The quick of it is that Rae has been chosen Guardian by the goddess. Only problem? She's practically still a cub and, well, female and there's never been a female Guardian before. And that has people nervous. Ergs! Training in her home town just isn't safe which lands her in the care of a polar bear. A polar bear who is just about as pleased about the arrangement as she is. Which is to say...not at all. lol
I loved Zander and Rae down to their paws! Both are rather isolated due to being "goddess touched" and without family (though she has an adopted one) and I loved seeing them start to put together their own little ragtag clan of sorts and heal that loneliness in each other. They're good people who will do anything for someone in need even when it hurts them in return and were just impossible not to adore and root for.
Now. All the stuff that kept the nookie from commencing. There was a LOT happening in this one. It was non stop adventure and action as they dodged shifter bounty hunters and new enemies. Not to mention the Alaskan elements, fae magic and being goddess touched which is just a bitch all it's own. They had one seriously wild ride that brought about some interesting revelations and fascinating developments for the future of the shifters. It definitely kept me turning the pages to see what insanity would hit them next.
There were a lot of fun new characters as well that had me totally falling for them. Even Jake the Snake who was, indeed, a snake. <---impressive feat, that.
All in all, Ashley continues to knock out one fabulous read after another. Action packed and full of complex characters that are simply bad ass and rocking some awesome. Guardian's Mate delivered!
A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger...and to each other.