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Review: Viktor (The Protectors #13) by Teresa Gabelman

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Flora Reviews… Viktor (The Protectors #13) by Teresa Gabelman

Read: 6th – 7th May 2019

Publication Date: 27th April 2019

Quote from Viktor

“Okay, maybe she [Lacey] hadn’t been had. She stared at his fangs and frowned. One looked a little crooked. Did vampires need braces? That thought had her clearing her throat to cover the chuckle she felt building. Thankfully, the waiter picked that moment to come to their table.”

My Overall Rating: 5/5

Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5

What’s Viktor about?

Viktor is the thirteenth book (approx 287 pages) in Teresa Gabelman’s highly popular paranormal romance series, The Protectors. Vampires are real, no longer fictional creatures of myth. Humanity has known about the existence of vampires for less than a decade, werewolves only came out a year ago and it seems that more of the paranormal world is on the brink of exposure to the human world.

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.

The Synopsis

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After having his life shattered by the woman who held his heart, Viktor Valentino put work before everything. Many years later, learning the truth behind his lover’s deceit, his anger shifts to the man responsible for not only her betrayal but her gruesome death. Viktor throws himself into finding him to not only appease his rage but to possibly save humanity.

Lacey Cruz has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s never had the chance to pursue her passion. After being fired from a company she was employed with since graduating high school, she now has plenty of time on her hands.

Lover of all things paranormal, Lacey sets out to do research in hopes that special something will fall in her lap. Something does in the guise of a powerful vampire warrior. What Lacey doesn’t realize is she may be the heroine in her own real-life novel.

What did I like about Viktor?

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.

When we met Viktor Valentino in The Invisible Warrior (The Protectors #11) my heart did a little pitter-patter.

Viktor’s exactly the sort of alpha that gets my tummy tingling and I couldn’t wait to read his book. Lacey Cruz is also everything that I look for in a lead female character. She’s intelligent, got a lovely sense of humour and definitely has gumption. I love that she’s an aspiring paranormal romance author and computer expert. Another inspirational female lead to join the ranks with the other amazing women in this series.

I love that the secondary characters are just as important as the protagonists. Steve continues to be the comic relief and he had me laughing my arse off throughout this book (until you made me cry, Teresa). My favourite VC Warrior, Jill, is still as fabulous as ever! We get to meet some new characters in this book, I hope we get a spin-off series about these alpha heroes too. 😉

I love the VC Warriors, they all hold a special place in my heart. The paranormal world that Teresa’s created for them is changing and growing. Expanding to include more supernatural beings such as witches, warlocks, shapeshifters and demons. 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.

Viktor gave me all the feels I love

Viktor had me blubbering like a baby, got my blood boiling with anger and frustration and had me biting my nails with tension. However, it also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.

Was there anything I disliked about it?

There wasn’t anything about this book that grated or niggled, which is why I rated it 5 stars.

Teresa weaves the main points about the continuing story threads into this one. However, without reading at least the previous few books, I don’t think you’ll enjoy Viktor as much. A great deal has happened in this series, there are a lot of story threads and many characters to get your head around.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

Viktor left me breathless; I couldn’t put it down!

It ticks all the boxes for a 5-star rating; fab writing style, great characters, action, romance, a gripping plot, humour and well-written, erotic sex scenes. 😉

Content Warning:

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 Viktor to lovers of action-packed, gritty story-lines. Especially those who are fans of relationship and romance tales with plenty of heat and passion.

Has my review of VIKTOR (THE PROTECTORS #13) encouraged you to find out more? I hope so. Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this 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.

Available in print, ebook and audio formats through the usual retailers, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository 

Meet The Author

Author Teresa Gabelmen
Teresa Gabelman

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!

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Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter

Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Now, tell me you’ve added Viktor to your TBR pile. Or have you read it too? I’d love to hear from you, just leave a comment.

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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.

Flora x

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

(3) Comments

  1. […] finally some book reviews: Viktor by Teresa Gabelman ~  Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau ~ Corruption by Jennifer Blackstream ~ Dark […]

  2. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Wow! Excellent review Flora!!

  3. I added the first book to my wish list. I could see myself enjoying the series. I love that it still leaves you breathless!

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