Purrfect Protector by S.A. Welsh

Purrfect Protector by S.A. Welsh
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (160 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.

When Kale Andrews gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan, his brother drags him to Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. Kale reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard, but when a tall, muscular blond walks into the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger, Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty-four hours a day quickly disappear.

The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries, so Aleksi has to become creative to keep his protectee out of danger. Everyone knows models are self-centered and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Since he’s a saber-tooth tiger and naturally dominant, most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as a friend. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast, simultaneously exciting the man in Aleksi.

Neither man expects nor wants a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer, Aleksi realizes that Kale might be his mate. With an obsessed fan escalating toward murder, Aleksi isn’t sure that even his tiger can keep his mate safe.

A male model is stalked by crazy fan willing to commit heinous acts of violence to get to him, so the model is assigned protection by a gorgeous man—who also happens to be a saber-tooth tiger shifter.

This story is mostly about two things: Hot shifter-and-model sex and danger in the form of fast action and suspense. A novella doesn’t need to be anything more to fulfill expectations. With shifter stories, wild sex and feral passion come with the territory, so I knew to look for them, and loved the end result.

A lot of werewolf stories dominate the paranormal genre, so it was definitely refreshing to read about a bodyguard whose beast is so gigantic it’s as big as a house and extinct for a reason. The places where Aleksi’s animal came out, in part or entirely, took over each scene. I couldn’t get enough of how well the action scenes were described. The animal portrayals were fun and exciting; effortless to read.

What did leave something to be desired was the characterization. While Aleksi, the tiger shifter, and Kale, the male model, had rather well fleshed out personalities, most all of their interactions involved a sensual tension or outright sexual element. Beyond that they simply didn’t seem very well suited for one another, as much of their dialogue was sensual teasing. But that impression was completely subjective, so your opinion is the only one that matters.

What I like about S.A. Welsh’s books are the suspenseful elements. Here they shine. What I dislike about her stories is her tendency to write full stories—but… all too often they end in annoying cliffhangers. This story is no different: The epilogue describes the beginning of a whole new story, which may or may not come in the future. So if you wish to avoid feeling as frustrated as I did, avoid reading the epilogue until you know for a fact that story will come out.

All in all, S.A. Welsh writes paranormal and suspense quite well. The writing is fast-paced and the narrative tight and compact. The story flows smoothly from start to finish. Recommended read.

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