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Beanbag Love

I read. I write. I talk about reading and writing. That is when I'm not driving kids somewhere or teaching them. Married, educated, domesticated. I really enjoy the friends I've met through a variety of different message boards and venues regarding reading and authors. I try to take a positive view when I write reviews but sometimes I can't. Those times are few and far between, but they do exist. I'm mostly an old softy, though. I think so anyway.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke

Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley

Mate Claimed  -  Jennifer Ashley

Eric Warden -- brother of Cassidy Warden from Wild Cat and Las Vegas shiftertown leader -- has discovered an uncollared shifter living right under the noses of all the authorities both human and shifter. He's determined to keep her safe and unreachable for as long as he can. That will be difficult as Iona Duncan is hitting her transition and starting to get a little wild.

I loved how this one played out. Iona did tick me off at some points with her stubbornness in the face of facts -- a pet peeve of mine when it comes to romantic/PN tropes -- but she was ultimately a very likable heroine. And Eric is a great hero.

Eric is having some serious problems. The authorities have closed a whole shiftertown and determined they will move to Eric's domain. Their leader is not keen on no longer being the high alpha so he's determined to bring Eric down or cause him grief for the rest of his life. In addition that, he's trying to reason with Iona, the first female he's felt anything for since his mate died long ago. On top of that he's having some kind of physical malfunction that causes him intense, debilitating pain just when he needs to be at the top of his game.

I loved Eric. Can't say enough good things about him. Iona was a little more of a challenge, but when she finally faced reality she was very impressive.

There are some twists and turns and some real suspense. Very hard to put this one down. Four and a half stars.