Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on March 1st 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 298 pages
When half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray flees an abusive would-be mate, the only way she is allowed to relocate to the Austin Shiftertown is if a Shifter there claims her as mate.
Sean Morrissey, the Guardian of his clan and all of Shiftertown, is mateless, lonely, and has a tough job--to send the souls of deceased Shifters into the afterworld. He volunteers to claim her, sight unseen, but doesn't realize that one look at the gray-eyed, dark-haired Andrea will stir the mating frenzy in him. Even though the mate-claim isn't finalized, official, or yet blessed, Sean will do anything to get Andrea into his life and keep her there, forever.
I read book 1, Pride Mates back in 2010. I remember enjoying it and when I saw my library had book 2, Primal Bonds I thought I’d check it out.
Since I’ve read so many shifter books since 2010 I didn’t remember a lot about Pride Mates. In fact I was thinking that it was about a wolf couple but after going back and reading a few reviews on it to jog my memory it’s actually about Liam, Sean’s (the hero of Primal Bonds) brother. And the world PRIDE should have clued me in, since a pride usually means cats of some kind.
The story of Primal Bonds is about a half fae, half wolf female shifter that leaves her pack in Colorado to join the pride in Austin, TX to get away from a mating with a wolf she wants nothing to do with. In order to do so there is shifter laws to go around and that where the sexy Sean comes in to Andrea’s life. He makes a mate claim on her so that she can come to Austin.
Once Andrea meets Sean at the bus station in Austin their mating starts. They both like what they see but it’s not an instant-a-love, which I like. The two get to know each other and there is some sexual chemistry. But there’s also friendship and respect.
Shifters and Fae hate each other which makes Andrea’s life hard since she is part Fae. Many Shifters don’t like her for that fact alone. But with females being in low number the wolf shifter that Andrea is running from decides to come to Austin to challenge Sean for her.
All the while the Sean and his pride are dealing with humans that are shooting up businesses that allow Shifters and another local pride is causing problems. Oh and let’s through in the Fae that want to bring Shifters back into Faerieland for slaves once again.
Primal Bonds is full of Shifter on Shifter action inside and outside the bedroom with an added danger element the Fae bring. While I was not blown away by Primal Bonds I will continue the series since my library has book 3, Wild Cat.