Ronan (The Protectors #12) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 29th – 31st July 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Ronan is the twelfth book (approx 256 pages) in Teresa Gabelman’s highly popular paranormal romance series – The Protectors – about an elite group of vampire warriors who work for the Vampire Council, policing their laws and protecting the innocent, whether human or those of their own race. This story is set more than five 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 or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Most think that newest VC Warrior, Ronan McDonald, is just a laid back cowboy. What they don’t see is the inner turmoil that only his small ranch and horses can tame. At least that was the way it had been until a witch with a beauty none could deny walked into his life.
Running has been Kira Grail’s life for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until she meets a VC Warrior that she realizes she is growing weary, but the forces chasing her will never bend.
Ronan doesn’t believe in witches or curses. What he does believe is that only he can keep Kira safe. Together they fight to bring the once powerful warlock, Orjyll, to his knees releasing the women of the Dragonfly Coven. During their perilous journey Kira vows to keep her distance, but the vampire cowboy has other plans.
While each book in this fast-paced series, focuses on the romance between one VC Warrior and his mate, the main story arc regarding the warlock Orjyll, began in the previous book, The Invisible Warrior, and is left to run into future books. Although Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about any previous story-lines into this one, in all honestly, I’m unsure whether Ronan 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 be familiar with the adventures to date if you jump straight in.
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), Sloan – The Protectors (#9), Blaze – The Protectors (#10), The Invisible Warrior – The Protectors (#11) or by searching the tag #The Protectors Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already 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’m further drawn into the world with strong main characters and a fantastic array of supporting cast (both human and supernatural) that are totally believable and leave me addicted, desperate for more! Ronan was worth waiting for.
This whole story gripped me and kept me turning the pages. The romance/relationship aspect between Kira and Ronan started in the previous book and I thought the sexual anticipation built at a nice pace within these pages. I must be honest and confess that when we met Kira Grail in The Invisible Warrior, I didn’t really like her; I thought she was very abrasive. Now I realise the weight on her shoulders moulded her into the woman she is. I admire her gumption, she always puts herself in the line of fire rather than endanger others and although she may not have combat skills it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to fight! Kira has turned into another first class female lead to join the ranks with the other amazing women in this series.
And while we are talking about other characters in this book, what would we do without Steve; he continues to be the comic relief and he had me laughing my arse off numerous times throughout this book. My favourite VC Warrior, Jill, stole quite a few scenes and is still as fabulous as ever! In fact, I loved the way that a lot of the other couples relationships developed in this book, seasoned VC warriors having to come to terms that their alpha behaviour needs to change as their mates train to be warriors themselves – Go Women Warriors! – and I enjoyed meeting two new VC Warriors too because that means we’ve got at least two more books to look forward to. 😉
I loved that this story kept me guessing; there are some new story-lines, revelations about some ongoing mysteries and there are a few shocking twists within this book that I didn’t see coming – I was overjoyed at being taken by surprise!
I love the VC Warriors, they all hold a special place in my heart but I was convinced that their usual kickass battle strategy was going to fail miserably reading this book. I had my fingers crossed, hoping that Ms Gabelman didn’t kill any of them off to prove a point; the paranormal world that she has created for them is changing and growing, expanding to include more supernatural beings such as the witches and warlocks that we have recently encountered. Where magic is involved the Warriors have to evolve and change their tactics to succeed and I am looking forward to reading how the series evolves along with our swoon-worthy vampire Warriors.
I loved that this book had me shedding tears, got my blood boiling with anger and frustration but also had me laughing my socks off, 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?
I loved this book as you can tell by the 5stars.
I will just also say that The Protectors series has some long running story arcs – Crimson Rush (the illegal trade in vampire blood), human trafficking and prejudices against the “man-made” vampire half-breeds – to name but a few. I will confirm that some mysteries/threats are concluded within these pages while others are left to continue but there is no life-or-death cliffhanger ending. Woohoo!! (You know how I hate those!). 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 will get as much enjoyment from Ronan without having read the previous books in the series first; I feel that you’d miss an awful lot jumping straight in.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I loved this book; I couldn’t put it down! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star story; action, romance, an exciting story-line, humour (like most Brits, I really love good banter) and well written, erotic sex scenes.
Due to the graphic violence and sexual content (it’s definitely explicit at times), I’d recommend Ronan to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature who are fans of relationship/romance tales running alongside gritty story-lines with masses of passion.
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