Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Book Tour: Book Review: To Trust and Protect

 Title - To Trust and Protect
 Author - Christina Mattingly  
Series - Claimed Book 2
Genre - Dark Shifter Romance
Format -  eBook Review Copy
Published - May 1st 2023
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Owen is a wolf shifter who works as a deputy and paramedic in the small mountain town of Pinehurst. He wants to find the right mate to share his life with but is happy to take things slow.

Caitlin is hiding from her abusive ex-mate when she meets a guy who seems like he's too good to be true, but she's willing to try being in a relationship with someone who just wants to keep her safe and make her feel loved and valued.

What they don't know is the past Caitlin is working so hard to heal from isn't as far away as she thinks... and it's threatening to burn down the life Owen and Caitlin are building together.

Note from the author:

This book contains dark themes that may be disturbing to some readers, including stalking, assault, kidnapping, sociopathy, domestic partner violence, pregnancy loss, and abuse (mental, physical, emotional, sexual, and financial).

The consensual spicy elements of the book also contain MFM scenes, degradation, choking, and impact play.

Please be kind to yourself and be aware of your triggers.


I received an eBook copy in return for an honest review as part of the Book Tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. 

Caitlin has already left her past behind but even after being safe with her sister she can't let herself feel safe. She's knows he's out there and part of her is sure that he will eventually come for her as he always does. When she meets Owen he's nothing like the man she's running from can he keep her safe and show her what it means to be loved?

 Caitlin is my spirit character she loves books and baking it was instant connection for me. She went out an got a dog when she didn't feel safe that is totally something I would do. Her scone combos are on my to try list I'm actually going to make some this week because of her flavor combos. I just adore her even if she feels she's a little crazy and broken some of the best people are. Owen is just perfect for her he's everything she needs and wants in a mate sometimes she doesn't even realize she needs it. They have this sizzling chemistry in the bedroom that made me blush a bit. 

This is the second book in the claimed series it includes character from the first book and several new characters. I really enjoyed the first book but this one blew it away. I just loved the story for Caitlin and Owen it was rough, emotional and sweet as can be. It captured my heart right from the start with Caitlin's story it's just so traumatic but filled with hope and baked goods. I ended up finishing in just an afternoon. To Trust and Protect is an emotional read it had me in tears a few times but not all are bad. 

I truly enjoy the authors story telling she's telling stories that aren't my typical reads with so much pain but not always bad. I admit these pulled me out of my comfort zone but I liked that I was able to discover a new world. I love the shifter concept how they each have a wolf that they share a thought process. The internal conversations between them are perfect complements to the story. I'm hoping for more, I see a whole pack of singles who could use some happy ever afters. Can't wait to see what the author brings out next.

About the Author


Christina Mattingly enjoys spicy romance novels with strong characters and phenomenal world-building.

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