Series: Shifter’s Unbound Book #9
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Blurb: She wasn’t ready to lead…
Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.
He wasn’t ready to love…
A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.
Favorite quotes: “You looking at me with those gray eyes, makes me want to throw the rest of the world to hell so I can kiss you.”
“It’s not the mating frenzy.” Zander’s thumbs found her opening, caressed it. “It’s you. You save my life, you ease my pain, and you act like you don’t know why that’s special. No one ever saved my life before, Rae. Only you.”
“I like the idea of two halves making a whole. How about we go back below and put our halves together again?”
Thoughts: But she’s a woman! For the first time, yes, she is a woman! We have our first female Guardian! Guardian’s Mate was just a breath of fresh air all the way around. We also get to see something a little different, in that we have a setting and background that takes place on a large boat. Rae is taken to Zander in order to help keep her safe and train her for her own safety and to let things settle down a little and give people a chance to accept the idea of a female guardian. I loved the storyline with this one and I adore the characters – fondly known as Little Wolf and Big Ass Bear. While it started off a little rocky, these two won you over quickly and by the end I was so caught up in their romance, I couldn’t read it fast enough.
Have no doubt, this is one of the top reads in the series for me!