At the start of her senior year at Kingsbrook College, a small school in Northern Michigan, Ariya Adams has a perfectly normal existence. Determined to make this her best year yet, she attends her classes and hangs out with the friends she has come to love more than life.
That is until the arrival of the sexy and mysterious transfer student James Rymer, who captivates her affections almost instantly. With her emotions on the fritz for no apparent reason, and unsure if he shares her feelings, Ariya finds herself on an emotional rollercoaster in which everything she knows and loves is questioned.
When fantasy and reality mix, Ariya’s world is turned upside down and she learns that “normal” isn’t what she thought it was. Danger soon comes for her and she discovers that everyone has been keeping secrets from her. The battle between one’s duty and what feels right will have to be fought and it may be a struggle for Ariya to stay alive. When Ariya’s life and the lives of the people she cares for most are endangered, she learns to never underestimate the power of blood.
Protected is a New-Adult, Paranormal Romance. It is the first book in the Ariya Adams trilogy.
I want to start off by saying that I absolutely love paranormal reads. Especially those that have a mix of the paranormal characters. Like vampires and werewolves or add in some witches or even some new characters that are not your normal everyday paranormal. With that being said, I really did like this book. I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it. It felt more like a young adult series than an adult series, considering the boy drama that seemed a little more high school than college level. Not what I expected out of an adult romance.
In this book Ariya Adams is your normal everyday college senior. She is starting off her senior year with her best friend Caroline. They have been friends since freshman year. As you read the story you are giving clues about Caroline that point to her being something other than human. It was a nice build up to the reveal that Ariya’s friends are vampires.
As the story moves on Ariya is torn with feelings for a transfer student named James. He acts like he likes her but then he won’t make any moves on her. Mean while she is being stalked by a creepy guy named Devon and her best guy friend Riley is secretly in love with her. All this leads to a little bit of the high school drama I talked about.
Then Ariya finally finds out the truth, when James blast from the past comes back. She discovers that she is special, of a royal bloodline and she is in danger. Her friends are really her protectors. Can they save Ariya or will Ariya fall into the hands of the enemy out to get her?
I liked the build up of the story and how it flowed. I did not get bored or stray from the book. The characters were interesting and entertaining. This book does have a lot of action and suspense in it. It is a page turner for sure. Like I said before, I got more of a young adult vibe from the story than an adult vibe. That may change in the next book. But hey I love young adult books, so this was no big deal to me.
I also loved the aspect of deep friendship that is displayed by Caroline and Ariya. It is a strong bond and draws you into the story. James and Ariya have a deep connection as well and the chemistry is there, but I did not feel it was explored enough. Maybe we will see more of that in the next book. When characters have good chemistry, I get butterflies in my tummy reading the scenes between them. In this book I only felt a twinge of that, but not a lot to excite you.
Overall I think the book is a great read with a great story line. The build up is nice and steady and it has wonderful engaging characters. The book will hold your attention and end with you wanting to continue in Ariya’s journey. If you like PG paranormal then this is for you.
*ARC provided by Anna Applegate
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