Author: Nana Malone
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
For five years, Cassie Reeser has been her brother’s personal lab rat. Peter’s experiments have made her a stronger, faster, better human. And she’s not the only one – he’s been experimenting on others as well. For five years, escape has eluded her. Until now. When she finds out he plans to sell her as a human weapon she knows it’s now or never. To make her escape she’ll sacrifice family bonds and leave behind the one person who’s ever helped her. Cassie’s learned to shrink from kindness and to never trust anyone. She knows the day Peter finally captures her will be the day she dies. To elude her brother and save the others, she’ll have to risk her body and her heart. What she doesn't expect is a chance at a normal life.
Seth Adams is used to sifting through lies to find the truth. As a former war correspondent he knows what evils lurk in the world. When he finds Cassie hiding out in his car trunk, her story sounds like a fantastical dream. But, before long, he witnesses firsthand what she’s talking about when they’re attacked by a group of Peter’s soldiers. As a result, he goes through his own transformation into a super human and realizes the extent of what Cassie is running from. Cassie might not think she needs his protection, buthe’ll die before he lets her brother have her back.
Reluctant Protector had me hooked from the very beginning. It starts out with Cassie attempting to break out of her brothers lab. She tried other times and failed, but instead of giving up she keeps fighting and tries again. In the lab he managed to create an injection that he used on a few people to give them enhanced abilities. Cassie had been locked in his lab for years as one of the experiments.
During her escape she happens to run into the sexy ex-war correspondent Seth Adams. Seth is taken by surprise when finds out that he inadvertently helped Cassie escape and now he has to run from the same people she does.
I absolutely loved the chemistry between Cassie and Seth. She tries over and over to just look after herself, but finds she is unable to do so. Seth would and did do anything he could to protect Cassie from her brother. As the two join forces to take down Cassie's brother they learn that they not only work well together fighting, but in other ways also. This book kept me thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last. I went into it expecting a decent paranormal romance and came out of it with so much more. I can't wait for the next parts of the series to be released so I can enjoy them just as much as the first book.