Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on March 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this gem of a novella that gave a minor character from the Dark Protector’s series his chance in the limelight. Though it was more compact, this piece still offered up the combo of romance and danger that the full length novels bring. It is definitely a great addition to the series.
Max was adopted into the Kayrs family when Dage Kayrs pulls him out of his miserable existence of abuse and neglect and offers him a home and family. Max is grateful for what Dage and his brothers give him in respect and camaraderie, but even after all this time; he still can’t accept that he’s one of them. He serves as a fighter and a trainer, but it is not until he has the guarding of a precocious and sweet little girl that he finds that he has a heart.
Sarah is on the run after her brother had her put away in an institution because she told the truth about there being real monsters out there. She is startled and scared when a hulking man finds her at her cheap motel room one night and insists she must come with him. Max promises her safety and he even believes in those horrid vampirish creatures that he says aren’t vamps, but Kurjans. But then those very creatures burst in. Sarah runs again and is shocked when Max not only finds her, but admits that he killed four of the monsters. During a night spent in a shelter out of the cold rain, Sarah shares with Max about her dubious gift and he shares about his childhood. They both feel the pull of attraction, but both have their reasons for not wanting to do more than something temporary.
Once away from the shelter, Sarah finds herself on a mission with Max and his friends that leads to shocking disclosures and lots of danger- some the passionate kind with Max.
I had to laugh when I started getting into this one because while Max is not a Kayr by birth, he certainly got the arrogant alpha male genes. He adores Sarah and he can be gentle, but he also has a strong desire to dominate and does. Sarah enjoys all the wonderful endearing things about Max, but she is not the wilting violet type who will let him steamroll her either. They make a wonderful couple. I also enjoyed the extra time with Conn and Jase in the story.
Each new installment in the series just has me eager for the next one.