Protecting His Asset (Shifter Protection Specialists Inc., #2) by SA Welsh ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Protecting-his-assetTitle: Protecting His Asset (Shifter Protection Specialists Inc., #2)

Author: SA Welsh

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Float like a butterfly. Kill like a swallowtail.

Scott knows his boring day is over the second a bloody and scared George Kelvin crashes into his office, claiming people are trying to kill him. He knows he should pass the case over to one of his brothers, but he can’t seem to do it. The strength and resilience of the man mixed with a quirky sense of humor fascinate him. He may be a human in the company of powerful shifters, but he’s just as deadly and well trained as the rest of his brothers.

With devious CIA agents, foreign forces gunning for what George possesses and George’s power-hungry father, who is also Deputy Director of the FBI, Scott begins to wonder if he’s bitten off more than he can chew.

George always knew his father was dangerous and cruel. However, he never thought that those titles would inadequately sum up the lengths his father is willing to go to, to get what he wants. The only chance he has is using whatever is on file against his father. Staying alive to do that is another challenge. When he runs into the Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. office, he’s desperate, but isn’t convinced anyone can protect him from his father. Risking more than he’d thought possible, he discovers that maybe he is more than he’s always been taught to believe.

One thing is for certain—his father is not going to give up easily.

My View:

After completing Purrfect Protector all those months ago, I was looking forward to the next installment in the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc series from SA Welsh. I liked Aleks and Kale. I thought Welsh had the start of a very interesting series.

Protecting his Asset didn’t exactly change my mind, but it didn’t blow me away either. I enjoyed the story. The action was good. George and Scott were both likable and just flawed enough to add interest with being trite. Welsh did a great job showing us the conflict — both between our main characters and George and his father. We also got to know the rest of the SPSI family. There are a couple of intriguing stories there, I am sure.

However, I never connected with the secondary characters. I barely connected to the main characters. Scott, I liked. I liked Scott from book one. George, not so much. Which is funny because George is the geek. I usually have a soft spot for geeks. I can’t pinpoint why I never connected. Maybe it was my own inability to wrap my head around a butterfly shifter, much less the rest of it. Is it due to my personal bias or did the author fail to convince me? I wish I had an answer for you. All I will say is that your mileage may vary on this point.

So what about the storyline itself? That part, I liked overall. It kept me turning pages. There was enough angst between the main characters to leave a bit of doubt as to their fate, even if they fell into bed a little more easily than some might like. There was certainly heat there. There was intrigue with the father/killer storyline. Some of it was unresolved, to an extent. Maybe we will find out more as the series continues.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about Protecting his Asset by SA Welsh. On one hand, I enjoyed the escape it brought me for a couple of hours. On the other, I am not entirely sure I will be continuing the series after this installment.

When I read Purrfect Protector, I enjoyed the start of the series. I knew it was setting up a series centered around the shifters in the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc company. I knew that our main characters would come from that cast of characters. I knew that Aleks was part of the family/friends circle of odd/rare shifters, but I guess it didn’t register with me. I have a hard time grasping non-feline/canine shifters. I do okay with other mammals. However, I have a really hard time with insects, reptiles, and mythological creatures (in an otherwise “normal” environment). It is for this reason that I am not sure I will enjoy the rest of the series. The rest of the cast of characters, while interesting, just don’t resonate with me.

I am giving this title the benefit of the doubt on my rating. If I rated purely based on my feelings about the book, it would probably be a 3* review. However, there aren’t any glaring errors and the world is built sufficiently. It just didn’t work for me. So I will go with 4* for content. If rare and different shifters, alpha males, and geeks are your thing, this title will probably resonate better with you.

Links

Protecting His Asset (Shifter Protection Specialists Inc., #2) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher 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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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