Deceiving the Protector by Dee Tenorio
Series: Resurrection #2
Source: Review copy from publisher
After a series of murders is discovered along the trail of the Shifter Underground, wolf soldier Jensen Tate is assigned to find and protect a missing stray. But Lia Crawford doesn’t seem to want his protection. When she eludes his watch and returns with mysterious injuries, Tate knows she’s hiding something. To discover her secrets, Tate will have to win her trust…and get closer to the woman he thinks may be his mate.
Lia has reasons to keep her distance. The killer is haunting her steps, determined to claim her. He will come after them both if he sees how drawn she is to Tate, though it becomes increasingly difficult to deny her attraction to him. Protecting Tate is vital—but will her deception cost her his love?
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Thanks to Christen at Goldilox and the Three Weres, I’m trying to kick my NetGalley backlist into shape. (You can read about my NetGalley Knockout goals here.) First up is the second novel in Dee Tonorio’s Resurrection series, about shifters in an America where the government has been actively trying to exterminate them. In the first book, which I talked about last year, we learned about how Pale Rysen was trying to bring the Wolf pack back from extinction and watched him fall in love with Jade, a Sibile with incredible powers. In this instalment, we get to see Pale’s brother Tate in action, as he tries to save Lia from a killer who’s been stalking the Underground, a series of safe houses that the Wolves have established to help shifters get to Resurrection, a safe community they’ve established away from prying eyes.
I really enjoy the world that Dee Tenorio has created. The idea that shifters have been systematically hunted down and exterminated draws a lot of parallels with other persecuted minorities and I really liked watching the community slowly come together. In DECEIVING THE PROTECTOR, Tenorio expands this world further as we learn more about how the government side of things has been working, thanks to Lia’s experiences. The world that’s emerging is great fun for the reader, given that it is so fraught with danger for our protagonists.
In terms of characters, I liked both Lia and Tate. Tate’s very alpha male and enjoyable, though not as well developed as Lia, who’s more of a mystery and has more layers because of the hardships she’s suffered. She’s been under so much stress for so long, and she takes a lot of blame on herself, on top of a very confused understanding of what mating is and how the shifter community has developed. Her link with the killer, Asher, is dramatic and makes for some great scenes. (As an aside, I instantly thought of Kroenen, the off-putting tin can-eqsue bad guy from the first Hellboy movie, when the killer appears with his mask and silence. (I’d put a picture but after the recent hullabaloo about copyright and images, I’m afraid to.))
Fans of shifter novels will enjoy this story. It makes a bit more sense if you’ve read TEMPTING THE ENEMY (the first book) but you can put things together without knowing the previous story. I look forward to seeing what Dee Tenorio brings to the table in the next instalment of the series.
P.S. Here’s the book trailer: