Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Protective Instincts
Author: S.J. Frost
Series: Instincts #6
Heroes: Daniel Valente/Ryunosuke Kimura
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 115 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura knew each other for centuries, and when Daniel saw the love Ryu had for him and how it had endured for lifetimes, their lives became forever entwined. In recognizing that love, the two vampires became eternal partners, those with a bond deep and unbreakable.
They’re living in peace and happiness, until a call comes inviting Ryunosuke to interview for the Tribunal, the ruling body of vampire society. Both Daniel and Ryu know everything is about to change. Danger will come with the position and the greatest threat may be from one of the Tribunal members. Daniel and Ryunosuke’s protective instincts are strong, their love even stronger, but when old grudges demand retribution, will those instincts be enough to keep each other safe?
Review: I’ve been a fan of the Instincts series since the beginning and always get a happy little flutter in my heart whenever I learn there is another installment in the works. This story was no different (even though a big part of me wanted another Titus and Andreas update) because Daniel is just simply amazing. Ryu is great too, but Daniel, to me, is what makes them incredible.
Ryu has a history that most ridiculed, and without the backing of Titus, would have probably died many times over or became a recluse. Daniel was the recluse, but now he is bigger, better, faster, stronger…and finally the rest of the guys see that too. It was an amazing transformation considering how Daniel was portrayed at the beginning. I completely understand why SJ Frost gave these guys another book, they definitely had more to their story that needed to be told. Ryu grew on me, mainly because he is equally scary and sexy…and that’s a great combination.
It’s always nice to reconnect with the men from the previous books, and we get a healthy dose of Andreas and Titus. Troy was one of my favorites so I would have liked to see how he’s coming along, but I was very happy with what I got.
What I really wanted though was some of the naysayers on the tribunal to get their comeuppance. It seems that they got away with too much, even though Titus always gives them tit for tat in a no nonsense and crude way…which I loved. So I finished this story with a smile on my face, knowing that for now all the guys are in a happy place…but if someone else has more to their story, I am all ears and ready to keep on reading.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*