My Protector by Alanea Alder is the second book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series. Bewitched and Bewildered is the second series from this author and the first to be self published. This book was published directly to Amazon but is also available from other outlets such as iTunes and Barnes and Noble. The new series is a blend of fantasy, paranormal, romance and comedy. Within My Protector there is a lot of humor and references to pop culture such as Doctor Who and Star Wars as well as action with an underlying story that builds from book to book.
Although every book in the series can be read as a stand alone, for maximum enjoyment it is best to read the stories in order since there are multiple characters that cross over and there is a central story line that is slowly building as the series progresses. The story takes place in a paranormal city known as Lycaonia, which is hidden away from the world at large. The city offers the beauty of old world charm and the convenience of modern technologies. This latest book, My Protector revolves around Beth and Gavriel, destined mates who are on a path towards each other. Beth is a rabbit shifter, while Gavriel is a vampire going through his latest and longest transition period.
Gavriel has been dreaming about his destined mate for weeks. In all of his dreams, he watches as his accident prone mate continually finds herself in trouble, from falling out of office windows to falling down sewer drains and he worries that she may never make it to him in one piece. When Beth finally arrives in Lycaonia, she had no intention of staying long term but once she meets her mate all bets are off. While Gavriel struggles through his transition he attempts to both get closer to his mate and also push her away for her own safety. Beth finds herself drawn to her new mate’s dark and dangerous side as well as his refined manners.
Even as Gavriel and Beth get closer, there is an unknown enemy heading their way. The men are on alert for those who would do them harm and relationships are growing and developing in ways that none of them saw coming. A battle is brewing, Fate has her own agenda and new secrets will be revealed.
With My Protector, Alanea Alder continues to bring her readers monumental stories that always have hidden depths and a plot that ties together the multiple stories into one long epic tale. The story combines the best elements of a comedy with a romance that feels natural and compelling. There is something to be said for an author who can effortlessly combine a fantasy and paranormal story with humor in such a way that everything is seamlessly integrated.
My Protector may only be the second book in the series but it has already developed a world that is fascinating and captures the best aspects of past centuries in a fresh and exciting manner. Although fantasy and paranormal stories have been done many times before, Alder brings a freshness to My Protector and the Bewitched and Bewildered series that will easily draw in new and old readers alike.
By Kimberley Spinney
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