Mikaela Laughlin is a librarian and a
mystery writer who needs to do some research for her next
book at a crime lab. Through connections she gets an
appointment to tour the crime lab with Lieutenant Diarmid
Redwolf. Mikaela has lusted over this man since she first
saw him and now she will not only meet him but also get to
spend time picking his brain. She can’t wait to have time
with “Delicious Diarmid.”
Diarmid Redwolf agreed to meet with
Mikaela but he is taken by surprise in several ways upon
meeting her. First off, Mikaela has done her research and
actually knows what she is asking about. Secondly, she is
very observant and has helped him on a case within the first
couple of hours of meeting each other. Lastly, she is his
mate and he is fighting like mad not to forget all about the
show and tell at the office and go straight into show and
tell in the bedroom. Diarmid is an alpha shapeshifter and
he never expected to meet his True Mate.
Thing go crazy when Mikaela and Diarmid
meet and instant lust appears. That is the easy part.
Trying to figure out how Mikaela came to be his True Mate
leads both of them to learn new things about each other.
Dealing with their jobs, mating and merging families would
be enough for anyone but there is one more thing that has to
be handled before any future can be imagined. A serial
killer that Diarmid has been after for years is back on the
scene and he now has his sights on Mikaela.
Take one mystery writer with a crush
and one hot detective with super senses and what do you
have? Mikaela and Diarmid in Protect and Defend
send the lust-to-passion-to-love meter over the top.
Mikaela snaps at the chance to interview her favorite crime
lab lieutenant. Diarmid agrees to the interview thinking
it's just for a fluffy news article. Both are surprised at
the instant passion that hits as soon as they meet eyes. At
first, it was the humor-filled lust that caught my attention
but that quickly moved into the mystery on just why Mikaela
and Diarmid were mates. By the end of the book there were
several things that had kept my attention and had me reading
as fast as possible. I fell for both Mikaela and Diarmid
because they faced everything—a criminal, mating and
family—in a forthright manner that had a melody of humor
running through it. Protect and Defend had
not only a great plot but also lovable characters. A must
read whether you are interested in suspense, paranormal or
just great romance.
I hope that Ms. Hawley will do further books for several of
the secondary characters. I would love to spend some more
time in her world.