Deceiving the Protector by Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (360 Pgs)
Heat : Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by: Poppy
After a series of murders is discovered along the trail of the Shifter Underground, wolf soldier Jensen Tate is assigned to find and protect a missing stray. But Lia Crawford doesn't seem to want his protection. When she eludes his watch and returns with mysterious injuries, Tate knows she's hiding something. To discover her secrets, Tate will have to win her trust...and get closer to the woman he thinks may be his mate.
Lia has reasons to keep her distance. The killer is haunting her steps, determined to claim her. He will come after them both if he sees how drawn she is to Tate, though it becomes increasingly difficult to deny her attraction to him. Protecting Tate is vital—but will her deception cost her his love?
I’ll admit it, I was all but frothing at the mouth to read this book. I loved the first book in this series (Tempting the Enemy) with a passion I usually reserve for 85% dark chocolate, so leaped upon the opportunity to review this one the moment it was presented.
That’s a lot of pressure for any book to live up to. Thankfully, Deceiving the Protector was a really good book. I’m pretty sure I’d be happy to read Ms. Tenorio’s shopping list. Her writing is strong and descriptive and she is one of the most talented authors I’ve had the privilege to read. Her world-building skill is incredible, especially how she meshes the world we know with the world she creates and has me looking over my shoulder for the beings she says exist here.
There’s a murderer on the loose. And not just any murderer... nope. He’s killing “strays” and other shifters in a truly bloody and graphic manner. There appears to be pleasure in the killing, as well as an implied warning to other shifters: No one is safe.
Tate is sent by the Sibile to protect one particular stray, Lia, who has a treasure. That’s pretty much all he knows as he heads out to guide her to safety. Problem is, Lia wants nothing to do with him. At first, we can’t understand why. Tate is quiet, calm, safe. He oozes trustworthiness. And still, she either ignores him or snaps at him, and looks for any chance to get away.
Soon we discover why .... she has a secret that could endanger not only Tate, but the entire shifter society and the only way she believes she can protect them is to make them all just GO AWAY.
Deceiving the Protector had me constantly nervous. The villain would show up when we least expected it, leaping from the shadows, lurking around corners, the monster under the bed. Despite the slower pace of the time Lia and Tate spend together as they get to know each other and eventually fall in love, there’s always an edge of fear and worry. In a way, that dichotomy is what gave the book its strength.
Tate is every woman’s dream hero: smart, handsome, sweet, thoughtful, strong and fearless. It’s no wonder that Lia finds herself slowly giving into him. Who wouldn’t fall in love with such a man? I know I did! And Lia is a good partner for Tate, despite our worries at the beginning.
Deceiving the Protector has what it takes to make readers sit up and take notice. It has that special something that grabs hold and doesn’t let go until the last page. Readers are in for a treat that will have them thinking about it long after the last page is read. It's so worth the time to read, and I’m looking forward to the next book. I’ll be first in line to grab a copy.