Early Review: Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley

September 30, 2012 Review 1

*This title will be released on October 2, 2012*

Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound, #4)


(Shifters Unbound, #4)
by Jennifer Ashley

Genre:  Paranormal Romance |
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Reviewed by:Kristina| Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0425251012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251010


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Multiple graphic sex scenes


Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her. Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to “come out” and take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she’s Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona’s hunger calls to him.


Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound stands out as one of my top paranormal romance series with its complex political and social issues and some intense, hot romances. MATE CLAIMED, the fourth in the series, continues this trend with a spicy romance and intense action. I love the depth and layers of all of the politics between shifter communities and humans. What makes me really care about these characters is all of the little ways the shifters find to thrive in their forced confinement to select communities.  MATE CLAIMED revealed more about the social issues that shifters have to go through especially with Iona hiding her shifter nature. Considering the cruel Collar technology imposed by humans, I was constantly worried that Iona would be found out and forced to wear one.

What I really enjoyed about the romance between Iona and Eric was that Eric started pursuing her at the very end of the previous book, WILD CAT. So, we start MATE CLAIMED with the two leads in the ‘cat and mouse’ phase of their relationship with Eric slowly pursuing Iona. This romance is not a quick passion but more like a slow heat that builds to a raging inferno by the end of the book. While Eric is the alpha of the shifters and apt to be the more dominant in this relationship, I liked that Iona never let him get away with it. Because if her stubbornness and strength they came off as equals right off the bat.

MATE CLAIMED is a story of discovery and strength in the face of adversity with a passionate romance at its core. I’ll be looking forward to another hot and complex story when the fifth book in Shifters Unbound, TIGER MAGIC, comes out June 4, 2013 from Berkley Sensations.

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One Response to “Early Review: Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley”

  1. Alexa

    I have the first two in this series so I’m happy to learn that it is a series that is worth reading. Sometimes these paranormal romances are all the same and I’m glad this stands out to you.

    THanks for the great review!