Interesting premise, but rushed execution and too-fast pacing.
This was a short read, which is the main problem of the story. The world needed to be built, the conflict set up, the big bads established, the stakes laid out, the characters developed, the backstory alluded to -- and all of this had to happen fast, in addition to setting up the romance and having enough time for boinking.
What actually happened was that everything felt rushed, the characters talked excessively in an unrealistic fashion in a bid to set the world, and it ended up being hard to actually get into the story because it felt like ninety percent dialog, five percent boinking, and five percent actions and thoughts.
What's unfortunate is that I enjoyed the interactions of the two supporting characters more than I did the main characters, and that was because they were fighting. With the main characters, it was very much insta-love, insta-fall-in-bed, with added external conflict for drama. But since I hadn't really had a chance to immerse in the world and fall in love with the characters, it all felt very superficial.
Protected is an okay read, but I'm more interested in what happens with Fia and James in their book considering their fiery start in this one. Hopefully I'll have a better sense of them as people after having known them in this book and there'll be time for more development of world and characters in that story.
For the first time in her life, Vivian Duffy is pushing herself to the limits of her abilities. With people dying in her city she seems to be the only one willing to dig for the answers when the evidence isn’t making any sense. But when her sister fits the profile of the killer’s victims, Viv knows she may need to make some hard choices.
Jason has walked the Earth for more years than he cares to remember. Always with the singular goal of ensuring the safety of all the humans around him. Meeting the woman who was meant to be his was never even a consideration for him, not until Vivian crosses paths with him at the scene of a murder.
The danger is growing around them, and with the fate of his woman on the line this Argonaut will do whatever is needed to keep her protected.
This is a previously published work. It has been revised and edited for Evernight Publishing
Be Warned: BDSM, spanking