Series: Shifters Unbound #8
Published by Berkley on April 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
A woman is lured into the shadows of a dangerous manhunt...
Wanted and on the run...
For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them.
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.
In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.
I’ve never been particularly interested in adult paranormal romance, although I have enjoyed some YA paranormal novels. Anyway, I’ve never made much of an effort to try out much in this sub genre. But, I’ve been in a bit of a audiobook slump for the last few weeks, and I was searching for something different. I saw some positive reviews for White Tiger earlier in the year, and when I saw this on Hoopla through my library, I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to like it, or even read the whole thing. But then I started it, and I couldn’t get enough. White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley grabbed me immediately and I fell completely in love.
White Tiger is the 8th book in the Shifters Unbound series, and while there was a little learning curve, I was able to figure things out even though I had never read this series before. However, I doubt there would have been any confusion had I read this series from the beginning. But, to be fair, this was a perfect introduction to the paranormal romance subgenre for me, because I adored the characters so much, that I never got too uncomfortable this the paranormal aspect.
So, Kendrick is a white tiger shifter, and he’s also leader of a group of un-Collared shifters (shifters that the government never rounded up into shiftertowns). But his pack has been separated (because of events from previous books?) and right now it’s just Kendrick, and his cubs (two biological sons, and a wolf shifter he adopted), as he tries to find a new place for his pack. Anyway, that is all back story. Kendrick and the boys have been hiding low in this small Texas town, and every night he visits this diner where Addison works. They’ve been sort of crushing on each other, but they haven’t really talked much. That all changes one night when some bad guys attack the diner, and Kendrick saves the day.
You guys, I can’t even express properly how much I adored Kendrick. In a way, he reminded me of some of Julie Garwood’s Lairds from her historicals (which is totally my cup of tea). Kendrick cares deeply for the shifters he leads, and his worried about how they are doing now that they have been separated. He cares so much, which was an aspect I loved about him. He’s this big strong warrior with incredible power and responsibility, but he expresses his emotions and worries. Kendrick also has some strong feelings for Addison, but he has been trying to keep her at a distance because he worries that he is a danger to her. But, at the same time, he can’t stay away.
Addison is a human, and she’s been admiring Kendrick every time he comes into the diner. She’s smart, and sassy, and I loved her immediately. Addie quickly falls for Kendrick’s sons, which makes Kendrick love her all the more. And when Addison discovers that Kendrick is a shifter, it really doesn’t faze her much. But she’s also a strong woman, and when she has to she takes charge, she does. She’s really just perfect for Kendrick, which made me happy because he deserves the best.
There is some action and suspense during the novel as Kendrick tries to bring his pack back together. I enjoyed it, but, to be truthful, more than anything I just wanted to read about Addison, Kendrick, and the boys. I loved them so much. That’s not to say that the supporting cast wasn’t well developed, because it really was! I loved Charlie, Ben and the healer polar bear shifter (whose name escapes me at the moment).
Another plus, Cris Dukehart is an excellent narrator here, and definitely made the listen fantastic! Basically what I’m trying to say is I loved White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley. It’s a great choice for readers who don’t normally go for paranormal romance. The characters are the stars here.
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