ARC Reviews


Protective Hearts by D.S.Williams. My A.R.C. review.

After being kidnapped by the Chicago Heart Ripper, Finn is his only surviving victim. Rescued by her brother , Finn suffers heartache in the aftermath as she struggles to come to terms with what happened and battles the amnesia that prevents her from identifying the serial killer. Caleb is determined to protect Finn out of respect and a sense of duty towards his fiend´s younger sister. he suspects there is more to the prolific serial killer than meets the eye, and one question haunts him; why was Finn kept and not killed. It´s a race against time to retrieve Finn´s memories , keep her out of the ripper´s clutches , and discover the secrets of his identity. What Finn doesn´t realise is that Caleb and his family are hiding secrets of their own, some of which Finn may not be able to accept.

 I was lucky enough to receive an A.R.C. of this but that doesn't colour my review in any way.
Oh wow, this book is so different from anything I have read before. 
Our heroine Finn has been rescued from the clutches of a vicious serial killer, at the expense of her brother's life. The Chicago Heart Ripper has killed many prostitutes,  but Finn is not his usual target. Add to that he kept her far longer than his other victims.  Finn has P.T.S.D. and can't remember anything about what the man looked like. Everything happened in total darkness.  She is physically and mentally wounded. Her friends have gathered round and decide to hide her away to make sure the killer will never find her again. 
Caleb has known Finn and her brother for years, and has always treated Finn as a little sister. Her friends leave her in a hideaway with a wolf as protection.  Finn has a very traumatic time ahead of her. Her belief in her own sanity will be pushed to it's limit.
I loved this book. The heroine is faced with so much it's a testament to her strength that she is not a gibbering wreck. Caleb and Rafe are such typical Alpha males . Doing their best to protect but constantly pissing her off. They are werewolves and are used to sharing everything, even their thoughts. The killer has been robbed of his prey, and will not rest until he gets her back.
This book is loaded with sexual tension, but no sex scenes. There are some very uncomfortable memories.  The emotion of all the characters is the strongest part of the story.  You can really relate to Finn trying to understand everything and everyone around her, and trying to recover from her ordeal. With the killings still happening Finn wants to help identify the killer.
I want to read much more about all the characters in this story.  I think I see a potential relationship building between two of the secondary characters.
This is also a lovely long book, well worth buying.

AMAZON:Protective Hearts

Wife and mother to four demanding teenagers, D.S.Williams started writing at the age of five. When life was simpler and her stories really didn¨t have to make much sense.When you´re five happily ever after always ended the story and how you got there didn´t matter so much. Older and wiser ,D.S.Williams has continued to write..and write....and write. With the support of her husband and friends, she has finally come to the conclusion that she can´t keep hiding from the world foreverand should try sharing the numerous novels which have been written over the last 40+ years.D.S.Williams enjoys writing ( obviously), reading ( voraciously) and making lists ( obsessively) . She shares her life with her husband of twenty six years , the gang of four and the current furry resident Tuppence. 

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous23/3/15

    Thank you so much for the wonderful post about Protective Hearts, I appreciate it very much :)


I hope you all enjoy the books I post about here.