With excitement over Will and Kate’s royal baby (#2!) at an all-time high, it is perhaps fitting that this month’s paranormal offerings seem to have a bit of a theme—the hereditary ruling class. We’re talking time travelling Earls, dragon Lords, alpha pack leaders, vampire Kings and royal witches. So if you’re keen on the ruling ranks then prepare to dive into this month’s paranormal releases!
Jennifer Ashley's Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound #7)
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.
There’s no “meet cute” in this one. Pack leader Bowman and his mate Kenzie are an older couple, married for 15 years with a 12 year old son. Together, they’re the power couple of North Caroline Shifterland. Unfortunately Bowman and Kenzie don’t share the elusive “mate bond”, the metaphysical connection of loved up shifters. This means that if either of them ever meets their true mate, they’re supposed to go their separate ways, no questions asked. It’s an interesting premise. Conventional paranormal novels usually have couples discovering those fated bonds first and then forming a relationship later, this is the other way around. I love the world building in this series. As alpha pack leader, Bowman faced some serious challenges and there’s an unknown monster lurking about. There’s also some deception and betrayal and a huge emotional pay off.