Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Guarding His Mark
Author: S.A. Welsh
Series: Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. #3
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 203 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Beware the bite of a king.
Khan is a king cobra shifter with a serious mistrust of anyone outside his brothers at Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. and has good reason for it after he was subjected to the whims and experiments of a mad scientist as a teenager. Since becoming part of a real family, he’s thrived in his job as a close-protection specialist.
One night he meets a pretty human who interests him on a level he hasn’t experienced before, but old fears and revelations force him to put distance between them. Unable to stay away, Khan creates the persona of a courier to deliver the venom Casey needs to see exactly what the human will do.
Dr. Casey Jameson is working toward a deadline. He needs snake shifter venom to continue his research and create a cure to save someone he loves. When he goes in search of a donor, he meets Khan, but he’s confronted with the irresistible, roughness of Khan and he ends up taking the shifter home for the night. However, when Khan finds out who and what he is, Khan leaves him high and dry.
The appearance of Roan, a courier, in his life is perfect timing, but Casey may get more than he bargains for and will soon have to think carefully about who he can trust if he wants to live long enough to complete his work.
When an old lover and boss becomes a real threat to Casey’s safety, Khan must come clean and keep Casey safe before they both lose something precious.
Review: This is book 3 in the Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. series, but they can all be read alone. However, if you start with book one, the “brotherhood” and the other secondary characters are developed more clearly and it adds to the richness of the story.
Kahn, a not-ironically-named Cobra shifter, is one of the “brothers” who work in the Shifter Protection company together. He isn’t looking for a mate and in fact doesn’t really want one, but he sees his brothers with their mates and he can’t help but be a little jealous. In this world, shifters are known to humans and are not “secret”.
Casey is a hot, geeky, genius who is only trying to get an answer and a cure for his niece, picking up a hook-up isn’t on his radar. His last ex is still causing troubles and he definitely doesn’t want a relationship right now.
These guys hook up right away and it’s HOT – they have great chemistry together. The story/mystery is intriguing right from the start and the action keeps the story moving quickly.
I love that the author uses partial shifts and mannerisms in her shifters. Kahn has abilities (and hindrances) unique to being a snake and it comes out in his human form as well. (She somehow made a snake tongue sexy!)
Mating is a bit different in this world in that there are potentially more than one “mate” a shifter can find but once mated there is no going back. I liked that it was a more “realistic” take on mating, but still holds that romantic “forever” vibe.
Casey and Kahn/Roan go back and forth several times in their “relationship” because of all the lies and secrets. This got a bit tedious – I wanted them to figure this stuff out and move on – but that was the only thing that bothered me with this story.
The secondary characters are just as unique as Kahn, and even the humans and the evil villain are interesting.
If you like action and adventure – guns, fires, fights, helicopters – this is right up your alley! The romance was sweet, the sexy times were hot and the HEA was awesome.
I’m a big fan of this author and this series and highly recommend both.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*