Read: 11th – 13th February 2015
Re-Read: 11th – 12th March 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Adam is the fifth novel (approx 209 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:
Half-breed vampire, Adam Pride, has an almighty chip on his broad shoulders. Trying to move on after finding Angelina married to another, Adam has a decision to make. Remove the chip and move on or kill the man who took what he wanted most in the world, his Angel.
With his heart in pieces, Adam’s on a mission to become the best VC Warrior he can be. It’s not long before fate steps in, turning his world and life as he knows it upside down. Shocking revelations will realign allegiances and draw the VC Warriors onto a new path. This journey is not Adam’s alone. Every Warrior, half-breed and human will be affected by what is to come. The unknown awaits. The battle has just begun.
Each book in this fast paced series focuses on a romance between a different couple all the while the story arcs of fighting the repercussions 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. Although Ms Gabelman weaves the main story-lines from the previous books into this one, so much has happened that I am doubtful that Adam 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), Sid – The Protectors (#4) or by searching the tag #The Protectors Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am a big 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 her main characters and fantastic array of supporting cast (both human and vampire) that I find totally believable; leaving me wanting to read more!
The format to this book was slightly different in a number of ways. Adam and Angelina are already well known characters that fans of the series are familiar with and the romance between them had already blossomed and it was nice to have this new perspective. I loved it that characters from previous books are still highly involved in this one. Spending time with Sid and Lana we also get to know her sister, Caroline a bit better; the Fitzpatricks are a great family. Plus we see more of Jill in this book, who’s one of my favourite characters!
I enjoyed the roller-coaster emotions that this book inspired; sadness, fear and anger but also joy, laughter and soppy old love.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
OK, so there were more niggles with this book than the previous ones, hence the drop to a 4 star rating.
Firstly, I need to confess that of all the characters in this fabulous series, Adam and Steve are the ones I’m least attracted too; they’re just too young for my libido.
Secondly, I felt that this book had more of a New Adult/YA edge to it both in the situation Angelina found herself in and the interactions/emotions of Adam.
And finally, yes, the romance aspect between Adam and Angelina had been concluded beautifully and the Jill/Slade “thing” has developed through this story and left to continue into the next book, which was fine. What I found frustrating is that the big Warrior initiation is still hanging over Adam, Jill and Steve’s heads plus there’s a big new threat to the half-breed species revealed right at the end. This felt too cliffhanger-esque than the previous books; Adam ended on a low rather than a high.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this book; I couldn’t put it down! It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; 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 Adam to adults who are fans of relationship and romance tales with gritty story-lines and lots of passion.
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