"a world filled with vibrant characters"

Mikaela Laughlin, a romantic suspense author, finally, finagles a tour of the Denver Crime Lab with her crush, Lieutenant Diarmid Redwolf, as a guide. Mikaela tries her best to present herself as a professional, and Diarmid is surprised by the intelligent questions that Mikaela asks. Diarmid tries his best to ignore his attraction to Mikaela, because of a serial killer, who targets women close to him. Unfortunately, Diarmid and Mikaela can't resist each other and she is in danger.

PROTECT AND DEFEND is an entertaining, erotic, shapeshifter romance with an atypical hero and heroine. Mikaela is an intelligent, plus-sized woman, who has spunk and can usually save herself. Whereas, Diarmid, a red-head, is an alpha male but knows when to allow Mikaela space and independence. These two form a true partnership, and it is fun watching their relationship grow. Ms. Hawley creates a world filled with vibrant characters, and this reader hopes to see a continuing series set here.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted September 7, 2009


Mikaela Laughlin discovers a whole new world, and an entirely new species, when she tours the crime lab to meet Lieutenant Diarmid Redwolf while researching her next book. She's lusted after "Delicious Diarmid" from afar for a long time, but meeting him sets her body on fire. It doesn't take long for Mikaela to discover there's more to Diarmid than meets the eye. He is far more delicious up close than she ever dreamed.

Diarmid has bad guys to catch, but one look at the voluptuous writer has him wanting to catch her instead. His shapeshifter blood recognizes his True Mate and he wants her naked body arching beneath his. Now. But with a cold-blooded serial killer on the loose, Diarmid has one shot at his future and he will not fail. Because this time, the killer wants Mikaela.

Genre: Shape-shifter
Book Length: Super Plus Novel

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Protect and Defend
by Francesca Hawley

Ellora's Cave
January 1, 2009
Available: January 7, 2009
ISBN #1419920049
EAN #9781419920042
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