Ancient Protector by Katie Reus
Series: Ancients Rising #1
Also in this series: Ancient Enemy
Published by KR Press on June 30, 2020
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Even as he fights for their future…
With the world still rebuilding after massive dragon attacks, famous singer Star isn’t willing to rely on a stranger to protect her family—though dragon shifter Lachlan is difficult to resist. Something about him is strangely familiar, but she doesn’t understand why. He’s already helped Star rescue her sister from a recent abduction, but trust doesn’t come easy when his kind has nearly hunted her race to extinction. When her sister’s kidnapper launches another violent attack, Star has no choice but to accept Lachlan’s aid. But no matter that he’s stepped up to protect her, she’ll never allow the ancient Scottish dragon into her heart.
They’re bound by the past.
Lachlan lost the woman he was meant to mate millennia ago. Unable to live in a world without her, his pain drove him to hibernation. He never thought he would move on—until Star. He’s well aware the feisty shifter is his new destiny, so if tailing her to New Orleans is what he has to do to be near her, then so be it. When Star is attacked, Lachlan resolves to protect her at all costs. And he won’t have to do it alone. It will take Lachlan, his clansmen, and Star’s misfit band of friends to rain fiery vengeance down upon their enemy if she and her sister are to ever be truly free. Only then can he claim her and discover the shocking truth that lies buried in their past.
FIRST IN NEW SERIES
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve been waiting for Ancient Protector ever since the entire world went to hell in a handbasket in Darkness Rising, the last book in Ms. Reus’ Darkness Series. I’ve wanted to check back in with all my favorite characters and see how they were doing and how things worked out as they tried to regroup and rebuild. I was also curious to see how humanity was going to deal with finding out that all those scary things nobody believed existed really do. Yeah, I had a lot of expectations going in.
At first, I was a little disappointed when I realized both MC’s were new characters and we weren’t even in the United States anymore. I reminded myself this is a new series and I should have expected this. It did perk me up when the setting switched to New Orleans and I was back in familiar territory with characters I liked dropping in here and there.
The story starts out with Star and her motley crew in the midst of a jailbreak type of caper at a celebrity-studded charity auction and concert of all things. I immediately liked Star and admired her strength, loyalty, and the depths to which she went to rescue her sister. Her cluelessness as to what to do when she realized she had a sexy Scottish dragon by the tail, or should I say on her tail, was cute.
Like most of the newly risen ancient dragons, Lachlan had me chuckling at first with his sheer lack of game. His opening bid cracked me up as did his somewhat clumsy interactions with Star. But he was an alpha ancient dragon, so I knew those alphahole qualities would show up soon enough.
Like all Ms. Reus’ couples, these two had chemistry in spades and when they finally got together, sparks and flames flew, figuratively and literally. Lachlan proved without a doubt that old dragons still got it going on.
Speaking of Lachlan, I love an alpha that lets his woman take care of business and show her pure badassedness, and he impressed me with his willingness to follow Star’s lead in keeping her and her sister safe. Well, within reason, he is a dragon, after all.
Spending time with Cynara and getting an update on her and Justis was a treat. And I liked the time spent with King. He gets more intriguing every time he shows up on the page and I can’t wait for his story.
One minor issue I had was after witnessing the end of the world in Darkness Rising, I wanted more world-building, or should I say more of them putting the world back together. There were little tidbits here and there, but I thought it would be more of a struggle after all the carnage that happened. Like I said, a minor issue overall.
Like the books in the Darkness Series this is spun-off of, I read this straight through in one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. I just can’t get enough of these sexy, growly, dragons and the women who are strong enough to put up with them.
Rating: 4 Old Dragons Got It Going On Stars
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