"amusing fantasy romance"
Like all Protectors, Jason Murphy has special abilities
that enable him to communicate with sea creatures and turn
into a were-dolphin. However, unlike his peers, Jason has
an evil father Hieronymous to contend with. His odious dad
imprisoned Jason for six years causing him to miss the
birth of his son Davy to the human Lane Kent. In turn this
also left him subject to being declared an Outcast by the
Venerate Council of Protectors for violating the required
registration of half-breed births.
Hieronymous has plans to kidnap his half-breed grandson so
he can steal the child's superior intelligence and become
the smartest evilest dude in the world. Jason wants to win
back the trust of the only woman he ever loved, but never
bothered to tell about his species. Even more
important he must keep his son safe from his own father.
The lead couple is a delightful star-crossed pair, who
clearly cherishes one another yet cannot trust each other.
Hieronymous is kind of cartoonish as a villain, yet that
adds to the pleasure of the tale. The other Protectors
come across pathetic, wasting time arguing over whether
their peer Jason is a risk due to his gene pool to the
point that the reader will scream at them to stop
squabbling and take on the villain all ready. Perhaps
nobody but Julie Kenner could take a farfetched tale even
by fantasy standards and turn it into an amusing escapist
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 23, 2003