Protect and Serve: The Big Blue by Anne Kane
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (39 Pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Polar bear shifters are rare these days, and most of them keep a low profile. Tundra knows the rules, but tonight she needs to get laid and it will take a strong man to satisfy her.
Alec's buddies call him the Big Blue, and they're closer to the truth than most of them know. Trolls have a nasty reputation in this brave new world.
The very first time Tundra sees Blue, she knows she has to have him. What she doesn't realize is that she'll never want to let him go. When Alex goes to confront the head of a vicious Cabal, Tundra follows to make sure he doesn't get hurt. After all, even a troll's hide isn't as thick as a polar bear's.
A blue troll and a big growly gal of a polar bear have got to be the most unlikely and imaginative love combination ever invented. The great thing is, it works, it’s fun and it's a great story to spend an afternoon with.
Ms. Kane has given readers a woman who is very direct and unabashedly sexual in the very best sense. She's free with her opinions, discerning as to whose favor she wishes to incur and knows she looks good. Tundra is a heroine who lives life on her own terms and isn’t apologetic about it. That sense of self and her complete confidence in her decision making ability is actually what gets her involved with the hero – and in trouble.
The hero, Blue, is totally cool. He’s big, he’s mean and isn’t afraid to get his fists bloodied. He’s just as ferocious in the bedroom, much to readers and Tundra’s delight. Actually, with her, the hero has a soft spot and it becomes clear early on there's something more to their bedroom games than simple lust.
The conflict that pushes both to that realization comes from a quarter Tundra had completely discounted. She’s a modern woman so she felt safe from shifter politics. It was a major oversight on her part but then again, bad mojo happens so good karma can burn bright and powerful. The author utilized the “cavalry to the rescue” ploy to good effect. I knew that Tundra knew it would happen, eventually. The question was how and when and I’m really happy with the results. In fact, I believe Blue has a bit of a vindictive streak in him. If the hero intends to get a message across to certain lunkheads, then he’s the troll to do it. Excellent paybacks.
As with all the books in this series, expect some shredded clothes, naughty talk and lots of frisky loving. There's nothing tame or gentle about Tundra and Blue and that’s why I had a ball watching their relationship develop.
Protect and Serve: The Big Blue is another great standalone read in this series readers shouldn’t pass up. It’s fun, has excitement and action, and the drama is light enough to grab your attention without being dark or convoluted. I actually read the story twice because I enjoyed the unusualness of the couple. I also found this tale, told in Tundra’s point of view, has fascinating words and phrases that really gave me a sense of the heroine’s attitude about herself and life in general. I enjoyed those insights and they made the reading experience all the more interesting. If all blue trolls are as yummy as Blue, then count me in for reading more. It was so thrilling!