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 expected this to be like so many other paranormal books, and was so surprised. First off the main character is a man. Seventeen-year-old Daniel is one of a large group who protect their assigned humans from Nightmares. In another surprise, the Nightmares take the form of vicious creatures instead of the usual ghosts! Daniel is assigned to Kayla as her protector only to find that the number of Nightmares assaulting her far surpasses the normal number. Another twist from the normal, the 'special' one isn't the main character, but Kayla.
Besides the plot twists, what made this book stand out for me was the depth of the characters. They weren't flat stereotypes, but flesh and blood with real likes and dislikes. Daniel had a great voice and will be very attractive to female readers. He comes across as, well, male and as a strong person who is full of determination. Unlike so many other male leads, he wasn't interested to the point of blindness in Kayla, but still had time for his job and his friends. I especially appreciated that Daniel actually suffered and was injured, that made the action even more real.
The end keep up a fast pace and left me guessing. Characters stepped up. Other characters proved less than loyal. Without giving anything away, there were just a lot of well-written, believable action scenes.
My only gripe would be that Kayla cried too much. But as she wasn't the main character, that can totally be passed over.
I highly recommend Catch Me When I Fall for an entertaining read.
I received my copy for Curiosity Press for an honest review.
About The Author:
Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.
Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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