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(Shifters Unbound #2.5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,111 ratings  ·  385 reviews
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully naked human male. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta. Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown for safety, where Elizabeth learns that the mateless Ronan ...more
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Published December 2nd 2011 by CreateSpace
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✰ Liz ✰
4 Shifter Lovin' Stars

“I lived a long time alone. You learn to take life slowly when you live like that. Why worry about what terrible thing will happen tomorrow?”-Ronin

Bodyguard is a novella in the Shifters Unbound Series. I came across this series on and decided to give it a try. I liked the first two books so much it was a no brainer to continue this series. Anyone that enjoys a tender and steamy paranormal romance should give this series a try.


Elizabeth Chapman is an independen
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it

A cute, light little novella, which could have made a fab full-length book. The writing flows well, and the characters are entertaining and likable.

Elizabeth is cautious and does not trust easily, but when she finds herself saved from dying in an armed robbery by Bear shifter Ronan, she finally finds a person/place where she feels safe and secure. Ronan knows just how to get behind her defences, and he appreciates her for the smart and fiery woman she is.

The prejudice of some humans w
Written July 6, 2014

3.2 Stars - a sweet sexy big teddy fall in love...

Bodyguard is book #2.5 in the Shifter Unbound series about three species (big cats, wolves, and bears) of shape shifters in Shiftertown Austin. Romances I really enjoy to read now and then. This was the first one in this series I was listening to.

And? ~ Not the best one (not even comparable to the very good full-length books) in this series, but this is a nice enough in-between-in-the-series book. Easy and quick
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Bodyguard is #2.5 in Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound series. Each novella can be read only, but they fit perfectly in the book series. I get goosebumps every time I read Bodyguard. It is my favorite novella next to Hard Mated in the Shifter Unbound series. I just want a sexy lovable bear shifter all too myself.

Jennifer Ashely knows how to write a story. The written flows, the characters are interesting, and the world building is exquisite. She knows how to pull you into her world and s
Sophia Triad
We had met Ronan the huge teddy bear in the previous book where he was almost killed twice. He is the bodyguard at shifters'bar. Elizabeth owns the store where Andrea shops underwear for Sean.
They were perfect for each other and I loved their story.
Ronan has to look after 3 more bears. The little polar bear was adorable. And their house was very homey and cosy. I wish I was invited at their breakfast table: 5 packages of bacon, 4 cartons of eggs, one loaf of bread and honey because "bears love t
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

This story was about Elizabeth, a human who owns a store on the edge of Shiftertown and it gets robbed. What she doesn't know if while this is going on Ronan is behind watching this happen. Ronan is a Bear Shifter, and I gotta tell you I fell in love with this guy! Well the man who robbed her store is a member of a gang and soon the gang tries to threaten her and Ronan.

Well of course Ronan to the rescue along with the rest of the Shiftertown folk we know from previous books. It was wonderful to
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

When Elizabeth's gift shop gets robbed late one night, the last thing she expects is a large bear to come to her rescue. Scratch that, the last thing she expects is to see a large bear shift into a naked hunk of a man. But that's what happens. In Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series, the shifters are second class citizens, so when Ronan backhands the kid holding the gun, he gets arrested for hurting a human.

Elizabeth goes with him to the police station to try to
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
I really liked this I only wished that it was longer and more in depth. It would have been nice to have more interaction with the others sharing the household with Ronan. I loved little Olaf he was adorable and I would like to see more of him as he ages!!! Elizabeth and Ronan are good together and I hope that we will get updates on them in future stories..
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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I came across this book because a few people on Goodreads that are in my feed recently re-read a few books in this series and were saying how amazing this series as a whole is. After reading a novella in the series (which in this type of series that feature a different couple in every book should be able to stand alone in my opinion) I don't see what everyone else saw in this book.

This novel (probably because it's a novella in the series) didn't do a good job educating
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ronan was such a sweet, cuddily bear of a guy. Just loved him. Ronan happened to be in the right place at the right time to save Elizabeth from certain death. But the save has some far reaching consequences that could effect Elizabeth's life. Now does she take the offer of Ronan's protection, a tall shifter bear with the gentliest deep brown eyes on the planet or take her sister and run for their life? Ronan on the other hand has had his eyes on Elizabeth for awhile and felt that hopefully fate ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story was so much fun to read, a lot of that was due to Ronan, he makes me want to find my very own bear shifter. I loved that right away he was protective of Elizabeth, that as an acquaintance he did what he could to stop her from being robbed and killed. Of course all of this lead to Elizabeth hiding away in Shiftertown, being protected by them all. Being human, Elizabeth, had her eyes opened about Shifters.

I loved how Ronan seemed to be the foster home of choice for damaged bears. It lef
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed on Read Our Lips:

Elizabeth gets saved from a robbery in her store and a sure death when shifter Ronan brings out his Kodiak bear and stomps on the thug.
This good deed doesn´t go unpunished, of course, when the hooligans big brother turns out to be the mob boss of the town. Now Elizabeth is in need of a more permanent bodyguard and Ronan sure is up to the quest.
Shifters, alpha males and capable women. Love this series and i´m going back to read the first ones asap.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
4/5/ 4 stars; A-

Enjoyed Ronan and Elizabeth's story.
Amy T Evans
3.5 stars. Really liked all the characters and the story line.
Tanya Davis
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think bears are in my top five of favorite shifters. They are so gruff, strong and protective. Ronan doesn't disappoint me. He's exactly what I like in a bear shifter. He has taken in the young bears of the town and is raising them.

Elizabeth owns a store that is pretty popular with the Austin Shiftertown. Not many stores allow shifters inside. It is a great thing that Elizabeth does, otherwise she wouldn't have had a bear in her store when a punk tries to rob her.

Unfortunately the little punk
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Sweet novella. The H is a huge bear shifter, very kind and loving and he fosters a mixed group of cubs, one is Olaf. The h was very strong person, and as we learn more about her, easy to see why. For some reason, she didn't really resonate well with me, but she was fiercely loyal and had cool skills. I actually really liked the bad guys, and how they eventually got what they deserved - of course.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-read-in-2011
OMG! I want an Alaskan Kodiak Bear so badly!
This is a way cute story! The first one I've read of this series - but I already see a few people that have been mated - probably from other books, so I should probably start from the beginning next :)

Awesome story! This story is about Elizabeth and Ronan -

When the book starts off, Elizabeth is being held at gun point by a big time gang member. The store is all she and her sister has, so giving up the cash meant giving up a lot more - Luckily the gu
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Meet Olaf. He's a cute, traumatised 9-year-old polar bear cub struggling to master English, his second language.

His past is so sad it brought out my maternal instincts, especially when he was too scared to sleep alone. And he's not the only vulnerable character in Ronan's informal foster home for abused bears. There are three others. Ronan's Papa Bear act is surprisingly sweet. He's a gentle giant who works as a bouncer, exuding a fierce and dangerous demeanor as a bulky 7ft shifter. His gentle
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Trust issues are big for Elizabeth. One night at her shop she getting robbed by a drug sellers little brother. With a gun put in her face and the money being taken, she has had enough. But Elizabeth is not the only one in the store a shifter is their also looking for an chance to save her life. Ronan in saving her life gathers her problems as well. So at the end of this robbery Elizabeth and Mabel her sister are put in the shifter town for protection. And Elizabeth sees ...more
A nice addition to the Shifters Unbound series. A little low on the steam, but an interesting story about one of my favorite characters, Ronan. Who wouldn't enjoy a real live "teddy bear", and hot one at that, to be your bodyguard?! That's what Ronan offers Elizabeth and more, lots more. It was fun to see her fall for him, and learn about the unique residents of Shiftertown. What I really enjoyed was the inclusion in the plot, and updates on characters from the previous books. Liam, Sean, Dylan, ...more
Jacqueline J
Nice addition to the Shifters Unbound world. Wish it had been longer but only because I really like this series, not because the story felt incomplete. Loved Ronan the Kodiak shifter. And it was nice to see a non Morrissey story. Not that I haven't loved both Liam's and Sean's stories. I can't wait until Wild Cat comes out. :-(
Ann Lorz
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shape-shifter
I enjoyed this book like I enjoyed all the rest of the books in this series. If you're a lover of shape-shifters this is the book for you. We all need to have a hot bear in our life. I'm just glad that I don't have to wait long until the next book.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jennifer-ashley
I seriously loved Ronan! Liam is still my favorite from this series but Ronan is #2 for me. Elisabeth was perfect for him. I wish the story was longer cause I could read about him for a long time and not get bored.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aaaawwww...i loved this!! I love Ronan! I love this series! Looking forward to book 3! :) ...more
Carolyn F.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story. I forgot I had this in my e-books. Loved it. I love Ronan and Elizabeth's relationship. Can't wait to see what happens with Olaf. Very good book/very good series.
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
Loved these two, i Felt Ronan could have had a little bit more character, but he was far from unlikable.

The story was great, i wish it was a little longer just love that world!

Sandy S
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
BODYGUARD (Shifter Unbound #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is an independent woman, raising her younger sister and hiding a few secrets that she hopes no one will find. Owning and operating a small store just outside of Shiftertown, she is one of the few human merchants willing to allow the shifters into her store. But when one of the local gang members decides to rob her store at gunpoint, Elizabeth is surprised to find a 15 ft Kodiak shifter coming to her rescue.

Ronan is a bear shift
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Elizabeth, has worked very hard to make a fresh start, and with her store finally doing well, then one evening someone bursts into her store and attempts to rob her, and then a big kodiak bear saves the day....when Ronan saves Elizabeth from being killed, he ends up being blamed for attacking a human, and only with Elizabeth's testimony does he get free, and he desires to protect her from those who would seek revenge. Elizabeth at first doesn't want to believe in the danger that threatens both h ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

I've been into shifters for a while now, reading this book just reaffirms my love of all that is shifters.
There are a lot of people that has secrets, Elizabeth is just one of many. She is hard and not trusting of most, with her past you can see why. The only thing that is important to her is her baby sister. She worked hard to get to where she is at a small store owner and in one night she could lose everything. But you know fate has a way to always have a hand in things, when danger comes close
I have read the first two books in this series and the twist the author puts on her shifter stories are refreshing. This is why I didn't hesitate to read this book. I love stories that center around bear shifters-I mean they are huge, ferocious, protective, and sexy.
This novella had all the ingredients to be a great read- bear shifter-Hello?!; hero with a name of Ronan and a heroine who need to be protected. *Sigh* Unfortunately this book supports my theory about novellas. They are either a hit
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer's novels have been translated into many different languages, and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly. More about her books at and http://gard

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