Book one of The Protectors is a paranormal romance debut novel that readers will not soon forget. In an inventive turn, Northcott chooses to focus on magic and demons instead of the typical, run-of-the-mill vampires and werewolves plot. The characters take an emotional roller-coaster ride throughout the book — but the excitement doesn’t stop there. Action and strong fantasy elements are just two of the ingredients that make this book an out-of-this-world read.
In the course of her duties of watching over the entire southeastern United States, mage council sheriff Valeria Banning gets caught up in the middle of some dark magic. And she couldn’t be more surprised when infamous renegade Griffin Dare comes to her rescue. Valeria is baffled by Griffin’s noble decision to save her, especially since he’s a man on the run. The duo has no choice but to fight together against the madness they encounter, uncovering trickery that may have been engineered by the council. But when the council discovers Griffin and Valeria have joined forces, they’ll do everything in their power to stop them. Now this odd couple must battle through the world of ghouls and curses — and try to keep love off their minds and out of their hearts. (FOREVER YOURS, Dec., 384 pp., $17.99)