13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romantic suspense
The year 2015 finds Professor Holly Heart working at a university medical institute when she runs quite literally into Mason Alexander on the university campus. Mason and Holly are neither one unaffected by the run-in, experiencing overwhelming feelings and sexual awareness that they had given up on long ago. Holly is working to convince the government to approve genetic...
Published on August 15, 2005 by Laurie
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm with L. Cop
I read the first third and it was rough and slow reading. Then I took a break to read several other books. I came back to this book, night after night, and would read a few pages and just give up and pick another book to read. At the end of each book, I tried to read this one again.
Mason is tortured by his belief that he is Arion, by his belief that Holly...
Published 22 months ago by Lana Baker
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romantic suspense,
This review is from: Underground Guardians: Protector (Book 1) (Paperback)The year 2015 finds Professor Holly Heart working at a university medical institute when she runs quite literally into Mason Alexander on the university campus. Mason and Holly are neither one unaffected by the run-in, experiencing overwhelming feelings and sexual awareness that they had given up on long ago. Holly is working to convince the government to approve genetic therapy to stop poorly managed genetic replacement treatments. Her father had been actively attempting to halt these treatments as they had caused numerous mentally unstable
people. When Holly is approached by a government representative requesting that she assist in solving problems within its program to build a league of super soldiers, she adamantly refuses. Mason turns out to be one of those super soldiers and there was no accident in his running into Holly. Mason is out to protect Holly from the rogue Arions, who have their own agenda for her, dead or alive. Readers will question whether Mason will be able to protect Holly as well as which of the many secondary characters can be trusted, and will be cheering for Holly find it in her heart to love and accept Mason for who and what he really is.
This story has many twists and turns, keeping readers on their toes at all times. This book can be enjoyed by fans of romantic suspense, futuristic and paranormal genres. It is a well-rounded, suspenseful story with wonderful attention to detail and just enough sensuality to satisfy romantic suspense fans. I am especially looking forward to reading Healer, the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm with L. Cop,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)I read the first third and it was rough and slow reading. Then I took a break to read several other books. I came back to this book, night after night, and would read a few pages and just give up and pick another book to read. At the end of each book, I tried to read this one again.
Mason is tortured by his belief that he is Arion, by his belief that Holly won't love him if she knows (something), by his belief that Holly needs to love him of her own free will without knowing that he has Mated her as an Arion. There were several times that I was disgusted that this educated and seemingly strong woman would just knuckle under to Mason's orders, particularly when it related to matters of trust - hers for him or his for her. He would basically say, "No, we're not going to talk about it, we're going to screw instead." I paraphrased, of course, but it was pretty much the same result every time. She would want to discuss whatever he was keeping from her, and he would insist on having sex instead. And she would give in. Again.
The sex scenes were blah, and it seemed more like some chemical reaction that made them need to rut constantly than a passionate need to touch each other. I get being in love and this wasn't it for me.
I got to 83% and finally decided in the middle of a paragraph that I really just didn't care what happened to any of the characters or care how the book ended or care that I was leaving a book unfinished. I just felt relieved to be done. I skimmed through the rest of the book, and what few things caught my eye were more tortured Mason, tell instead of show about the Arions, and Holly being overpowered by Mason yet again to have sex. She's crying desperately over something and two paragraphs later, she's screaming in ecstasy. Oooookaaay.
So, your mileage may vary, and it was definitely not one I enjoyed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)Groom Lake Military Base, Area 51, Nevada 2015
Holly Heart is a scientist that is interested only in helping people. She knows her genetic research can do that and has found several answers to some diseases that will save peoples lives. There were other scientist and government officials that wanted to use genetic research to create super soldiers. What most people don't know is that they succeeded in creating the super soldiers. Now there is a fight going on that most people don't know about but that Holly is suddenly going to find herself in the middle of. If she doesn't trust the right person it could very well mean her life and the life of others. Into her life walks Mason Alexander and now the question is can she trust him and just what is she going to do with the overwhelming attraction she feels for him.
Mason Alexander has been quietly fighting a war to protect the innocent against super soldiers that most people are completely unaware of their existence. Mason's latest mission is to get Holly to help the government find a way to take care of the super soldiers because if they can't find a way to stop the soldiers than the soldiers just might get what they ultimately want: world domination. Mason knew Holly was important to the fight what he didn't expect was to find out how important she was going to become to him. Now they are going to have race against time to stay ahead of the soldiers and their leader or Holly just might end up dead.
The super soldiers' leader is after both Mason and Holly so that he can get what he ultimately wants and that is to rule the world. Mason is going to have to find out who he can trust to help him with the enemy so that the world will have a chance to survive. Mason is suddenly finding out things that he never knew but with Holly's help just might be able to over come what is coming. The only way to find out if they are going to survive is to find a weakness in the super soldiers because a battle is coming and they need to be prepared for what is coming.
This is the book that led to the author's newest book The Legend of Michael. This gives the reader a little background on the world she built around Area 51. This is a very engaging story to read and will be very hard to put down until the very end. The characters are great and so is the storyline. The story is packed with action and you are never sure exactly where it will be going next but you are never disappointed with where it ends up. This is one not to miss especially if you read The Legend of Michael.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - The inspiration for Jones' new series, the seeds are sown here,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)Without their permission, a group of soldiers have been turned into super soldiers, their genes altered by injection with alien DNA. The change has brought the men strength, super healing ability and other incredible powers, but in a number of the men the change has also turned them evil. So it remains to those who retain their honor, the Black Knights, to protect humanity from their brethren. And Black Knight Jason has lived only for his duty, keeping himself apart from regular humans, until he finds the woman he just can't resist, genetic research scientist Holly Heart, the woman he is assigned to protect, the woman who is in the sight of his twisted former comrades.
I stumbled on Underground Guardians Protector looking for Kindle cheapers, and since this story and (Healer) were the books which inspired Jones' new Zodius series (whose first book Michael was on my TBR pile) I decided to give them a shot.
Having read other more recent books by Jones (and being a bit into her newest, Micheal, now) it was kind of neat to see by comparision how much Jones has refined her craft in the 7 or so years since she wrote this book. I am not saying this to be negative because even though Protector lacks some of the polish Jones has gained over the years I thought that the idea behind the Underground Guardians had potential so it will be interesting to see how Jones' has transformed her original idea in the new series.
My biggest nit with the story looking at it on it's own and not as the genesis of the new series is that the hero is a bit of a coward when it comes to trusting the heroine to choose him and he hides the truth of his nature and their bond from her for way too long, only doling out a bit at a time, instead of laying his cards on the table and allowing her to choose. His rationalization that he's not trying to force her decision to accept the mating between them, and instead allowing her to accept him genetic oddities and all, didn't quite play for me. What did work for me, was the vulnerablity that inspired this behavior, Mason and his best friend and fellow Black Knight Sterling had it in spades, and Sterling has some pathos potential going on, so I am glad that he will be getting a book in the new series, since he got passed over in the old.
(FYI for kindle readers, I didn't skew my rating because of this, but there are some minor formatting issues - extra page feeds - in the kindle version that make the story feel a little choppy)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I ended up not finishing it,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)I thought this book had lots of promise and I really wanted to like it. What ended up happening was I got very frustrated and said to heck with it and quit reading.
The author clearly knows what is going on with the characters, but kept it ambiguous to the readers, instead of building suspense, it felt clunky. Also because this supposed to be a "racy" romance, the heroine and hero kept having heavy breathing thinking about sex moments that to me just felt like they interrupted the story line. I get they need to have sex for the story line to progress, but it just did not gel for me. It would be story story story, (oh this guy or girl is so hot and I am so horny for them) oh I lost my train of thought, this hot guy/girl just makes me lose my focus what was I thinking of? Oh yes, the fact that I am watching her for a bigger purpose/the fact that I am a geneticist that needs to be more trusted by government - oh - He/She is so hot, how can I think?
I read I don't know how many times about a how perfect a male specimen this guy was, I don't need that multiple times, give me a description, don't tell me.
This probably is not a horrible book if you have not read any of these "super soldier" types before. I for one preferred Laura Taylor's Intimate Stranger - that was a great read and balanced everything nicely.
You might like this book if you are newer to the genre and have not read similar stories. I am just at the point where when I read a book I want it to have a good story, and if that is interrupted I am not interested. If you want hot books with good story lines check out Lauren Dane.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader,
This review is from: Underground Guardians: Protector (Book 1) (Paperback)Overall, the book was okay. It had the characters behaving stupidly upon occasion but it still was a decent read. The sex was hot of course and the story line was fairly solid. I just thought the characters could have acted a little more intelligently.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a huge fan,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)Awesome as always... lisa needs to write more of these novels. It's not fair to us that there's no more after the Michael sterling and Damian .
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)Enjoyed reading .easy to read. Character s where easy to follow all so story line of each character. Enjoyed Lisa Renee Jones books
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author!,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)Another great book by a fantastic author. This story does not disappoint from page one. Mason and Holly are one steamy couple that you can root for.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning...,
This review is from: UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) (Kindle Edition)I downloaded Protector during one of my freebie download frenzies. Before you remind me, I know that I have a serious problem, which is probably a good topic for another post all by itself, so it's safe to skip the lecture and carry on with the review.
As long as we're on the subject of problems, I suppose now would be a good time to admit that I have a serious weakness for alpha males. I'm not quite sure who to blame on this, but several authors (along with a long list of loving book bullies who all know who you are) come readily to mind. I'm not exactly sure when this happened either, but it did and now I have to deal with the consequences. *sigh* When I read the description of this book I have to admit, I wasn't sure. I usually like my alpha males with fur and/or fangs. Who knew an alpha with an alien slant would fill the bill? I suppose this means that I now need to add aliens to my list of alphas.
Mason was strong, possessive, damaged and considered himself totally unworthy of love. Yet he couldn't bring himself to pull away from Holly. All the traits that make up a perfect alpha. Holly was strong, determined and damaged in her own way. The collision course they were on was inevitable and intense which turned Protector into a surprising page turner.
This book probably isn't for everyone. It's steamy almost from the beginning and alphas will be alphas. If you understand the concept and can wrap your mind around the intensity of that type of attraction, then this is the read for you. There was also plenty of action, twists, turns and allie confusion to go along with the hot and steamy scenes to keep your attention.
I was glad to find out that this is part of a series. There were a lot of lose ends and places for the story to continue at the end. Not necessarily a cliff hanger, but it did leave me wanting to know and read more. From what I read, the next book doesn't center on Mason and Holly but the story line was left wide open to return to these characters in the future. I will definitely be looking for more installments of the Underground Guardians.
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UNDERGROUND GUARDIANS: PROTECTOR (Underground Guardians 1) by Lisa Renee Jones