Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Title:  Protégé
Author:  Belladonna Bordeaux
Publisher:  Liquid Silver
Publisher URL:  www.liquidsilverbooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-59578-896-2
Genre:  {M/F/M/M}, {F/F}, {M/F/F}, Ménage, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Ingrid is blackmailed by her boss to attend the meeting at Falstaff Manor.  She is accompanied by another agent from the League for the Preservation of Humanity, unaware she has also been targeted for assassination.  Prince Adrian realizes she is his mate and also part of a prophecy that has been foretold regarding the paranormal community. 

The fourth book in The Hellfire Club series, Protégé is slightly different than the others, as we learn more about the League for the Preservation of Humanity and some of the other paranormal races.  Ingrid feels very out-of-place, even though Adrian tries to make her feel very comfortable.  One thing that comes out in this series is that part of the tests for the Royal Mates is how they handle the sexual aspect of the club.  The author also explained more about the handmaidens, as well. 

Some of the characters from the other books make an appearance, as there is a very strict ritual, as well as rules for conduct, among this group.  There is also a noticeable caste system within all members.  I found it interesting that the money bid on the handmaidens actually goes to them so that if they leave Falstaff Manor, they can do as they please.  Of course, there is the clash of cultures, as humans have to learn to adapt to the dominance of the Royals. 

I actually liked this story the best in this series and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the Royals and the Counsel of Seven as the battle for survival begins.

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