Blaze (The Protectors #10) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 5th – 6th March 2017
Re-Read: 31st March – 2nd April 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Blaze is the tenth book (approx 351 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 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 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:
Haunted by a past he’s struggling to forget, Blaze once again finds himself a VC Warrior – something he swore would never happen. Confident he could easily walk away again, his connection to a certain redhead makes that decision harder than he imagined.
Trying to fit into the Warrior world, Katrina holds a secret that could ruin the new life she is fighting to fit into. And having feelings for a certain Warrior does not make things any easier.
As Blaze’s past catches up to him and Katrina’s secret is exposed, they discover a deep bond that neither can fight. It soon becomes clear that a past can be put to rest, but secrets can be deadly.
Each book in this fast paced series focuses on the romance between one couple while multiple story-lines continue in the background, however, we’ve seen the relationship between Blaze and Katrina develop over the last few books. Although Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about the continuing story-lines into this one, in all honestly, I’m unsure whether Blaze 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), Sloan – The Protectors (#9) 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 am 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! Blaze was no exception.
So, Blaze starts where Sloan (The Protectors #9) left off, Katrina is slowly healing from a brutal attack that left her bruised, bloodied and broken on the steps on the VC Warrior compound and Blaze is determined to find out who did it. It was quite an eye opening first chapter; it left me scared and even more enamoured with Katrina strength of character.
I will put my hand up and confirm that Katrina has grown into one of my favourite characters in this series, she reminded me so much of Jill Nichols (now Buchanan) that she quickly found a place in my heart; she’s smart, resourceful, resilient, witty and has plenty of gumption and I’ve been waiting for her book since she joined the series back in Slade (The Protectors #6). The Blaze/Katrina romance arc has been building since he was introduced in A Warrior Wedding (The Protectors #7) and at I loved that we finally got to find out what he was really thinking behind that perpetual growl of his. 😉
I love that this story has given us the chance to really get to know Blaze and Katrina better but this book is more than just their romance finding a happy ever after ending; we’ve got the continuing mystery of what’s in the serum that’s making the new half-breeds, the story-line relating to Caroline Fitzgerald (ghost conduit extraordinaire) helping Blaze to face up to his past, little Daniel (Pam and Duncan’s son who’s now 4yrs or 5yrs old) exhibiting some pretty amazing gifts and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the new VC Warrior, the mysterious cowboy Ronan McDonald. Blaze kept me gripped, the multi aspects to this book keeping my little grey cells busy trying to guess what would happen next.
Now, I must confess that some of the scenes within this book were a bit close to the mark, the Iron Drakes are nasty evil scum and I found some bits hard to read but luckily Ms Gabelman tackles these subjects with compassion, engaging prose and balances out the horror with beautiful romance, oodles of humour and great banter.
So yes, this book had me blubbering like a baby more than usual and got my blood boiling with rage too and while I’ve got to be honest and say that I also found certain scenes very tense, disturbing and hard to read, Blaze 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 rated Blaze 5 stars, so obviously I didn’t find anything jarring or was niggled by any aspect of this book.
I would just like to take this opportunity to say that I don’t think Blaze can be read as a standalone story. As with many books within a long standing series, I think you’d miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and recognize the ongoing plot lines. The Protectors series, has running 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 on the edge of my seat, gripped; I couldn’t put it down! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star book; action, romance, an exciting 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 Blaze to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature who are fans of relationship/romance tales running alongside gritty story-lines with oodles of passion.
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