Dark Protector by Katie Reus
Series: Moon Shifter #6
Also in this series: Alpha Instinct
Published by KR Press on November 15, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
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He walked away once; he won't do it again.
Wolf shifter Aldric Kazan is no stranger to pain. Since the loss of his mate a century ago, he won't allow himself to fall for someone again—not even the feisty female who stirs things in him that he thought were gone long ago. But as a supernatural investigator, he's forced to team up with the same woman he vowed to stay away from.
She let him in once; she refuses to do it again.
Natalia Cordona refuses to back down from any challenge—even if it means joining forces with Aldric, the sexy and brooding man who won't get too close. Locating missing vampires before a volatile war breaks out seems nearly impossible as the duo struggle with their explosive and undeniable attraction. Now it's up to Natalia and Aldric to trust each other to stop an all-out war from breaking out that would destroy the harmony they've all worked so hard for.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I need to learn to listen to my intuition and never break my rule of not reading a series in order even if it’s supposed to be a stand-alone and the synopsis is luring me in.
Aldric our hero had wrapped a seriously heavy blanket of guilt around him, carrying it around for centuries. He blamed himself for the death of his first mate plus for the damage he’d inflicted on his brother when he’d run in at the wrong time. Suddenly after years of distancing himself from feeling anything, he finds himself with some scary feelings for Natalia. Of course, this means he runs leaving Natalia hanging at probably the absolutely worst time for her as she’s dealing with a heaping helping of loss of her very own.
I liked Aldric well enough, although his guilt trip got on my nerves. Natalia was the survivor of something horrific (don’t ask me what, that’s evidently in a previous book although she lost family members because of it), and seemed to be doing well enough until Aldric threw her for a loop. Still, she was determined to get past this so I dubbed her the “Queen of Sucking It Up and Moving On”. In other words, I admired her fortitude.
The best part of the book for me was the mystery solving. All the interviews Aldric and Natalia did had me guessing who the prime suspect was and what would cause them to go around the bend. I eventually had an inkling of who the kidnapper was, but I never said “Aha!” like I usually do.
As for the rest of the book, I am kicking myself for not reading the series in order. I felt like I’d been thrown into the middle of a very close group of friends who’d known each other forever. Reminiscent of high school where I went to a different school every freaking year I felt like I was on the outside looking in. To make matters worse, a chunk of the story featured Jayce and Kat, who had their book already and my enquiring mind wanted to know their story. Again, it’s not like I didn’t like the book, there were just too many inside stories I didn’t understand. This does not mean I didn’t want to get to know these characters. I seriously plan on making time for them in the future.
If you are a follower of this series, you will probably love this book. If not, it’s got great bones and from what I can tell, characters who are worthy of getting to know. Just don’t get sucked in by the whole stand-alone claim, because I think it does a disservice to the story.
Spice’s Rating: 3 I Really Want to Know These People Stars
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