Saturday, 8 September 2012

Review & Giveaway: Damon (The Protectors #1) by Teresa Gabelman

Goodreads Synopsis
Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to protect his own kind as well as humans. As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. Damon has been ordered to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face. Even as sparks fly, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.

I immediately liked the main female character Nicole. She's very easy to like with her very quick and easy comebacks, no-nonsense attitude and her compassion. I love a strong female protagonist, and with Nicole, she easily fits the mould. It was with introduction of her character, that I knew that 'Damon' was going to be a book that would keep me hooked.

What I didn't quite realise, was just how hooked I would be. I read 'Damon' in just one sitting; it was that good. 'Damon' was so very easy to read, to devour almost, I wanted my fill, especially when I was introduced to the devastatingly gorgeous Damon himself. Yes, I officially have a new crush!

Damon, a vampire and a warrior, is so very beautiful, in so many ways. The way that the relationship develops with Nicole is very powerfully described; Teresa captures their feelings, their passion, their heart break so beautifully. I cried in two separate places. Yes, admittedly, I'm a bit of a wuss, but their relationship did move me.

As mentioned earlier, 'Damon' was very easy to read. And I do think this is because of the flow and pace of the narrative as well as the strong characterisations. The dialogue is fresh, believable and at times very entertaining and amusing. The language isn't overly complicated or sophisticated, which is perfectly appropriate for the genre. 'Damon' is a passionate read, with heart-felt emotions and believable characters - applause for Teresa considering this is a paranormal romance.

There were several typos, and as a teacher and a beta reader, this does somewhat frustrate me; however, I was easily able to look past this as I was happy to allow myself to become absorbed into Damon and Nicole's world. Also, no doubt this blog will be thwart with errors too - ironic much!

At times, there were moments that were somewhat cliche, and very similar to other books of this genre. These moments made me wince slightly, yet I understood why Teresa would include such ideas. To be honest, with the amount of books currently available in the genre, it's becoming increasingly difficult to have a completely original idea. Authors, just like you and I, are influenced by what we read. But again, I found that I was able to move past these lapses and enjoy the book at face valuable.

There were times, especially early on, that I would have considered rating 'Damon' 4 stars, which in Bex 'n' Books speak, means I really, truly enjoyed it and would most definitely recommend it. But in the end, I think that 'Damon' is most definitely worthy of 5 stars. Any book that can make me laugh out loud, cry - on more than one occasion - and make me both unbelievably cross and then later grinning like a Cheshire cat, surely has to mean that I loved it.

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