Lauren Dane is a master of female friendships and nuanced small-town romances. When she merges the rural, Southern charm of a small-town with fiery witches and the werewolves who love them in Protected she hits all the right notes to captivate both paranormal and small-town romance fans.
Also, it’s hot.
Protected is the second Diablo Lake novel, which is home to all types of supernatural creatures. The primary forces in the series are rival werewolf packs (Dooley and Pembry) and the witches who try to keep the peace. While the first novel Moonstruck, the plot centered around Katie Faith, who had been engaged to a Pembry wolf long ago (bad memories, y’all) and ended up falling for, and marrying, a Dooley wolf. While Katie Faith was in the middle of the wolves wanting to claim the one they saw as theirs, in Protected Aimee is more focused on keeping the peace in the community and stopping the in-fighting than having rival wolves trying to throw down over which side she picks.