The Protector (Fire’s Edge, #4). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Protector by Abigail Owen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💜💙💚💖
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 👏👏👏👏👏
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🥸😯😎☺️🥰

The setting: California Mountains, Alaska

The heroine: Lyndi – related to the Red King. She is one of the few female dragon shifters. Female dragon shifters are very rare and also sterile. That means that they are fairly useless to other dragons, since dragons generally have fated mates which can prolong their lives from about 1000 years to 2000 years. Her kind can’t have a fated mate and is only used for making alliances between the king and another party.

The Hero: Levi – a gold dragon and he was sent to America to be an Enforcer for the Huracáns in the pacific northwest. Levi’s dragon has wanted Lyndi since she first came to his team but he messes things up when he meets her and she has had animosity towards him ever since.

The Love Story: Levi and all gold dragons are called by the gold king to their stronghold in Scandinavia to fight in the war. He and Lyndi finally show each other how much they are attracted to each other and due to the fact that he will soon be leaving, Lyndi agrees to be with Levi.

Lyndi is a great heroine and she is so strong and doesn’t ever dwell on her lot in life. When she realizes how she feels about Levi she only thinks of him and what mating her would mean for him, like a shorter life and a life without children of his own. She also works as an enforcer for the Huracáns and started an orphanage in her home for orphaned dragons who are usually shunned because their parents have either died or cast them out. These dragons usually end up feral and are killed because they risk outing the dragon shifters to humans.

The orphans make up part of the supporting cast as well as some of the other Huracáns and their mates. There are also some other characters which are fantastic. It’s funny how so many shifter books differ in how things work, yet have so much in common. For example, some are just one mind, they are just human sometimes and animals when they shift.

Others are where they are like two beings sharing the same body, the human can feel the animal inside them, the animal may make its needs known, like recognizing a mate, and can growl at times or push the human to do things. In these cases there are even differences where sometimes when they shift, the animal is in complete control and it is like the human can see what is happening but can’t do anything about it. Other times, like in these books, even when they are in animal form, the human is still the one in control of the mind.
Anyway, there are also differences in the mating in different shifter books. They all seem to have true or fated mates, but in some books, once they find their mate, they have to bite each other and that starts the bonding process. Also in some shifter books the shifter can mate humans but the human doesn’t become a shifter, while in others like this series, the mate becomes a shifter if they survive the mating.

In these stories they also have a mating counsel and it seems that the counsel has to approve of the mates even if they are fated mates. That is one of the things that is a bit unclear in this book since I haven’t read the previous books in this series. It refers to some mates from previous books and they are on the run but doesn’t really explain exactly why. I got the impression they mated without authorization from the council. Either that or someone else got authorization to mate the female and the fated mates got together despite the other guy.

Either way, the fact that I did not completely understand the references to the previous books had no bearing on my enjoyment of this book. I will hopefully eventually read those previous books anyway and then I will understand it all. The world building was terrific in these books, I could picture the caves and cabins and the character development was pretty great as well. I loved the history between Levi and Lyndi and the romance was quite steamy, but the story was definitely the best part of the book. So much dragon action and dragons are just so fricken cool! 🐲

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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