PROTECTIVE INSTINCT (Moon Shifter 5.5) by Katie Reus-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 19, 2015
A woman worth fighting for…
Wolf shifter Teresa is blown away by her packmate Ryan’s honesty about his past and his rare empathic powers. She wants him in her bed—and her life. The only problem: Ryan insists they wait, because the last thing he wants is to recreate the hellish family he grew up in. Frustrated, Teresa jumps at the chance to assist a packmate off the ranch—far away from Ryan.
On the way, their vehicle is run off the road—and it wasn’t an accident. Ryan rushes to Teresa’s side, determined to protect her. But there’s a dangerous enemy lurking in the shadows, and if Ryan doesn’t break out of his old thinking and put his faith in his and Teresa’s love—and their ability to overcome obstacles together—it will be too late.
Length: 27,000 words
Author note: This novella is part of the Moon Shifter Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
REVIEW: PROTECTIVE INSTINCT is the latest novella (May 2015) in Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter contemporary, adult Moon Shifter paranormal romance series. This is wolf shifters Teresa and Ryan’s storyline which was building in Hunter Reborn-book five. PROTECTIVE INSTINCT can be read as a stand alone –Katie Reus adds information and backstory where necessary.
Told from third person perspectives, the storyline forwards the series a few months. Ryan is an empath-a wolf shifter whose family history cripples Ryan from mate bonding with the woman that he loves-Teresa. Ryan’s parent’s dysfunctional relationship left lasting emotional scars on Ryan’s psyche and in this, he is cautious and hesitant about claiming his mate. While Ryan continues to deflect the urge to bond, Teresa becomes the target of revenge. While en route to check out some property for their pack Alpha, Teresa and Rafael are run off the road, by an unknown assailant-Ryan knows it is time to claim his mate.
PROTECTIVE INSTINCT continues to build upon the Armstrong-Cordona Pack as they endeavor to protect themselves against rogue vampires and the Antiparanormal League (APL) whose objective is to destroy that which is deemed unnatural. But the APL is not at play with Teresa and the others, it is someone else seeking revenge for the death of a beloved maker. Teresa and her sisters are being stalked.
A large number of the Armstrong-Cordona Pack play a secondary and supporting roles throughout the storyline including pack Alpha Connor and his mate Ana, Liam and a very pregnant December, pack enforcer Erin Flynn, and Teresa’s sisters Natalia and her possible future mate Aldric as well as Rosa and alpha Rafael. Katie’s characters and world building bring the love of family together throughout her storyline and series.
PROTECTIVE INSTINCT is a quick read; a fast paced story of revenge, romance and family. Katie’s Moon Shifter world blends vampires and shifters, lupines and felines, friends, lovers and enemies into a storyline and series that are addicting, engaging and intense-a delightful and curious mix of paranormal romance and contemporary fun.You can’t help but fall in fall.
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Reviewed by Sandy