17 August 2011

REVIEW: Deceiving the Protector by Dee Tenorio

deceiving the protector
Dee Tenorio
978-0-425-24209-4
Publisher Name:  Carina Press
Date Released:  August 2011
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Book Format:  E-book
  
BACK COVER BLURB:

After a series of murders is discovered along the trail of the Shifter Underground, wolf soldier Jensen Tate is assigned to find and protect a missing stray. But Lia Crawford doesn't seem to want his protection. When she eludes his watch and returns with mysterious injuries, Tate knows she's hiding something. To discover her secrets, Tate will have to win her trust...and get closer to the woman he thinks may be his mate.

Lia has reasons to keep her distance. The killer is haunting her steps, determined to claim her. He will come after them both if he sees how drawn she is to Tate, though it becomes increasingly difficult to deny her attraction to him. Protecting Tate is vital—but will her deception cost her his love?
 88,000 words

COVER SNARK:

Love this cover. It is very beautiful.
 FIRST LINES:


The sound of her own breath – ragged, desperate gasps – echoed in the girl’s ears. But not nearly as thunderously as the pounding feet behind her. Coming closer with every lunge.

FAVORITE LINES:


I feel you. Inside. In the parts of me I crushed the night my mother died. No matter how I tried to keep you out, you got in and I couldn't let you leave me behind. So listen to me when I say this. My life is yours. You're the reason I'll stay alive. The only goddamn reason.

LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:

I’ve been in a serious reading slump. Reading DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR snapped me out of it.

I’ve read a couple of Ms. Tenorio’s novels before. Ms. Tenorio also writes contemporaries, while I always loved her heroes; her heroine’s often fell too short to me, which made it hard for me to buy into the couple’s chemistry. That is so not the case with DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR. Lia grabbed me from the first sentence from the first page until the last page, and as always her heroes are well drawn out and drool worthy.

DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR is like a roller coaster ride. From the first page the tension is wratched up as Lia who is running for her life is caught. She is on the run when she encounters Tate, a shifter tasked with finding stray shifters and leading them through the underground and eventually to Resurrection a safe haven town in the California mountains, run by Pale the Alpha wolf and the hero in the first book of the series. The only problem is that Lia doesn’t want to be saved, nor be escorted to the safe house. While she has very good reasons, I couldn’t help but be a little annoyed with her for taking so long to tell Tate why she was so reluctant to go along with the plan to get her to the safe house. It seemed a little too dragged out for me. I felt that Lia deliberately placed him in danger by not being honest. If she told him, he could have at least been prepared for the threat more. That is one of my only minor quibbles with DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR as both Tate and Lia had such great character arcs and they tugged at my emotional heartstrings from the start. Once she finally told him who was after her and why it was imperative she had to deceive him, they began working as a cohesive unit. The transition was seamless with the romantic tension as well as escalation of the outside forces stalking them. While I enjoyed the first book in the series, DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR turned me into a fan.

WHERE PURCHASED:

Received for review for Kwips and Kritiques Review Site. Want to win a copy? Check out Dee Tenorio's Inside the Actor Studio post and comment on her interivew to win.

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4 people posted their 2 cents:

Pearl said...

I loved this one! Not as hard as I loved the first one, but still...loved it! The suspense is killing!
You have made me curious about the contemporaries, I have them on my TBR...

Lynette said...

I enjoy her contemporaries, but this paranormal series tops it by leaps and bounds.

Jade said...

I haven't heard of this series but it's something to put on the TBR list. And I've found myself to be a fan of shifters. so this may be a good one to pick up.

Lynette said...

@Jade
Comment on Dee's interview post to enter to win a copy of Deceiving the Protector!

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