1 Pride Mates: Liam & Kim
2 Primal Bonds: Sean & Andrea
2.5 Bodyguard: Ronan & Elizabeth
3 Wild Cat: Cassidy & Diego
3.5 Hard Mated: Spike & Myka
4 Mate Claimed: Eric & Iona
4.25 "Perfect Mate": Nell & Cormac
4.5 "Lone Wolf": Ellison & Maria
5 Tiger Magic: Tiger & Carly
5.5 "Feral Heat": Jace & Deni
Ashley also writes the STORMWALKER urban fantasy (UF) series under the name Allyson James. Click HERE to read my review of that series, which contains a reading-order list of the titles.
Also, as Allyson James for Berkley, she has written the erotic DRAGON SERIES, with these titles: Dragon Heat (2007), The Black Dragon (2007), and The Dragon Master (2008).
PREQUEL NOVELLA: "Shifter Made"
In this story, which is set in a village on Ireland's Dingle Peninsula in 1400, Niall O'Connell is a Lupine Shifter who works as a blacksmith. One day, he is approached by Alanna, a beautiful Fae woman who orders him to make a silver and bronze sword. Alanna is the sister of the evil Fae prince, Kieran, who wants to enslave the Shifters once again. The plot follows the couple as they immediately fall deeply in love/lust, even though she is implicit in the kidnapping of his children.
The obvious value of this novella is in its contribution to the series mythology. Other than that, it's a very short and highly unlikely love story with one-dimensional characters and a predictable plot.
The secondary plot involves a major split among the shifters that threatens the peace and security of everyone in Shiftertown. This story brings in the Fae, one of whom has a personal stake in seeing that Andrea is safe and happy. The get-rid-of-the-collar plans are still in the making, but are on the back burner in this story.
NOVEL 3: Wild Cat
For me, this was the most unsatisfying book of the series so far. On one page, Cassidy is deep in grief over the loss of her mate, and on the next page she is hot-hot-hot for Diego. Too much, too soon. Unfortunately, throughout the book, one never senses that there is anything deeper to this relationship than the unbridled sexual attraction. The story moves around all over the place, from Shiftertown to rural Mexico to Colorado River cliffs to fairyland and back. Instead of spending time delving too deeply into the romance, the author goes for the action scenes, so the couple bounces from one dangerous situation to another. Their time together is spent either in bed or in brief conversations in a car or an airplane on their way to their next adventure. Logic falls by the wayside a few times in this book. For example, as a rescue team is attempting to scale rocky cliff walls, they have the foresight to bring along specialists to build a steel bridge that is actually anchored into the rock—all of this in a matter of an hour or so. I don't think so.
SHORT NOVEL 3.5: Hard Mated
It turns out that young Jordan is almost impossible to control—jumping out of the car window, trashing the kitchen, and climbing trees with wild abandon. When Myka stops in to check on Jordan, Spike—in desperation—begs her to stay with Jordan and his grandmother while he takes care of a job for Liam. Myka agrees, partly because she loves Jordan and partly because she's attracted to Spike.
This is a typical novel for this series, with the lust-heavy, too-fast mating process interrupted occasionally by action scenes in which the heroine is sometimes in jeopardy. The hero of the next book is introduced near the end of this novel when Iona rescues him from his long-term imprisonment by misguided human scientists.