"Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.
Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.
A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality."
I received this book from NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for review.
After reading the summary I was immediately interested in reading this book. It sounded so different from anything I have ever read, and it was.
The characters were wonderful, and I actually liked Kayla more than I do most characters that fill that role in these YA paranormal romance books. She was likable, and I liked how she didn't instantly feel 100% confident in what was going on. She wanted to learn how to defend herself, but at the same time she knew that she still would need help.
Daniel was a very likable and well-written character. Not many books written by women tell the story though a guy's eyes, and do it well. This had both. Daniel was realistic and now one of my favorite male protagonists.
The other characters were also great and even though there kind of were a lot, the book didn't get bogged down with a cast of unnecessary characters. Each character was different from the last and they all played some kind of important part in the story.
The story was fast paced with only one very short slow patch, the fighting scenes were a little strange but that can happen when fight scenes are written in first person. The romance didn't really feel like one of those "insta-love" stories either, even though they did fall for each other pretty quickly, they weren't professing their love with in 5 minutes of meeting each other.
I am really grateful for getting a chance to read this book, and I am really excited to read the next one with it comes out.