Tempted Bodyguard by J. S. Striker

I shouldn’t want Celine …

She’s vulnerable, pregnant by a vampire, and hunted by everyone, including my own clan.

The difference is, I was sent to bring her here and keep her safe.

Everyone else?

The other shifters want to kill her, and the vampires … well, everyone knows that vamps can’t be trusted.

But spending time with her, keeping her and her new baby safe, getting to know her and win her trust … I can’t help my growing feelings.
Even though I know she’s strictly off-limits.

But despite her growing trust in me, she’s still wary of our Alpha’s intentions. Can I assure her that she’s safe with me no matter what?

Or will her persistent distrust drive her out of my arms … and into danger?

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Titles in The Hunted Shifters series include — Tempted Bodyguard – Detective Jack – Dark Magic – Tiger’s Mate –

Title:  Tempted Bodyguard
Series:  The Hunted Shifters #1
Author:  J. S.  Striker
Published:  December 12, 2019
My Rating:  4 stars

Tempted Bodyguard begins The Hunted Shifters series with a compelling story of mistrust, intrigue, passion, danger, and fate stepping in with unexpected mates.  The author ‘feels’ very familiar to me, yet I have no clear memory of reading her work before – still, she does have a backlist that I can definitely explore to see if I’d read anything before I began this blog.  (I’ve been reading all my life, I’m sure there are some books along the way I’m not immediately remembering that I once read – yeah, addicted to books type readers will get that statement).

In a world that has absolutely no real clue about the magical beings hidden from view, Hunter and Celine make an intriguing couple for several reasons, including the obvious ones.  I was easily drawn into their story, their world as the dangers intensified and the attraction between them gets stronger every day.  Ultimately, Celine has to trust in Hunter completely to keep her safe, to protect her and her child, and to trust in the bond that has developed between them.  She may have never known about mates, or fate stepping in and spinning a world out of control before – but she certainly does now.  At times it was painful to watch Celine question everything she’s feeling, but certainly understandable.

There are a lot of magical beings introduced in Tempted Bodyguard, and, frankly, it took me a little bit to feel completely at ease in this world.  Worldbuilding is necessary for any series, and some worlds need a bit of adjusting to as we learn lore, history, and who are enemies and who might be allies.  Yet once I got into the flow of who is who understood enemy from ally I felt very much at home here.  I’m certain that I’ll step into the next story with much more ease now that the core is built.  (some books affect me that way, I need to know the world to understand the people living there)

In all, I enjoyed Celine and Hunter’s romance.  They have an intense relationship full of danger, sizzle, and emotions that cannot be denied.   Secondary characters often make or break a story for me and I was introduced to several that I hope we’ll get to see throughout the series or even have their own tales told at some point.  I had fun in this world, and really that’s the whole point.  If you love a good Paranormal Romance with several magical beings involved in the storyline then you’ll love Tempted Bodyguard.

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