Flora Reviews…Ronan (The Protectors #12) by Teresa Gabelman
Read: 29th – 31st July 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Ronan is the twelfth book (approx 256 pages) in Teresa Gabelman’s gritty paranormal romance series, The Protectors. Vampires are real, no longer fictional creatures of myth. The series kicked off a year after the vampire race came out of the shadows, ready to take an active role in human society. Ronan is set more than five years after that.
The Protectors is about an elite group of vampire warriors based in Cincinnati, USA. The warriors work for the Vampire Council as enforcers of vampire law while maintaining withing human law. Protecting innocent humans and those of their own race. Each book in this fast-paced series focuses on the romance between one couple while multiple story-lines continue in the background.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
Most think that newest VC Warrior, Ronan McDonald, is just a laid back cowboy. What they don’t see is the inner turmoil that only his small ranch and horses can tame. At least that was the way it had been until a witch with a beauty none could deny walked into his life.
Running has been Kira Grail’s life for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until she meets a VC Warrior that she realizes she is growing weary, but the forces chasing her will never bend.
Ronan doesn’t believe in witches or curses. What he does believe is that only he can keep Kira safe. Together they fight to bring the once powerful warlock, Orjyll, to his knees releasing the women of the Dragonfly Coven. During their perilous journey Kira vows to keep her distance, but the vampire cowboy has other plans.
So, what did I like about Ronan?
Teresa Gabelman is one of my favourite authors. Her writing style makes her books un-put-downable. The plots are gripping and the pace is fast without feeling rushed. I love the way she writes her characters. Their personalities have all the traits that I love – or love to hate.
Ronan exceeded my expectations!
The spark of romance between Kira and Ronan could be seen in the previous book. However, the relationship and sexual anticipation built at a nice pace within these pages. I must be honest and confess that when we met Kira Grail in Invisible Warrior (The Protectors #11), I didn’t like her. I thought she was very abrasive and narrow-minded. However, Kira has turned into another first-class female lead to join the ranks with the other amazing women in this series. I admire her gumption, she always puts herself in the line of fire rather than endanger others. Although she may not have combat skills, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to fight!
And while we are talking about other characters in this book, what would we do without Steve. He continues to be the comic relief and he had me laughing my arse off numerous times throughout this book. My favourite VC Warrior, Jill, stole quite a few scenes and is still as fabulous as ever! In fact, I loved the way that a lot of the other couples relationships developed in this book, seasoned VC warriors having to come to terms that their alpha behaviour needs to be modified. 😉
Ronan has an engaging story-line that kept me hooked.
This story kept me guessing; there are some new story-lines, revelations about some ongoing mysteries. Plus, a few shocking twists within this book that I didn’t see coming – I was overjoyed at being taken by surprise! I loved that Ronan had me shedding tears and got my blood boiling with anger and frustration. It also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.
I love the VC Warriors, they all hold a special place in my heart.
However, I was convinced that their usual kickass battle strategy was going to fail miserably reading this book. I had my fingers crossed, hoping that Ms Gabelman didn’t kill any of them off to prove a point. The paranormal world that she has created for them is changing and growing. Expanding to include more supernatural beings such as witches, warlocks and shapeshifters. Where magic is involved, the Warriors have to evolve and change their tactics to succeed. I’m looking forward to reading how the series evolves along with our swoon-worthy vampire Warriors.
Was there anything I disliked about it?
I loved this book as you can tell by the 5 stars.
Ms Gabelman weaves the main points about the continuing story threads into this one. However, I don’t think that Ronan can be read as a standalone story. You need to have read the previous books first. Too much has happened and there are now lots of characters to get your head around.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
Boy, did I love this book; I couldn’t put it down!
Ronan‘s got everything that I look for in a 5-star story; action, romance, an exciting plot, humour (like most Brits, I really love good banter) and well-written, erotic sex scenes.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
I’d recommend Ronan to adults who are fans of relationship and romance tales. Especially if you love enigmatic cowboys, gritty story-lines with heaps of passion.
Has my review of RONAN (THE PROTECTORS #12) tempted you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this rootin’-tootin series and its author.
The Protectors Series
This gritty paranormal romance series follows an elite group of vampire warriors based in Cincinnati, USA. They protect innocents on behalf of the Vampire Council, whether human or those of their own race. The Protectors is an ongoing series.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the series yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure with these gripping alpha heroes and truly awesome heroines. Follow the links to read my reviews or buy your own copy.
- Damon (The Protectors #1) (2011)
- Jared (The Protectors #2) (2013)
- Duncan (The Protectors #3) (2013)
- Sid (The Protectors #4) (2014)
- Adam (The Protectors #5) (2014)
- Slade (The Protectors #6) (2014)
- A Warrior Wedding (The Protectors #7) (2015)
- Jax (The Protectors #8) (2016)
- Sloan (The Protectors #9) (2016)
- Blaze (The Protectors #10) (2017)
- Invisible Warrior (The Protectors #11) (2017)
- Ronan (The Protectors #12) (2018)
- Viktor (The Protectors #13) (2019)
- A Warrior Christmas (The Protectors #14) (2019)
- Bishop (The Protectors #15) (2020)
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Meet The Author
Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series‘. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.
Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, I appreciate you moseying on over. Now, tell me you’ve gone and added Ronan to your TBR pile, y’all. 😉
I LOVE this series and have re-read the books numerous times. It’s what put Teresa Gabelman on my list of amazing authors. Click HERE to see who else she’s with.