thing I can think of, is nothing short of amazing! Her novels are all incredibly detailed, well thought out & stunningly steamy and drama filled.. This is a short novella that Jennifer released as Book 3.5 in her series. It gives us a glimpse into the world of the sexy wildcat shifter Spike as he suddenly finds himself thrust into fatherhood with Jordan, a half-breed cub that he didn't know he even had and a growing lust and love for the boys' beautiful "Aunt Myka" a very human close friend of Jordans deceased mother.. Spike has to learn how to raise a young son who is still working on being able to shift at will and help him deal with the loss of his mother, as well. Myka visits & helps Spike ease into parenthood and can't help but realize that she is falling for this hot, caring & oh-so-yummy wildcat and Spike cannot help the lust he feels whenever he is near the mesmerizing Myka and it slowly blossoms into love and a possible mate bond.. But will demons from Spikes past come in & tear this new family apart before they've ever really had a chance? Pick up this book & check it out! It is another must read in the Shifters Unbound series by the wonderful Jennifer Ashley. And if you prefer something more traditional, Ms. Ashley also writes beautiful, sensual historical romances, as well. Be sure to stop in & check this best selling author out! ~Vicki Rose Bitten By Love Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It was perfect. I read it twice before loaning it to a friend. I highly recommend it and all her series. Kudoo's Jennifer Ashley keep them coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, Nothing like a good shifter story. Sweet and a little hot at the same time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the shifter series it is always fast paced and you can never put it down. I can not wait until the next book comes out.
sissyj59 More than 1 year ago
A really good story. I enjoyed every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer has taken a supporting character and created an excellent novel about that character and the challenges he has in his life. The story is strong and poignant. Sometimes I think Jennifer tries to emphasize too much how the Shifters are different from humans rather than the similarities. Perhaps that's so that you can clearly identify the Shifter character. However, I think there are things that should be emphasized a little better. Like the fact that a man that is worried about protecting his family will have his wife and children wait in the car with the doors locked while he goes inside and makes sure the house is safe. Then come back and get the family. And still open the door for her while verifying that nothing has changed when they enter. He keeps the doors and windows always in sight so that if there is a problem he can address it. Stays away from the front glass where bullets or other threats might enter. In other words chivalry, southern hospitality etc, developed not because women were weaker but, so that a man could protect his wife and family. So a lot about Shifters is something that I can identify with. I am looking forward to the next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series, and this book was fantastic!!