Read: 3rd January 2015
Re-Read: 9th – 11th March 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Sid is the fourth novel (approx 234 pages) in Teresa Gabelman’s highly popular paranormal romance series – The Protectors – about an elite group of vampire warriors who protect the innocent, whether human or those of their own race, on behalf of the Vampire Council. This story is set a year after the vampire race came out of the shadows and takes place in and around Cincinnati, USA.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Renowned for his playboy lifestyle and wisecrack remarks, Sid Sinclair knows he is the last pick for the lead investigator of human/half-breed trafficking. Never one to play by the rules, Sid takes his new position seriously, but not without driving the leader of the VC Council and fellow Warrior’s crazy.
A human with a special gift, Lana Fitzpatrick’s life is complicated. When Sid Sinclair charges into her life, her complicated life becomes torturous; his charm and wit draws her in like no other. Having dealt with alpha men most of her life, she is a match made in heaven for the VC Warrior who thinks he is God’s gift to women.
As the world of vampires and humans try to coexist, Sid and Lana’s lives intertwine. It doesn’t take long before the sparks between the two fly and for them to realize they have both finally met their match.
Each book in this fast paced series focuses on a romance between a different couple all the while the story arcs of fighting the threats caused by the emerging vampire half-breeds, the horrifying human trafficking trade and the illegal vampire blood drug – Crimson Rush – issues continue throughout this series. Ms Gabelman does weave the main specifics from the previous books into this one however, so much has happened that I’m unsure whether this story can be read as a standalone title.
You can read my reviews for the previous book in the series by clicking; Damon – The Protectors (#1), Jared – The Protectors (#2), Duncan – The Protectors (#3) or by searching the tag #The Protectors Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a fan of Teresa Gabelman’s writing style; I find her books easy to read, her plots are gripping, the pace is fast but never feels rushed and I am drawn in with main characters and a fantastic array of supporting cast (both human and vampire) that are totally believable that leave me wanting to read more! Sid definitely lived up to my expectations.
I had already fallen in love with Sid Sinclair from the previous books; I love his alpha-ness which makes him strong and domineering but always puts women first with his heightened protectiveness (like all the VC Warriors) but it was his humour that first drew me in and I am so glad that Ms Gabelman introduced Lana into his life. Lana Fitzpatrick is his perfect match; she is a very special lady with a great sense of protecting the innocent, putting herself in danger to help others, she’s intelligent, has a fabulous sense of humour and fun and she knows how to handle herself in a fight. She is another perfect addition to the ladies in the VC Warrior family.
This book, heck this series so far, certainly doesn’t shy away from difficult themes; human trafficking, physical abuse, racism, sexual abuse… luckily Ms Gabelman tackles these subjects with compassion, engaging prose and balances out the horror with beautiful romance, oodles of humour and great banter.
This whole story gripped me and kept me turning the pages. The romance aspect between Lana and Sid built nicely with the sexual anticipation building at a good pace plus I loved the way that the Jill/Slade story developed and enjoyed the insights there too. There are a few shocking twists in the crime/thriller aspect within this book that I didn’t see coming – I love that!
I loved that this book had me shedding tears, got my blood boiling with anger but also had me chuckling out loud, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Nope, I was happy with every aspect of this book, having said that, I would just like to mention that the story arcs relating to Crimson Rush (the illegal trade in vampire blood), the human trafficking story and the issues relating to the new “man-made” vampire half-breeds develops throughout this series. Ms Gabelman does attempt to weave basic details into her books so that new readers are not completely lost, however, I don’t think that you can read Sid without having read the previous books first; I feel that you’d miss an awful lot if you haven’t.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I absolutely loved this exciting paranormal romance story; I couldn’t stop reading it! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star book; action, romance, humour, a gripping story-line and well written, erotic sex scenes.
Due to the nature of the story-lines, the graphic violence and sexual content (it’s definitely steamy) I’m guessing you could rate this 18+ and so I’d recommend Sid to adults who are fans of relationship and romance tales with gritty story-lines and heaps of passion.
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