Protective Instincts by SJ Frost ~ Book Review by Caroline

25911035Title: Protective Instincts

Author: SJ Frost

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/28/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura knew each other for centuries, and when Daniel saw the love Ryu had for him and how it had endured for lifetimes, their lives became forever entwined. In recognizing that love, the two vampires became eternal partners, those with a bond deep and unbreakable.

They’re living in peace and happiness, until a call comes inviting Ryunosuke to interview for the Tribunal, the ruling body of vampire society. Both Daniel and Ryu know everything is about to change. Danger will come with the position and the greatest threat may be from one of the Tribunal members. Daniel and Ryunosuke’s protective instincts are strong, their love even stronger, but when old grudges demand retribution, will those instincts be enough to keep each other safe?

My View:

The very first thing this book made me want to do was go back to the start and read the series again. The vampires in the Instincts Series love with an intensity that screams at you from the page. Ryu is an ancient Samurai Warrior who has lived through a lot of changes during his many lifetimes. Daniel, turned my Cal, is sassy and probably the most dangerous of their little group as people constantly underestimate him.

As eternal partners their lives have been peaceful lately. Ryu has been asked to interview for a position on the Tribunal. Even knowing his old enemy Li is also a member and that it will probably open old wounds and bring danger into his life Ryu believes the job important enough to ignore the risks. The vampire world needs to be led and governed by strong leaders who are not all out for their own benefit.

As danger comes to visit their door once again Ryu is blind in his love for Daniel and instead of treating him like an equal partner as he deserves he stops at nothing to protect him and suddenly there is an imbalance in their relationship that their enemy spots and takes advantage of. Daniel may look like model and behave like a spoiled brat but underneath he is a fierce warrior intent on protecting what is his.

The enemy seems obvious but perhaps it is not. I liked that we saw a different side to Li and I have everything crossed that he will get his story next. Ryu seems to have learned his lesson when it comes to Daniel but will it all come too late as a mysterious enemy comes forward. I think as a couple they were even better in this book than the first time round…I loved every minute!

Links

Protective Instincts on Goodreads
MLR Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

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