Book Reviews

To Protect and Mate (Wolves of Emerald Valley 4) by Jane Perky at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / MPreg / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-December-2017

Book Blurb

As an Omega wolf who’s been held captive as a vampire’s blood slave for five years, Jerry doesn’t trust people easily. He has a problem coping with his new life and, to top it all off, bumping into an Alpha werewolf with luggage of his own doesn’t help.

Colton’s one of the five lone Alphas in town and the best friend of Jerry’s brother. Jerry knows he’s not mate material, but when the heat between them becomes too hot to ignore, can Jerry take a chance at love?

When ex-special forces paranormal soldier Colton returns to his hometown, the last thing he expects is to find his mate. Jerry is gorgeous, sweet, and perfect for him in every way. Colton knows Jerry is his to claim and mate, but Colton has to deal with demons of his own.

Will their pasts get in the way of their happily ever after?

Book Review

It’s good to return to Emerald Valley and its unique wolf pack and vampire coven. Along with the five alphas who left many years ago but returned for vengeance against the murderer of their slain friend. At the end of Lee and Magnus’s story they had found and eliminated Eduardo, Magnus’s evil brother, and also liberated his blood slaves including Jerry, whom Lee had been searching for for a long time. Jerry’s older brother, Rob, was Lee’s best friend and when he died Lee took it upon himself to become Jerry’s adoptive older brother. Jerry had been kept as a blood slave by Eduardo and endured a hellish nightmare no one should ever endure.

“Back in his cell, he’d been certain he wanted freedom, to live again, and yet he didn’t understand what he’d been asking for. “I didn’t know living could be so hard,” he whispered.”

Even three months after his rescue, Jerry struggles with fear, nightmares, panic attacks, and he just wants to fly under the radar and not have anyone notice him. Unfortunately, the members of the wolf pack can still smell he was food for a vampire and most of them look at him with disgust. They don’t dare physically harm him or Lee, Magnus, and Lee’s alpha friends would be on them, but words can often be far more hurtful. Jerry knows he’s broken and that no one will ever want him.

Colton is one of the five alphas who returned to Emerald Valley with Crash, Lee, Dante, and Atlas, and helped to get revenge on the old beta of the wolf pack who murdered Larry, their friend. When Colton first left town he enrolled in the Army where he eventually was placed into a shifter special ops unit. He has his own share of PTSD related trauma and issues, so when he meets Jerry, a part of him understands where the little omega is coming from. Colton’s wolf whispers “mate” but Colton shies away from that. As far as he’s concerned anyone he gets involved with just ends up hurt or dying.

As much as I did enjoy Jerry and Colton’s romance, there were a few things that didn’t work well for me. The insta-lust was fine as they are shifters but the insta-love came as a surprise considering what each shifter had endured in their life. It came across as unrealistic, in my opinion, and there were several inconsistencies that I had difficulty with. However, the romance was very sweet and I liked seeing both men get the happiness and love they each deserved.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 26063 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/book/to-protect-and-mate