Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Protector by Cooper West



Title: The Protector
Author: Cooper West
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M
Page Count:250 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4961&cPath=55_318







Publisher Blurb
Guardsmen are always matched in a bonded pair. The Protector can shift into a weredog, and the human partner is his Handler. They are incredibly rare and highly valued, but people also fear them for their mystical abilities. No Protector in living memory has outlived his Handler—until Alex Taylor.

Now a widower, Alex lives a lonely half-life and faces day after day of grief with no hope for happiness in the future. When he unexpectedly bonds with the young and vibrant Handler Marcus Stephanek, Alex is angry and unwilling to leave the memory of his former Handler behind. He pushes Marcus away and tries to distance himself from their bond. But then a mysterious villain who has been secretly shadowing Alex for years sets his plan in motion. Alex and Marcus must learn to trust their bond and love each other, or risk not only their own lives but the lives of those closest to them.







Review
I thought The Protector by Cooper West gave us a unique view on shifters.  It is not often that the shifters are dogs and these “dogs” had a purpose.  I loved that Ms. West gave us a different spin in a world that tends to be similar.  It took something so common place, a dog and his/her handler and gave it a distinctive “other” tinge.  But Ms. West didn’t stop there; she then gave us a story full of emotional depth and angst.  You could feel Alex’s grief even as you wanted to bop him upside the head for his stubbornness.  You could understand Marcus’s anguish as he aged yet another year with no bond mate in sight.  She took me to the depths of their despair and began the slow process of re-building their psyche.  I will say that I enjoyed Marcus much more than Alex.  So much so that at times I thought he got a raw deal in Alex.  Marcus tried so hard to do everything right and was denied what he wanted most.   And then he gets his heart’s desire only to find a mate unwilling to let go. 
Ms. West did a wonderful job of portraying a situation that felt unwinnable but gave us peeks of hope for success.  I loved that Marcus and Alex had friends that cared, even when it appeared hopeless.  I also loved that Marcus continued to try and understand even as his hopes were dashed.  Ms. West gave us a story that ran the gamut from grief and despair to hope and love.  And she did in such a way it felt natural.  This was my first time reading this author and it will not be the last.


                        Four Twinkling Stars!! 




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