dark-protectorTitle:  Dark Protector
Series:  Moon Shifters #6
Author:  Katie Reus
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  November 15, 2016
Publisher:  KR Press
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

He walked away once; he won’t do it again.

Wolf shifter Aldric Kazan is no stranger to pain. Since the loss of his mate a century ago, he won’t allow himself to fall for someone again—not even the feisty female who stirs things in him that he thought were gone long ago. But as a supernatural investigator, he’s forced to team up with the same woman he vowed to stay away from.

She let him in once; she refuses to do it again.

Natalia Cordona refuses to back down from any challenge—even if it means joining forces with Aldric, the sexy and brooding man who won’t get too close. Locating missing vampires before a volatile war breaks out seems nearly impossible as the duo struggle with their explosive and undeniable attraction. Now it’s up to Natalia and Aldric to trust each other to stop an all-out war from breaking out that would destroy the harmony they’ve all worked so hard for.

Titles in this series include:  Alpha Instinct, #1 – Lover’s Instinct, #1.5 (novella) – Primal Possession, #2 – Mating Instinct, #3 – His Untamed Desire, #3.5 (novella) – Avenger’s Heat, #4 – Hunter Reborn, #5 – Protective Instinct, #5.5 (novella) – Dark Protector, #6 – A Mate for Christmas, #6.5 (novella, final story in series)

The author states, “Though part of the Moon Shifter series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.”

Although I have not read the entire Moon Shifter series – and how in the world did I miss these? – I found Dark Protector to be complete in itself so I would agree that it can be read as a stand alone story.  But now, I’m going to have to go back and start from the beginning on this series because it’s that good.  And I’m fascinated by the premise and some of the characters from previous stories involvement in this one.

Aldric has been grieving for his murdered mate for years now.  It’s not only the loss of the woman he’d loved, it’s also guilt that he was unable to protect someone so important to him.  Now, he’s feeling the pull of another woman, few get the second chance for another mate but Natalia pulls him in ways he thought to never experience again.  And, of course, being a typical male he leaves and won’t acknowledge what they could have together.  Natalia is understandably hurt but she’s not some weak female.  She’ll deal with Aldric when they are forced to work together on an investigation to locate missing vampires before a war breaks out that no one wants.  During the investigation the attractions between them still burns and Aldric is ready to admit that he made a huge mistake in walking away.  Natalia isn’t going to fall into his arms easily, he’s going to have to work to get back her trust.   All the while working a very frustrating case.

I enjoyed Dark Protector and easily followed the story without knowing any of this series history.  Both main characters are strong, stubborn and sexy as sin.  Although the sensuous tension builds between them, the actual sexual scenes were few but very steamy and intense.  What we have is a strong mystery as to where the missing vampires are now, and who is out to start a war.  That aspect of the story was intriguing and kept my attention sharp on discovering clues along the way.

Dark Protector captured my attention enough to make me want to go to the beginning and discover more about these interesting folks.  And since this is the sixth story in this series, that’s probably saying something about how much I enjoyed it.  If Paranormal Romance with shifters and vampires is your genre of choice, then this story is a perfect match for you.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

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