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Forbidden Magic: A Review of “Protector” by Christine Pope

Goodreads.com Description: “Caitlin McAllister has been keeping a secret. While her clan suffers for lack of a seer, she’s been hiding her gift of second sight—hiding and running away from a destiny she does not want and has done her best to escape. Unfortunately, she finds that keeping secrets carries its own price when she and two of her friends end up in the hands of three evil warlocks who seem intent on using the young witches for their own dark purposes. Far from her clan’s territory, Caitlin turns to Alex Trujillo, whose grandmother is the prima of the de la Paz witch clan and whose own gift is the ability to cast a unique kind of protective spell, to help her with tracking down the warlocks who planned the kidnapping. As Alex and Caitlin work together to save her friends, they find themselves falling under one another’s spell. But their combined talents may not be enough to save the kidnapped witches…or to stop a murderous conspiracy that threatens the safety of all the Arizona witch clans.”

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

WARNING: Sexual content, Mature Readers (17+)

***SPOILER ALERT***

My Thoughts:

Protector by Christine Pope is a paranormal thriller complete with action and romance–loved it!

If you haven’t read the other books in the “Witches of Cleopatra Hill” series, stop and pick them up. Although Protector reads like a standalone, it helps if you know the back story.

I loved how Pope intertwined Angela, Connor and Adam in this installment. It’s been a couple of years since Angela and Connor’s marriage. Their powers as prima and primus have increased. Without them, this tale would have a very different outcome.

I have to admit Protector had a creepy plot–young girls kidnapped and used for some demonic ritual. To make matters worse, the main character kept having visions of what happened to these girls with their captors. It made for an intriguing story that was hard to put down.

If you’ve read the other books, you’ll remember Alex Trujillo. Well, he’s back and handsome as ever. He wasn’t destined to be Angela’s consort, but he does have a bond with the main character of this tale.

Pope doesn’t disappoint with Protector. There is yet another installment in this series due out in the fall. Will it come out in time for Samhain?

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