Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blog Tour: The Protectors: Damon and Jared (Books 1&2) by Teresa Gabelman

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Teresa Gabelman - headshotTeresa lives in Bethel, Ohio with her husband, son, two dogs and her son's snake, Steve Irwin. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan and follows her husbands MMA fight team, G-Force, which her son fights for. When not writing she is either screaming like a crazy woman at MMA fights or reading in some quiet corner with her Kindle. She loves books that are fast reads filled with romance, humor, sexy alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.

The Protector Series
Duncan (The Protectors Series) Book #3
Sid (The Protectors Series) Book #4

Teresa Gabelman -Damon Coversynopsis

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.


Damon #1

“I still think you are taking grave risks that you are ill equipped to take, human,” Damon scowled, his voice a low deep rumble of authority.

“Yeah, well, it wasn’t you who put that child in the hands of a monster, vamp,” Nicole shot back. If he thought to scare her with the big bad vampire warrior thing he had going on, he was sadly mistaken. Backing down wasn't an option when it came to her job.

“Ah....okay,” Duncan stepped in not liking where this was heading. “Everybody partner up.”

Mitch glared a warning at Nicole, who just shrugged and mouthed, “He started it.” Taking a quick peek at the warrior, she noticed his smug grin. Oh yeah, this was going to be a problem.

Damon #2

Damon stopped in the middle of the mat and turned toward her, “Lay down and spread your legs.”

Nicole stopped suddenly, her eyes shooting from his ass to his face. “Ah, most guys buy me a drink first.” At his raised eyebrow, Nicole snorted, “Okay. Sorry. Just a joke. You know you can probably buy a sense of humor on Craigslist.”

“There’s nothing wrong with my sense of humor.” Once she was on the ground, he knelt between her legs. “I just didn't find that funny.”

Nicole rolled her eyes then gasped when he grabbed both her wrists and held them above her head with one hand. “Hey!”



Teresa Gabelman - Jared Coversynopsis

The VC Warriors are an elite group of vampire who protect innocents, whether human or those of their own race. Jared Kincaid, along with other Warriors, are shocked when a fiery red head with a gun and attitude, bring news of young teens being turned into an army of half-breed vampires capable of taking out all VC Warriors.

Breaking into the famed VC Warriors compound was definitely not the smartest thing Tessa Pride has ever done, but she will do anything for her brother, Adam. The Warriors held the one person she knew was responsible for her brother being turned into a half-breed and nothing will stop her from getting what she needs to help her brother, not even a Warrior whose eyes could make her melt with one look.

Jared and Tessa join forces in a desperate scramble to find who is responsible. With a war between Warriors and half-breeds brewing, suspicions of traitors in their midst put the lives of everyone involved on the line


Jared #1

“You’re making a big mistake.” Jared tried one last time to stop these two before they got in more trouble than they were already in.

The woman hesitated before slowly backing out of the room, “Trusting a blood sucking vampire would be the mistake.”

“I’ll be seeing you…,” Jared leaned toward her as far as he could, “very soon.” Anticipation in the form of a smile tipped his lips when she ran out the door, leaving the scent of honeysuckle in her wake.

Jared #2

“Ah, no way. I’m driving,” Tessa shook her head. “This is my boss’s car and if anything happens to it, it’s my ass…literally.”

“Give me the keys, Tessa,” his tone was as firm as his glare.

“No.” Backing away, Tessa stuck them in her front pocket with a smirk, “I drive or you walk.”

Jared grabbed her so fast, sticking his hand in her front pocket fishing out the keys, that Tessa didn’t have time to react. He dangled the keys in front of her, “Who’s walking?”



My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

ANOTHER human-vampire romance? Yet, upon reading the blurbs for these two books of The Protectors, I was intrigued. There were some of the same threads from other series - and I've read/seen quite a lot - but a few twists that Teresa Gabelman added to make it her own.

These stories could be of just humans as well. Children being abused and used as drug mules? People finding loopholes in Social Service Systems to make money through child trafficking? Social workers as heroes? A drug war within the ranks? Supposedly heartless people with hearts? Bloodsucker tales don't have to be slightly mussed carbon copies of older ones to be interesting.

I most especially like the dynamics between the Protectors and their mates. Alpha men they may be (they're Warriors, with a capital W, duh!) but their women run circles around them without breaking a sweat. Considering that these females were abused at one time in their lives makes them powerful and perfect foils to these larger-than-life supernatural soldiers.

Of the two heroines, my favorite has to be Nicole. Absolutely fearless, wisecracking, and smart, she's also not afraid to acknowledge when she's wrong or to ask for help. No better person to show Tessa the way to deal with her overbearing yet sweet Jared.

But I like Jared better than Damon. Damon is consistently single minded, and shows exactly how much of a heartless warrior he is especially when it comes to defending his Nicole. I'd picture him as Conan the Barbarian (the bloodier Arnie Schwarzenneger version) in vampire mode. But Jared, while being extremely clueless at times, is more emotionally in touch with himself. He also owns up to making mistakes, whether at work or with his relationship with Tessa.

Unexpected twists make these books a treat. Villains pop out of the woodwork, and while they've been staring you in the face since the beginning, the paths they take are so convoluted it would be tough to guess which one comes out on what side in the end. Ms Gabelman has that unusual talent for creating the unpredictable.

My only reason for not giving this 5 (or even 4.5) stars? Editing. I was badly distracted by punctuation marks in the weirdest places or the lack of them altogether. The misspelling of some homonyms put me off, too. And there was a lack of symmetry and continuity in some scenes that left me wondering, "How the heck did that happen?!?!" BUT, these were mistakes that could have easily been taken care of, if the editor had more carefully gone over the book.

As it is, The Protectors was extremely well crafted by Teresa Gabelman. I love her fast-paced, fun, and compelling way of writing (Yes, I can totally say that despite my earlier comment. Writing and editing are two entirely different things.) which drew me into her world and made me see the characters as alive - living vampires, now there's her magic - and seamlessly interacting with each other and their own reality. It was tough for me to put my tablet down to sleep. Then there's something else I don't usually comment on: the cover art is really, really good! Complaints aside, I now must finish this series and see how the other two Protectors, Duncan and Sid, become mates!


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