The Protector by Cooper West ~ Review by Caroline

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21894447Title: The Protector

Author: Cooper West

Publisher: Dreamspinner

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Guardsmen are always matched in a bonded pair. The Protector can shift into a weredog, and the human partner is his Handler. They are incredibly rare and highly valued, but people also fear them for their mystical abilities. No Protector in living memory has outlived his Handler—until Alex Taylor. 

Now a widower, Alex lives a lonely half-life and faces day after day of grief with no hope for happiness in the future. When he unexpectedly bonds with the young and vibrant Handler Marcus Stephanek, Alex is angry and unwilling to leave the memory of his former Handler behind. He pushes Marcus away and tries to distance himself from their bond. But then a mysterious villain who has been secretly shadowing Alex for years sets his plan in motion. Alex and Marcus must learn to trust their bond and love each other, or risk not only their own lives but the lives of those closest to them.

My View

This book was such a good surprise! It is an absolute gem!

A very different take on shifters that will totally drag you and not let you back out again until the end. I started this late in the evening and thought I would just read a couple of chapters before bed. Yeah, right!  It was nearly morning before I put it down, finishing it in one sitting was the only option.

It makes me want to gush about it and I don’t gush!!!

Guardsmen always come in pairs, or so we are led to believe. The Handler remains human, the Protector can shift into a Weredog. Together they are telepathic and work a number of different jobs at an advantage. When a Handler dies, so too does the Protector.

At least that is what thousands of years of history had told us. When Handler Theo died so did that myth as Protector Alex didn’t. Alex has lived a desolate life for the last 3 years after losing Theo. His character is enough to make you weep. The best way to describe him would be alive as he certainly isn’t living.

Handler Marcus Stephanek has given up hope of finding his bonded mate. He is well past the age where he should have found his Protector. As each year passes his despair increases. He has educated and prepared himself for the big event but it just hasn’t happened.

When the pair cross paths at the Institute both their lives change irrevocably as they realise they are mates and must bond. Alex is still deeply grieving and wants nothing to do with it. Alex is devastated that his dream of finding his mate has finally come true but he is being shunned.

That folks is all I am going to tell you. This really is such a treat that I want you to read it for yourselves and get as much enjoyment from it as I did. There is subterfuge, kidnapping, angst, sorrow, regret and murder. Alexs grief pours off the page. Marcus finds himself competing with a ghost with very little hope.

Read it!! You won’t regret it!

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner
Amazon
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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2 thoughts on “The Protector by Cooper West ~ Review by Caroline

  1. I had this on the radar but was ndecided as I rarely read shifter stories–but you convinced me. Thanks for the review!

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