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Under His Protection (Protect and Defend, Book 1)

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Being the Vice President’s daughter may come with many pri

    Being the Vice President’s daughter may come with many privileges, but for Blake Hewitt, living in the public eye has lead to disappointments and the feeling of inadequacy. Blake knew all too well how her father felt about her and he made no bones about letting her know what he thought every day. The frustration of never being good enough yet always seeking his approval and love has made it extremely difficult for her to be herself. Constantly pushed aside and made to feel unimportant by everyone around her, Blake develops a fear of letting anyone get too close. Her situation is made worse when a series of events made for great tabloid fodder, has her father reevaluating her presence on his reelection campaign trail. Bitterness quickly follows her banishment to the family cabin, but it’s the unrequited lust she has for the Secret Service agent assigned to her that becomes the focus. She is resolved to crack the hard exterior he presents if only to prove his attraction to her, but can she accept what he has to offer when she does.

    Duty quickly turns into overwhelming desire when Mason’s assignment turns into a secluded getaway with his charge. With nothing but time on his hands, Mason quickly learns that Blake is a mass of interesting contradictions. When Blake makes it perfectly clear that she would like to move their relationship beyond the professional, Mason is conflicted over the risks of giving in. Vigilance is the key to his job of protecting her and her defiance is not only problematic, but a turn-on. Especially when Blake decides his watchfulness deserves a tempting peep-show reward. A battle of desirous wills ensues, but when the unexpected happens, Mason needs to decide if Blake has become more to him than ‘just the job’.

    With loads of sexual tension, a dash of suspense, and plenty of spice the story has all the makings of an unstoppable read. The contemporary setting and characters are made for TV quality with clear descriptions and a perfect pacing that ensures never a dull moment. Mason is that wonderful balance of take-charge alpha with an underlying tender side and Blake complements him wonderfully with her vixen looks and innocent outlook. They are in vulnerable positions of control and desire, susceptible only to each other and the emotional destruction that can follow. Although Mason made his intentions clear before the relationship physically develops, I admittedly was a bit frustrated with Mason since he was fully aware of Blake’s emotional state thanks to her father. However, sex for sex’s sake helped to relieve the tension and stress and opened the door for them to emotionally advance. Not to mention those intimate scenes are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

    Heat and heart are the two elements I have come to expect and enjoy from this author’s work and the first in her new Protect and Defend series most definitely delivers. Romance readers looking for a hero ready to protect and defend his woman should check this story out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    There can be a fine line between a manly hero and an overbearing

    There can be a fine line between a manly hero and an overbearing one. Karen Erikson manages to create our hero, Mason, who is both super-protective (he's a secret service agent!), yet also is incredibly thoughtful and sweet. That thrown in with just a slight bit of vulnerability and I was hooked. Even though he literally has to watch over Blake, the vice president's daughter, 24/7, it never once seems like he misuses that power. In fact, he does everything he can to remain a gentleman and keep his distance. Until that moment when the tension builds to a level too high to ignore. And boy, is it worth it when they are finally able to let loose.

    I thought I was going to find Blake a bit annoying after the book opens with her being called a "party girl" But, once she and Mason get exiled far away from Washington, her true nature is seen, and she becomes very likable.

    Although the book is categorized as "romantic suspense", it's really about 90% romance and 10% suspense. But, I didn't miss the extra action. The story did just fine focusing on the relationship between Mason and Blake. The ending was nice, but sort of felt like an epilogue wrapped up a bit too neatly. I think I instead would have liked to see a bit more of the private struggles for each of them in that time between the climax and the ending. As it is, they are only mentioned in passing.

    Overall, a very good romantic "suspense" novel. I read it in a day.

    3.5/5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    As posted on The Smutty Kitty Blake and Mason have a lot of sexual tension pulling the two of them together but Mason is trying so hard to be a professional and resist the urge to show Blake just how much he wants her. He has worked really hard to get to where he is and doesn’t want anything to jeopardize his future. While Blake and Mason are in such close contact on an island it was harder and harder to stop the magnetic pull between them. It takes Blake being kidnapped and held hostage (albeit only for a very short time) for Mason to realize how much he cares for her. After he is injured she thinks she has lost him forever but has she? I feel sorry for Blake, even though she has never had to want for money she does want for affection and true friendship. Being the daughter of a big time politician all her life has meant lots of fake friends who only like her for her connections. I liked this one overall. It must have grabbed me even more than I thought because once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I finished it. I just couldn’t put it down. I definitely want to see where the rest of this series goes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    And the winner is.........

    Blake is the daughter of the Vice President. We are in the final weeks of the re election campaign and Blake is banished to her family getaway. Enter Mason one super hot Secret Service man assigned to watch over Blake. I will admit I wasn't sure how I felt about this premise going into it......but I am hooked. The relationship between Blake and her father was resolved a little fast in the end however the progression of Blake and Mason's emotional relationship kept me reading well into the evening!....and the chemistry left me wanting to dress my husband in a suit and shades!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012


    I really-really enjoyed this read. You had a broken woman that had worked so hard to get to where she was in her life, but still had feelings, fears and insecurities to overcome. In comes the Alpha male and helped her to overcome them all by protecting her with his skill and love. Great read people!!

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    With enough heat to set fire to the pages of your paperback or b

    With enough heat to set fire to the pages of your paperback or blow a fuse in your Kindle, Blake and Mason in UNDER HIS PROTECTION will leave you screaming for more. As a fan of romantic suspense I was taken away and didn't want to stop reading until the very last page. With never a dull moment, whether it was the sexual tension steaming between Blake and Mason or the hold your breath moments waiting for the next twist to come their way. Without giving away any of the soryline if you enjoy stories that have you panting away for the next installment, you have picked the right book. Since this is Book 1, all I have to say is Bring on book 2!

    Highly recommended. I give this book 4.5 stars.
    Karen, BRAVO!!!

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    Posted July 11, 2013

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