Guardian’s Mate Audiobook by Jennifer Ashley (REVIEW)

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Review of: Guardian's Mate Audiobook
Jennifer Ashley

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On December 13, 2016
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Guardian’s Mate Audiobook

By: Jennifer Ashley

Narrated by: Cris Dukehart

Published by: Tantor Media 08/30/2016

Guardian's Mate Audiobook (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

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Shifters Unbound #9

11 hrs and 7 mins

Genre: Parnormal Romance

Guardian’s Mate Audiobook Sample

Guardian’s Mate Audiobook

4 Hearts

Shifters Unbound has quickly become a favorite series. I love this world that Jennifer Ashley has created. While shifters are powerful and cunning, the agreed to submit to humans to help save their species. They have taken collars that prevent them from being violent. They’ve moved into Shiftertowns around the country. They submit to not being allowed to own a business, have technology, cable and even smart phones. That only means that humans think that they have the upperhand. Truthfully, the shifters have a lot more than humans are aware of.

Within the clans, there is a Guardian. This shifter carries the Sword of the Guardian. This sword will send a dead or dying shifter to dust and the spirits to the Summerlands (shifter afterlife). This prevents the fae from taking control of the spirit. When the Guardian of the Montana Shiftertown dies, a new Guardian must be chosen. However, it takes a while and it does, everyone is very surprised. Rae Lyall is a wolf shifter right out of her transition and the adopted daughter of the Shiftertown’s feline leader. She knows nothing about her history other than her father and the previous Guardian found her alone in the woods when she was a very young pup. They chose to take her in, instead of leaving her to die alone. While she always felt loved, she knew she was always apart from the rest of them. Now that she’s the first female Guardian chosen by the Goddess, she feels even more apart from everyone. Her father takes her to Alaska to have her train with someone outside of the Shiftertown.

Zander Moncrieff is a polar bear, and an uncollared one at that. He is a character that has been on the sidelines for a few books, but right now he’s taking a break from everyone in Alaska. He just wants to rest, recharge and fish. Then Ian shows up with a young female Guardian and expect him to train her. Now, he’s never been Guardian, mostly to fight and use the sword. He’s a healer. He can take someone’s pain into himself. This also makes him very much a loner. People want him to heal every little paper cut, which takes a lot out of him. He tries to make it a little more difficult for people to find him, so he’s only contact when it is needed. People also think he’s crazy. He kinda is, but then if I did what he was doing, I would be crazy too. Zander is also one of those guys who always “have a guy”, no matter the situation, Zander “knows a guy” who can help.

These two don’t start out great together, but between the training and learning how much on the outside each of them have been and will be for the rest of their lives, it brings them together. They go through some tough trials. They make some loyal friends along the way. I had a lot of fun with this “big ass bear” and “little wolf”.

“Where did you get a rocket launcher?”
“Wasn’t hard. I know a guy.”

“I know I’m crazy… It lets me get away with a lot of shit.”

“I would guess Sean couldn’t say all he wanted to, no matter how good a firewall he has. He had to be vague. But he’s right—the runes on the sword are the key. I can transliterate the runes, but I don’t know enough Fae to trust myself to translate them. But that doesn’t matter. I know a—”
“Don’t say you know a guy!” Rae cut him off. “You can’t know everyone in the world.”
“Sure I can.” Zander’s amused look returned. “I know a guy who can read Fae—because he is Fae—not his fault. I just need to make a phone call.”

Guardian’s Mate Narration

4 Hearts

I really continue to enjoy Cris Dukehart’s narration of this series. I think she does a great job with all the different characters. The voices of both men and women are great. She does good with changing the accents for different parts of the US and even with Russian in this book. I love her pace and tone for the different scenes.

Author: Jennifer AshleyNY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries, as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer’s novels have won RWA’s RITA and RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. More about her books at,, and

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Narrator: Cris DukehartNarrator Cris Dukehart

Lives in post-it note cottage… spends days talking to self in small padded room. Mom… Audiobook Narrator… Wearer of fun socks.

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I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Gads, this is another I want to start, but I am working on BDB (book format) Immortal After Dark (audio), Psy-Changeling (book) and Black Jewels (audio)

    • Those are all great series too. There is definitely no shortage of great series and authors.

  2. I have the first book in French but I really need to try!!!! Too many books already in the series lol

    • I hope this series is as much fun in French as it is in English. 🙂

  3. Oh I love this series, its time to get caught up! Thanks Melanie

  4. I read this one and I loved it. I’m a big fan of this series.

  5. I trust your judgement, you think I’d enjoy the series as much as you? If so I’ll grab the audio of book one 😀

    • It’s a fun series. Some books are better than others. This book didn’t have the children, who are my favorite in this series. The first book is narrated by a different person, but still a fun narrator.

  6. Another reminder that I need to start this series! I am really thinking I may have to do this one on audio. Yep, you convinced me. 😀

    • Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. The first book has a different narrator, but she’s just as good as Cris.

  7. Zander ‘knows a guy’. Haha! That’s great.

    I’ll get to this series at some point.

    • You gotta love those people who always “know a guy”. Zander really did seem to.

  8. Thank’s for the review. It was nice to revisit Guardian’s Mate. Shifters Unbound is a great series.

    • I so love this series. I’m excited for the next one. This is the first time I’ve had to wait. I’ve been bingeing this year.

      • Great job on getting all caught up.

  9. I dint like the first book with the insta love and too much sex. From your review it seems the series has grown deeper in plot and character development. And a polar bear shifter??? So cool!

    • I don’t remember the first book all that much. This series does have sex, but I don’t think it is any more than any other PNR. I do think the books have gotten deeper as I the more I’ve read.

  10. I am trying to catch up on this series. I could probably just jump into this one, but I just can’t do it. Is this the first in this Shiftertown? I can’t wait to meet this pair!

    • This one mostly doesn’t take place in a shifter town. A large part of it is in Alaska. The Minnesota shifter town is new. There is also a visit to Austin (if I remember correctly, I listened to this one a while ago).

  11. I am constantly waiting for this book to become available on Overdrive so that I can finally read it. This guy really intrigued me when I read White Tiger.

  12. I love Kim’s comment up top! She’s actually doing it, too. Me? I NEED to get started on this but I need to get caught up on Anne Bishop and START Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels… ugh…

    But I’ve read such good things on THIS book and your review is so great! I personally love loner bears, especially “crazy” ones.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! xoxoxo

  13. LOL the I know a guy always makes me laugh. They really were a fun pair. I enjoyed their rocky start, too. Can’t wait for the next 😀

    • This is the first time I’ve had to wait, since I just started the series last year. I don’t like having to wait. LOL

  14. Gah! It’s so wonderful that this series keeps going strong, Melanie. I really need to get caught up in this one! I love it but just haven’t kept up. 😉

    • It is so hard to keep up with all the great series out there. I’m behind on several too.

  15. I should add this series to my audio wish list. I couldn’t get into it in written form, but I do like the author’s storytelling. So many…

    • I know. I see so many series/books that I want to try. It is very hard to choose which ones to start next.

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