When Jade was kidnapped by a man with supernatural night vision, he kept referring to her as Kelsey. Worried what he might do if he found her, Jade combs the papers for any mention of where she might be, much to the displeasure of Logan, who only wants to keep her safe. But the kidnapper and his accomplice, who had been foiled in Outsider by Jade’s friends, are hot on Kelsey’s trail and it’s only a matter of time before they catch up with her and imprison her for good.
I was incredibly lucky to get an Advance Reading Copy of this book from Becca J. Campbell after reviewing her two previous books. I’ve blown through the entire series in record time because they are seriously so good.
This book focused less on the characters that had already been introduced and more on the villains and their prey, Kelsey. We don’t see the Schuyler family at all and are mostly focused on Jade and Logan, but the majority of the book deals with Kelsey’s problems at her job and the breakthroughs she makes with her art therapy students.
I felt like this book moved a little more slowly than the others, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Apart from the villains, whose segments seemed to pass quickly, there is so much focused on Kelsey that it almost seems like the book is in a different series. If it wasn’t for Ethan and Nicodemus to tie it in, it could be a different book altogether. That’s not to say it’s bad; I loved reading about Kelsey’s students and her attempts to pull off a fundraiser, but it didn’t have the same feel.
Just as in the other books, the action sped up once Ethan got his hands on Kelsey. Coincidentally, that’s also when Jade and Logan were pulled back into the story in a big way. The climax was seriously exciting and Jade’s newly discovered use of her flaw took it to a whole other level.
My only gripe, and it’s a tiny one, is that there was a subplot with Logan’s long-lost father that felt a little tacked-on. I would have loved to explore it a little more but with everything else going on I’m not sure where it would have gone. I was also a little uncertain about a bit with Violet, Logan’s ex, while he was on the way to help Jade but the epilogue picked up where it left off and promises a fourth book in the series. I am seriously excited about this!
I have one more book in my to-read pile, then I’m going to buy Pulled and Constricted, two short stories from the Flawed universe. I can’t get enough of these characters and their special flaws.
Protector goes on sale in January and I highly recommend you pick it up along with Empath and Outsider in the series.