(Shifters Unbound, #4)
by Jennifer Ashely
(Shifters Unbound, #4)
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Feline Shifter
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
From the Publisher:
Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain…
As a wildcat Shifter and leader of his Shiftertown, Eric Warden knows his own kind. When he sees Iona Duncan, he realizes that although she appears human she is a half-Shifter wildcat living without a Collar—and that if she doesn’t acknowledge her true nature and her mating hunger, it may kill her….
Iona finds the mysterious and powerful Eric alluring, even though she has vowed never to reveal her Shifter side, lest her mother pay the price for hiding her all these years. But her mating hunger is rising, and with Eric so close, she may not be able to resist…and her desire may lead to the very doom they are fighting to deny…
When leopard shifter Eric Warden met Iona Duncan, he knew right away that she was a half-shifter trying to pass herself off as human. For Iona, as much as she was attracted to the sexy Las Vegas Shiftertown leader, she didn't want anything to do with him. To come out as a Shifter would ruin her happy human life and get her mother into trouble for keeping her secret. But Iona is in her mating frenzy and in danger of going feral if she doesn't give in to her true nature. Eric has to convince her to embrace her shifter side ... and become his mate.
Before Eric can convince Iona, they are threatened when the human government forces a Feline-hating Lupine clan leader on Shiftertown. Add to that a baffling illness that debilitates Eric, a secret building in the desert, and missing wolf-shifters, and you've got suspense, danger, action, and mystery. "And in the middle of all of this, a young, fertile female with the rising need to mate was running around loose and unprotected."
You'll love the characters of Eric and Iona. Iona is a smart woman who cleverly stands up to the Lupine leader. Eric sees her as a strong fighter and protector. More than that, she's the mate of his heart. Eric is everything a good alpha should be. He "had dominance down to an art form." "[Iona had] seen the seductive lover, the vicious fighter, the man suffering, and the protector." Oh, and did I mention that he's HOT? The scene in Iona's back hallway during the bachlorette party is ... something you don't want to miss.
Some secondary characters grow throughout the book, and by the end you'll be anxious for books about them. I won't name names, as that would spoil things for you. It's no secret, though, that the next book is Tiger Magic, which is coming out in June 2013.