My Protector by Alanea Alder

PROTECTOR
My Protector by Alanea Alder
Publisher: Sacred Forest Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (187 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Gavriel Ambrosios has been dreaming of his accident prone mate for weeks. Now that he is nearing the apex of his vampiric transition, she has made her way to Lycaonia, just when he is at his most dangerous.

Elizabeth Monroe was planning on staying in Lycaonia while humans forgot about the swan dive she took out of her boss’s office window. Little did she know that this short side trip was about to become permanent. Gavriel is the mate she has always dreamed of. Even as he sweeps her off her feet his need to protect her has him pushing her away. She’s both concerned with and drawn to his darker nature, but is determined to see him through his transition.

In the shadows their enemy has targeted Gavriel when they know he is at his most vulnerable. They creep ever closer to the Alpha estate putting the men on high alert.

But as the days get shorter and the nights get longer Elizabeth begins to wonder, which is the bigger threat? The enemy or her mate?

Ms. Alder has done it again – thoroughly entertained me while providing a fascinating romance that kept me glued to its pages. My Protector has some interesting surprises for readers.

My biggest joy comes from the fact that Meryn and Aiden are still around. They are now secondary characters to Elizabeth and Gavriel’s story yet as strong as they are, do not undercut the new hero and heroine on stage. In fact, they add to Elizabeth and Gavriel’s story in more ways than I thought possible.

One of the most amazing things about this novel is the busyness of all the action, verbal dialogue and repartee, and the fact that so many people are coming on board. There are so many it made my head spin but kudos goes to Ms. Alder for making it work, keeping it making sense and never letting the main couple be overwhelmed by all the action. It was like an organized soccer match where everyone worked as a team to get the ball (plot) into the net (HEA). I am suitably impressed.

I hope readers are going to be as fascinated by Gavriel as I am. He has a surprising history and is truly worthy of the title of ‘hero’. I also appreciate his fascination, worry, caring and love that he exhibits towards Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is a funny bunny. Okay, so she’s a klutzy bunny, but she’s a great heroine because she is smart, clever, wise, comical, and loves Dr. Who. What’s not to like?

As far as physical love goes, it’s a bit complicated loving a vampire – especially one who likes a little kink. That scene is certainly hot but what comes afterwards is full of emotions, decisions and is a character driven plot conflict. I appreciate Elizabeth all the more because she’s not all about the drama, but the loving. I respect that.

The problem of the soulless ferals attacking people in the town becomes a lot more complicated in My Protector. More revelations are revealed but it generates more questions. I truly believe that I can guess one person who might be involved in the evilness that is happening but the author is not ready for readers to find out the true motive. There’s more conflict coming and I can’t wait to find out what it might be. Talk about a story hook!

My Protector is another winner from Ms. Alder. Truly, this is only the second installment but if the books following are this good, I’m in it for the long haul. The author has created a vibrant, exciting and detailed world that I can’t wait to visit again. This book probably could stand on its own but having read My Commander previously, my enjoyment of My Protector was off the charts, better than the first. Therefore, I do recommend reading the first book before this one – it makes Meryn more funny, Gavriel more fascinating and the overall plot conflict that much more intriguing. This is a fast, gripping read and an easy recommend.

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