Protective Instinct by Katie Reus is the perfect story for Ryan and Teresa. I really enjoy the entire Moon Shifter series with both novels and novellas. Reus is able to connect the overall storyline within the short stories. Protective Instinct was just as entertaining as the other books. There is the perfect blend of romance, suspense and paranormal aspects to the story. Once you open one of these books, you rarely close it without finishing. Reus writes in a way that pulls you in from the first page and won’t let you go until the end.

25293467Ryan and Teresa have been dancing around the whole mating/bonding thing for a long time and it is driving Teresa insane. Ryan has his fears which Teresa understands in her head to a point but really thinks he can overcome them and tries everything she can do to do just that. Eventually she can’t think of anything else to tell or show him how serious she is about wanting to be his for the rest of their lives. She is tired of waiting on him. Of course, just then, disaster strikes and the pack has to move into action and all thoughts of romance are pushed to the side for Teresa and Ryan.

Reus handles this short story fantastically. The romance between Teresa and Ryan plays out very nicely and the passion and intimacy fits the story and characters well.The balance of suspense and romance is perfect and the appearance of other characters adds to the storyline. I love reading about past romances and learning about ones to come in future stories.

If you like paranormal romance, I really can’t say enough good things about Protective Instinct as a novella and the entire Moon Shifter series. I will continue to auto-read the Moon Shifter series books for as long as Reus writes them. They are highly recommended!

Reviewed by Amy

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About the Book:

Title: Protective Instinct (Moon Shifters, #5.5)

Author: Katie Reus

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

A woman worth fighting for…

Wolf shifter Teresa is blown away by her packmate Ryan’s honesty about his past and his rare empathic powers. She wants him in her bed—and her life. The only problem: Ryan insists they wait, because the last thing he wants is to recreate the hellish family he grew up in. Frustrated, Teresa jumps at the chance to assist a packmate off the ranch—far away from Ryan.

On the way, their vehicle is run off the road—and it wasn’t an accident. Ryan rushes to Teresa’s side, determined to protect her. But there’s a dangerous enemy lurking in the shadows, and if Ryan doesn’t break out of his old thinking and put his faith in his and Teresa’s love—and their ability to overcome obstacles together—it will be too late.

Author note: This novella is part of the Moon Shifter Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.


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