Katie Reus is one of the few authors who can make a novella seem like a full length novel.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: KR Press
Release Date: May 19, 2015
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.
Wolf shifters Ryan and Teresa have known each other for a long time, in fact they’re pretty sure that they’re each other’s “one” except that Ryan’s past experience keeps him from moving forward with Teresa. Frustrated and hurt, Teresa jumps at a chance to get away from Ryan by helping a fellow packmate off the ranch. When they’re purposely run off the road, Ryan is quick to get to Teresa but unless he’s willing to move forward and trust Teresa then there isn’t anywhere for them to go but separate ways.
I can’t believe Protective Instinct is a novella. It was well developed and put together to feel like a full length novel. I haven’t read all the books in the Moon Shifter series but I am familiar with these two characters since they both appeared in the previous full length novel and it was established that they share a deep connection and confessed their love for one another along with Ryan’s fear that Teresa will regret being his mate if they move too fast.
What I really enjoyed was the role reversal with Ryan being the hesitant one and Teresa being the one who wants to take their relationship to a different level. Usually it’s the hero who has to overcome the heroine’s hesitancy so that was a nice reversal and it definitely changed the dynamic between the characters too.
The conflict thankfully was not a new one as this was a short. It didn’t take much time to catch me up to speed with the conflict and the villain and from there it was a brisk pace to the conclusion. Along the way Ryan and Teresa fall deeper in love and Ryan finally overcomes his reluctance to be with Teresa. It was sweet and sexy all at once and didn’t drag on and on. In fact at the end you get to see Ryan and Teresa as a devoted, loving couple. I think that’s what made Protective Instinct feel like a longer story.
If you’re new to the series that won’t be a problem, Protective Instinct is easy to follow and there are no major spoilers to prevent you from enjoying the previous books.
Final Verdict: Protective Instinct felt a little like a continuation of a novel but still its own story. It’s a great addition to the Moon Shifter series but also a great introduction for new readers to pick up as it gives a great example of Katie Reus’ talent for paranormal romance.
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