Review: Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashely

Review: Mate Bond by Jennifer AshelyMate Bond Series: Shifters Unbound #7
Published by Berkley on April 7th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 320
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Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.


To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.


Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.

This will be a short review because this was my first DNF for the year. I was looking forward to this book, unfortunately it was less than steller or maybe it was just me. My main issue was that both the hero Bowman O’Donnell and heroine Kenzie are mates, they became mates out of convenience though from the start it was obvious that Kenzie was in love with Bowman before they became mates and they also have a child what they dont have, is a mate bond. When I started reading the book I thought that the achieving of the mate bond would be the whole point of the story which it was, just not what I expected and not in a good way either.

The book starts of with the guy figuring out that some new groupie is not here to mingle so he leads her on, takes her outside and exposes himself to her later and this was in the first chapter. I was immediately turned off/ disgusted from Bowman, especially more so when I found that he has a child and it just argh why I mean, what was the point of that scene. Did it show his commitment to his mate? no Did it show that he loves and respects his mate who by the way he knew was following him? no.

I tired to get past all the this but it kept bugging me than there was fighting and some kicking ass to this weird shape shifter creature and then they are back at home where’s theres jealousy first from Bowman and then Kenzie and then they have sex and all through everything that has happened they both thinking that the don’t have the mate bond which made me sad especially because kenzie was so upset but didn’t want to show her feelings of disappointment.

Then Kenize meets this guy from the police who is interested in her this leads to Kenize suspecting that she might be feeling the mate bond towards him. By this point I was done, I really dislike love triangles and I just not feeling the book, the characters and I felt that Kenize deserved a lot better mate than Bowman. I didn’t feel like he loved her at all. I skimmed some to get a general idea of what was happening or what happened at the end but I sort just meh about it all. This was a bummer, hopefully the next book in the series is better because I quite enjoy the series and love the authors historicals.

I really cant do short reviews can I? They always end up being normal or even longer length than my usual ones. -_-

About Jennifer Ashely

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.