Slade (The Protectors #6)
Published: Dec. 29, 2014
Review source: purchased
Reviewed by: Amy
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Dr. Slade Buchanan has his hands full at the moment trying to figure out what is causing humans to turn into half-breeds. He doesn’t have time for distractions like Jill Nichols. Likewise, being the only female recruit for the VC Warriors, Jill has enough on her plate. She doesn’t need the hot doctor taking over her thoughts any more than he already does. Add to the fact that the Mayor’s office is escalating its stance against half-breeds, and really there’s no time to even think about starting anything. Sometimes rationality has nothing to do with it.
Even before I knew how I was going to feel about the book, I knew one thing for certain: I loved the indisputable bond and camaraderie between the Warriors. The banter was pretty funny, and it didn’t feel forced. Also, once I saw that the eye-roll inducing ‘but that’s for girls’ jokes were just good-natured teasing, the guys endeared themselves to me even more. It also helped that, for all the ‘girl’ jokes they made, Jill made sure to repeatedly put these macho men in their places and show them what’s what.
When Jill was turned into a half-breed her whole family turned their backs on her. She loves the sense of acceptance and family that the VC Warriors offer her. Being the only female trying to become a Warrior doesn’t mean Jill gets to take the easy way—if anything she’s challenged even more, and each time she rises to the occasion. I did a lot of mental cheering and ‘you go girl’ for Jill throughout.
Having not read the rest of the books in the series (a problem I will have to fix ASAP), I may not fully appreciate Slade the same way those who have been with this character from the beginning, but regardless, it’s quickly apparent from the first page, that he’s such a dominating force—in various aspects. I’m not surprised that he’s made the list of contenders in this year’s Alpha Showdown.
As is common in paranormal romance, an author will introduce other prospective couples that may get their own stories down the line. Teresa Gabelman does no different in Slade. What she did really well was incorporate the potential of this other couple’s story very nicely into Slade and Jill’s story. In other words, without giving too much away, a conflict comes up during that is related to one of the Warriors and for a time directly impacts Jill. I liked that instead of one couple overshadowing, or giving the send off to another couple, they can both have equal importance within one story.
Typically, I wouldn’t start a series at book six. Despite me being a little unclear on some nuances regarding the mythology about vampires, I didn’t have any problems jumping right into it. If you’re a fan of similarly stylized books about a tough group of warrior alpha males, I think you’ll definitely find something to like in Slade and likely the others Protectors books, too.
Sexual content: graphic sex