martedì 10 settembre 2013

La serie Shifters unbound, di Jennifer Ashley

Grazie al Read a romance month, ho scoperto o potuto apprezzare alcune autrici che prima non conoscevo o avevo sdegnato. Una delle scoperte migliori fatte finora è quella di Jennifer Ashley, che scrive sotto vari nomi d'arte, e di cui ho iniziato la serie Shifters unbound. Davvero interessante, rilassante e con elementi innovativi in un genere che rischia di ripercorrere spesso le stesse strade.

Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, #1)Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was reading it at the same time as I was...trying to read "Written in red". Werewolf society and interaction with humans in both books, but in a very different way.
I have really appreciated this book. (Written in red is still unfinished...).
Except for small things that I don't like (sudden love, too short time for the story, too many smart-ass comments from Kim, not a real description of her work...) I have loved the world-building and the elements of innovation in the genre. Plus, the writing style is fresh, natural, compelling. The main and the secondary characters are interesting and likeable.
Definitly a good read!

Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound, #2)Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't expect that this book was so good, because I haven't really liked Sean in the first book of the serie. But it was. The main characters, Sean and Andrea, are strong but marked by negative experiences. They really are improving themselves in building their relationship. In the first book I have found Sean not so compelling: interesting yes, but forgettable. His attitude - poor me, I have to do the hardest work - was not so charming for me. But in this book we can see a lot of other attitudes in Sean's behavior! The meeting and the interaction with Andrea draws out the best in him (and in her too!). So, this book is full of humor, ironic dialogues, teases, tension, sexiness, playfulness, sizzling chemistry, loneliness and compassion, enthralling feelings and fascinating discoveries.
The only thing that I don't like is the presence of the Fae element. I really dislike Fae stuff and not only in this book, but in all the books I have read. Ok, I admit, I have a problem with Fae. (Don't tell them.) It's really unbelievable that I don't hate Andrea, but she is a beautiful protagonist, strong and smart.
So, an involving and alluring story to read!

View all my reviews Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound, #2.5)Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's a novella, so I have had the impression that the relationship between the main characters was not so well builded and definied as in other stories of this author. Ronan is an adorable, cute, protective Kodiak bear that has a foster home for problematic children and also works at evenings at the Shifter bar. The cubs are really loveable, most of all little Olaf. Elizabeth is a strong woman that has changed identity from a difficult past and she fiery protects her sister. Two beautiful characters, but too much action drives away time and space for the interaction and the changes that can bring to a love story. For example, I was not interested in the dynamics in the drug dealer family, but in the contrary I found really sweet the scene in which Elizabeth can finally relax thanks to Ronan snoring (!), feeling secure and protected for the first time in her life.
Ronan is good, but my bear-of-the-heart will always be Crush from "Bear meets girl"...sorry. But if you want to try this serie and have not the time to read a complete novel, this novella can be a good start.

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