Review: Protector’s Mate

Posted April 6, 2012 by Jen in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Protector’s Mate
Author: Katie Reus 
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturnal Cravings
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:

      After two years in a war zone, werewolf Felicia Serna has finally returned to find another pack has taken over her territory…and the new second-in-command is the very man who haunts her fantasies.
      Alaric has wanted Felicia from the moment he laid eyes on her, and now he’s ready to claim her. When a threatening shifter begins stalking them, he’s determined to protect her…even if it means putting his seduction on hold. But even in the heat of danger, their red-hot passion cannot be denied.

What Im talking about:

      Felicia is a wolf shifter that was betrayed and hurt by her own pack. She fled overseas to use her nursing skills in a war zone. After her service is up, she sneaks back home, hoping to make a quiet life for herself. Alaric, second command of Felicia’s new pack, has lusted after Felicia for years – always keeping a distance since she was too young to commit to the mating call. (We meet Alaric in the first book, Destined Mate.) Knowing that he cannot live without Felicia, he picks her up at the airport, and the pair come under attack.
      This second novella in Ms. Reus’s unnamed shifter series starts of with a bang and keeps going. Without the need of much world-building (although you don’t need to read first novella), Protector’s Mate jumps right into the romance between Alaric and Felicia. We learn about the current situation and the characters’ pasts organically – either through scene building or since we are privy to both Alaric and Felicia’s point-of-view, we get insight into their pasts via internal thought process. The story flows smoothly, which is critical for a novella-length story.
      Basically they both lust for the other. I love that Alaric has known from the moment he met Felicia that she was his mate, but he held off claiming her or bringing her to his pack because of her age (19). He didn’t trust himself not to claim her, so gave her space. So swoon-worthy. I was instantly invested in the couple and enjoyed reading how they let go of their pasts to move forward together.
      The couple comes together so perfectly. Their first kiss is equal parts steamy, sweet and romantic. And the smex is hot! Both characters are strong yet vulnerable. Felicia has been mentally and emotionally broken by her former pack and leader. Yet she gives herself an attitude “adjustment” as Alaric makes his advances on her. She went from “why would anyone want me” to “not sure why, but he does want me so I am going to open up and enjoy it.” That never seems to happen in romances – and I admire the strength and fortitude Felicia demonstrates time and time again throughout the story.
      Other than the focus on the primary couple, there is external conflict and a few bad guys. It’s just enough to add action and minor tension to the storyline, but it doesn’t take away focus from the love story. This is just as it should be for a novella-length story.
      Protector’s Mate is a quick read, free of major road bumps, and an all-around enjoyable story. It is sexy with just enough tension for the shorter length.

My Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
 
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7 responses to “Review: Protector’s Mate

  1. The part of your review where you mention that Alaric held himself back from claiming Felicia because of her edge is so gentlemanly that it makes me want to swoon as well.

  2. […] Posted by Gikany-Una on Feb 28, 2013 in 4 stars, paranormal romance, Rating A, reviews | 0 comments | Tags: G-U Review, Katie Reus, Moon Shifters, Signet Mating Instinct Author: Katie Reus  Release Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Signet Moon Shifters #3 ISBN: #978-0451239600 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       As the beast within struggles to break free, he must learn to be what she needs…       Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.       A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf.       And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job… What G & U are talking about:       Mating Instinct is the fascinating third novel in the Moon Shifter series.  There was a huge back-story and build up to this novel in that it is where Jayce and Kat finally fess up with each other and make a decision.       Although the series started a bit rough for Gikany and Una, as each book progresses we find ourselves drawn more into the world and its characters.  So much so that we found the novella, Lover’s Instinct – bought it, downloaded it and read it after finishing Mating Instinct.  Although it wasn’t necessary – we love the characters too much to skip the story of how a lovely beta female mated with one of the sexy warriors.       Jayce is not just a sexy warrior, he is the enforcer for the whole council.  It is his job to put down wolves that go feral and solve issues that cause havoc in the pack – permanently.  His sexiness comes from his rugged and scarred appearance.  His face puts most people in a state of panic – but not Kat.  Not only does she not fear him, she goes toe-to-toe with this dangerous wolf without batting an eye (but maybe armed with a baseball bat).  However, Jayce broke Kat’s heart, and without telling him she ends their relationship before he can.       During the course of the previous book, Primal Possession, Kat is turned into a wolf shifter in order to save her life by one of Connor’s warriors.  Jayce is haunted by the simple fact that he didn’t find her in time, didn’t save her and was not the one who gave her the gift of life.  Kat is still angry with the lies that Jayce told her, and also angry that he failed in saving her.  However what makes Kat the most frustrated is that her heart seems to forever bear Jayce’s name.  Therefore Kat keeps her distance from Jayce and the pack in an effort to be left alone to find the one who gave the order that resulted in her torture and almost death.  However, if Kat thinks she can hunt this higher-ranking Antiparanormal League (APL) member on her own – she is underestimating Jayce.       Mating Instinct is full of passion, poor communication and burning desire.  Kat and Jayce had left the bridge between them burned and broken.  To watch them deny the deep attraction and love they have for each other is heartbreaking.  The most difficult issue between them is their silence and the refusal they have to be the first one to open up and talk.  Jayce, being an enforcer, is a man of few words – something Kat seems to forget.  Kat on the other hand desperately wants to save face from the one who crushed her heart so viciously.  Yet, if they would just step out from the hurt and self-torment, they would be able to start healing – together.       As Kat and Jayce work through (or against) their attraction and desires, there is a horrible force at work.  It seems members of the APL are taking vampire blood – making them stronger and therefore a greater threat.  However, to make matters worse, it seems a shifter is on a killing spree and all the arrows seem to point to Jayce.  Which means Jayce needs to find out who the killer is and stop them before the public finds out and turns fully against shifters.       Gikany and Una thoroughly enjoyed Mating Instinct.  We anxiously anticipate the next novel in the Moon Shifter series.  If you enjoy passionate, romantic paranormal stories filled with action and mystery – give this series a shot. Their Rating: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)     Purchase Info: Mating Instinct (Book 3) Reviews in the Series: Destined Mate (Book 1) Protector’s Mate (Book 2) […]