The Protector by NL Gassert.

protector_coverWhen Soren Buchanan decides to leave working for his abusive, crime boss father he goes to the FBI for help. He is placed with former US Army Ranger Mason Ward, who has become a  security specialist and lives an idillic life on board his yacht  in Guam. Keeping Soren safe and at arms length should have been a cinch, but this proves more difficult than Mason anticipates and their attraction becomes harder to ignore, despite the presence of very real danger.

This was an wickedly enjoyable read. There was a great balance of strong characters, vivid surroundings and loads of over the top action.

Mason’s rather overwhelming masculinity (and muscularity O-o) was a great hook and his care for Soren is sweet, especially as his head is telling him to do the opposite! Mason is rather gruff and certainly makes the redhead work for it. Though Soren might need some rehabilitation, to get rid of his of his bad boy habits, you can see the willingness of Mason to stay and put in the hard yards. Their burgeoning relationship is fraught with sexual tension that builds beautifully and when Mason finally lets desire kind of take over, the surrender and passion builds up to some seriously sexy writing.

protector_cover2.inddThe pacing was good, although near the beginning there is rather a jump from when Soren arrives on the boat  and then all of a sudden it seems to be some time down the track. Despite this, The Protector was an wonderfully engaging and sexy read, which kept me up way past my bedtime!

It is available in paperback, mobi and epub via the Seventh Window website. NL Gassert also has a great blog which is worth a nosey.

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  1. I enjoyed this book too. I love the unusual setting. Very fresh in a subgenre that feels very stale at times. Great review. I’m so glad this is available in e-book now! 🙂

  2. I know exactly what you mean. It was cool and just that little bit different and I think the setting played a large part. Maybe it was Soren??? He had such huge potential and I liked him much.

    I think I’ve also said this before, but as most stuff is set in the US it is such a pleasure to read something that is set somewhere else on the planet! 🙂

      1. Oo-err, no!! Larger is worse – they just look so plastic! And naked torsos on m/m romance is rather old-fashioned, I think … (ducks to avoid missiles, but surely by now that’s true!!!)

        :))

        Axxx

  3. Great review, Sarah! I really enjoyed this book. I have to admit that the fact it was set in Guam was unusual and a real draw for me. I liked both characters a lot, and thought the whole Protector + Innocent dynamic was fun to read about. I hear she’s writing a sequel!

  4. Hi there, Sarah. What a lovely review. Thank you so much.

    Isn’t Guam cool? I love the setting. So exotic. And, yep, I’m working on the sequel. Whoohoo, more Soren and Mason. I might even manage to send them off to the beach together 🙂

    Nadja

    1. Hey Nadja, Guam was definitely a cool and amazing place to read about. I am such a nerd, went and did research on it while I was reading. hehe.

  5. Sounds great. I particularly like it when a story builds the sexual tension between the protags. Think I’ll have a meander over to Seventh Window. 🙂

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