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  • Posted May 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Lori Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

    Reviewed by: Lori
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    This is a stand alone book, but I happened to notice that there are other books associated with this book that are part of a series. The title doesn’t say this is a series, but there is a back listing of books that suggest that the story continues with other books. You don’t need to read the books that come before this one. Things will make sense and you’ll be able to follow the story.

    Alaric is a man on a mission and he’s the type of man that will not be denied. He has a lot of confidence, is secure in who he is and has never not felt like he fit in with his pack. He was taught pack ways and is aware of pack traditions and rules. He’s an all around good guy and someone I really liked. Felicia is a woman who is very wary of anyone’s motivations. She learned early on that the only person she can depend upon is herself. The pack that she grewup in barely tolerated her. She didn’t get taught the basic pack lessons that young shifters learn which leaves her at a disadvantage. She doesn’t realize that Alaric is her mate and struggles with what her instincts are telling her and what her head is telling her. She’s vulnerable yet strong and is a women you can’t help but admire in spite of her flaws.

    Alaric knows deep into his soul that Felicia is the one for him, but that’s because of his earlier teachings. Alaric was patient with trying to earn Felicia’s trust. He knew he needed to teach her pack ways and help her learn to trust what her inner wolf was telling her. Felicia was scared to believe anyone pack would want to associate with her because of what she went through as a child. It was nice to see Felicia learn to trust herself as well as Alaric throughout the book. Alaric was the rock that Felicia needed and he helped her recognize her feelings and to trust her instincts.

    I liked that they both had to compromise and learn how to understand each other’s needs, wants and desires while still being true to themselves. I liked how Felicia grew as a person during the book and knew she needed Alaric in her life and was going to fight for him and not run away. Alaric grew as well because he needed to be there emotionally for the woman who completed him. He allowed himself to be vulnerable to her and to his feelings for her. He really is a sensitive kind of guy, but not a wimp. He called Felicia out on the things she was doing that he didn’t like, but was able to handle Felicia calling out on him as well. You got to love a man like that. If you’re into romance books that deal with shifter characters, then I hope you enjoy this book.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Protector’s Mate is Katie Reus’ follow up book to De

    Protector’s Mate is Katie Reus’ follow up book to Destined Mates. While this is not a series, both books are set in the same world. In Proctor’s Mate we get to know Alaric, who is Knox’s (from Destined Mate) second in command, better.
    Alaric has waited patiently for the woman who will become his mate. But when someone trys to kill her Alaric will do everything he can to protect her. Alaric is a total bad-ass type of guy. But he is also very sweet and loving towards Felicia. While Felicia is unsure and stubborn, but learns very quickly not everyone dislikes her as she was lead to believe for so long.
    I enjoyed this story. It was a little short, but that is what happens with a novella. I would love for Katie to for a follow up story on these two. Huge thank you to Katie for allowing me to read and review this book for her.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Ooh, what a fabulous book. Felicia is home after spending two years in Afghanistan as a nurse. Two years ago, she fled from her pack after the alpha pursued her and she turned him down. She's always been rebuffed by her pack. She was abandoned as a pup and nothing that her pack has done over the years has ever helped to improve her self-image.

    When Felicia met Alaric, she was only nineteen years old and felt an immediate draw to him, but she never thought she would be worthy of his attention, so she ignored the feelings. What she didn't realize is that they are actually destined mates and he actually felt it too, but he wanted to give her time since she was so young.

    Alaric has always known that Felicia was his destined mate, but he didn't realize how bad things were for her within her pack. He's kept tabs on her from afar and has maintained his loyalty to her even though she didn't realize their bond.

    There's a lot of emotion to this book. Felicia has taken so many incredibly harsh hits over the years. She has a very vulnerable edge to her. She feels unworthy and pitiful especially in the light of Alaric's overwhelming physical perfection. He handles her with utmost care and it's absolutely gorgeous to watch. This book is called Protector's Mate because that's all Alaric wants to do...protect Felicia from any more harm. How can you not fall in love with a guy like that?

    In the midst of all that, there is the action of several attacks against the two of them which are very exciting. While Felicia may have self-doubts, she is definitely a capable warrior and will make an excellent mate/match for Alaric. This girl is tough, which after two years in a war zone, stands to reason. She can stand on her own two feet and isn't afraid to do so in the face of any kind of danger, whether it's attacks or standing up to her pack.

    Action, romance, emotion....this is a short book, but it packs an incredible wallop! I really, really enjoyed it and am hoping that Katie's writing more of these on the horizon.... *pst- Alaric's brothers maybe??*

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Katie Reus never fails to captivate me with her stories and Prot

    Katie Reus never fails to captivate me with her stories and Protector’s Mate is just another title to add to my growing list of favorite reads from this author.

    Felicia Serna left her werewolves pack two years ago to escape her deplorable alpha, traveling across the ocean to war-torn Afghanistan as a nurse to help the humans there. Now that Felicia’s contract has ended she has nowhere else to go but back home. Hoping to quickly pick up a few items stashed away at human friend’s before figuring out what she is going to do with the rest of her life, Felicia steps out of the airport only to be waylaid by a big black SUV. Terrified that whoever is behind the wheel has been sent to punish her for abandoning her pack, Felicia is surprised when the sexy wolf, Alaric, her teenage crush steps out.
    From the first time Alaric met Felicia him and his wolf knew that she was the one for him, but unlike the wolf inside, Alaric understood that at nineteen Felicia was too young for him to seek a mating with. So using his vast contacts across the world, Alaric has kept a close eye on Felicia for the past two years, making sure that she isn’t in danger. But over the last months that hasn’t been enough so Alaric begins to correspond with Felicia via email, and they’ve been getting flirtier and flirtier. But Felicia still seems oblivious to his feelings towards her so when he finds out through one of his contacts that she is returning home he wastes no time in showing her first hand where he stands.
    If Alaric thought that it was going to be easy he couldn’t have been more wrong. Tailed, ambushed and attacked; is it Felicia’s old pack after her for the consequence of her running away or could it be an angry werewolf or vampire set against Alaric's alpha and the coming treaty between races? Or could it be someone neither of them imagined?

    Alaric and Felicia were a great couple. Alaric may be a wolf hungering for his mate but he is patient, understanding and absolutely adoring of Felicia. Felicia doesn’t know what a true werewolf pack is like, only having the horrid example of her last adoptive pack to go on. But Alaric is determined to prove that his pack and himself will be there for Felicia to care for and protect her. Felicia was a strong, independent and caring heroine to read about and I feel that Alaric was just the wolf she needed to really see herself and her true worth.
    Protector’s Mate was a short, sweet and fun read that I really enjoyed. The novella follows Destined Mate which featured Alaric’s alpha Knox and vampire Angela, but Protector’s Mate is truly a stand-alone and though you catch glimpses from the first novella new readers won’t be able to distinguish them, the plot flows nice and smooth.

    Plenty of action and heat with a heart-warming romance, Protector’s Mate is a novella I would recommend for paranormal romance fans looking for a quick fix!

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