When Bette Dautry comes to him, seeking his protection, Guardian Rollin Casteel suspects the mysterious beauty has an ulterior motive. Unable to resist her seductive charms, he soon hungers to mark her as his. Only Bette disappears before he can sink his teeth into her tender flesh, leaving Rollin with one mission: to find her—and to claim her. . . .

Bette seduces Rollin intent on conceiving his child, believing the mother-child bond to be the only kind of love she can sustain—the only kind of love that can keep her alive. But she never expects to feel so much for her strong and silent lover. Then she discovers Rollin is none other than the heir to the Balinese throne—a man too noble—too dear—to play a role in her dark scheme. A man she would willingly die for, if only he would set her free. . . .

Titles in The Cities Below series include:  In The Dark – Bound – Beneath the Night – Sheltered –

Title:  Sheltered
Series:  The Cities Below #4
Author:  Jen Colly
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  January 9, 2018
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Lyrical Press
My Rating:  3.5 stars

When I picked up Sheltered I somehow missed the important fact that this is a story deep within a series.  I’m a reader who enjoys, needs to start from the beginning to get all the world building, nuances and background – not everyone feels this way but I do.  So, having said that I did enjoy Sheltered for what it is, an engaging Paranormal Romance.  I liked Bette and Rollin, even if I didn’t understand them at times.  For a novel involving vampires there is little to  no action, no real danger that I could feel from this one.  There is implied, of course, but missing the beginnings of this series that fell short for me.

So, I’m going to do something I rarely do in a review.  I’m going to withhold my final judgement about this story until I can get caught up on the series – then I’ll revise this review when I understand things that I feel I should have known to get the full entertainment value of this story.

For now, I enjoyed Sheltered, even if I wasn’t thrilled with what I consider a cliffhanging ending.  Based on this story, I enjoyed Rollin and Bette, there are issues to be dealt with but I believed in their passion for each other.  Will I continue with this series?  I frankly do not know, that will depend on my reaction to the first story in this series, In The Dark which is now on my Kindle.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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