Friday, September 23, 2016

Bayou Shadow Protector by Debbie Herbert

Author                         Debbie Herbert 
Publication Date        1 September 2016
Genre                            Paranormal Romance 

Native American legends and the fairy world combine in a bayou filled with danger, deception and deadly secrets...

As a shadow hunter of ancient, evil spirits, Chulah Rivers is used to strange creatures and happenings in the bayou. But when April Meadows appears out of nowhere to enlist the Native American's help in a battle that threatens the balance of the Fae and human worlds, Chulah is plunged into a deadly battle--and confronted with an all-consuming desire for this mysterious stranger who knows far too much about his past...

This is the second book in the Bayou Magic series and can be read as a standalone. It's just as magical and enticing as the first book "Bayou Shadow Hunter". 

Chulah is the second in command of the shadow hunters. He is a man of "not many words" but little escapes his sharp supernatural senses. 

April is half human and half fae. She is not treated very well by the faes because of her human side. She feels isolated and has a sense of "not belonging". 

When the faes are threatened by an evil spirit who is on a quest to unleash the most evil of them all, April seeks the help of the shadow hunters. Chulah is trying to escape his recent troubles by taking a ride on his beloved Harley. Out of nowhere appears this beautiful young woman looking for a lift to her shop and apartment. Chulah is suspicious of strangers, more so since his tribe was betrayed. Not being one to leave a damsel in distress, he reluctantly offers assistance to April. He is intrigued by her looks and behaviour, especially as April knows more about him than she should. 

April reveals her true nature and her reasons for seeking the help of the shadow hunters. This creates some discord amongst the tribe that always stands by one another. The more they uncover about the intentions of this evil being, the more dangerous the situation becomes. They are all in danger. The shadow hunters, the faes and humans alike. Chulah starts to trust April who is besotted by him until she reveals her secret. A secret, she has been harbouring since she was sixteen and has a direct impact on what Chulah has endured. Can they continue to work together to defeat this evil being or will their already delicate relationship thwart their chances? 

This supernatural romantic novel has a nice flow with some very interesting cultural practices. I like Chulah's dedication to his family and to the purpose of the shadow hunters. April appears to be vulnerable but has the strength to put her life on the line for those dear to her. The characters from the previous book make some valuable contributions to this outstanding story. 

I certainly enjoyed reading yet another well written and well developed story by this author and would highly recommend.

Debbie Herbert writes paranormal romance novels reflecting her belief that love, like magic, casts its own spell of enchantment. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and gothic stories. 

Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Unlike the mermaid characters in Siren’s Secret, she loves cats and has two spoiled feline companions. When not working on her upcoming book, Siren’s Treasure, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and motorcycle riding with her husband. 

A past Maggie finalist in both Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she’s a member of the Georgia Romance Writers of America. Debbie has a degree in English (Berry College, GA) and a master’s in Library Studies (University of Alabama).