Release Date: August 19, 2012
Publisher: JA / AG Publishing
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.
My Review: Spike..WOW. What a bad ass. I loved his character. So rough around the edges but with a a sweet soft center. I loved watching him fall for Myka and boy did he fall. This was a sweet love story with just the right amount of action. Myka is a fighter in her own right and has a steel core. She refuses to just stand by and let things happen to her. She makes things happen. I like that she has Spikes back and helps him when he needs her to but she never compromises who she is. I truly enjoyed watching Spike and Myka’s story unfold. I blew through Hard Mated in less than a day. I had such a hard time putting it down. It is a must read for sure. If you aren’t familiar with Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series you need to be. She once again gives her readers a story to remember and time and time again Jennifer leave me wanting more in such a good way. I continually find myself falling in love with each and every characters.