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Protection for Hire: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Camy Tang
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you like Camy's books, check out SEALED WITH A KISS - a collection of 4 novellas in one -

Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But there's a problem or two ... or three .... There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch. Factor in both Tessa's and Charles's families and you've got some wild dynamics---and an action-packed, romantic read as Tessa and Charles discover the reality of being made new in Christ.

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About the Author

Camy Tang grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. She won the Carol Book of the Year award with her novel Sushi for One? Follow Camy online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1662 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031032033X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic, Action Packed Novel!!! December 31, 2011
By Megan
Protection for Hire is a romantic, action packed novel, that even has a slight mystery to it. I loved reading this book, it was enjoyable to the last page! I hated when I had to put this book down and was quick to hurry back to it. The story had many twists, which made it all the more enjoyable, because I was never sure who was behind it all.

When Tessa chose to take the blame for a murder she had nothing to do with, she went to prison for the maximum amount of time. This however was a blessing in disguise, because while in prison she accepted Jesus as her Savior and this turned her life around. She wants to get out of the family business and live her life right. Now she only has to find a job...with a criminal record and a reputation that strikes fear in most people, that shouldn't be too hard, right?

Protection for Hire is a great read. I LOVED it and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book.

***I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Supense with a kick of Wasabi December 18, 2011
Camy Tang must have taken a cue from her days working in a biology testig lab when she came up with the formula for "Protection For Hire." She took the basic ingredients of romantic suspense and added in a kick of her trademark wasabi to create a five-star recipe that will keep you coming back for more!

Tessa Lancaster is a Japanese American with deep family ties. From the age of sixteen Tessa is known on the streets as a violent and ruthless enforcer for the Japanese Mafia (yakuza) until she sacrificed her freedom to protect the family. Fresh out of prison after serving seven years for a crime she didn't commit, Tessa is free to return to "the family"-literally-the yakuza run by her Uncle Teruo. While in prison, Tessa is set free spiritually, encountering Christ and becoming a Christian.

Tessa sets out on a straight career path, channeling her skills into serving as a bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But being from the upper crust doesn't preclude Elizabeth from having problems. The socialite comes with a lot of baggage, including an abusive ex-husband and a missing fortune.

Tessa is grittier than most heroines-she's trained in martial arts and we get to see her put her skills to the test against a variety of bad guys. She doesn't doubt her ability to keep her charges safe but she's going to have a harder time guarding her own heart. The case forces her to work closely with Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton. Tessa unknowingly lets her guard down to the man who led the charge to lock her up and throw away the key for her supposed crime.

The pair must try to survive assassins, gang rivalries, and exasperating family in their search to give Elizabeth her life back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camy Tang's best book! December 25, 2011
When Tessa was just sixteen she began working for her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang, so when she takes the fall for someone else's crime and gets seven years in prison, she isn't surprised that people still expect her to be a criminal. Instead, she's a Christian trying to make a fresh start. When she agrees to become a bodyguard for Elizabeth St. Amant, an abused woman whose life is in danger, Tessa finds herself back into her old world...except this time, she's on the right side. Will Tessa be able to stop the people who want Elizabeth dead?

I've read most of Camy Tang's work and enjoyed it. However, this is by far her best book. The action and character development were amazing. As always, the Chinese and Japanese cultures are woven throughout the novel. One of Tang's best writing qualities is her grasp of family dynamics, and this book had one of the best as Tessa forged a relationship with her mother and sister.

Tang did a great job peeling back the layers in her characters, pushing past the superficial and getting to their hearts and motivations....all while out-driving trails and fighting assassins.

Fans of Camy Tang will love this novel. It has a little of everything: culture, romance, action, and family. I look forward to reading the second book in the series!

I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protection for Hire March 31, 2012
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Protection for Hire is an excellent suspense book. I like the character Tessa because she was willing to do what she needed to do to help protect the people she was responsible for or cared about. Everytime I read about the character Ichiro I thought about the seattle mariner's baseball player. Without giving details away in the book play special attention to the homeless man that Tessa talks to about Elizabeth. This was a serious and funny part in the book. I like Camy Tang's books because you can always visualize the scenes and characters talking and enacting with each other. This is a well written suspense book. You will enjoy reading this book. I am excited about the next book in this series. I like that the author gives you something to look forward to reading in the next book by inlcuding an excerpt from Protection Hire 2. I can't wait to read more about the what she received when she was reading her emails. I also can't wait to see what is going to happen with Charles and her. Keep up the good work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars so so...
Wasn't all that impressed. I finished though so it wasn't terrible. I didn't really have any feelings for the main character one way or another.
Published 3 months ago by Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Protection for Hire book 1
I received a review copy of this book which reminded me of a Jackie Chan movie made overseas. Jacki Chan movies show traditions and code that is clear. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nora A. Stlaurent
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving, twisty plot with great characters for company
Camy Tang has a winner in her Tessa Lancaster character. Tessa's an ex-yakuza, who found Jesus while she was imprisoned for murder, taking the fall for her nasty cousin Ichiro. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Darth Breather
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Camy Tang.
Good action novel! Written by a Christian author. She is realistic about the struggles of a new believer while building the suspense.
Published 11 months ago by L.A. Hue
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This was my first time to read a book by Ms. Tang and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few times that it read a little too much like an unrealistic television drama, but that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by K.S. Shelby
5.0 out of 5 stars Once an enforcer. Now a protector.
Protection for Hire is action-packed, romantic and comical. But that is not why I loved this novel. Nope I loved it because the antagonist, Tessa Lancaster, is totally willing to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by one well-read chick
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with action!
This book was really interesting.
Once I got into it a little I couldn't put it down.
Lots of action, adventure, and the perfect amount of romance. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Leah Dymesich
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive AND great fun!
How awesome is it that God can be fun and exciting - intense and engaging in one little book? Camy Tang does it with unique flair and great humor. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Romance, Humor-This Book Has It All!
I really enjoyed this story about Tessa Lancaster, a former enforcer for her uncle's Japanese mafia gang, or yakuza, and Christian of three years. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shopgirl152ny
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MoBee
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More About the Author

Camy writes Christian romantic suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God guided her path in a completely different direction and now she's writing full time, using her original psychology degree as she creates the characters in her novels. In her free time, she's a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of her church's Sunday worship teams. She also loves to knit, spin wool into yarn, and is training to (very slowly) run a marathon. Visit her website at to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.

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