Review: White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #8)


White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley // VBC ReviewWhite Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8)
Jennifer Ashley
Published: April 5, 2016 (Berkley)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Jannelle

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Pride Mates.

Addison Price is working her usual shift as waitress in her hometown diner in Texas when in comes Kendrick with his three children. Every night Kendrick and his sons come in and have a slice of pie. He’s predictable and a beautiful piece of eye candy for Addie. Showing up a bit later than usual one night, Addie begins serving Kendrick and his boys their pie when her life gets turned inside out. Soon enough, Addie is on the run, with her and Kendrick depending on each other for survival with their lives on the line.

Kendrick is a white tiger shifter, father of 2 shifter cubs, and a Guardian, responsible for sending dying/dead shifters to what can easily be labeled as shifter heaven. Kendrick already has a lot on his plate and his instant connection to Addie confuses and thrills him, emphasizing his dominant alpha-male instincts that he had not exercised on a woman since his previous mate’s death years earlier.

I loved the instant connection between Addie and Kendrick. While we didn’t witness their meeting, you could feel the tension and link between them as something palpable. As the story progressed, that link between them continued to grow and transform into something beautiful–raw with passion and shifter-style romance. While Addie is not a shifter, she stands her ground and isn’t cowed by any of the machismo prevalent in the many shifters she comes across.

The many characters in White Tiger are dynamic and full of history, creating an amusing read as they all worked together. Seamus and Zander in particular were my favorites, making me deeply curious about their backstory. The prehistory between the characters in what occurs prior to White Tiger assists in filling up the steady-paced plot that lagged at times. While it wasn’t the usual fast-paced plot I look forward to, the characters more than made up for it. I’ll admit that I giggled out loud a few times.

In the world Ashley has created, Shifters live in communes called Shifter towns, in which they are collared and kept under watch by the government. Kendrick and his close friends and family are uncollared and live a perilous life, alluding the law, hoping others don’t realize he is a shifter. The worldbuilding was one of my favorite components of the novel. I don’t feel it was explored enough, though I’m sure it’s because it’s already book number eight of a well-developed series.

That being said, White Tiger reads great as a standalone and I didn’t feel I was missing out by diving in and starting at book eight. If anything, reading White Tiger as a standalone made me incredibly curious about the rest of the characters I’ve missed out on. You better believe I’ve already binge-bought the first three books in the series to start from the beginning with Pride Mates.

Overall, White Tiger was a fantastic and easy read for both long-time fans of the Shifters Unbound series as well as the newcomers like myself. Paranormal romance fans should be auto-marking it into their to-be-read lists—you don’t want to miss out on this one.

Sexual content: graphic sex

3 Responses to “Review: White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #8)”

  1. Christina says:

    Thanks for the review. I really enjoy this series although I am few books and a couple novellas behind.

  2. JenM says:

    I really enjoy this series. It’s one that I feel has gotten stronger rather than weaker with each book. Also the novellas are really good and definitely worth reading. They are nice and long (usually 100+ pages) so there is usually a good mix of action and character development.


    I love this series and have all the books and novellas. I highly recommend all of them. I’m reading the Wild Things novella right now and cannot wait to get to White Tiger! I agree that the series doesn’t get old and weaker as it progresses, but stronger.

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