Protecting His Witch – Zoe Forward [ARC Review] 2014, paranormal romance

Protecting His Witch – Zoe Forward [ARC Review] 2014, paranormal romanceAuthor: Zoe Forward
Title: Protecting His Witch
Series: Keepers of the Veil #1
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 252
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...
The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch...
Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn't a clue that she's a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there's the whole "dimension-hopping" issue that she can't quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan―the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.
And there's the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.
May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn't forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat's unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas―like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he's turned his back on his druidic ways, he's still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell...
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to sexual content.

*I received a free copy of this book from a book promoter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

PROTECTING HIS WITCH is the first book in the Keepers of the Veil series by Zoe Forward.


Protecting His Witch was a fast-paced, entertaining story with a well-developed mythology. I liked most everything about this book. First, the author is very skilled. She knows how to keep the story moving through parts that would normally slow a story down. For example, if she needed to bring up something that happened in the past, it was quick and concise. There weren’t any long passages of internal monologue or backstory.

I also liked that she allowed the characters to be angry and/or uncertain about being forced into a relationship.  Even though they were destined to be together, it wasn’t insta-love. Matt needed to accept his role before he could acknowledge how he felt for Kat. Plus, he didn’t like that he was being forced into something long-term.

It wasn’t the same for Kat because she wasn’t aware that they had been chosen for one another. She didn’t have the anger that Matt had. Instead, she fell in love because of who he was, not because she was destined to be him.

Every paranormal romance book has a smoking hot male lead. Protecting His Witch was no different. The difference was, though, that I actually paid attention in this one. Matt Ryan grabbed my interest. I’m not sure why that is; I guess the author just wrote him really well.

On the downside, there wasn’t much in the way of setting details. They may have been sacrificed for the sake of the pacing.

Kat is likable enough. I thought she could have been a little tougher and self-reliant. I would have liked to have seen her figure more out on her own and defend herself better. Otherwise, I had no complaints about her.

As a whole, I thought Protecting His Witch was a great book. When I looked it up on Amazon and saw that it is selling for only 99 cents, I thought it is worth more than that.

If you like hot paranormal romance that involves destined mates, witches, and druids, you should give Protecting His Witch a try.




About Zoe Forward

Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.

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