Published by Harlequin on June 2, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 164 pages
Sexual Content: one graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
Since waking up on the floor of her apartment after an electrical shock, Tara has felt...different. Colors a little off. Shadows where they shouldn't be. But hot guys glowing blue light and a cheetah drinking a cup of coffee? That's not something you see every day. And why doesn't anyone else seem to notice?
The pillar of blue light is Marshall, a Metamorph--a human who can change at will into an animal or energy form. His human form is damn fine-looking, but that doesn't mean he isn't crazy, with his stories about belonging to a secret government agency and rogue Metamorphs trying to kill her. Plus he wears sunglasses indoors--who still does that? But when there's a panther scratching at her door, she has no choice but to trust Marshall, even if it means her life will never be the same.
I picked up HER WILD PROTECTOR mainly due to the unique take on shifters being able to change into multiple forms. I liked learning the origin of the Metamorphs and the conflicts the face. The plot was pretty interesting and moved at a steady pace with a lot of suspense and action scenes. While I understand the constraints of a short story I just felt like there was something lacking and it seemed to end rather abruptly. Perhaps this is a prelude to a much larger series?
I understand and even like stories with a clumsy protagonist who gets pulled into a world of supernatural beings by complete accident. Getting a bump on the head from a really, really silly mistake making Tara suddenly see supernaturals seems a bit unbelievable. I know this is coming from someone who reads books about vampires, werewolves, and fairies but it just was such a odd way to introduce a heroine to supernaturals that I kept thinking there has to be more to her ability than just a head injury. I might have been more accepting of this were the rest of the book filled with silly events and sassy one liners but the HER WILD PROTECTOR reads pretty serious.
On the romance front, I didn't really believe the connection between Tara and Marshall. They just seemed to be going through the motions with no really passion. Yes, there is a sex scene but it just felt obligatory since this is a romance there must be sex. HER WILD PROTECTOR had a good premise and has potential to be an interesting series but this story left me unsatisfied.Series Titles: