Olivia Ryann’s Punish is the second book of her new Protect series. This series follows one of the Aetos brothers, Dryas. In her first series, the Cherish series, we read the story of Dryas’s brother, Arsen. At the end of that series, Dryas plays heavily into its end. With the Protect series, we see some of the “fall-out” from his actions. Even more, Dryas is contriving to problematize the life of a new character, Father Derrick.
With the first book, Provoke, (you can read my review of that book here), we are provided some background into the other characters of this new series besides Dryas, namely the main h Rue. With Punish, the story continues. Dryas has kidnapped Rue with the intent to make her fall in love with him. He wants to take from Father Derrick as a way to punish him for a past transgression. He takes Rue to a castle in France to isolate and enact his plan. Their relationship progresses during their isolation. This book, like the second book of Ryann’s Cherish series, ends on a cliffhanger.
I have to admit, given Dryas’s actions in the final book of the Cherish series and his actions in the first book of this series, that I thought he would be a monster. However, in contrast to his brother Arsen, he’s relatively tame. To me, Arsen truly embodied Katherine/Fiore’s nickname for him, Monster. We know Dryas has sociopathic tendencies, illustrated in other books. However, there is a sensitivity to him. Yes, there are times when he is cruel. Yet, he is careful with Rue in ways that were unexpected. When the book ended, I wasn’t disappointed by his actions towards Rue. Instead, I was disappointed that I could not watch their romance progress further.
As far as the h for this book, Rue is tame. She is a perfect foil to Dryas’s character as she is untainted by life given her life in the convent, but she does not struggle against Dryas as much as her h counterpart, Fiore, in the Cherish series. The cliffhanger of this book will bring more insight into her character in the next book. I’m holding my opinion about her until we find out more details about her in the next book, Possess. I want to see her become more fiery, which I think we’ll see as her truth is revealed in the next two books.
Dryas and Rue together breed fire. They are $exy together, and I suspect they will change each other in ways that Dryas’s brothers, Arsen and Damen, have changed by the heroines of their stories. Redemption is coming…I think.
In love and romance,