Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Larissa is on the verge of complete insanity. She has grown up feeling a connection to the rural woodlands near her home. She has never been able to find what or who has been calling to her.
Dante comes from an ancient line of shifters whose sole purpose is to keep their charges safe from vampires. Dante is Larissa’s Protector. There are only two rules- never talk to your charge and never let them know that you are watching. Dante breaks every rule when it comes to Larissa when they are swept into a torrent of desire that threatens to consume them.
Will the price of breaking the rules to follow their hearts be too great? Hunters lurk in the forest. Vampires are coming. Dante is all that stands between Larissa and the monsters who want to make her one of them.
From a storyteller point of view, I was completely captivated by the set-up of this novella. It held intrigue and promise, and something that, while not completely original, similarly didn’t feel like anything with which I was overly familiar. It held a lot of promise.
When reading anything, you want to feel a connection with the characters. When reading romance especially, you need to feel the chemistry between the two leads. Most every writer is familiar with the phrase “ show, don't tell” when it comes to crafting scenes. It’s important to allow the reader to feel the characters rather than watch them interact. A writer’s goal should be to make the reader forget he or she is reading a book by drawing the reader into the world they create. I was not drawn in. This world felt very inauthentic, and the lack of chemistry between the two leads left me apathetic to whether or not they would reach their HEA.
Beyond that, there are several drastic leaps that left me perplexed. Upon discovering the existence of a supernatural world, Larissa doesn’t blink before accepting it as fact, which made the drama between her and Dante feel even more forced.
I will say Ms. Monroe has a lot of promise as well as room to grow as an author. If “Protector Mine” is any indication of her imagination, I can definitely tell she has a knack for extraordinary stories. It just takes more than a few characters and awkward dialogue to make a novel work. I’m sure there will be an audience for this book, but unfortunately, it was not to be found in this reader.
1 ½ Tea Cups!