Sloan (The Protectors #9) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 5th – 7th February 2017
Re-Read: 30th – 31st March 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Sloan is the ninth book (approx 246 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 two years 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 of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Not only does VC leader, Sloan Murphy, have to keep the peace between the human and vampire race, but he also wrangles VC Warriors in his spare time. It’s a job that could drive a saint insane, and Sloan is no saint, but insane he may be. While his Warriors find mates, he swears he will not follow in their footsteps.
Becky Spencer, his new secretary who he reluctantly employs, is set to threaten every stoic promise he’s made. With an instant attraction that is hard to deny, she fits into his world with confident ease.
Even though Becky has sworn off men after her nasty divorce, she can’t help the desire the sexy and serious Sloan Murphy stirs in her. It isn’t until she sees how devoted he is to his job and the Warriors under his command that her lusty feelings turn into more. Working in close quarters, they both fight the pull that grows with each passing minute.
Who will win, the secretary, the Warrior, or an attraction that just won’t go away?
Each book in this fast paced series focuses on the romance between one couple while multiple story-lines continue in the background and although Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about the continuing story-lines into this one, in all honestly, I’m unsure whether Sloan can be read as a standalone story, you’d miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and be familiar with the ongoing plot lines plus some of the plot-lines are left to be concluded in subsequent books.
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), Sid – The Protectors (#4), Adam – The Protectors (#5), Slade – The Protectors (#6), A Warrior Wedding – The Protectors (#7), Jax – The Protectors (#8), or by searching the tag #The Protectors Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am a huge 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 supernatural) that are totally believable and leave me addicted, desperate for more! Sloan was definitely worth waiting for.
This book, indeed this whole series has a wealth of amazing complex characters, our lead romantic pair, Sloan and Becky, were fantastic in this book. Becky Spencer is everything that I look for in a lead female character; she’s intelligent, got a lovely dry sense of humour and definitely has gumption. Sloan Murphy is a true alpha; he has high expectations of his subordinates, his volcanic temper just simmering below the surface and always keeping his inner thoughts close to his chest, it has been wonderful to see behind his stern veneer.
Ok, so while I’m on the subject of Sloan and Becky, let’s talk about sex. I like the way that the sexual anticipation was built in this book. For me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved, Ms Gabelman gives her characters such depth that they become real and so I become involved in their story. Yes, I got caught up with the naughty shenanigans (who wouldn’t *blush*) but the tender insights into both Sloan and Becky’s inner dialogue added the romance to the lust and the growth of their trust in each other’s love was heart-warming to read.
The relationship between VC Warrior Blaze and new trainee Katrina has also developed beautifully during this book and I am looking forward to reading more about both of them in the next book. While we are on the subject of the great supporting cast, I must just mention that once again former half-breed now full VC Warrior Steve steals the show; he’s such a sweetheart and always makes me chuckle in every scene he’s in. In Sloan, I found myself blubbering like a baby after a pretty horrific scene then flipped the page and Steve had me crying with laughter instead.
So, dear reader, I loved this book because it made me chuckle, caused a tear or three to trickle down my cheek, my adrenalin fix was fed with the amazing fighting and action scenes and the passion definitely put tingles in my tummy – in other words I was gripped and couldn’t stop reading.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I rated Sloan 5 stars, so obviously I didn’t find anything jarring or was niggled by any aspect of this story.
I would just like to say that I don’t think that Sloan can be read as a standalone story. I think you’d miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and recognize the ongoing plot lines. As with most series, there are background story arcs that are concluded within this book while others are left to continue into the next one, and possibly beyond although I will confirm that there are no life-or-death cliffhangers. Woohoo!! (You know how I hate those!). Having said that, Teresa Gabelman does try to ensure her new readers aren’t completely lost by weaving any significant information about past adventures and existing characters into this story
So, basically what I’m saying is…
This book left me breathless; I couldn’t put it down! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star book; action, romance, a gripping story-line, humour (like most Brits, I love good banter) and well written, erotic sex scenes.
Due to the graphic violence and sexual content (it’s definitely steamy) I’m rating this book 18+ and so I’d recommend Sloan to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature who are fans of relationship/romance tales with gritty story-lines and oodles of passion.
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