Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pint-Sized Protector

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0473-4
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Ajax is glad to be out of the cage that he spent just about his whole life in, but now he finds himself surrounded by strangers and not sure what to think.  Afraid to shift, Ajax has no way of communicating with those around him.   After moving out of the Alpha’s home and into one with the brothers that rescued him, Ajax is presented with another problem, his mate.

Pint-Sized Protector is the 30th book in Ms. Richards’ Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  This story brings a couple of new characters to the series, Ajax, an Andean Mountain cat and Cayden, the pack’s negotiator.  Ajax has a lot to overcome and because of what he has gone through, as well as his size, he is afraid to shift.  While this is easy to understand, it does cause some issues at the pack house.  I was almost afraid for the little cat when Declan threatens to ban him for injuring Lark, the Alpha’s mate.  It was understandable that Ajax is moved out of the main home and into one with the shifters that helped rescue him. 

Cayden has just gotten home after being on a mission for his Alpha.  Tired, all he wants to do is sleep for a few days.  As fans of this series may know, this is about the time where one of our main characters realizes their mate is nearby.  I wondered how the author would handle Ajax’s trust issues with the introduction of a mate, but thought the whole thing was handled well.  I like the way Cayden introduces himself to his new mate and then falls asleep next to his little cat.  That Ajax was able to relax next to Cayden and shift on his own helps makes the bond between the two shifters strong. 

While the relationship between the men moves much the way you would expect, it is the mission that Cayden was on for Declan that brings the couple problems.  I was actually surprised by the stupidity of the new shifters who have shown up and am not surprised by what followed afterward.  What may surprise the readers is the way Ajax reacts.  While it was intense, I almost had to laugh at everyone’s surprise.  

Pint-Sized Protector is sure to be another fan favorite and one that will find its way to many keeper shelves.

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