Tuesday 22 December 2015

Otherworld Protector by Jane Godman - Book Review

From the Blurb:

A Sorcerer… Secrets and Seduction…

When Stella Fallon journeys to Spain for a dream job, she never suspects that a cataclysmic confrontation is looming. Or that she is the last in an ancient line of dark sorcerers. For her new employer—an electronics billionaire—is actually a Faerie King desperate to harness Stella's powers so he can rule the Otherworld. 

The only one who can protect Stella is a man she once thought her guardian angel. Cal becomes human, but his centuries-old secret could destroy her trust. Still, the pair cannot deny their white-hot attraction as they seek refuge in a cave to prepare for a battle of epic magnitude…

The Review:

Stella is a games designer and she's landed a job working for a company she's long admired. There's a catch, though: she has to move to Spain to work for them... also, turns out the company is run by an evil, yet sexy, Faerie King. Thankfully, Stella has Cal to warn her of the Faerie King's sinister plans. He's been secretly protecting her since childhood, and now he must explain to her that she's not as normal as she thought - that she's a necromancer about to be dragged into some serious Faerie drama.

Stella is a nerd. She loves her computer games, and this actually plays into the story beyond just being a background part of her character, which I thought was pretty cool. Despite having a 'guardian angel' in Cal, Stella is no simpering heroine who needs to be rescued. Even before she discovers her super bad-ass necromancer powers, she's not the sort of heroine to sit back and just wait for things to happen. She's all about getting answers and taking charge. When it comes to her feelings for Cal, though, that's not so easy.

Cal and Stella have a connection from well before they meet in person - I had mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it kinda squicked me that Cal had been not-so-secretly protecting Stella since she was a child, but on the other hand, their relationship has a believable depth that I really liked, and which might not have worked if they didn't have this past. Once they meet, they fall for each other quickly and it's pretty freaking adorable actually - even as Cal is teaching Stella how to use her magic to fulfill a prophecy and battle the evil Faerie King of Otherworld, they're having some delicious sexy times. Of course, it's not all smooth sailing, as Cal has a secret and Stella must decide whether she can trust the man she loves, while contending with Faerie politics.

The world building in Otherworld Protector is great. Godman plays with various myths in really fun original ways. I don't want to give too much away, since a lot of Stella and Cal's Otherworld adventure is related to unraveling their connections to these myths, but this is definitely a world that I think is going to be fun to explore through this series. Speaking of... there's a section towards the end from Cal's sexy Irish friend Lorcan's perspective, so I'm hoping he might be the hero of the next Otherworld story - I'm really looking forward to that!

Otherworld Protector is a fun paranormal romance, with exciting faerie politics, a heroine as strong as her sexy hero, and a world that I'm looking forward to exploring more in the rest of the series!

Otherworld Protector by Jane Godman is a paranormal romance, released by Harlequin Nocturne on December 1, 2015.

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