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Protector: Doms of Mountain Bend Book 1 Paperback – April 1, 2021
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Lisa never forgot the teenage boy who came to her rescue the first night in a new foster home, but she never imagines a nameless, faceless stalker will send her fleeing to his hometown for safety twenty years later. When it becomes obvious Shawn’s memory isn’t as acute as hers about that night, she keeps that fond memory to herself.
A threat against Lisa’s life forces the truth from her, but will Shawn’s protectiveness be enough to save her from a person so determined to see her dead? Shawn’s long ago vow to keep Lisa safe is put to the test as he works fast to make sure she hasn’t come into his life again just to be taken away by a madman.
DISCLAIMER: This steamy, contemporary Western romance contains elements of mystery, suspense, and power exchange. Please do not buy this book if any of these offend you.
- ASIN : B091GJF3LN
- Publisher : Independently published (April 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 222 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8731780513
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phoenix, Arizona: The story starts twenty years prior with three foster teenaged boys in a bad situation, knowing they need to escape their abusive situation. The night they are leaving, plans in place, Shawn will hear the terror in the new young girl placed in the home. He can’t just abandon her and instead will get her to safety. Now, fast forward to the present, the three are men, all raised in Idaho by a great older couple and running the ranch. Each man has a career and is still close friends.
Lisa Halldor is a haunted woman. Just when she works through the horrors of that one foster home and the memory of that man, now she is dealing with someone stalking her. When the events go from threatening messages to attacks, she knows she needs to get away. As a teacher, she will take a temporary assignment in Idaho and then decide what to do later. Coming face to face with a memory from her past in Idaho is unsettling—especially when he doesn’t seem to recognize her. A temporary stay at the town B&B with Jen and Drew gives her new friends.
“To be honest, there was something in your voice that prompted me to take that chance. Whatever you’re fleeing from back home, I hope you’ll find solace here. It’s a great community.”
The story will have Lisa visiting the local BDSM club called Spurs—after getting a recommendation from her Phoenix club. Seeing Deputy Sheriff Shawn McDuff again is unsettling. Trying to scene with Master Simon isn’t working, and when Master Shawn steps in, things change, and she can let go. The chemistry between these two cannot be denied, and Lisa tries to stay aloof, knowing she will be leaving, but Shawn doesn’t seem to let that stop him.
The story has the good, the bad, and the evil. Lisa has no idea who or why someone has targeted her and hopes that leaving Phoenix will end that terror. But now, it appears that he has found her, and his threats are more menacing than before. Trying to avoid being around Shawn and his ability to pick up on her emotions will keep her away—but that doesn’t work with him. Now, the truth must come out—she can no longer hide this a secret.
“However, with wakefulness came a return of guilt, and regret for the way her silence had inadvertently put him at risk. She’d never wanted to bring her troubles to his doorstep, but sometimes doing what you think is the right thing can return to bite you on the butt.”
“Actions, or nonactions, in this case, have earned you consequences, not rewards.”
The story will keep the pages turning as it unfolds, keeping you on the edge-of-your-seat with harrowing moments, life and death danger, and suspense. Secrets, regrets, greed, and selfishness are all players. It also has a slow-building relationship between Shawn and Lisa. What starts with mutual attraction and agreeing to scene together at Spurs, because more between these two. But with Lisa on a temporary assignment, dealing with a stalker, and the unknown for her future, what will become of them?
Oh, BTW, while the romance is sweet, the male lead character is partial owner of a BDSM club. There is overt sex with power exchange and if you are going to be offended, don't read this.
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No real potential triggers although there is reference to intended child abuse but it's stopped at an early stage. As a plot device I found it distasteful. There is quite a cavalier attitude towards foster care that I found unrealistic. I understand it's used to move the story along but it is something that wouldn't be viable in real life and that irritated.
The relationship is D/s based and I find that once again the author dives straight in with flogging and punishment without even discussing a limit list. It's one of the bugbears from the Miami Masters series and partly why I stopped reading the author.
The characterisation isn't the strongest, I couldn't find much empathy for any of them. They were formulaic with each of the foster 'brothers' slotting into recognisable personality types.
There are plenty of sex scenes and some swearing, be aware that the genre is D/s so if you don't like the genre don't buy the book.
There are quite a few errors, the most irritating being one instance of part of a paragraph repeating itself. These are basic errors and should have been picked up before publishing.
The plotline is actually engaging and could have been so much better if it had been smoother and not punctuated by a sex scene every time something happened.
I purchased the first book in the series to see if it would draw me in, but I won't be continuing the series.
The sexy hero who's a deputy sheriff ( I have a definite thing for BJ's law enforcement officers).
A sad beginning with a happy end and entertaining middle. Would I recommend this book? Oh yes !
A definite feet up and forget the world afternoon .