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Forged in Desire (Protectors Series #1)

Forged in Desire (Protectors Series #1)

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by Brenda Jackson

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Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her.

When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her


Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her.

When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn't sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far too alluring protector tempting her to let loose.

Though Striker's now living on the right side of the law, he's convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction—or finally prove that he's the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/28/2016
Jackson (A Man’s Promise) continues her contemporary Grangers series with the sizzling, fast-paced tale of a driven bodyguard and the wealthy heiress he’s hired to protect. After Margo Connelly serves on a Virginia jury that convicts a powerful criminal, her life is in danger. Enter Lamar “Striker” Jennings, a bodyguard with a checkered past hired by Margo’s wealthy uncle. Though at first she’s reluctant at first to have a bodyguard, other jurors are being killed, and she recognizes protection is not optional if she wants to stay alive. As the tension ratchets up, so does the passionate sexual chemistry between Striker and Margo, and he puts his life and his heart on the line. Jackson’s deft plotting and effective red herrings keep the suspense high as her multidimensional characters command the reader’s attention. Intriguing subplots, including one involving a psychic investigator, add texture to the story. The only flaw of this first-rate, satisfyingly sexy tale is that it ends. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"The only flaw of this first-rate, satisfying sexy tale is that it ends." -Publishers Weekly on Forged in Desire (STARRED review)

"Leave it to Jackson to take sizzle and honor, wrap it in romance and come up with a first-rate tale." -RT Book Reviews on Temptation

"Brenda Jackson is the queen of newly discovered love... If there's one thing Jackson knows how to do, it's how to pluck those heartstrings and stir up some seriously saucy drama." -BookPage on Inseparable

"Welcome to another memorable family tree created by the indomitable Brenda Jackson, a romantic at heart." -USA TODAY on A Brother's Honor

"[Jackson] proves once again that she rocks when it comes to crafting family drama with a healthy dose of humor and steamy, sweaty sex. Here's another winner." -RT Book Reviews on A Brother's Honor, 4½ stars, Top Pick

"This deliciously sensual romance ramps up the emotional stakes and the action.... [S]exy and sizzling." -Library Journal on Intimate Seduction

"Jackson does not disappoint...first-class page-turner." -RT Book Reviews on A Silken Thread, 4½ stars, Top Pick

"Jackson is a master at writing." -Publishers Weekly on Sensual Confessions

Kirkus Reviews
An heiress in peril, a bodyguard with a heart of gold, and villains of every stripe populate this romantic thriller.When wedding-dress designer Margo Connelly and her fellow jurors declare a man guilty of murder, they find themselves in the cross hairs of his paid assassin. Enter Lamar "Striker" Jennings, an elite bodyguard hired to keep Margo safe—and does he have his job cut out for him! In addition to being targeted by a killer, Margo is being harassed by at least three other parties: a cheating ex who wants to get back together, his former associate who nearly got arrested for helping stalk her, and her wealthy uncle's mercenary girlfriend who sees her as a threat. In this spinoff from her Grangers series, Jackson (A Lover's Vow, 2015, etc.) packs in a little too much action to be believable. The novel's strengths are the propulsive courtroom scene in the prologue and the episodes that bring out Margo's and Striker's personalities and pasts. Readers of the previous series may also enjoy cameos of characters from the earlier books. But the plot drags in the middle, and the many lovemaking scenes interspersed with two-dimensional bad guys and a bitchy villainess don't quite lift it to the pace demanded in romantic suspense. It even takes a couple of climaxes for the multiple threads to be tied up. Notable for an ex-con hero who's earned professional success despite having been dealt an unfair hand and a heroine who stops ignoring a fatal threat before the final shootout—unlike many "too stupid to live" heroines in the bodyguard-romance subgenre.

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Protectors Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romance titles. Brenda lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and divides her time between family, writing and traveling. Email Brenda at authorbrendajackson@gmail.com or visit her on her website at brendajackson.net.

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Forged in Desire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Mrs Jackson did her thing with this book! Oh my goodness, the mystery and the romance. Well worth the money! Now this is the way you start a new series!!
Anonymous 9 months ago
You are doing your thing . Why do I have to wait until April . Love ya
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved how Ms. Jackson held you in suspense about the murders. While still incorporating some background into the upcoming heroes and heroines. Truly enjoyed everything about this book
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loooooved the grainger series! This book was good but way too long & had too many plots for 1 novel. So many people trying to kill Margo gave me a headache. Wouldve enjoyed catching up with the graingers more (it didnt mention anything about Jules & Carsons pregnancies or much about present times with shephard & his sons).
Debby236 9 months ago
Margo Connelly is indeed your basic good girl. She enjoys a quiet life making wedding dresses. All that changes when a mob boss makes threats against her. She is winds up with a protector, Lamar “Striker” Jennings. Margo is not sure who is worse for her health - her protector or the ones after her. As the threat to her increases so too does the desire she feels for Striker. Striker has not always lived on the right side of the law and he is sure that a woman like Margo is not for him. Passion increases and Striker’s resistance decreases and soon the two cannot resist each other. But will his desire for her be too much of a distraction? Brenda Jackson is a talented writer who can devise clever plots and add amazing heroes and heroines. Margo and Striker were perfect for each other. Unfortunately, they had other issues to resolve before they could truly turn their attention to love and desire. That included keeping her safe. The plot was multi layered and had more than a few twists to keep us on the edge of our seat. Love is not always expected but cannot be denied. Pick up Forged in Desire and prepare to be entranced.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Brenda Jackson has done it again in this new series. Great story, looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Well done Ms. Jackson.
Rhondaz 10 months ago
Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson......This was full of suspense, romance and a page Turner. The characters were very well developed and likeable. What a great start to a new series, I can't wait for the next. I enjoyed watching the story unfold between Striker and Margo. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lashea677 10 months ago
Margo knew trouble was headed her way, she just had no idea how much. With danger on her heels and a man named Striker by her side, she's in way over her head. Forged In Desire is full of edge of your seat danger and scorching heat, but for me it fell short of the magnetism I've come to expect. What I did love is she stayed true to her roots by creating strong family ties between a close knit group of friends. Hidden agendas, secret revelations and fierce friendships made for an exciting journey.
Anonymous 9 months ago