Being a social worker can be dangerous business when vampires are part of the equation. And that’s becoming clearer to Nicole every day. More and more often, she is encountering human foster parents who are stealing and selling the blood of vampire children. And they’ll do almost anything to protect their dirty secret. So a group of vampire warriors has been called in to help train Nicole and her co-workers in self-defense. Almost immediately she is drawn to one of the men.
Damon swears he’ll never take a human mate, but he knows Nicole is meant to be his. She fires all of his protective instincts, and it’s only a matter of time before they give in to their attraction. But at the same time their passion is heating up, so is the danger to Nicole. It seems someone thinks she is doing her job too well. Her vigilance is putting a crimp in the blood trade and now a hit has been put on her life. Damon must find a way to keep her safe as he struggles with his instinct to make her his own.
The book felt a little awkward in the very beginning, but it quickly grew on me. I liked both main characters. Damon’s reluctance to make Nicole his mate was understandable once we learned his backstory. And in the meantime, we were treated to some good sexual tension –and eventually, some hot sex.
The villain reveal wasn’t a very big surprise, but I enjoyed the journey. The ending felt a little bit rushed –I would have liked to see the events play out– but I was happy with the resolution. Plus, the secondary cast of vampire warriors provides fertile ground for future stories. Almost 4 stars.
*ARC Provided by author for review
The Protectors – Damonby Teresa GabelmanRelease Date: November 27, 2011