Renegade by Nancy Northcott
Grand Central Publishing (Nov. 6, 2012)
Favorite Lines: “She was set to meet him, but by hell’s bells, he’d teach her not to boss him around. He’d saved her stubborn life. She should be on her knees, thanking him. Stripping for him. Spreading for him. He’d make her beg once he’d wiped that pained look off– Pained?” (p. 118, e-galley)
SHE FOLLOWS THE RULES
As the Collegium council’s top sheriff of the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn’t just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious traitor wanted by the authorities suddenly risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why.
HE BREAKS EVERY ONE OF THEM
As a mage, Griffin is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, they’re both left running for their lives-from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible Collegium mole.
Looking for a book filled with magic? I was too, that’s why I picked up an e-galley copy of Renegade. It appears that it is the first book in Nancy Northcott’s Protector series and will be followed in May 2013 with a book called Guardian.
Renegade is a book about betrayal, redemption and love. Its characters avoid instant love in favor of a lust that builds to a fever pitch and overflows into love. Both main characters (Valeria and Griffin) are targets in an elaborate scheme that would see them dead so evil can prevail. This means the story is constantly moving as attack after attack occur while Val and Griffin explore their feelings for one another.
Mages and ghouls, and to a lesser degree, demons are the paranormal creatures who make appearances in Renegade. We quickly get to know which are good and how dangerous each can be. I can’t say that the mastermind evil doer was a surprise, but the reasoning for the crimes committed was interesting.
Even though Renegade started with a bang I had a hard time getting into it. I think it’s because sometimes I want to read about specific things: vampires, shifters, surprise pregnancy, alpha aliens or stalkers. When I started reading Renegade I was on an alien romance kick. It took a while, but when I finally immersed myself in the magical world of Val and Griffin I liked it just fine. I wasn’t thrilled, but had I read it at another time I might have felt differently.