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This is a short novel in the Shifters Unbound series: 43,000 words, seventeen chapters. Book 3.5 of Shifters Unbound (Austin Shifters).

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.

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Hard Mated
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Hard mated
October 28th, 2014
Always a great read. Every time I visit shiftertown I always want to stay just a little bit longer.
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January 24th, 2014
This series is great! Although there are a bunch of shifter romances out there, there is something special in this series. The background setting is not complicated but it is clear that the author took care to cover all aspects. For example, how did the shifters survived before being found out and how they coped with all the unfair treatment in human hands after. Of course, there are still a lot of details that could be filled in but once you meet the warm and loving characters (not to mention hot), you would find that you don't really care because the love and romance is there. Although this is a novella, you don't feel it is short because the action does not stop. I also loved the way the author portrays the children!
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Hard Mated
October 28th, 2013
Jennifer Ashley surpassed herself this time. Hard Mated is full of conspiracy,shifter males with hard bodies,romance,faith and last of all loyalty to family and their leader.
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Hard mated
June 27th, 2013
Left me wanting more.
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