Protecting Shaylee (The Fae Guard #1)
by Elle Christensen
As a child, I believed in the fairytales my father told me.
Until he was gone and with him, that belief.
As a girl, I believed in the friendship and protection of Aden.
He made me begin to believe again.
As a woman, I believed in the possibility of love and passion between myself and Aden.
Until he was gone and with him, my belief in magic and happy endings.
When she was a child, I was tasked with her protection.
As a girl, I became her friend.
As a woman, I could no longer see the child I knew and was forced to fight a growing attraction.
Unable to lie and unable to tell the truth, I left.
Now I’ve returned to give the knowledge I couldn’t before, that she is half Fae.
The darkness is stalking her and I am desperate to teach her what she needs to know to protect herself.
And determined to make her mine.
“My mark?” It dawns on me then that I forgot to explain about our mark. “I can’t believe I forgot.”
I glance back and see her furrowed brow, as she continues to trace the stained skin of my neck.
I laugh at the skepticism in her tone. “Seems cliché, huh?” She raises a single eyebrow, waiting for me to expound upon my question.
“Where do you think the folklore came from, babe? Haven’t you wondered why you haven’t seen anyone here with wings?”
Her eyebrow descends and a sheepish look crosses her features. She shrugs, “I guess it crossed my mind once or twice, but I haven’t really thought about it.” She gives me a lopsided grin, the embarrassment in her eyes growing. “I guess I thought—um,” She stop and clears her throat, avoiding eye contact. Then she lets out a long sigh of acceptance. “I thought maybe I had to earn them.”
I try. I really, really try to hold back my laughter but it explodes out in a howl of mirth. Shaylee’s face turns bright red and her lips turn down into an annoyed pout. I get control of myself, and caress the side of her face, “You’re so damn cute.”
I went into Protecting Shaylee with high hopes, and while I liked it, in the end I was really wishing for more. I'm a huge fan of paranormal romance and since fae-based books are so few and far between I usually jump on them any chance I get... That being said, I felt like even though they're in the fairy world, everything was just too normal for me to really connect with it on a paranormal level. I guess I'm like Shaylee and expect the fae world to feel more like a fairytale.
Shaylee grew up listening to her father tell her fairytales but when her father died, her belief in fairytales died with him. It isn't until her 21st birthday when Aden shows back up in her life and tells her that she's half fae that she realizes that her dad told her all of those fairytales for a reason.
Aden walked away from Shaylee years ago and hadn't planned to ever see her again... Until he finds out she's his fated mate and is sent back to protect her from the darkness that is stalking her. As soon as he returns, he's quick to whisk her away to Rien where he can help her come into her powers.
I loved that Shaylee wasn't one of those TSTL heroines that fights the hero even though she knows she's in danger... As soon as Aden says they need to go, she follows. I also really enjoyed the fact that she gave in to her fae half rather quickly and was excited to learn how to control her powers.
Aden... I'm not really sure how I felt about him. Did I love his alpha tendencies? Absolutely! His protectiveness and possessiveness towards Shaylee was definitely swoonworthy... But I think my issue with him stems from the fact that he disappeared on her years ago, breaking her heart, and had no plans to go back for her until he found out she was his fated mate. That made all of his actions a little less believable for me, I suppose.
The suspense involving the darkness that was following Shaylee definitely made for an interesting read and that's what really made it enjoyable for me. I really would have liked more background info on the fae but since this is the first book in the series I'm guessing we'll get more details in other books.
I'm a lover of all things books, I've been an obsessive reader since I learned how to spell! I've been writing novels and short stories since I was twelve, but they say to write the genre you love the most, so as an adult, I fell easily into writing romance. My husband is my biggest supporter and he's a great sport when it comes to fighting the people in my imagination for my attention. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them!
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Protecting Shaylee in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.