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The Protector Paperback – January 18, 2008

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Literary chef Gassert serves up a delectable nine-course meal of murder, mayhem, money-laundering, terrorism, temptation, brutality, bisexuality, scandal, and sadistical (sic) father-son abuse.
--William Maltese, author of the Stud Draqual mystery series

Sexy, sizzling--and sweet! NL Gassert manages to combine the tenderness of first love with thrilling action in The Protector. The tropical setting on Guam is fresh and beautifully evoked, and the engaging characters of Mason and Soren will keep readers turning the pages, rooting for these lovers against tropical storms and terrorist agents.
--Neil Plakcy, author of Mahu Surfer

The Protector delivers engaging characters, a fast-moving plot, and some very steamy love scenes. NL Gassert has crafted an exciting and entertaining romance that builds suspense and erotic tension with every turn of the page. Take it to bed...and plan on staying up.
--Charles Casillo, author of The Fame Game

About the Author

A native of Germany and nomad by choice, NL Gassert has lived on three continents and two islands, survived a number of typhoons and at least one earthquake, worked as a professionally-trained concierge, a public relations assistant, and a magazine reporter. NL Gassert has a master's degree in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, chronic insomnia, and a voracious need to read. NL currently resides in a tropical paradise.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Window Publications; 1st edition (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971708967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971708969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is foremost an action packed thriller complete with terrorists, drug dealers, some fierce fight scenes, FBI agents and so on. But it's also a very sweet romance between the two main characters, who seem to be a very unlikely pairing at first. Mason Ward is a security specialist and former US Army Ranger, who lives alone on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. His life is well organized and he doesn't take any unnecessary risks.

That is about to change when Soren Buchanan comes into his life. Soren is the son of an abusive crime boss and after the latest beat up from his father, he seeks shelter with the FBI. Mason is assigned the task of protecting Soren and in order to that, he brings Soren on his house boat. But the presence of Soren in the limited space of his boat not only threatens to disturb his perfecly organized life, but in the close proximity a lot of sexual tension builds up between the two.

Soon protecting Soren will not only be a simple job for Mason, but a very personal affair. But will he be able to keep Soren safe against terrorist and thugs sent to bring Soren home ... dead or alive.

This book is a very enjoyable read and an overall recommendation. I especially liked the tropical setting on Guam, which felt very fresh as a setting for this sweet romance.
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The Protector is NL Gassert's first novel. With it, Gassert, a straight, military wife and mother, has written a very satisfying romantic-thriller. I loved the characters despite, or perhaps because of, their flaws. Both Soren and Mason can both be frustrating at times, but I couldn't help rooting for them. While you get to know the two main characters the best, even the supporting cast is well-drawn and believable. I especially enjoyed Mason's tough mother, introduced late in the book. I wish we could have seen more of her.

The story is set in Guam, and Gassert captures the locale well. You really get a sense of the place and its inhabitants without the descriptions feeling like a travelogue. She also nicely balances the romance and thriller elements, with neither overwhelming the other. Romance isn't always my favorite genre, but Gassert has a light, deft touch that made the love scenes romantic and exciting, rather than mechanical and raunchy.

Gassert's writing is very readable. The book went almost too quickly and I found myself disappointed when it was over. Luckily, the ending is clearly left open for a sequel. I know I'm hoping for more Mason and Soren, and I'm sure after reading The Protector others will be, too.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and I would love to have a SEQUEL! The characters were great and the setting was very interesting; though sometimes a little hard to picture. I've never been to this country so I really had to use my imagination. But besides that, I really loved this story. I highly recommend!
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Great first book, good and fun read. Several good reviews already written, so I won't try to go into too much detail about the story. Good romance line between huge hunk of alpha male security specialist (Mason) and a pampered, abused rich kid (Soren), who has to grow up quickly, make some horrendous decisions (killed twice to protect someone else), see some horrible situations, fall in unexpected love, get the crap beaten out of him multiple times, avoid being killed, ... you get the picture. The book is a romance, when the guys can find time to be romantic between trying to survive the mystery/action thriller going on around and among them. Wow. The action never stopped.

I gave the book four stars instead of five (wish I could do four and a half) because the author didn't give the romance story enough space/room to really grow in the most credible way. She should have used about half again as much space (i.e., about 250-300 pages, instead of 190) and given the guys a bit more time alone together to talk, get acquainted and fall in love in a somewhat more conventional way, etc., before having to deal with the other plotlines in the story.

Still, she did a good job of juggling at least three different plotlines and interweaving them in such a way as to keep this reader's attention riveted. I echo the sentiments of another reviewer who hopes for a sequel with Mason and Soren (opposites in almost every way), say a few years down the road, to see if they can keep together or if they end up driving each other crazy. Well worth the time to read and enjoy.
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The Protector has one of the most unlikely pairings as protagonists. Hero #1 is Soren Buchanan: a spoiled, rich young man who has had everything given to him, hasn't worked a day in his life, dropped out of school, lives with his abusive father who has his fingers in most major criminal activities in Guam, and his sometime-girlfriend is a criminal. Hero #2 is Mason Ward, who is 10 years older than Soren: Mason is a more traditional protag, divorced, ex US Army Ranger, security specialist, lives on a boat and thinks that his life is heaven on earth but he has a weakness for redheads and Soren is definitely a redhead. Then everything changes in an instant when Mason is asked to take on the job of hiding Soren who has become an FBI informant and is on the run from both his father and his girlfriend.

When the two meet it's not exactly love at first sight or even second sight because they are total opposites and the first few days living in the close quarters of the boat don't exactly endear them to each other as Soren does his best to live up to low expectations. But something happens when the protection game goes awry and Mason's boat, "The Sprite", is boarded by thugs out to capture Soren and return him to his father, even at the cost of Mason's life. Soren realizes that Mason is not so bad after all and he fights to save him rather than return to the life mapped out by his father.

Before I opened this book I thought it would be the usual escapist fare with a couple of adventures that would allow our heroes to show their mettle and then live happily ever after in the Guam sunshine. It was all that and more! Great characterizations really make me sit up and take notice, even when the plot of a book does not live up to the hype.
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