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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Protected by J. Hali Steele

Protected by J. Hali Steele
Shepherd's Watch Series
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: M/F, masturbation, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Max Alsatian spends most evenings at the Seared Soul watching the only woman alive who makes him pant. His heightened senses and her alluring scent have pushed him to the edge. Now that he knows what she is, Max expects more than a meal -- he intends to take what's rightfully his.

Victoria Germaine buries herself in the kitchen of her restaurant to hide from the world. When the brooding, sexy stranger appeared, she hid what she was under a cloak of deceit. No longer able to fight her natural desires, she aches to give herself to him. She waits patiently for his arrival... he will come.

Holy German Shepherds Batman! This was one hot story. I know when I open a book by J. Hali Steele, I’m in for a fantastic time. This book was no exception. I loved the other books in the Shepherd’s Watch series. I was literally chomping at the bit to get this book. Ms. Steele write with fluidity. I felt like I was right there with them. And this story packs a serious punch—pardon the pun. There are so many fun little twists and turns, I didn’t want to put it down.

I wanted to know Max and Victoria’s story from the beginning. I’m so glad I waited. It was totally worth it. Max is alpha all the way, but he’s also very meticulous. He knows everything, all the angles—except Victoria. It cracked me up to see a man so obviously flustered by a strong woman. Great stuff.

Vic is a piece of work, too. She’s gutsy and courageous. I liked reading about her because she really gave Max a run for his money. I felt her pain, agony, and ecstasy. Did I say this was a fantastic read? Yeah, when I can feel like I’m in the shoes of the characters and they stay with me far after the last page, like with Max and Vic, then it’s my mark for a great book.

If you want a story chock full of unforgettable characters and tight plotlines, then you need to read Shepherd’s Watch: Protected. I guarantee it’s worth the ride.

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