Profiling Nathan (Romancing The Guardians #5) by LYN HORNER
Read: 31st December 2017 – 1st January 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (BooksGoSocial) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. The publication date was 24th October 2016.
Thanks for the free copy.
So what’s this book about?
Profiling Nathan is a paranormal romance novel (approx 144 pages) set in modern day America and is the fifth book in Ms Horner’s Romancing The Guardians series that, I feel, would sit happily in the contemporary romance genre too.
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:
Nathan Maguire is a Guardian of Danu, and he possesses a deadly psychic gift. He also has a checkered past. As a young man, he spent time in prison, where he learned the rudiments of tattooing, a skill he has built into a successful business in Tampa, Florida. He’s content with his life – until a beautiful FBI profiler walks into his shop.
Talia Werner has come to deliver an urgent message from one of the other Guardians. The trouble is no one outside that select group is supposed to know they exist. Nate doesn’t believe Talia and suspects she is up to no-good. Meanwhile, she finds out a woman was brutally murdered not far from Nate’s shop. This is the third such killing in the past two months. A serial killer is loose in Tampa.
Working with the police, Talia discovers all three of the victims bore a blue butterfly tattoo, one of Nate’s designs. Suspicion falls on him but quickly points to other tattoo artists. Enlisting his aid in meeting and interviewing them, Talia develops a growing attraction to the man, who isn’t at all what he seems to be on the surface. Nate returns her feelings and their relationship heats up.
However, the killer is still on the hunt, and he knows Talia is after him. Will the stubborn woman accept Nate’s protection or will she be the murderer’s next victim?
I just want to say that, I haven’t read the previous books in this series and in my opinion, Profiling Nathan could be read as a standalone story; both the romance aspect of the tale between Nate and Talia and the serial killer mystery is concluded by the end of this book, yes, there are underlying plot lines that have started in previous books and continue past this one, however, Ms Horner manages to weave any pertinent information into this story so that her new readers don’t get lost. Having said that, I must admit that I feel that I may have missed the nuances of going through the previous adventures, experiencing those past romances and getting the know the Guardians before reading Profiling Nathan.
So, what did I like about it?
Lyn Horner is a new-to-me author; I found her writing style easy to read and enjoyed the way she paced the plot. I thought the opening chapter was good; it sets the scene, introduces us to our two main characters and gives us glimpses into their personalities as well as starting the serial killer aspect off.
Primarily, this is a romance story and I loved the journey that our main couple, Nathan and Talia (Tally), went on. The obstacles put in their way both real and perceived and the internal and external influences that added that depth of complexity to the tale that I look for in romances.
I liked the contemporary romance feel of this story; the mix of humour and action was good. The banter between Nate and Talia made me smile – as a Brit, I do love a bit of well placed banter. There is sexual tension from the off too which I liked and I appreciated the way that Nate and Talia’s relationship grew, building the anticipation for when they finally came together. Which leads me on onto the sex, which in my opinion, was good; enough explicitly descriptive prose to let you get caught up in the passion, without being unnecessarily crude.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Dislike is too harsh a description in this instance; there wasn’t anything in particular about this story that I disliked, however, there were a few things that niggled me enough to affect my star rating.
Firstly, I knew who the serial killer was by the end of the second chapter 🙁 on the plus side the romance aspect was cute enough to remind me that this is a paranormal romance not a crime, thriller or horror story.
Secondly, although this is sold as a paranormal romance, there isn’t much paranormal goings on in this book. I was completely in the dark as to what or who Nate is exactly (especially having not read the previous Guardians books); there was only one tiny scene when Nate was confronting Ortiz that hinted at him having “something” that meant he could handle himself in dangerous situations but nothing specific describing anything “paranormal” until past 75% of the way through the book.
And finally, although I liked the contemporary romance feel of this story, I didn’t feel emotional connected to our romantic couple; can’t put my finger on why. I didn’t invest myself in them enough to want to continue with the next book.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
This is a nice romance story set against a simple murder mystery with a sprinkling of hot passion and a smidgen of the paranormal thrown in. I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy this sort of mix.
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