Author: Nancy Northcott
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Protectors (Book 1)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1455598879 (Forever/Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-1455598878 (Forever/Hachette)
Reviewed by: Shirene
SHE FOLLOWS THE RULES
As the Collegium council’s top sheriff of the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn’t just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious traitor wanted by the authorities suddenly risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why.
HE BREAKS EVERY ONE OF THEM
As a mage, Griffin is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, they’re both left running for their lives-from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible Collegium mole.
Quick & Dirty: Outlaw and sheriff must decide whether to trust each other or not.
Opening Sentence: Not. Dead. Yet.
The synopsis of this story had me intrigued and moved this book up my rather large review book pile from the bottom of the stack. Plus the cover of this book is just “Yummy”, right? Add the fact that this is the first book in a series and I started to read.
Readers are thrown into a live or die situation from the start of the book. Valeria Banning, our heroine, has been thrown into a car’s trunk after saving a Mundane woman and child from ghouls that were trying to kidnap them. We quickly find out that not only is Valeria a mage but she is duty sworn to protect the innocents aka Mundanes. She proceeds to use her wits to remove an amulet that was preventing her from using magic in the trunk and renders her weak from the amulet’s power but then must fight at a reduced capacity outnumbered.
During the ensuing battle between Valeria and the five ghouls, Valeria sends out a last wave of power on the point of her being overwhelmed. This “magical yell” is heard by Griffin Dare, our hero and renegade from the law. He charges into save the day and discovers Valeria needs help fast and only discovers afterwards that she is under orders to kill him because he is an outlaw.
The story travels along with Valeria and Dare as they try to decide how much to trust the other with their past. In Dare’s case, this includes letting Valeria into what truly happened the day he was labeled a traitor and outlawed and his desire to see justice for friends and lover killed because of a traitor. However, Valeria takes the first opportunity she can get to return home in the hopes of sorting out the truth from the fiction and her growing interest in a man that she may have to kill.
Maybe it is just me but this story was just OK. The character development was there even with the amount of characters that we eventually meet during the course of this book but no one character stands out. The story has ups and downs and twists and turns but nothing to write home about and makes writing this review tough. Environmentally this book was a bit challenged because it didn’t resonate that the Mundane didn’t get that they were living among magical people. And this is coming from someone who fell whole heartedly into the environment of books like Wake Unto Me. There just seemed to be something lacking in the execution of this world and I can’t put my finger on it.
At this point some of you might be wondering whether this is worth a purchase and read. I would say yes. This book shows promise and I want to give the author another opportunity in the Protectors’ World to wow me. Thankfully the next two books in this series will be out this year and I can then revisit this world.
Gently, keeping his fingers light on her shoulder, he used his other hand to tug hers from her eyes. That full, lush mouth and determined chin looked familiar, but he could worry about that later. He brushed tangled strands of hair aside to touch the welling around one eye gently, and she winced.
“Easy.” He probed lightly with his power.
Judging by the way she squinted, she was trying to focus, to see him. He couldn’t let her. At least the swelling and reactive tears would blur his features. “No scratches, but close your eys to the air doesn’t aggravate the burn.”
“Need healers,” she choked. “Experts.” Biting her lip, she blinked at him as though trying to clear her eyes. The suddenly widened. “You look–you’re–No!”
The Protector Series:
1.5 Protector (March 5, 2013)
2. Guardian (July 2, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Forever Yours/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Renegade. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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