Title: Protector's Mate
Author: Katie Reus
Genre: Paranormal romance
Format: ebook provided by the author
Felicia has baggage. Not your average emotional baggage, but a full matching set of traveling luggage. Her early experience with pack life caused her to leave home, choosing the life of a lone wolf. Against her Alpha's wishes, she went to college and then escaped to Afganistan to work as a nurse. Returning home took more courage than facing the dangers of the war torn country. Upon arriving home, she is met with the news that her Alpha is dead and another has taken over his territory. This news is delivered by Alaric, the one wolf capable of making her heart beat faster. He arrives at the airport to pick Felicia up, with no prior warning.
Ms. Reus does a fine job of quickly building the world in which these characters live and developing enough of a backstory that you believe Felicia and Alaric have a connection. There is a dangerous conflict that arises that provides both plot tension and a setting for steamy moments.
I did like the story. I think Katie did a credible job of weaving all the treads together. I do wish she had been able to put these characters into a full length novel. There is so much more I want to know about their story. I was not fully satisfied, but still pleasantly entertained. If you like novellas you should definitely read this one. If you find the format too short you should skip and go straight to Alpha Instinct. If, like me, you have that love-hate relationship with novellas... go for it. If is certainly worth a read.