Invisible Warrior (The Protectors #11) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 2nd – 4th April 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Invisible Warrior is the eleventh book (approx 259 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:
Steve, the self-proclaimed Invisible Warrior, has not had a typical life. Trained by the VC Warriors, he still has to prove his worth, but with humor and sheer will, he refuses to give up.
In one afternoon, his life changes, as do the lives of three others. Steve Richardson has a serious choice to make between two women and someone who holds his heart like no other.
The main story arcs regarding the vampire half-breeds and the illegal vampire blood drug – Crimson Rush – continue throughout this fast paced series, while each book focuses on the romance between one VC Warrior and his mate. Although Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about the continuing story-lines into this one, in all honestly, I’m unsure whether Invisible Warrior 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 adventures to date.
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) 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! Invisible Warrior was worth the wait.
Steve Richardson is one of my favourite characters and has been since he joined the series with Jill and Adam back in Jared (The Protectors #2), he has been the funny sidekick of the Cincinnati VC Warrior unit; he’s such a great guy with a heart of gold. For a while I’ve been feeling that the other Warriors don’t appreciate him enough or respect him so I was glad that he got his own book to be an alpha hero in. I haven’t read the Lee County Wolves series – Ms Gabelman’s shifter paranormal romance series that is set in the same Protectors’ world – to know exactly what went on with Steve and Leda, finding a mate and romance hadn’t seemed to be a concern for Steve in the previous Protectors books so I loved finding out what was really going on inside Steve’s unique mind.
This whole story gripped me and kept me turning the pages. The romance/relationship aspect between Mira and Steve was good with the sexual anticipation building at a nice pace plus I loved the way that the Ronan/Kira relationship developed in this book and enjoyed the insights into our newest VC Warrior too. I loved that this story kept me guessing; there are some new story-lines, revelations about ongoing mysteries and there are a few shocking twists in the crime/thriller aspect within this book that I didn’t see coming – I was overjoyed at being taken by surprise!
I loved that this book had me shedding tears, got my blood boiling with anger 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, and although I must confess to getting a bit muddled with the whole Mira/Kira similar named sisters bit it wasn’t enough to lose a star over.
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 “man-made” vampire half-breeds – that are left to continue into future books. I will confirm that some other mysteries/threats are concluded within these pages and there are no life-or-death cliffhangers. 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 Invisible Warrior without having read the previous books 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’m rating this book 18+ and so I’d recommend Invisible Warrior 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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