warrior-wolfTitle:  Warrior Wolf
Series:  Protection, Inc. #4
Author:  Zoe Chant
Published:  September 3, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Dragon princess Raluca, desperate to escape her pampered but suffocating life, renounced her title and fled her country. Now the sheltered princess wants to experience life as a free woman, from underground music clubs to neighborhood diners. Even highways and hamburgers are new and exciting to her. There’s just one problem: someone’s trying to kill her.

Werewolf bodyguard Nick Mackenzie thought he’d put his past behind him when he left his position as the alpha of a criminal werewolf gang, and joined the team of misfit shifters at Protection, Inc., an all-shifter private security agency. But if there’s one thing he still can’t stand, it’s rich people who don’t know the streets from a hole in the ground. And if there’s one place he’ll never fit in, it’s high society. But when Nick is assigned to protect Raluca from mysterious assassins — and show her how the other half lives while he’s at it — the uptown girl and downtown guy are shocked to discover that they not only have explosive chemistry together, they’re destined mates!

When a dragon princess must be guarded by a werewolf ex-gangster, both are dragged way out of their comfort zones. Can Raluca learn to get down-and-dirty? Can Nick make it through a single sentence without dropping an f-bomb? And can two mates who couldn’t be more different find a way to make it work before the pasts they tried to bury come to very deadly life?

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in this series include:  Bodyguard Bear, Defender Dragon, Protector Panther, Warrior  Wolf, and more to come.

Read on for my thoughts on Warrior Wolf.

Normally I would give you a brief highlight of the story before diving into my own experience with the book, yet this time the Cover Description does a good job of that so I can more on to the emotional parts.

And Warrior Wolf is an emotional story.  On the surface you see a pampered princess who has given up her throne and country, and a very bad boy from the totally wrong side of the tracks.  Neither could be more opposite of the other – and never, ever trust the surface of any person until you know them a bit more in depth… for these two are far, far from what their surface story portrays.

The last we saw of Raluca was a spectacular dive from her balcony with only the clothes on her back, and her hoard safely clutched in her talons.  Her uncle had tried to force an arranged marriage on her and Lucas for his own nefarious reasons.  Now her wicked uncle was safely guarded in a dungeon, Lucas was happy with his true mate and Raluca was finally free of the life she no longer wanted any part of.  Unfortunately, that life wasn’t done with her as assassins made an attempt on her life.  She knew of only one person who understood her situation and might be able to protect her.  So again with her hoard safely guarded, she made the flight to California and Lucas at Protection, Inc.

Raluca needed protection, and since Lucas was on assignment she’d have to trust Hal to provide another bodyguard.  She never, ever expected that man to be her fated mate – or for him to seem to hate her on sight.

Watching Nick and Raluca dance around each other at the beginning of Warrior Wolf was delightfully amusing.  Each believed they knew what the other thought of them and set out to completely annoy, even humiliate each other in a fierce competition of getting the upper hand.  Yeah, that whole assume thing didn’t work out too well for them.

It was when danger struck that we begin to see the truth of these two people from completely different cultures come to light.  This part of their story was so well done, yet so easy to let slip past you.  When you do not understand the nuances of a different culture, or ethnic background it is so easy, unfortunately,, to make  mistakes, even insult someone without that intent.  That is what happened between Nick and Raluca, seemingly innocent comments taken the wrong way can cause such trouble.

Nick’s story is simply heartbreaking.  It is also at the core of why he is as he appears today.  Until he was able to pour out that anger, sadness and rage to his mate he had no chance of ever getting past it.  On many levels, they healed each other in order to move on together.

And our mysterious stranger made a surprising brief appearance.  I was so glad to see him – and if you’ve read the entire series so far you know who “he” is but I’m not going to spoil it for anyone.  I am waiting for his story with high anticipation.  But, he’s closer now and that’s a very good thing.

Warrior Wolf has so many good things going for it that I could not help but fall in love with Nick and Raluca’s romance.  Old friends, action packed, heartbreaking, heartwarming and a love that is perfect for these two people.  I loved this story and would highly recommend it to any Shifter Romance reader – the entire series is definitely worth your time and emotional involvement.

I read this story through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. For ten dollars a month you get access to thousands of really great stories across all genre, and the authors get paid for you reading the story through to the 100% mark. It’s a win-win. Probably the best 10 bucks I spend a month.

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