The Witch's Protector

Doris O'Connor
The Witch's Protector
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Siren Bookstrand
Release Date
January 2016
Book 2 of The Protectors
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, shape-shifters, witches, werewolves, consensual BDSM, sex toys, HEA]

They're the men mothers warn their daughters to stay away from.

In 1957 the tiny village of Middle Brook is caught between two warring MCs, the Mongrels and the Lupines. As a fledgling Guardian witch, not yet in full control of her immense powers, Joanne Lilley knows to stay away. When she witnesses the Mongrels leader being run off the road, the instant connection she feels to the wolf shifter changes everything. Is he the one destined to awaken her?

Henry Hastings is the Alpha of his pack and the village's Protector. He's a man with a vision—all shifters will unite against the evil that haunts Cumbria at night—something the Lupines vehemently oppose. Finding his mate is a young and innocent witch wasn't part of that vision, but the fates have decided.

Being with him places Joanne in danger, as her awakened powers are sought by his enemies.

When disaster strikes, Henry is faced with an impossible choice…

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jun 28, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
246 people found the following review helpful
A Guardian Witch has to find her protector in order to get control over her powers and reach her full potential. In Joanne's case, her protector turns out to be one of the bad boys that mothers warn their daughters to avoid. Henry has some kinks and expects his little red to agree to his terms. In return, he will be her protector and love her for a lifetime.

The story opens in the present time with Joanne telling the tale of her meeting Henry (an alpha wolf-shifter and Protector) back in the 1950's on All Hallows Eve to her family and friends. It is an annual tradition to share the story. So, the story goes...

Joanne would provide medical care to the community. The community was facing a lot of issues with two warring Motorcycle clubs. On her way home one day, she witnesses the leader of the Mongrel's, Henry, get attacked and rushes to his rescue. He immediately knows she is his and wants to welcome her to his world. Henry feels she is innocent and will have to adjust to his ways but Joanne is ready for him and for her powers. She is brought into his world of pleasure and love. There is an acceptance for all who wish to join them in the fight against evil.

This is my first time reading a book by this author.

I do really like the storyline and the introduction of the characters. You jump right into the action and there are no slow points in the story. The characters' dialogue is fun and sexy and very revealing of their natures. You can definitely feel the connection that Joanne and Henry feel for each other.

Joanne is written as a strong woman who is not afraid of being submissive with her lover. As the story takes place in the late 1950's, Henry has to be creative in making his own tools for their enjoyment. She does jump in quicker than I (or Henry) expects. I would not have thought she would have much knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle, as Joanne says she was raised by a puritanical guardian who was very uncomfortable with even the slightest bit of revealing clothing. I suspect their connection helps overcome any concerns she has about embracing this dramatic change.

I am still a little ambivalent about the foreshadowing of what is to come at the opening of the book. It made me more sad and reflective than I would have been without the knowledge of what is to come fifty years in the future. I tend to like surprises.

This book is a great read for those who like erotic stories with a paranormal element. The dialogue is fun and sexy and the characters are written in an approachable way so that you feel a connection right away. The BDSM is part of a loving relationship. I am not a huge reader of BDSM stories. When I do read those stories, I prefer ones that are within a relationship and not just part of a hookup. I like to read about pleasure rather than pain and the desire to connect rather than just to dominate others.

I would love to read more of the stories about this group of friends and family. I feel like I am part of the group now, too.
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