There is so much to love about this final book in Olivia Ryann’s Protect series. I think the thing I love the most about this series along with the Cherish series is the evolution of the Aetos brothers. Arsen, Damen, and Dryas are bad guys. Seriously. They kidnap the women they eventually fall in love with, and they want self-gratification through their bodies whether they have permission or not. In the real world, this would be ugly and horrible. However, in the world that Ryann has niched out in her dark romances, it works. Oh boy, does it work.
For one, the reader falls for the “bad guy.” Yes, there are times when Dryas can seem unreasonable in the series. However, by this book, Protect, Dryas’s priorities are finally straight: save Rue and her sister and live a better life. At the beginning of this book, he is still enthralled with taking down Father Derrik. However, he is doing it this time for Rue, not solely for his former love interest. The reader cheers for this change because he makes the choice to live in the present instead of his past.
We also get the three Aetos brothers together in this book, and Dryas has his reckoning with Arsen. In that moment, one of the biggest surprises of the book happens. I won’t tell you how this works out, but, if you read Arsen’s series, then you will want to read this book to find out. It is definitely worth it.
Rue and Dryas are EVERYTHING in this final book. Both have finally come into their own as characters. There is action upon action upon action for these two that you hope they make it out in the end. However, this keeps the reader reading, and we can feel the pull of the two, watching them fall deeper in love with each other. This is a trope that I love with dark romance.
Protect is the PERFECT ending to this series. Honestly, it is a toss up which series I love more. The story is fast-paced, engaging, sexy beyond all measure, and will make your heart sing at the end. If you love a good dark romance, then you really must read this series and this book.
In love and romance,