Dark Protectors Series:
Consumed: Jordan Pride and Katie Smith
Sometimes You Mate For Life
Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She's good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won't back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there's no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she's ever cared about--a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .
Sometimes You Mate To Stay Alive
For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan's guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .
So this is my second book I have read in this series, the first was the novella Tempted. Whereas I don’t think it was necessary that you have read the first books of the series I think it would be helpful. I didn’t have any problems picking up the storyline and figuring out what was going on, but having some of the back details would have been nice.
I have to admit that it took me a while to get into the story, I just wasn’t that interested in the werewolf disease and the “bad guys” the Kurjans are not my favorite of enemies. The whole plot of “good” vampires versus “bad” vampires (Although technically they aren’t vampires) having been done on more than one occasion. Once I got into the story, it had me fully invested. I enjoyed watching the tension build between Jordan and Katie, until the exploding mark and when the tension became reaction and the attraction that Jordan had been holding back could no longer be denied. Once things got to that level everything seemed to start heat up not just with Jordan and Katie but with the storyline, things started to get a whole lot more interesting.
I liked Katie and Jordan ok. Katie is fierce and loyal, despite her serious handicap with the werewolf disease that has been plaguing her for the last 10 years she kicks some major butt. She also refuses to give up on her man, even when he has all but given up on himself. Jordan has been carrying the burden of keeping his people safe for the last 10 years, alone and he’s tired. He’s always put his people first and now he finally has the one thing he has wanted most, Katie, within his grasp and it appears fate has other plans in mind for him when he contracts the werewolf disease and has less than a week to be himself, before he turns werewolf. Jordan seems to give up pretty easily, I think if hadn’t had Katie riding him, he probably would have pulled the trigger himself. In the end he ends up finding the strength he needed to pull through.
For me it’s the side characters that really filled out this book, I don’t think I would have liked it as much without them. Janie is the one that intrigued me the most, at 16 she is still young but wise beyond her years as someone that has visions. She dream shares with Zane, who used to be her childhood friend through dreams, but as she grew older he started blocking her. This is a story I can’t wait for, but I think it will probably be the last of the series so there will be quite a wait. I find myself intrigued with this story. I also found myself liking Kane, he is “the smartest person in the world”, and has no time for love. He has a mysterious power that is hinted at but not revealed, which makes him all that more intriguing. Then there is Jordan’s first in command, his successor, with a lost love, that no one knew about. He is the strong silent type. There are just so many supporting cast that I find interesting. I definitely think I will continue on with the series to see how it all unfolds.
*This title was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.