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Reviewed by James Phillips for Readers' Favorite
Protector by Elaine Gonzales is a suspenseful romance about two characters with a secret. Veronica pretends to be young and successful, but she’s actually 89 years old. She is part of a secret society of Clans. At age 30, they stop aging. Like most members, Veronica is devoted and is willing to protect the Clan. She’d even sacrifice her own life to keep the Clan safe. Jude is not that devoted. A Clan member from Veronica’s past, Jude left the Clan years ago and has had little contact with members since. Until he and Veronica reunite. Their attraction is intense and overwhelms Veronica. She is interested in Jude and might even say she is falling in love with him. But that spells trouble, because she knows soon enough she will have to choose between him and the Clans. She can’t imagine losing Jude or not having the Clans in her life, but she knows the inevitable is coming. But what will she do about it is the real mystery.
I really enjoyed Protector. It is a fun, sizzling, and suspenseful novel with a lot of romance and mystery elements that readers will love. Yet, it is unique. The characters have a disease that stops them from aging, but they aren’t vampires which was refreshing. I appreciated Elaine Gonzales’s creativity in writing these unique characters. Veronica was especially deep and had a lot of back story that made her seem real. I think readers will connect with her on an emotional level, and that’s impressive writing!