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Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound #4)

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Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain…

As a wildcat Shifter and leader of his Shiftertown, Eric Warden knows his own kind. When he sees Iona Duncan, he realizes that although she appears human, she is a half-Shifter wildcat living without a Collar—and that if sh
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Penguin Group
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"Mate Claimed" is book #4 in Jennifer Ashley's shifter series...this one was about the shifters in Las Vegas. Eric is the Alpha of the Felines and Bears and he sets his sights on a half human/half shifter woman who is living with the humans unaware that she is part Feline. Iona has tried to deny that she is a shifter all of her life, and wants absolutely nothing to do with them. When Eric comes across her in a bar, they are immediately drawn to each other. Of course Iona fights the attraction, b ...more
Written October 8, 2014

4 Stars - Simply so amazingly good romances with wonderful characters and engaging topics

Book #4

It was time for some cuddly shifters in a Shiftertown again.

'Shifters Unboand', is a lovely paranormal m/f series written by a great romances author, Ms. Jennifer Ashley. Good books to pick up now and then. You always get interesting stories, thoughtful topics and sweet grand love.

This one was no exception.
Another good Shifters Unbound installment. Hetro (adult) PNR perfect fo
Jennifer Ashley
Apr 01, 2012 Jennifer Ashley added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book 4 of Shifters Unbound. Eric and Iona's story.
4.5 stars

I adore this series!! Right from the start the world and the people inhabiting it captured my attention and refused to let go. I have high expectations and this book lived up to them.
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Eric Warden is a Shiftertown leader. As such he has a lot of responsibilities. He's quite used to them, but there are times when the burden is heavier. Like now, some human decided to save money and shut down the second Shiftertown in Nevada, forcing the nearly feral Lupines to move to Eric's
Laura the Highland Hussy
Oct 18, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

Ever since Wild Cat, I’ve wanted to read more about Las Vegas Shiftertown leader Eric.

With so many things going on in his Shiftertown, Eric has a lot on his plate. He has some wolves from a closed down Shiftertown in Northern Nevada moving in. The preparations are insane, the government is closing down the Shiftertown, but hasn’t prepared anything yet. Their insane logic? The shifters can just bunk up and bond. Right.

So now Eric has the leader Gr
Sep 06, 2015 Erika marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 5%

Damn (said in a very disappointed Gordon Ramsey-esque tone).

Apparently hero has a deceased mate. After doing a search through the book, there are many snippets where he talks about that mate, Kirsten, saying how much he loved her, how amazing she was, how badly he hurt and grieved. This seems like it could be a fantastic story. I loved the opening scene so much that's why I am bummed. I don't like stories where the heroine is second best love for the hero. Or even equal love to a previ
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

MATE CLAIMED is book four in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. This book explores Iona’s story. Iona is a half-Shifter, living without a Collar in the human world. The danger of living without any real knowledge of her mating hunger and Shifter side can very well kill her if she isn’t careful. So, Eric Warden, wildcat and leader of his own Shiftertown is now taking Iona into his own hands to care for her. Iona fears the repercussions of revealing herself
Mate Claimed
4.5 Stars

Iona Duncan is a half-shifter raised as human and taught to keep her wildcat identity secret. Unfortunately, she has entered the transition stage and her animal instincts are raging out of control. Shiftertown leader, Eric Warden, not only recognizes Iona, but is well aware of the fact that her failure to accept her true nature will have disastrous consequences.

Not only is Eric and Ione’s story a huge improvement on the previous installment, but it rescues Ashley’s Shifter’
Apr 13, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it

This was an exciting addition to the Unbound Shifter series, in this one we have Las Vegas Shiftertown leader Eric, a wildcat. He meets and become drawn to Iona, an uncollared half shifter that has gone undetected by the government. Iona is trying to keep her life as fully human, while trying to let out her shifter side and keep it from everyone. While Eric wants to help Iona with her shifter side, Iona does everything she can to keep Eric away and her shifter side in control. She doesn’t want t
Sep 21, 2012 Letitia rated it really liked it
Rating: B+ ... Heat: Hot


I love Jennifer Ashley’s historical romances. In fact, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my all-time favorites. So why on earth did it take me so long to try out her PNR novels? I honestly have no clue but it was definitely long overdue! And, even though I’m starting with book four (such a bad habit of mine, I’ll admit), it was so easy to immerse myself in the Shifters Unbound world.

And, wow, what a world. Miz Ashley hits you with sensual and arousing
Oct 18, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
4.5 stars

Despite my frustration with the heroine, this was a great book and one of the better ones in this series. This id Eric and Iona's romance but the story was much more than that. New shifters, a new swing in the storyline and some very interesting shifter dynamics all made this hard to put down. You could read this as a first book but I think you'd get much more enjoyment if you follow the series in order. Ashley is a great author - making me cry, allowing an antagonistic character to bec
Aug 21, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it
While the main couple had captured my attention since the scene when they first met in Wild Cat, I wasn't all that engrossed in their story, unfortunately. That is mostly because of Iona, who for a big part of the book just refuses to listen to reason.

I found her very frustrating and so had a difficult time getting into their story, even after she stopped being so belligerent.

Eric has quite a lot on his plate, with a new alpha and wolf shifters moving into his shifter town and dominance issues a
All Things Urban Fantasy
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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 th
Beanbag Love
Nov 21, 2013 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
Eric Warden -- brother of Cassidy Warden from Wild Cat and Las Vegas shiftertown leader -- has discovered an uncollared shifter living right under the noses of all the authorities both human and shifter. He's determined to keep her safe and unreachable for as long as he can. That will be difficult as Iona Duncan is hitting her transition and starting to get a little wild.

I loved how this one played out. Iona did tick me off at some points with her stubbornness in the face of facts -- a pet peev
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

I am a huge Jennifer Ashley fan. I discovered her when she writing erotica for Ellora’s Cave under the name Allyson James. That sci-fi erotica series is still an auto-buy for me. Since then I’ve read a paranormal dragon series, the insanely awesome urban fantasy Stormwalker series, one of my all time favorite historical romance series, Highland Pleasures, and finally the Shifters Unbound series, in which Mate Claimed is book fou
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Oct 06, 2012 Dani C. (Paulette's Papers) rated it it was amazing
I was ecstatic when I was given Mate Claimed to read and review! Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter Unbound series is one of my favorite’s paranormal romances. She has such fascinating characters and a unique shifter plot line that I just gobble up her books.

Mate Claimed focuses on Eric and Iona’s developing romance. Eric is a widower and the leader of the nearby Shiftertown. He discovers that there in an uncollared shifter living among the humans one night while visiting a bar. Only Iona’s mom and siste
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 Stars

Recommendation: If you loved the other books in the shifter unbound series you will love this one as well. Eric is one Badass Shiftertown Leader! Iona is ready to challenge him at every turn.

Hot Damn! Did you see that cover?! Just looking at it makes me want to buy it. Win for the marketing team!

Now moving on to what really is in the 4th book in Ms. Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series.

Eric Warden has badass written all over that sexy body of his. We learned from the last book that Eric fou
Iona is a panther-shifter/human and has been living and passing for a human her whole life.Shiftertown Leader, leopard-shifter Eric Warden wants her safe in shifter town, but that’s not the only reason he wants her. Iona’s shifter half is coming forward full force and is going to take over. Eric worries she will go feral, but more than that , he worries another shifter male will claim her.
If that’s not enough stress on Eric, he has to deal with the Humans relocating another shifter town worth o
Dec 06, 2014 Anahi rated it it was amazing
TITLE: Mate Claimed
SERIES #: Shifters Unbound #4
CHARACTERS: Iona Duncan, Eric Warden & shifters
AUTHOR: Jennifer Ashley

Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain…

As a wildcat Shifter and leader of his Shiftertown, Eric Warden knows his own kind. When he sees Iona Duncan, he realizes that although she appears human, she is a half-Shifter wi
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 09, 2013 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it really liked it
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

Eric and Iona's story was pretty good. The story line that introduced Tiger was a good hook for further stories.
Won the ARC version from Jennifer Ashley herself. Yay, thanks! ^__^
May 20, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifter-romance
The book had me on my toes. The whole mating dance was slow.

Almost a year back Eric scented Iona in a shifter bar and knew that she was half-shifter. Since then he's been pursuing her relentlessly. As a shifter town lieder and alpha feline Eric denied his attraction towards Iona and hid behind his duty to protect and un-mated, without collar, shifter female. Iona was fighting her inner animal and living her life as human.
Being most of the time in contact with Eric, Iona was losing control of h
Half panther-shifter Iona has been living and passing for a human, but now Shiftertown Leader, leopard-shifter Eric Warden, has her on his radar and he won't go away. All of Eric's primal instincts take notice of Iona as he tries to convince her that her 'human' days are at and end, because if she's not careful, her delicious scent is going to attract the attention of other shifters far less civilized and with far less control than Eric - and with the residents of a 'wilder' wolf Shiftertown bei ...more
When Iona & Eric met in Wild Cat, they immediately became characters I wanted more of and was excited to get back to their story. Eric is still trying to convince Iona she needs to take the collar and move to Shiftertown before mating heat sets in for her, while Iona is determined to deny her shifter needs to keep her family safe. It's no wonder Iona soon finds herself at a crossroads.

Meanwhile, the humans have decided that there is nothing wrong with combining Shiftertowns since Eric's pac
Sep 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Original Post at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust Edgy and Hot: MATE CLAIMED from Jennifer Ashley

Shifters Unbound
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley, a Penguin Imprint
October 2, 2012
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages and E-book
E-Galley lent by publisher via Edelweiss-Above the Treeline. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted, cited or attributed.

Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But wai
Barb Lie
Oct 04, 2012 Barb Lie rated it it was amazing
In Mate Claimed, Eric Warden is the alpha of his shiftertown in Las Vegas. We have met Eric in the previous books, as he was a visitor to the Morrissey pack in Austin, and is Cassidy’s brother from Wildcat. We knew that Eric was sure to be in this book, as he met Iona in the last. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy Eric, as much as I adored Liam and Sean in the first two books. But wow, Jennifer Ashley has done it again, Eric is totally awesome.

Iona Duncan is our heroine, whom we met in Wildcat. Io
Lover of Romance
It starts out with half shifter Iona Duncan, being chased by the shiftertown leader Eric Warden, who has constantly been chasing her of late. Iona, is a shifter without a collar, and refuses to go through the collaring, she wants to be free. However Eric knows the danger that Iona is in, if she doesn't put on a collar, soon her shifter side will take over and her common sense will be gone, and all will remain will be her panther side. However even though Eric's argument is a good one, Iona knows ...more
*****Warning this book will cause intense cravings for hot Latin men and Chilaquiles! ***

Loved this strong entry into Ashley’s Shifter’s Unbound world. Eric Warden is the Snow Leopard leader over the Las Vegas shifters. We met Eric a couple of books ago as he is trying to rein in Iona, an uncollared half-shifter, who refuses to acknowledge her wild side. But Eric knows that if she doesn’t, she will go feral as the mating frenzy cranks up. Iona for her part, wishes that Eric would mind his own ca
Oct 04, 2012 Dottie rated it it was amazing
Another winning novel from gifted author Jennifer Ashley. Taken from my review at

Feline Shifter Eric Warden is the alpha or leader of his clan in Shiftertown. With two shifter clans in Nevada, they are being consolidated into one to make them easier to keep tabs on. The other clan, consisting of lupines or wolf shifters and led by an alpha named Graham, is being moved in with Eric’s clan. With the lupine shifters being a more feral clan and used to having their own way, the t
Oct 05, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 3.5/5

Iona is a half-shifter trying to live as a full human, but she’s moving into a transition stage that has her crawling out of her skin, the need to mate is intense and her animal side is becoming stronger every day. She’s trying to suppress it but that will only lead into her turning feral and pretty much going crazy. Eric feels the mating bond with her and vows to protect her no matter the cost while she makes the transition into the shi
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“You’ve been in the mating frenzy before.”

Eric looked up at her, his eyes quiet. “Yes.”

”With Kirsten.”


Iona touched her hands together. “You must have loved her very much.”

Eric nodded. “Yes. Very much.”

”Then why do you want another mate?”

Eric pushed himself from the fireplace and came to her, the first flickers of fire shadowing his tall, naked body. He skimmed warm hands down her arms.

”Because I saw you.”
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