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Mate Bond

(Shifters Unbound #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,404 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Berkley
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Jennifer Ashley
Jul 07, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Mate Bond is the story of Bowman, of the North Carolina Shiftertown, and his mate, Kenzie. Bowman and Kenzie have a "mating of convenience," coming together to keep the Shifters in the rural town from battling each other. They have a cub (Ryan), who knows he'll be Shiftertown leader next. Kenzie and Bowman smoke up the pages, but the one thing they haven't found is the mate bond (the magical twining of hearts). They won't give up on each other, though, and have each other's backs, while they fig ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Bowman & Kenzie’s relationship is near impossible to put into words; they got married to unite Shiftertown, but never formed a metaphysical connection even after fifteen years together, and a cub. The romance had a forbidden fruit / dead spark feel to it, however not because they can’t keep their hands off of each other, and live in constant fear of forming a link with someone else. Needless to say, it’s complicated, and that’s what made their story so gut-wrenchingly em
Sophia Triad
The book where the shifters from North Caroline are introduced. Different surroundings this time in comparison to Austin and Las Vegas. More trees, forests and wild nature for the wolves especially to run free.
There is also the story of Bowman (the shifter town leader) and his mate Kenzie. A bittersweet love story, I have to say, but very passionate!
So we are visiting another shifter town. The shifters and their groupies are having fun at the local bar and a suddenly a weird violent mythical cre
This romance is gritty, bittersweet, and lovely in the end. The hero and heroine are both strong and very much themselves. They love and respect each other and are wonderful partners and parents.

The mystery and side characters are engaging. The sexy times are passioniate, a bit feral, and real.

I stopped reading this book on and off and will confess to skipping around a bit because the conflict was too much of an ache times. I read the book out of order-- opening, closing, and middle, and closin
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Favorite Quote: “He’s magical and a total shithead…”

Bowman O’ Donnell mated with Kenzie in order to retain leadership of the North Carolina shifter town. The combined strength of two alphas is unbreakable and they would do anything for the other as their relationship eventually grew from admiration to love. The only problem is the elusive mating bond has never emerged between them and this worries Kenzie more than she lets on.

When an u
Anna's Herding Cats
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2015
Oh book noms! Mate Bond was tasty! Loved every second of it.

Full review to come.
Sheila Melo
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We're good together," he said in a soft voice. "You and me."

THE STORY: Bowman and Kenzie O'Donnell are mates without that mystical mate bond that binds shifters together forever with their mate. Bowman and Kenzie married in order to help bring the divisive parts of their pack together. The two wolf shifters expected that their attraction and care for one another would result in the mating bond eventually developing. Fifteen years and one cub later, Bowman and Kenzie have a great relationship bu
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, best-of-2015
This was great. I can't really review it without giving away the plot, but I have to say Ashley really ramped up the emotions in this one. A+ ...more

In Jennifer Ashley’s seventh book in the Shifters Unbound series, she starts things off with a bang. A major threat is terrorizing Shiftertown and it’s big enough that it’s taken Bowman O’Donnell down. In his wake Kenzie steps up but as strong as she is, the people are wondering if they will be able to stand against such a major threat without a mate bond in place.

Though Bowman and Kenzie show affection and friendship, the fact that their mate bond isn’t steady becomes a major issue in the
Laurynne Gouws

This is the first Jennifer Ashley book I've ever read and to add to that, I've sort of come in through the backdoor - only having read this one, the 7th installment in this series. I was so relieved to discover that it didn't matter that I hadn't read the prequels... I found it easy to get into and I loved both Kenzie and Bowman - I really had an awesome time reading this!

My full review will be posted closer to the release date of this book which is April 7th, 2015 - and until then, I'm off
Bowman and Kenzie, are leader mates of the North Carolina Shiftertown. For fifteen years, they have shared a home and a child. They are mates in every way except for the lack of mate bond, the illusory magical connection that ensures two Shifters are partnered for life; it is the bonding of the heart more than just physical and emotional side of love.

The absence of the mate bond, in addition to Bowman and Kenzie being an established couple with a twelve-year old cub, makes Mate Bond – the se
When this one started out I was a bit lost, I had a hard time figuring out who Bowman and Kenzie were, how they were connected to the shifters I was used to. Finally there was a throw away comment about how he went to the last couple of alpha meetings and I sort of remembered. Wish I had realized going in that this book was with a whole new shifter clan.

With how this book opened up I found myself not liking Bowman, thought that Kenzie would have done better for a mate than one that seemed to set
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
3 1/2

A great pnr, with a very refreshing couple, a married one. I was going to give a four star rating until the end. I'm more than a bit picky on details, and I'm all ready to believe in magic, but a mustache twirling villain sours my mood. Above all when s/he's set in a world where no one realizes what s/he is doing. (view spoiler)
Carolyn F.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty but the mate but not really thing bothered me. Especially when it was written how Bowman would sometimes get abruptly up after sex and be gone for days and how Kenzie understood. Um, I don't understand and I would have been totally pissed off. 3-1/2 stars ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Shifters Unbound series
Mate Bond is another good shifter-love-adventure story in the Shifters Unbound series. ...more
Stephanie  G
Fifteen years ago, Bowman and Kenzie agreed to mate in order to bring their North Carolina Shiftertown under control. Since then, they've had a strong, healthy son and their love and commitment to one another hasn't changed, but they have yet to form the mate bond. It's a bond that unites them on the most intimate level and some in their pack see this as a weakness. What others think of their personal matters is the least of their worries when a monster is released near their home. Bowman and Ke ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Part of Ramblings "Down and Dirty Quickie" reviews - http://www.ramblingsfromachaoticmind....

I really enjoy this shifter series, but Mate Bond blew me away! I loved it! I think it mainly had to do with the fact that these two, Bowman and Kenzie, were already mated and had been for quite some time. Yet that elusive bond that shifters share was no where to be found. It was clear from the beginning that they had feelings for each other that ran deep and even had a child, but for whatever reason wer
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4+ stars -Mate Bond twists the typical shifter mate bonding of the series and offers up something different but still good. Set in yet another Shifter Town the leads this time are already an established couple with a child, with intense chemistry, but with no mate bond. That lack of bond is the elephant in the room that they don't talk of but that causes them both pain, because even without the bond they love each other but they both fear what should happen if the other runs across their true ma ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.00

First Thought when Finished: Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley is now my favorite in the series. Would have never guessed that going in but WOW what a story!

Quick Thoughts: You know that moment when you could just say "NAILED IT" in a review and it would encompass all you feel? That is me with Mate Bond. It is no secret that I pretty much binged this series this year. Mate Bond was the cream of t
 Reading In Pajamas
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
✦Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: MATE BOND (Shifters Unbound book 7) by Jennifer Ashley
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars

I loved this installment of the Shifters Unbound series. It added a different perspective with the addition of the ‘monster’ and another character that keeps you guessing until the end. I really couldn’t figure out what tightened my chest more, the love and hot romance or the danger that surrounded
Andrea Heltsley
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
I really enjoy the books in this series. The author does a great job penning a fantastic story. I loved the characters in this installment. They were strong, caring and fiercely loyal. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a great shifter read! <3
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Bowman and Kenzie did not have the traditional mate bond but they find that there was something very special about there bond that no one could understand. They had something very special. We get to see a different side of the country and more shifters and more of some old friends with new enemies and a crazy doctor that may just take the study of shifters to a different level of crazed.
Sandy S
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 7, 2015

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 r
Nov 01, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2015, dnf
This will be a short review because this was my first DNF for the year. I was looking forward to this book, unfortunately it was less than steller or maybe it was just me. [EDIT: From other reviews it seems I'm the odd woman out.] My main issue was that both the hero Bowman O’Donnell and heroine Kenzie are mates, they became mates out of convenience though from the start it was obvious that Kenzie was in love with Bowman before they became mates and they also have a child what they dont have, is ...more
Kim Bishop
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**

Mate Bond was an interesting twist on a storyline based on a shifter community. The various shifters in this story were forced by the human government to live in "Shifter Towns" in order to keep a close eye on them and keep the masses safe from the very powerful and dangerous creatures, (according to the humans). Each town has a pack leader, and Bowman of the North Carolina Shifter Town is the focal point of this book. I have never read any of
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 4.5 Mate Bond Stars ~

Mate Bond is book seven in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashely. It can be read as a standalone. We are brought to a new Shiftertown (North Caroline) and the troubles they face.

Another amazing read. The plot, action, and secondary characters are all fabulous.

I love the Shifter Unbound series. Each book brings us new and exciting couples and adventures. The world-building is remarkable. We get an assortment of shifters to fall in love with and great dynamics
Bowman and Kenzie. Another great read in the series! This one was particularly romantic. Bowman and Kenzie are mated but have never experienced the mate bond. They worry about it and it causes some friction, but there's no doubt in anyones mind (as their boy, Ryan points out), that they are crazy in love with each other. I have to admit I checked the end before I started the book because I just couldn't stand not knowing, and then I enjoyed the book (audiobook) in it's entirety. (view spoiler) ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a good read, and 'different' for the series. I was pleased by it. The wordbuilding and story was actually one of the best in the series, imo. Bowman and Kenzie were a long mated couple, with a child. Unlike the other stories, they were not 'mate-bound', but still deeply in love after 15 years together. Unfortunately, both were waiting and fearing for the other ones true-mate to show up and tear their marriage apart.

A monster shifter is threatening their pack, and several people are nosi
D.B. Reynolds
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Ashley's books always grab me from the first word, and this was no exception. I loved that Ashley raised the mate bond issue and the obvious pain it caused Bowman and Kenzie, who were crazy about each other. I liked that the story stepped away from the formula, which can sometimes be too predictable. And I was so stressed over possible outcomes that I cheated forward just to be sure Ashley wasn’t going to break my heart, before going back and reading straight through. ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars, I so love this series and I loved Kenzie, she was such a strong female. Wonderful read and it looks like we have a whole new crop of characters to find HEA's for. For those that liked the Gnome, Ben in Graham's book, might he be getting an HEA soon? Poor guy could use one. If you are a fan of the series then go pick this gem up!! ...more
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