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Guardian's Mate

(Shifters Unbound #9)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,626 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Berkley
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Sophia Triad
Zander’s story was an unexpected, amusing, extensive adventure!

The book starts with the fact that in the thirteen hundred years since the Guardians’ swords have been forged, a Guardian had never been a female. And yet at the Western Montana Shiftertown, a female named Rae is chosen by the goddess to by a Guardian.

I believe, it is about bloody time!

Some of her fellow shifters are intimidated by her and some don’t believe in her and think she is a fraud. The reality is that she has to go away to
Geri Reads
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this hot, relatively low-angst romance between a wolf shifter and a bear shifter.

Rae is a lupine chosen to become guardian of her shiftertown. The problem is, no female has been chosen as guardian before. Ever. Not only that, Rae is a lupine in a den of felines. It made things hard not only for Rae but for her father who is the alpha of their shiftertown.

The solution? Send her off to live with a taciturn bear out in middle of Alaska. Zander is a bear
Jennifer Ashley
Dec 18, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Rae Lyall is the first female Guardian ever chosen. What are the Shifters to do? Send her to a crazy polar bear Shifter healer named Zander for training in how to use her newfound gift. (Pub date is Sep 2016)
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Xander definitely peaked my curiosity in an earlier book and I was super excited to read this. He meets his little wolf when she, as a new guardian, is brought to him for training. They go through quite the adventure trying to get her acclimated to her role, dealing with others' negativity and refusal to accept her, being chased by a couple of shifter haters, and trying to find out what is happening to the shifter world as a whole. This is certainly an involved subplot with many things happening ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for this romantic and exciting story. I'm a big fan of Jennifer Ashley's Shifters, and this one might just be my favorite. Bear shifter Xander Montcrieff lives alone and likes it that way, until he meets Wolf shifter and Guardian Rae Lyall. Xander was a loner by choice, and Rae was an orphan wolf lovingly raised by her feline foster father. She was loved, but never felt as if she quite belonged. Two lonely people who come together in the perfect romance. The romance builds slowly and swe ...more
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

If you love shifters and haven't tried out Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series you're so in for a treat! Guardian's Mate? Total paranormal goodness complete with a sexy polar bear shifter. Noms!

The quick of it is that Rae has been chosen Guardian by the goddess. Only problem? She's practically still a cub and, well, female and there's never been a female Guardian before. And that has people nervous. Ergs! Training in he
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars. Rae has been chosen as the first female Guardian ever, and is promptly shipped off to Alaska to be trained by the healer Zander; or as she comes to refer to him, Big-Ass Bear. It's not long before they are thrown into a series of adventures together, some of them taking on a Jules Verne flair.

I had a lot of fun with the first half of the book; the arguing the bickering, and the road-trip style adventure. Unlike most of the other books in the series, the action wasn't confined to a Shi
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I only have one issue with Guardian’s Mate – it is just not long enough! Of course I also feel that way about every book I read by Jennifer Ashley. Her books have a way of sweeping you away into a new world, one you wish that you were really a part of.

Wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is an orphan and now she has been chosen as the first ever female Guardian. A lot of shifters think it is a trick and don’t believe she was really chosen so her adopted father takes her to the craziest polar bear shifter that
Carolyn F.
As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I hate when the cover doesn't match the description. Zander is described as having short hair with two beaded dreads hanging from the front. The cover guy doesn't. Publisher: Have the cover artist/photographer match the descriptions in the book please! I'm sure if they contacted the author she could have helped them out.

The book itself was okay. Pretty predictable. And I've turned into such a jaded reader that when the sex scenes started, I skimmed. Lots
One of my favorites in the series. Zander and Rae are very likeable and strong. As a bonus, all the side characters were great (especially Piotr). A new development/story arc was introduced which I think is great. The overall story was kinda getting stale. So yeah, I really liked this one and I'm looking forward to what comes next.
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Favorite Quote: “I know I’m crazy…It lets me get away with a lot of shit.”

Rae Lyall never expected to be chosen by the Goddess as the new Guardian for her Montana Shiftertown. As the first female Guardian ever, she catches quite a bit of backlash from her fellow shifters. Her foster father decides to send her away for training and Rae soon finds herself on a boat in the middle of nowhere with a crazy shifter who doesn’t want
Cris Dukehart does a fantastic job reading this one!

Action packed game-changing romance!

There has never been a female guardian for shifters in the 800 years that they have existed... until now.
This story deals with prejudice a lot. Sexist shifters and shifter hating humans.
Luckily, Zander is a pretty even-tempered guy, but he is NOT happy to have a young shifter barely past her transition left on his boat. Even if she does carry a cool medieval sword.
Rae has never been anywhere but her home in
3.75 stars rounded up

Guardian’s Mate is the latest installment of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series that has spanned for nine novels and several novellas for the past six years. Yes, there are a LOT of them *lol*.

This time, the focus is on Zander, the polar bear healer (whom everyone claims is insane, by the way) who was first introduced in the novella Wild Things, and Rae, a young wolf shifter who is just chosen to be the first female Guardian. Zander is tasked with training Rae how to
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

I just love returning to the Shifters Unbound series. It never gets dull and their is always something new to relish; a new element, a new couple, a new direction, etc.

Guardian’s Mate has so much to savor and a few surprises along the way! It’s action packed, full of adventure, and sexy shifters.

There was a lot of action and adventure packed into this novel. Our characters don’t get much downtime since they are dealing with Fae magic, being Goddess touched, dodging shifter bounty hunters,
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
After my disappointment with White Tiger, this was a breath of fresh air! It reminded me quite a bit of the first books.

Rae is an orphan wolf shifter taken in by a feline Montana Shiftertown leader when she was just a small child. She was left alone in the woods after her father and mother both died, although she can't remember the circumstances. Years later, when Daragh, the Guardian of her Shiftertown is killed, she is the one Chosen by the goddess to be the new Guardian - a first that's not
A great addition to the series.

What happens when the Guardian of the Western Montana Shiftertown dies and the sword doesn't seem to want to choose a successor? What happens if it eventually chooses a female? Well the fit hits the shan, that's what!

Rae is the adopted daughter of the leader of the Western Montana Shiftertown but after the sword chose her in the Choosing ceremony things have become a bit hot, so her step-father takes her to Alaska to be trained by Zander Moncrieff, a half-mad 150 y
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Zander.......LOVE him! Perfect teacher. Wonderful bada$$. Loving mate. Could not have been better with him and Rae. Great story!
Sandy S
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars

About the book: Release Date: September 6, 2016

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
 Reading In Pajamas
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
✦Review & Giveaway: Guardian's Mate: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Reviews by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars #TopFav2016

Donna 5 Stars

I truly enjoyed reading about Rae and Zander. Their story takes the reader through a lot of territory, while seamlessly building their relationship. I felt an instant connection with them both right away and loved that neither of them fit into a stereotype, other than a sexy one. I even began

Diane Lynch
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
4.5 of 5 Stars

Jennifer Ashley’s GUARDIAN'S MATE is an exciting adventure worthy of the Shifters Unbound Series. Wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is the first woman ever chosen to be a Guardian. She heads from her Montana Shiftertown to Alaska to train with Zander Moncrieff, a polar bear Shifter/healer. The two face numerous threats, needing to make sure they are not caught by Shifter Bureau. This contemporary PNR is suitable for adult audiences.

I really like both Rae and Zander. They get off to a rocky st
Maria Itliong
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-books
Jennifer Ashley's shifter world is hot and sexy, it's an amazing series I can't wait for the next book to come out... I enjoyed reading Rae and Zander's story
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2018
4 stars.

I've been looking forward to Zander's story. Zander's big personality (well he is a polar bear after all) is very well-drawn here. I also liked that we're seeing some equal opportunity "hiring" from the Goddess with the first female Guardian. The pairing of Zander and Rae is definitely crazy and unusual but I think it worked.

I'm curious as to what's going to happen next with the fae.
Ann Lorz
Let me start off with...OMG!

And again...OMG!

I would do nothing but OMG throughout the whole review if I could. I'm guessing you all know how I felt about Guardian's Mate. But just in case you missed it...


I really enjoy a lot of the books I read. More often then not I really like them, how else could I keep reading the genre I've picked without enjoying them. But once in a while a book falls in my lap that slaps me in the face.

Maybe I enjoyed this one so much because I might have read somethi
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love Zander!

I fell in love with the big polar bear in the previous books, man, Zander is big and gruff and all heart. Rae is a hero who never asked for it. She would have rather not been selected as the Guardian for her pack but it’s the hand the Goddess gave her so she’s sucking it up. I love this series, I remember the first time I read the first book I was hooked I think out of the series I’ve missed just one book. Jennifer Ashley is fantastic at what she does. Her characters are
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
Guardian’s Mate by Jennifer Ashley was interesting and I liked the lead characters, Rae and Zander. The premise that Rae is the first female guardian and the fact that despite her divine selection she is still ostracized by her pack are relevant to our society today. Both Rae and Zander are, because of their gifts, outcasts which makes the reader sympathetic to them. The details of their harrowing journey off the coast of Alaska is written with very good detail. For all these reasons, I wanted t ...more
Miranda Whore
Review for Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley

Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley is the newest book in the Shifters Unbound series. Cannot get enough of this series! I love, love, love everything shifter and this series gives everything a paranormal lover needs to get their motor revving. So much action and adventure, plus sweet, sweet romance. True mates and fate that can’t be denied because the Goddess doesn’t make mistakes.

Zander has been a favorite of mine throughout the series. He’s an odd d
Lisa Annesley

This is enigmatic Zander's story! Woohoo! And what a story it is! It's action-packed, suspenseful, full of twists, funny, and romantic.

I loved Zander. I had gotten the impression from previous stories that he was an older man, but in this he seems like he's maybe in the equivalent of his thirties. That's good, because Rae is just out of her transition, which would probably put her in the equivalent of her early 20's. But I'm just guesstimating.

Anyway, back to how I loved Zander. He's alpha,
Tanya Davis
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Guardian's Mate was one of my favorites of this series I think. Zander is one of those characters that you can't help but love. He's funny and protective and just an all around likable character. He skates on the nerves of some of the other shifters, but he just has some social issues.

Rae is in a position that is unacceptable by the shifters. She

Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, series, x-2016, hoop
4 1/2
This had a good story and the characters really worked well together. There was no really convoluted twisted that didn't make sense like the last book. My biggest complaint would be that the romance was almost secondary, so if you were hoping for a strong romance, this had the romance but the plot and helping Raye claim her place as guardian, was really the bigger of the plot lines. Lots of secondary characters and former characters, Ian, Tiger, etc... Tiger seems to play a role in all thes
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ashley-jennifer
I have been reading Jennifer Ashley's shifter novels since her first book in this series, "Pride Mate." As a matter of fact, I had never read a shifter book until "Pride Mate." The world Jennifer Ashley created sucked me right in from the beginning and I have loved all the books in the series. However, "Guardian Mate" has to be the best one in the entire series to date. I loved Zander and Rae's story. And, talk about a set up for the anticipated and dreaded Fae/Shifter war! I didn't see that com ...more
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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.

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