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The Protector: A Sons of Texas Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2017
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"Grant’s dizzying mix of danger and romance dazzles ...off-the-charts chemistry and a breath-stealing plot." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Protector
"Nonstop thrills and hot romance drive this story at a breakneck speed." - BookPage on The Protector
"Grant really packs on the intrigue and non-stop thrills, while the romance is steamy hot." - RT Book Reviews on The Protector
"This first-class thrill ride will leave readers eager for more."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Hero
"Dangerous, steamy, and full of intrigue." -- Booklist on The Hero
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.
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Well in you like hot alpha, kick ass leading ladies , suspense and military romance then The Protector is a story for you, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Now I am waiting patiently for The Legend which is Wyatt and Callie's story
**Disclaimer: I strongly recommend reading book one, The Hero, first. But, just in case, in a nutshell, three brothers, all in different branches of the military, Wyatt, Owen, and Cullen, have mysteriously been sent home. That is when they learn their dad, Orrin, has been kidnapped, his entire team killed, and their uncle and aunt murdered. Orrin, former military himself, had started his own team of Black Ops members. This series contains an overall plotline encompassing each book as the three men, along with the women they fall for, work together to rescue their dad, hopefully make amends once they do, and find justice for their lost loved ones.**
We, of course, met Cullen in book one, The Hero. He's the youngest, and a Marine?. We were also introduced to Mia, a former Air Force pilot, who has previously flown Orrin and his team, becoming a trusted friend of Orrin's in the process, to numerous missions, including the one resulting in Orrin's kidnapping and the death of all of his men. The three Loughman sons decided the best course of action was to separate. Not only for safety reasons, but also as a divide and conquer method to accomplish all they need to. Cullen's assignment is to meet with Mia, the last person to see his dad.
When Cullen first encounters Mia, he's mesmerized by her skills, fighting that is, as she's doing a good job of defending herself against the men surrounding her. However, she is outnumbered and Cullen steps in to help.
Mia probably should've listened to Sergei's, a Russian mob leader she's done business with over the years who's come to think of her like a daughter, advice when he warned her not to get involved with the Colombians. But, she needed the possible connection to help locate Orrin. Even if he hadn't once saved her from a dangerous situation, a fate worse than death to be honest, she still would do everything she could for him. That's what friends do. She's heard a lot about Orrin's sons from him over the years, and there's something about Cullen that's always intrigued her.
As Cullen and Mia begin working together, the trust between them begins building slowly. The chemistry between them is anything but though. It's intense and both try to fight it, albeit for different reasons. Also, and this surprises Cullen the most, she helps him see his dad, and oldest brother, Wyatt's, actions over the years in a different light. The family hasn't, and understandably so, been the same since the murder of their wife and mother when the boys were young. Unfortunately, they haven't gotten her justice yet, but they will.
Cullen and Mia discover this whole situation goes a lot deeper, and higher, than anyone expected. Those they thought could be trusted are now cause for suspicion. Mia is in danger, as is Cullen. Every lead seems to be a dead end, sometimes literally. Throughout it all, the connection between Cullen and Mia is growing stronger, making it even harder to resist...so they don't. Both know they've discovered something special, even if they haven't actually acknowledged it yet, even to themselves.
Will Cullen and Mia get any closer to finding Orrin? Is Orrin as alone as believed? Or does he have an unexpected ally? Will Cullen continue fighting his feelings for Mia? Or will he accept that she's the only one for him? Will Mia trust in Cullen's love for her? Has Orrin, at a dangerous point in his life, possibly found a second chance at happiness? Will Orrin, Wyatt, Owen, and Cullen have the opportunity to reconcile their differences and become a true family again?
One-click now and follow along as the story continues to save a man and possibly reunite a family, all while love is being renewed and/or discovered for all four of the Loughmans. I'm looking forward to Wyatt and Callie's story next. I'm anxious to discover what happened between them and if they can find their way to one another again.
On a purely personal note, though we aren't given the impression that Cullen is a manwhore, I did get a little tired of the references to him only being with a woman once, having no trouble walking away from previous lovers, etc. Yes, I get that it was setting the stage for making his feelings and time with Mia special because of that difference, and showing us how he backed away from any commitment in the past because of losing his mom, but the number of times it was mentioned weren't needed. No, approximately five isn't a lot, but you really only need one and the second could reinforce this, but any after that are unnecessary and beginning to veer toward disrespectful toward Mia. Stop "thinking" about your sexual history, even in general, while with and falling for this woman that's going to be your one true love.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
Cullen is drawn to Mia from the moment he meets her with that independent and flying obsessive nature that he also shares. She is loyal and as equally exasperated about what is going on around them and when the entire world around them blows up they both know they can trust each other to get out and get to safety.
There are some spots that have a bit of a rough patch to explain but if you stick with it as you should this book will be the ARC that leads to Book #3 and I cannot wait.