Turquoise Guardian (Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder #1) by Jenna Kernan

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Her Warrior Protector

Carter Bear Den is a proud Apache of the Turquoise Canyon Reservation. The former US Marine is a member of the Turquoise Guardians working to protect his people and their land. When he discovers a grisly mass shooting at the Lilac Copper Mine, Carter’s one thought is to find Amber Kitcheyan.

After breaking her engagement to Carter and relinquishing her membership with the reservation, Amber found work at the mine. Now she is the sole survivor of the shooting at best a witness, at worst a suspect. But Carter swears to protect the only woman he has ever loved, even if it means losing everything else.

Turquoise Guardian (Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder #1) by Jenna Kernan

How lovely to read a Harlequin book with a title that doesn’t involve words like Shame or Virgin or Daddy!

The concept for this series is interesting, as it involves Native Americans and brings their culture to the forefront of the story. I’m going to have to guess that the author has done her research, because she gets down to detail, and it seems she really knows what she’s talking about.

It was a strange thing to be drawn to a book because the blurb mentions a mass shooting, but at the same time I’m happy to see more real-world issues appearing in romantic suspense.

These Intrigue line books are short, and so the suspense keeps going from start to finish; the characters are constantly on the run. It was a good idea to make this a reunion romance, because people meeting from scratch would not have been believable. Of course, it’s tricky to fit romance into a story like this, but there weren’t too many spots it seemed odd to me.

Obviously it’s the terminology that is used in this society, but I found it really weird the way all white people were constantly referred to as “Anglos”. Not all white people are Anglo-Saxon. It’s like calling everyone in Asia “Indian”! I’ve never heard that term used that way before.

As with most of these super-short category books, I think this one could easily have been fleshed out into a longer story, but then it’s a tough job in itself to fit such a complete story into such a short timeframe, and I think the author did it.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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