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Hard Mated

Series: Shifters Unbound
By: Jennifer Ashley | Other books by Jennifer Ashley
Published By: JA / AG Publishing
Published: Sep 25, 2012
ISBN # 9780986023804
Word Count: 43,000
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Categories: Romance>Paranormal/Horror Romance>Werewolves/Shifter

Description
Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown, is stunned when Myka, the best friend of a dying human woman, announces that Spike has fathered a cub. What's more, the mother is giving the boy to Spike to protect and raise.

Myka, who'd been raised by an abusive stepfather, is not sure that a wild fighter named Spike is the best man to bring up the cute little jaguar cub. She goes to Shiftertown to check out Spike, and finds that the man behind the name is a lonely Shifter who's lost most of his family and is a fierce caretaker to those he has left.

Spike is torn between the cub and his duties as tracker to the Shiftertown leader, and begs Myka, the only person who understands, to help him. He starts to like the sassy Myka, a horse trainer who's not afraid of working with animals, even if they're wildcats who turn into humans.

When Spike's job puts his cub and Myka in danger, Spike is forced to choose between those to whom he's pledged his loyalty and his need to protect the woman and cub he's come to love.

Book 3.5 of Shifters Unbound (Austin Shifters). This is a short novel (43,000 words, seventeen chapters)
 
Reader Rating:  starstarstarstar (13 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   liplipliplip
Excerpt:
From Hard Mated

. . .“I don’t like this,” Myka said.

“I know. But it’s what Jillian wants, and I think she’s right.”

Myka had to shut up, because they’d entered Jillian’s room again. Spike swung around, inhaling sharply.

His eyes changed to Shifter—brown tinged with gold, the pupils slits—as his gaze riveted on the small boy Sharon gripped by the hand.

At four years old, Jordan had lost his baby chubbiness and was turning into a sturdy, strong-boned lad. He had dark hair brushed with blond and brown, and dark brown eyes framed with black lashes. Until Myka had seen Spike looking at her with the same eyes, she’d doubted Jillian’s claim.

Jillian drew a breath to speak, but Sharon shook her head, seeing it was too much for her. She walked Jordan forward.

“This is your son,” Sharon said, her voice heavy from too many years of smoking. “So says Jillian.”

“He is, Mom,” Jillian’s whisper came.

Jordan stared up at Spike, who filled the room not only with his presence, but with the bulk of him. Though smaller than the bear-man he’d fought, Spike was still big—six and a half feet tall, arms as big as a wrestler’s and covered in tatts that disappeared inside his T-shirt, shaved head on a muscular neck encased by an inch-thick Collar. Jordan’s soft mouth hung open, his small teeth white in the moisture behind his lip.

Spike stared back at Jordan just as hard, the shock mutual.

“Jordan,” Jillian said from the bed. “Do your trick for Mommy.”

Jordan, caught in the spell of Spike’s gaze, remained frozen for another moment. Then he looked away and stripped off his shirt. Almost proudly, he shoved down his pants and underwear and stood without clothes, as unashamed as the Shifters had done at the hay barn.

The little boy lifted his arms over his head, closed his eyes, then gave a little squeak as his body changed shape.

His legs bent and became haunches, his little feet morphed into awkwardly big paws. Jordan’s hands became paws before his arms did, the smooth spotted pelt sliding down to join the one that rose up his chest. His face elongated into a cat’s nose, ears popped up on his head, and his eyes became rounder, fuller, eyelashes and whiskers growing swiftly. The fur that covered him was dark yellow with the broken black bands of a jaguar.

In only a few seconds, Jordan dropped to all fours and let out a tiny wildcat yowl.

The suspicion on Spike’s face turned to amazement then a hungry longing. Before Myka could stop him, he bent down and scooped up the cub between his big hands.

He lifted Jordan to his eye level, staring at the cub, who wriggled and squirmed but not in alarm.

They studied each other, Shifter and cub, the big man’s eyes wide, the cub’s unworried. Jordan opened his mouth and emitted another little growl.

“I named him Jordan,” Jillian said. “He’s yours. Take care of him for me, all right?”

Spike didn’t take his eyes from Jordan. Myka saw the pulse in Spike’s neck, the hard beats pressing under the Collar.

Sharon waited, her fingers playing with the clasp on her cigarette case. Myka waited too, for Spike to deny it, to tell Jillian to prove it, to bail the hell out of there. Men didn’t like suddenly to be told that they were fathers, didn’t want to be held accountable for whatever grew from their sperm.

Spike lifted Jordan higher. Jordan’s paws hung down from Spike’s giant hands, his tail snaking around Spike’s wrist.

“My cub,” Spike said. “My cub.” His voice rose to a deep roar that shook the window across the room. “My cub.”

Reader Reviews (9)
Submitted By: Mink08 on Jan 16, 2014
Another great book from the series. The characters are brilliant.
Submitted By: sarahd on Jan 7, 2014
this is really a great series. I love it. This book was wonderful and the characters were wonderfully developed. Great plot. The author describes the world of shifters so well that it is easy to get into the books and imagine what is happening. Oh and spike is great is one of my favorite characters in this series.
Submitted By: katysue on Jan 4, 2014
Enjoyed the read. Will be reading more of the series, Good character, story developement
Submitted By: nverde6 on Apr 1, 2013
An original take on a shifter society with intriguing situations and compelling characters.
Submitted By: snowl3prd on Jan 31, 2013
Love, love, love thiss book. I couldn't put this down. Every book in this series is better than the previous.
Submitted By: roxrusk on Jan 20, 2013
Spike's story of the Shifter's unbound series, where Spike learns he has a cub after a one night stand and the boy is given to him as his mothers dying wish. Myka who has helped with the boy is asked to continue to help as Spike adjust to being a father- great addition to this series. Action packed and learning to love.
Submitted By: vayld on Jan 18, 2013
This is the second book I've read from this series. You don't have to have read any other book to enjoy it. I really loved Spike as a character
Submitted By: Crush on Jan 1, 2013
A great story and a hell of a man. I love the fact that this bad boy is willing to man up for his child and his lady. Unfortunately you don't see this to often in real life. Don't judge the book until you've savored what's between the covers.
Submitted By: greyson on Oct 5, 2012
LOVE this series! Need more. Shifters with smarts and not "humanised" by the author. Strong characters. Extremely well woven stories, that can be read independently BUT why short-change yourself! This is a fun, passionate, violent (thanks to humans) world, with layer on layer of depth and a richness which few authors achieve in the shorter stories. Thanks Jennifer! Write faster!
 

Hard Mated

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