Jax (The Protectors #8) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 5th February 2017
Re-Read: 27th – 30th March 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Jax is the eighth book (approx 266 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:
Jax Wheeler has been fighting his own demons for as long as he can remember. One of those demons is from his past, a brother who wants nothing more to see Jax suffer. Working closely with the Cincinnati Branch of the VC Warriors Jax never thought he would find someone who could help him ease his pain, but he was wrong.
Having a past of her own, Caroline Fitzpatrick has survived being put into a trance by a madman who wanted to control her sister, an abusive relationship, communicating with the dead, but nothing has prepared her for Jax Wheeler. From the moment she saw him the attraction was immediate, but the attraction was not mutual or was it?
The more Jax tries to stay away from Caroline, the more he finds himself at her door, in her life. All he knows is that every minute he spends with the beautiful school teacher, the more danger he puts her in. His brother’s vengeance of wanting him to suffer has put Caroline in the line of fire and only Jax can protect her.
Each book in this fast paced series focuses on the romance between one couple while multiple story-lines continue in the background. In this book, the romance/relationship between Jax and Caroline had already been building in the previous books and although Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about the continuing story-lines into this one, in all honestly, I don’t think that Jax 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.
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) or by searching the tag #The Protectors Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already 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 main characters and a fantastic array of supporting cast (both human and vampire) that are totally believable and leave me addicted, desperate for more! Jax definitely lived up to my expectations.
We first met Caroline Fitzpatrick in Sid (The Protectors #4) and I fell in love with her character then; she’s intelligent, funny, determined and is full of gumption with an innate compassion for others. We were introduced to Jax Wheeler in Slade (The Protectors #6) and it took me a while to warm to him but I’ve got to be honest and say I’ve loved the development of their relationship, it’s great, quite fiery and I’ve loved how the sexual anticipation has been built.
I find all of Ms Gabelman’s characters complex, multifaceted and completely believable due to their very real human virtues and foibles even though they’re mythical, paranormal beings. Although this book focuses on Jax and Caroline, I loved that we also got a few sneaky peeks into what makes VC Warrior Blaze tick and got a glimpse inside big bad moody VC boss Sloan; didn’t realize he was feeling so dejected or had a playful side (definitely can’t wait until said VC Warrior boss gets his own book). Plus the Warriors’ mates are in fine form in this story, they are such fantastic heroines – watch out Sloan and Steve. Lol!
I loved that this story kept me guessing, we were treated to lots of twists and unexpected turns! I cheer when a story can surprise me – bravo Ms Gabelman! What I also enjoyed about this book (indeed every Protectors book so far) was that even though this story has its fair share of more deadly scenes, the banter between the warriors helps balance the tension.
Jax is an emotional roller-coaster; I’ve been sent laughing with tears down my face to tense fear at the flip of a page! From passionate tummy tingles to heart warming romance that puts a soppy smile on my face. In short – I was gripped from the first page to the last and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I absolutely loved everything about this book! (Hence the 5 stars)
I would just like to say that I don’t think that Jax can be read as a standalone story. 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. I also think you’d miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and recognize the ongoing plot lines. Having said that, Ms Gabelman does try to ensure her new readers aren’t lost by weaving any pertinent information about past adventures and existing characters into this story and the romance aspect of the tale between Jax and Caroline is concluded to my satisfaction by the end of this book. (You know how I hate life-or-death cliffhangers!)
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I absolutely loved this gripping paranormal romance story; I couldn’t stop reading it! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star book; action, romance, humour, an exciting story-line 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 Jax to adults who are not offended by this sort of content who are fans of relationship/romance tales with gritty story-lines and oodles of passion.
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