When I was asked to read and review The Protégé, I had no idea what the book was about, only that it was an adult romance. So let me tell you this book surprised me and there were things about it that I did not expect to turn out the way they did. During the initial few chapters, The Protégé seemed to have a Fifty Shades, Gabriel’s Inferno vibe to it. Now, hold on. Stop your ‘it’s all been so overdone and why can’t an author get original’ rant and eye rolls. Most of you loved those books and bookmarked your favorite chapters to reread. Here’s the thing, Kailin Gow did change it up and took it to a new vibe. I did not see it going in the direction that it did. And she left me wowed with the direction she moved the book into. I am not going to go into any detail because that would involve spoilers and I think you all need to read this to know what I’m talking about. Here’s what I will talk about…
Sebastian Sorenson is a man—not a boy, not a guy but a man. He is a distinguished composer and professor. He is sinfully gorgeous yet he is focused on his career. He is strong yet there is a sense of vulnerability to him.
Serena Singleton is focused on her musical education. She has given up things in order to leave a past and create a future. Never did she think that Sebastian would have such an impact and effect on her. She is independent and willful. She comes across as reserved. Together they will test new waters. Someone wants to stir these waters into bigger waves.
The characters in this book were well developed considering this is a shorter novel at 284 pages. Kailin Gow does an excellent job of reeling you in and then tossing you back. Throughout the story you have a nagging in the back of your mind. I was constantly trying to figure ‘what the deal’ was with certain characters. I kept thinking there is something up and when I thought I had figured it out, she pulled the carpet out from me and I sat there sayin’ WTF? Did that just happen?
This bodes the same for the plot. She keeps you guessing the whole time and never do you see what is coming. I think I must of reread the last couple of chapters at least 3 times because I didn’t believe the turn of events. I love that this is how the story played out. Absolutely brilliant! There were a couple little things in the initial chapters (description of both Serena and Sebastian’s apartments) that I thought repeated in a couple of chapters. I just remember thinking,, she already told me that. As I said though, minor.
Secondary characters were actually pivotal to this story and Gow did a great job of creating their story and creating characters that you could clearly picture in your mind.
By the time I got to the end of the book, I found that I was quite absorbed into the story. So much so, that the bit of a cliffhanger (even though I know the next book is just around the corner), had me wanting to throw my iPad but in a good way. 😉
Kailin Gow, you definitely had me questioning situations and characters and then left me with my jaw hanging. I loved that—to me it means the book has done its job. You have done your job as a good writer. Kailin Gow brought sensuality, sexiness, thrill, suspense and a certain sincerity to the characters and story. Can’t wait to see what is in store for the next book. There are definitely a couple of ways it could go. Eeeeeppp!!!!!! D 4/5