by Katie Reus
Published April 1st 2012 by Harlequin
Courtesy of Author
After two years in a war zone, werewolf Felicia Serna has finally returned to find another pack has taken over her territory…and the new second-in-command is the very man who haunts her fantasies.GoodReads
Alaric has wanted Felicia from the moment he laid eyes on her, and now he’s ready to claim her. When a threatening shifter begins stalking them, he’s determined to protect her…even if it means putting his seduction on hold. But even in the heat of danger, their red-hot passion cannot be denied
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Katie Reus never fails to captivate me with her stories and Protector’s Mate is just another title to add to my growing list of favorite reads from this author.
Felicia Serna left her werewolves pack two years ago to escape her deplorable alpha, traveling across the ocean to war-torn Afghanistan as a nurse to help the humans there. Now that Felicia’s contract has ended she has nowhere else to go but back home. Hoping to quickly pick up a few items stashed away at human friend’s before figuring out what she is going to do with the rest of her life, Felicia steps out of the airport only to be waylaid by a big black SUV. Terrified that whoever is behind the wheel has been sent to punish her for abandoning her pack, Felicia is surprised when the sexy wolf, Alaric, her teenage crush steps out.
From the first time Alaric met Felicia him and his wolf knew that she was the one for him, but unlike the wolf inside, Alaric understood that at nineteen Felicia was too young for him to seek a mating with. So using his vast contacts across the world, Alaric has kept a close eye on Felicia for the past two years, making sure that she isn’t in danger. But over the last months that hasn’t been enough so Alaric begins to correspond with Felicia via email, and they’ve been getting flirtier and flirtier. But Felicia still seems oblivious to his feelings towards her so when he finds out through one of his contacts that she is returning home he wastes no time in showing her first hand where he stands.
If Alaric thought that it was going to be easy he couldn’t have been more wrong. Tailed, ambushed and attacked; is it Felicia’s old pack after her for the consequence of her running away or could it be an angry werewolf or vampire set against Alaric's alpha and the coming treaty between races? Or could it be someone neither of them imagined?
Alaric and Felicia were a great couple. Alaric may be a wolf hungering for his mate but he is patient, understanding and absolutely adoring of Felicia. Felicia doesn’t know what a true werewolf pack is like, only having the horrid example of her last adoptive pack to go on. But Alaric is determined to prove that his pack and himself will be there for Felicia to care for and protect her. Felicia was a strong, independent and caring heroine to read about and I feel that Alaric was just the wolf she needed to really see herself and her true worth.
Protector’s Mate was a short, sweet and fun read that I really enjoyed. The novella follows Destined Mate which featured Alaric’s alpha Knox and vampire Angela, but Protector’s Mate is truly a stand-alone and though you catch glimpses from the first novella new readers won’t be able to distinguish them, the plot flows nice and smooth.
Plenty of action and heat with a heart-warming romance, Protector’s Mate is a novella I would recommend for paranormal romance fans looking for a quick fix!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses