When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him.
To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea's intense attraction to Sean is something shen ever expected - a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.
©2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"Ashley's skill at blending plot intricacies with believable characters makes this a terrific mix of passion and power. Settle in and enjoy!" (Romantic Times)
Ms. Ashley created a unique take on the paranormal genre. The "shifters" were created by faery. They freed themselves from the fae only to end up corralled into shabby towns and treated as second rate citizens by humans. I am enjoying this series even though it is not in my top 5.
Unfortunately, I think I would be enjoying it more if I was reading it. It's hard for me to say this, but the narration is truly awful. The reading is staccato. There is no rhythm. Sentences are stressed in the wrong place so that the listener has to stop and think about what the words mean instead of relying on the narrator to embue them with the correct feeling. She "loses" the "voices" so that the listener gets a bit of a shock thinking "...wait, wasn't the heroine talking? ...oh, she still is, only she sounds like the hero now..." All in all, its a difficult listen entirely due to the poor narration.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Phew, I'm exhausted after this listen about very primal alpha male shifters (check out the cover picture girls) and good/evil fae all battle it out either against each other or stand together as pack fight pack and fae fight fae. Along with this is the touching, gentle yet sizzling romance as Sean (the Guardian with a big magic sword - come on minds out of the gutter - literally a real sword again check out the cover pic) battles his mating urge to change a mating 'bond of convenience' with Andrea into a true love bond because they both feel the strong pull to mate as the attraction grows and heats between them. There were sex scenes but they weren't too graphic in any way.
It's been a long time since I listened to book 1 Pride Mates so I couldn't remember the storyline at all but this didn't much detract from my enjoyment of this listen so I guess it could be a stand alone listen. however, why deprive yourselves - if you haven't already downloaded the 1st book then I would start there, follow with this one, and sit back and savour an entertaining paranormal tale which, despite being a wee bit slow in parts, is an enjoyable listen. The shape shifting community is made up of warm, interesting and friendly characters that are ready to open their doors and let you see their lives, loves and world.
Can't wait for books 3 Wild Cat and 4 Mate Claimed which were both published in 2012 so come on Audible where are they ?? and they will be followed by book 5 Tiger Magic later this year.
Worth a credit? A good paranormal romance series to get your claws into which was definitely worth a credit so it's a YES from me.
I love this series and cannot wait for the rest. But the spoiler was the horrible attempt at an Irish accent, it sounded like a cross between weird Irish and Australian. The big Alpha shifters sounded high pitched and squeeky as if they were talking through a wedgie! Do the producers/directors Never listen to the end result?? Surely its better to leave out the accent all together? After listening to Ian Ruane narrate The Druid Stone using a beautiful Irish brogue this was pure torture. Its a shame how the narrators can ruin a perfectly great set of stories. I will get the rest of the series should audible do them as they are great. The narration was OK when the Morrisey's were not talking. I hope she drops the accents next time.
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Andrea- She is one spirited heroine!
His voice was pleasant and his intonation was spot on!
It made me swoon!
Primal Bonds is the second book in the Shifters Unbound Series. Jennifer Ashley has done a stunning job creating a magical world with Shifters and Faes. The first book introduced us to this world were humans are striving to control shifters through collars. These collars are attached to their skin. The person wearing the collar receives a shock if they try to show any sign of aggression. (Boy can I think of places that would come in handy....just kidding!) Shifters are forced to live separately from the human world.
Andrea is a half Shifter half Fae hybrid. She was forced out of her clan because she didn't want to mate with Jared (the son of her clan's leader). The only way to escape that claim was for her to be claimed by another. Lucky for her, Sean Morrissey is available and happy to help. Sean is the guardian of his clan and protects the sacred sword which is used in time of death. The sword has Fae magic and helps release the spirits of the fallen Shifters to the next life.
Andrea is a spunky heroine and has no trouble "waging verbal banter war" with Sean. The two share an immediate connection and the sexual tension is high from the first page of the text. Andrea suffers from nightmares and Sean conveniently steps in as her protector.
"Andrea laughed again, the sound softer as she relaxed back into him. Sean held her in a safe embrace, cradling her like a cub until she fell into limp, dreamless slumber.”
Andrea has so many emotions dragging her down. She has never felt fully accepted due to her half breed status. Additionally, she never knew her father. Now she is being called from her sleep out in to the dark where something is lurking there.
“We’ll figure this out, love,” he said. “I won’t let you be hurt.”-Sean
Although Sean has made the mate claim on Andrea, she must accept it. There were several elements in this read that set this book apart from the first in the series, as well as, other books that I have read in this genre. I found it refreshing that time wasn't wasted on the question of "IF" Andrea would accept the claim. Instead, it was a matter of "when" and "how". I thoroughly enjoyed the peace in knowing that these two were going to be together.
“It’s a damn scary thing claiming a mate. I want to protect you all the time, and never stop.”-Sean
As Sean and Andrea are working through the beginning of their relationship, trouble is brewing all around. Humans are attacking Shifters. Clans are battling for control. Liam is working towards staking claim as the new leader of his clan. Dylan, Sean and Liam's father, is struggling with his desire to take Glory as his mate. I felt like we received a bonus romance in this read because of the background conflict between Glory and Dylan.
However, the true magic in this story is between the two main characters. I enjoyed every minute of reading about Andrea and Sean!
"For her clear gray eyes, for her sweet curves, for the way she said his name. For the way her clothes clung to her body, for her sense of humor, for her buying him underwear with smiley faces on them. It was the way she smelled, the way she liked coffee, and the way she winked at the Shifter groupies in the bar and left them speechless. It was her Fae scent and her fine skin, her breath, her warmth, and the fact that she walked upon the earth."
Overall, Primal Bonds was a fantastic read. It had action, intense plot development, interesting characters, and a great deal of heart. Jennifer Ashley has a fluid writing style that shifts seamlessly between the different points of view. For me, I find her characters are the key to the success in her books. I just can't help but want to read more and find out how they are doing and what will happen next. There are always times when I am reading PRN that I want to roll my eyes a little at the "craziness" of it all. And yet, it is in those moments that I relax and enjoy the journey into another world. If you are a fan of PRN, you should definitely check out this series. You will not be disappointed.
The world building is good--it's not necessarily a unique take (the premise shares similarities with the Fea reservations in the Mercy Thompson series), but it's interesting and different within the shifter genre. I do wish it pushed a little harder on challenging gender roles, though. I enjoy an alpha male as much as the next reader, but it would be nice if alpha females weren't quite so "rare". All the women are depicted as being strong, so why do they still have to all be subordinate in the power structures?
The final confrontation-- this is actually the second time I've listened to this book, and it's one of the more memorable in the series (trying not to give away spoilers). Also, the part with the underwear.
I've heard her before and she's ok. This is not her strongest performance. Really, if you can't do a passable accent, you really ought not to try. The Morriseys sound like a garbled mixture of Irish, Scottish, and Australian. And Ronan inexplicably has a conglomeration of various English accents. The editing/pacing of some scenes is also pretty rough, with Dukehart pausing in the middle of a line as if she lost her place. It's not the worst narration ever (by a long shot) but I can see why some reviewers are so put off by it.
Well, it's part of a series, so yes, of course there should be more books. But do Andrea and Sean specifically need a second book? Eh.
Story is very good. It's a different take on shape shifters and I've been reading this series since it first came out and was glad to see it in audio.
Sorry Cris, you DO NOT do a good job keeping the characters separate in your voice changing, and that is not an Irish accent. I'm not sure what it is, except painful to hear. I am torn as to whether I will get the rest of the series because of the narration of the story.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
This was probably one of the worst narration I have ever listened to. The narrator completely destroyed the book. The main male character is Irish. She made him sound souther/ Australian. If she wasn't doing that the other character were depicted as being a child. It was just bad.
It made me so frustrated because the narrator of the first book was so good and then we get this one. Ans she narrates the rest of the series.
With that being said I will NOT be getting the rest of the series. As for the book it was good and very well thought out. I just wish I could enjoy it more but, the narrator was just that bad. Due yourselves a favor and not get this book or any book that she narrates for.
Yes, I would recommend to others who like this genre. I am so intrigued by the "segration" of the shifters from "normal" humans. The storyline introduces the Fae who helped the normal people corral theshifters and also look down on the shifters who were forced out 20 years ago to be treated like second class citizens. The concept of Shifter Towns is reminiscent to "separate but equal" but worse. The can't have up to smart phones or computers and the collar trials and tribulations makes me rewind scenes to listen again. I like that they have such good attitudes about how they live.
I really enjoyed other books about "supernaturals" from Thea Harrison, Karen Marie Moning and Sarah McCarty. Laurel K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris also address "human"s versus supernaturals in a fantastic way. Romance abounds, protective males, accepting women, just loving it.
When she meets her father.
When she finds out she can heal wounds with her man.
Can't wait for the next one.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I like it. Good follow up. Finally we find out all about that sword. We meet Sean in book 1 and now it's his turn to find love. I was so scared he was gonna have to challenge Liam or something. Thank goodness! I love the fact that his mate is half-fae! Ok...but her dad sure was creepy in the beginning... I hope they figure out a way to break those collars too.
Narration was good. Dukehart did great. I actually thought I was listen to Odom again...very similar Irish accent for Sean and Liam.
Good buy if your following the series. Just wait for credit if your just getting started.
Cris Dukehart, Please, Please never try to use a Scottish accent for anything ever again. You do not do it well at all. As I said in one of my other reviews you sound like an Irish/Aussie from Brooklyn which is painful on the brain.
I love these books and have almost the whole collection. I just have to muddle through the parts I hate.
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