Rules of Protectionby Alison Bliss
It's rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.
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It's rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.
When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can't have.
Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake's determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she's determined to get into the right ones—his.
Each book in the Tangled in Texas series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Rules of Protection
Book #2 Playing With Fire
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Rules of Protection
A Tangled in Texas Novel
By Alison Bliss, Theresa Cole, Gwen Hayes
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Alison Bliss
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I caught him eyeing me from across the room.
He was tall, dark, and ... well, interested. I couldn't get a good enough look to see if he was handsome. Although dim lighting obscured his face, it highlighted the thick, gold chain around his neck and ridiculously huge diamond stud in his ear.
Nestled in downtown Chicago, The Jungle Room buzzed with flashy, well-lubricated businessmen with oversized wallets and scantily clad women with oversized racks. They circled each other like vultures, waiting to see who'd fall onto their backs first. It appeared the men were winning — a form of upscale prostitution.
Gina sat beside me at the bar, encouraging me to do the flirty eye thing with Shadow Man. "It's your twenty-eighth birthday. Everyone should get laid on their birthday. What better present to give yourself?"
"I can give myself an orgasm."
Gina laughed. "Not the same."
I shrugged. "Depends on the guy. Besides, I don't need birthday sex. I can hardly see him. He's probably ugly."
"It's a one-night stand. Only thing that matters is the size of his — "
"Then pretend it's your birthday!" I downed my cosmopolitan and spun the stool around. "Bathroom break. Keep an eye out for Dale."
I followed the hallway to the restrooms. A line formed outside, but moved fast. Two women stepped in behind me, giggling like teenagers. I half-assed listened to them when someone grasped my elbow.
I immediately recognized the jewelry.
The man was 100 percent Italian Stallion, sporting a tight zipper shirt and black hair slicked back over his ears. He was around my age with a decent face — definitely not ugly like I'd thought — and he was tall and nicely built. Actually, he wasn't bad looking at all. Maybe Gina was on to something with this birthday sex idea.
"Hey, sweetness. Saw you eyeing me back there." He looked me up and down, licking his lips. "Now that I'm here, what are your other two wishes?"
Oh, jeez. Did he have to open his mouth? I hate men who start a conversation using cocky, sexist remarks. They come off as piggish jerks.
"I wasn't eyeing you. I was ... uh, looking for someone."
"Well, you found me."
"No, I mean someone else ... the guy I'm with."
Okay, so I lied. Dale hadn't arrived yet, and even if he had, no one would believe he was my boyfriend. Ever. I didn't have the right equipment Dale's sexual preference gravitated toward. But this guy didn't need to know that.
"The name's Sergio. How about I buy you a drink, honey?" He rubbed a finger down my arm as I stared at his weird girly hands.
"No thanks," I said, moving away.
"Aw, come on. I'll wait for you, then we can go get that drink."
"Thanks for the offer, but I can't."
He grinned as if I had somehow encouraged him and leaned against the wall. "No problem. I don't mind waiting."
What the fuck? Is he deaf?
"No, really, I can't. My stomach's upset and I ... I'm going to be in here for quite a while."
The two girls next to me made faces at each other, stepped out of line, and walked away. Oh, great. Did I just make them think I had diarrhea? Sadly enough, it didn't deter Sergio.
"Whatcha drinking tonight?" he asked, still not giving up.
I sighed, rolling my eyes. "Pepto Bismol."
A woman stepped out of the bathroom, and I ran in before the door could shut. I didn't know what was worse — me pretending to have diarrhea or Sergio not caring that I did. Gross.
Momentarily cornered, I tousled my hair, washed my hands twice while singing "Happy Birthday" to myself, and then reapplied my makeup. Hard to believe it was my birthday, and I was spending it hiding in a public bathroom eating a Tootsie Roll I found in the bottom of my purse.
I even realized something while in there. There isn't much to do in a bathroom to occupy your time — unless, of course, you actually have the shits.
I'd just finished chewing the chocolate candy when I poked my head out the door. Yes! He was gone. I hurried down the hall and rounded the corner, but Sergio stood at the nearby bar. I ducked back into the corridor, hoping he hadn't seen me.
I rubbed my hand over my eyes and breathed out. "Christ."
Then a smooth, deep voice asked, "You okay?"
It startled me at first, thinking Sergio had found me. I pulled my hand away from my face reluctantly and gazed up at a man with wavy dark brown hair. He was tall — probably a few inches over six feet — and wore black slacks and a white dress shirt. His steel gray eyes pierced mine, making it hard to form a coherent thought, much less breathe.
When I didn't answer, he asked again. "Are you okay, ma'am?"
"Um, I ... I'm fine."
"Let me guess, avoiding someone?"
My sluggish brain finally caught up, and I recalled hiding from Sergio. "You could say that."
"I just did," he responded, a hint of southern twang fortifying his voice. "Pull the boyfriend card. It usually works on us clowns."
"I tried, but this guy is more persistent than most. My friends are somewhere on the other side of the bar, and I'm tired of hiding in the bathroom."
The man glanced at his watch. "Tell you what, if you're still here when I come out, I'll escort you across the room."
"Best offer I've had all night."
His eyes scanned my black miniskirt, stopping on my bare legs. "Somehow I doubt that." He turned and walked toward the men's bathroom.
I blew out the large breath I'd been holding and resisted the urge to loosen a button on my blouse. Sergio or no Sergio, I planned to stay put until he came back.
Okay, so I'm a hypocrite.
Sergio's remarks and lingering looks came off way more threatening than the new guy's did. Tall, Dark, and Delicious was virtually harmless and particularly flattering. It helped that he hadn't approached me with a line; he was more interested in helping ... Ah, damn. Men are such weasels.
The guy played me. Of course.
He knew if he showed concern for my well-being, I'd drop my guard. That's why he did it. Sadly enough, it almost worked. After all, he was no threat; just a gentleman trying to help out a lady. Well, screw him! He could pull the hero crap on some other unsuspecting girl. I waited for him to come out to tell him to his face. But Sergio rounded the corner first.
"There you are, sugar. I wondered if you'd fallen in." Sergio handed me a shot glass filled with a pink liquid. "I got your Pepto, but I had to talk to three bartenders before I could get your order filled."
Seriously? Bartenders make a shot called Pepto Bismol?
I hadn't known it at the time, but what a lucky stroke of genius that was. Sergio must've thought it was a drink all along and hadn't realized I was a smartass.
The men's bathroom door opened behind me, and heavy footsteps approached. I was still irritated the douchebag had used a diversion tactic to hit on me, but the last thing I wanted was him to stroll up and ask me what I was drinking. It was one thing to let Sergio think I had an upset stomach, but it was a whole other thing to share that false information with the hunky weasel.
I threw my head back, downed the shot in one large gulp, and handed the empty glass back to Sergio. "Wait a minute," I said. "That wasn't —"
Two large hands captured my waist, spinning me sideways with dizzying speed, and a sharp, assertive mouth sheared the rest of the words from my lips. The stupid weasel was kissing me. I hadn't expected it, and it only furthered my irritation. I'd have to play along to make it look good. Either that or I'd be stuck with Sergio the rest of the night.
Damn. I hate weasels.
Begrudgingly, I kissed him back, but only to make it believable. At least that's what I told myself. If he wanted a show, then that's exactly what he was going to get. I leaned into him, curled my arms around the back of his neck, and moaned softly.
Immediately, his lips stopped moving against mine, and his body became rigid. I thought it was the end of the match, and we would each return to our respective corners. With me being the winner and all.
Boy, was I wrong!
The moment I began to back away, he firmed his grip on my waist and parted my lips with his tongue, deepening the kiss. No, actually, it wasn't a kiss, more like a molestation of my mouth. Who was I to complain, though? It was good. Really good.
My fingers slid through his hair. His tongue touched mine, and a fiery sensation rocketed through my entire body. Involuntarily, I shivered, and it set him off. His thumbs dug into my hips as he pulled me tighter against his growing erection. I gasped at his hardness and, remembering where we were, fought the urge to touch it.
A bathroom hallway in a packed nightclub wasn't where I wanted to partake in a public display of heavy petting. I must've surprised him when I responded to his kiss, but it all happened so fast I didn't have time to contemplate his motivation. Nor did I care to. Sergio had to be standing there with wide eyes and an open mouth, but I didn't want to stop long enough to check.
When I finally pushed the weasel away, he grunted in protest, but didn't stop me. Panting softly, I glanced around and noted the empty hallway. Sergio had disappeared.
I wasn't sure what to say. My brain shifted gears but had trouble getting up to full speed. So I said the first thing that popped into my head. "Did you wash your hands?"
A patronizing grin contorted his face, but he ignored my question and asked one of his own. "Why do you taste like Pepto Bismol ... and chocolate?"
My cheeks flushed with heat. "Long story, but it doesn't matter. Why'd you do that?"
"You kissed me. Why?"
"Long story, but it doesn't matter." He winked and then walked away.
His abrupt departure surprised me, but I was outraged he didn't ask for my name or phone number. Hell, he didn't even ask me to go home with him. As if he actually intended to save me from Sergio after all. And I never thanked him.
Back in the bathroom, I composed myself, fanning my face with a paper towel. I was hot, but it wasn't the kind of heat staved off by air conditioning. Only time — or possibly an orgasm — would cure the fever under my skin.
After a few minutes, I strolled back into the main room more in control of the brain fog that had overwhelmed me. I spotted Gina and Dale walking in the opposite direction from me on the other side of the dance floor. I yelled to get their attention, but the music was too loud.
Weaving through the crowd, I waved frantically and yelled again. "Gina! Dale! Hey, over here!"
By the time I noticed the step up in the floor, it was already too late. I tripped and reached for the closest thing to me, which happened to be a man. Trying to catch myself, I had an intimate moment with the bulge in his pants on the way down.
The floor punched me in the face, but the pain was slight compared to the mortifying beating my pride had just taken. Two seconds after I hit the floor, I decided to stay there. I wasn't sure if it was because I physically couldn't get up, or mentally didn't want to.
The man I'd felt up lifted me with ease, stood me upright, and held me until I steadied myself. Mortified, I refused to look up until I heard him ask, "Are you okay?"
No! It can't be.
My eyes shot up, looked directly into his, and I stopped breathing. It was the hunky weasel with the steely gray eyes. If I had to embarrass myself in front of someone, why did it have to be him? Where in the hell is Sergio when you need him?
The hunk smiled as if he read my mind. "I always wanted a girl to fall head over heels for me."
I stood motionless and tried to think of something to say that didn't sound stupid. "Well, next time I'm near your crotch, I'll be sure to bring my knee pads." Nope. That wasn't it. At least six guys turned their heads toward us and sucked in a breath.
A young Hispanic guy leaned over, flexing his eyebrows. "Damn, girl, where have you been all my life?"
"Out of it," I sneered. "Now, leave me alone. I'm talking to the weasel." Disappointed with our exchange, the guy turned away and shrugged to his buddies.
I turned my attention back to the man who lifted me from the floor and noticed he glared with one offended eyebrow raised. "The weasel?"
My cheeks flushed. "It's what I dubbed you, since I didn't know your name."
"Why a weasel?" He paused. "Wait ... You thought I was hitting on you back there?"
The confusion on his face changed to humor as he shook his head. "Nope."
I guess I should've been relieved, but I wasn't. Actually, I was insulted and ... well, pissed off. "Why not?"
"Is that a trick question, where no matter what I say I'm going to be wrong?"
"Just answer the question."
"Damn," he said, grabbing my arm and jerking me away from the crowd. "Why are you yelling?"
"Because I'm mad at you."
"You don't even know me. Do you have a split personality disorder or something?"
I gritted my teeth and narrowed my eyes. "You're a weasel and a jerk!"
My outburst made him laugh. A lot. When he finally got himself under control, he grinned. "Look, I get that you have this head-turning ability and like to stand out in a crowd, but I don't."
"You think I turn heads?"
"Sweetheart, a man would have to be blind or stupid not to look." He smiled again. Damn, I wished he'd stop doing that. "Definitely a looker, but that makes you trouble. I don't need the unwanted attention you crave."
"I'd swear there's an insult somewhere in there."
"Darlin', if I insult you, you'll be the first to know. Now point out your friends. I'll see to it you get to them safely."
I scanned the room and found Gina and Dale sitting at a small, round table near the bar. No one could miss either of them in a crowd.
Gina had flaming red hair, bright blue eyes, and a spectacular chest barely covered by a low-cut top. Her boobs were a statement piece; I'm talking breasts for days. She was highly skilled in the sex department and didn't care who knew it.
Dale was Gina's roommate. He had blond hair with spiky tips, honey-colored eyes, and dressed ridiculously well for a man — designer jeans, expensive silk shirts, and Italian leather shoes. One look and you knew his sexual preference without a doubt. But he didn't care, either.
It's what I loved about them. Neither pretended to be something they weren't. They were sexually profound individuals who enjoyed sharing stories of their lively bedroom adventures with me. Even if I didn't have much to offer on the matter.
I wasn't a prude, but compared to the two of them, I may as well have been a nun.
I pointed out Gina and Dale and, without hesitating, the weasel grasped my elbow and led me across the room, not stopping until we stood before them. They stopped talking the moment we walked up.
The weasel plopped me into the empty chair. He leaned down, brushing his lips across my ear, and whispered, "The name's Jake." Then he smiled and walked away.
Gina barely waited for him to get away from the table before fanning herself. "Who the hell was that?"
"That's Jake," I said nonchalantly.
Gina and Dale traded questioning glances and then Dale added, "Hellooo, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Yummy!"
"Was he the guy who gave you the eyes earlier?" Gina asked.
I shook my head. "No, that was Sergio. Jake helped me get rid of him."
"What's wrong with Sergio? Ugly?"
"No, but it's too bad about his personality. Not really the kind of guy a girl could fall in love with. He's already in a relationship ... with himself."
Gina and Dale both laughed.
"Oh, and he has tiny girl hands," I said, figuring they would draw the same conclusion I had. Weird, girly hands probably said a lot about the size of his package.
Gina wore a wicked grin. "If you were a virgin and slept with Sergio, then you'd probably have to sleep with someone else after him just to make it count."
Dale and I laughed, but he still looked confused. "So how did Boy Wonder come into the mix?"
"You mean ... uh, Jake?" Damn. I still wanted to call him the weasel. "He pretended to be my boyfriend to deflect Sergio." I wasn't going to go into specifics about the flirty encounter in the hallway. I needed something to tell them about later. It was all I had.
"He can be my boyfriend any time," Gina said, fanning herself again.
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Meet the Author
Alison Bliss grew up on a small island off the Texas Gulf Coast, where most of her childhood vacations consisted of camping or hunting trips to the deer lease. Although she will always be a Texan at heart, she currently resides in the Midwest with her Iowa farmboy husband and their two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books."
As the youngest of five sisters, Alison has never turned down a challenge…or been called by the right name. Her writing career may have started out as a dare by one of her sisters, but Alison hasn't put her pen down since.
She's an animal lover, a closet video game enthusiast, and believes the way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison's an avid romance reader who enjoys penning the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance…with a sense of humor."
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This book was superb. Actually it's one of the best books I've read in a very long time! The characters, plot, cockiness, sexiness of the entire story will suck you right in. (lol) I can't tell you the last time I laughed at two characters! Jake and Emily are electric and dangerous! :) Emily goes out with her friend on her birthday. Never in her wildest dreams did she think going out would land her in the Witness Protection Program. She does get to meet the sexy and handsome Jake, but he makes her furious and hot and bothered all at the same time with his demands. Jake is on a mission. However, he didn't plan on meeting Emily and kissing her. What once was to be work changes.. but can he keep Emily safe? OMG!!! Their banter is hysterical! There's name calling and so much more that will humor you until the very end! Emily is a firecracker! She's hilarious, sexy and speaks her mind. I loved the way she goads Jake and wants to stand up for herself! She's amazing. (I loved her feisty, sassy remarks she makes at Hank and Cowboy.. HILARIOUS!!) Jake is just as amazing. His personality and banter with her is amazing. He will be crazy at times, drive you batty but then make you fall in love with him! He's just amazing and you will want him for yourself! This book is spicy, sexy, intense, filled with angst, secrets, deadly people after Emily, fabulous friends and others who make this a remarkable book!!! If you love women who speak their minds, sexy men, laugh out loud friends, jealousy and danger.. this book is for you!! I can't say anymore about this book.. I loved it that much!! 5 amazing stars from me!! That end was brilliantly written! I would also love to see a few men from this story get their own HEA. I hope we can see more of them all!! <3 * I recv'd a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This is a Fabulous debut from Alison Bliss. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It had the right amount of suspense, humor and love. I really enjoyed Emily's sarcastic ways and the trouble it kept getting her into. You can't help but fall in love with Jake and his family and friends. I look forward to reading more books from this terrific new author.
Hooked from the first page to the last! Alison Bliss brilliantly weaves a story that’s a masterful balance of laugh-out-loud funny and curl-your-toes-sexy. The heroine, Emily, kept me laughing at her sassy antics, and the hero, Jake, is completely swoon-worthy. He’s the FBI agent with an inner country boy that every woman wants to have protecting her. The chemistry between the two of them sizzled off the pages. They were a perfect match for each other—Emily is a rule-breaker and Jake is a play-by-the-rules kind of man, so every time they clashed, it made for the kind of sexual tension that makes you stay up late just to finish the story. With Emily’s no-filter mouth and Jake’s dry wit, the banter was absolutely hilarious. The other characters are so vivid as well that I felt like the town and the people in it really exists—and they’d be a blast to hang out with! I’d love to see a story with Junior in it, and definitely more Cowboy! From the lively dialogue, to the steamy love scenes, and the HEA ending that pulled at my heartstrings, I loved every word of Rules of Protection. I recommend this book to every fan of romance! *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
This book was fantastic! This book has it all. There is humor, lots of humor, I mean laugh out loud! There was also romance, sex, suspense and action. This is the debut novel for Alison Bliss and it is a well-written, fun read. This is the story of Emily Foster and Jake Ward. They meet at a Chicago club on her birthday when he saves her from a guy hitting on her. They have an attraction right away. They flirt off and on all night until finally he disappear down a hallway and she follows. She see something she wasn't suppose to and that is where the fun begins. She ends up in Witness Protection and Jake ends of being her protector. When the safe house is compromised, Jake goes rogue and vows to keep Emily safe so they end up in a small Texas town with Floss and Hank, Jake's family. Jake is a rule follower and it is definitely against the rules to fall for the person you are protecting. Emily has never seen a rule that wasn't meant to be broken. These two were so fun and the secondary characters are just as wonderful. I am looking forward to the next book from this author. I highly recommend this book. You want to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Great Book!! Wow, what a totally awesome book from debut author Allison Bliss! Rules of Protection grabs you right from the beginning and the spine-tingling roller coaster never lets up. The two primary characters, Emily Foster and Jake Ward, have amazing yet complicated chemistry and their journey is replete with desire, loathing and love. Ms. Bliss is an excellent storyteller and her words kept me mesmerized from the very first chapter. I loved Emily's character. Not only is she smart, slick and sexy, she has a lot of spunk and determination. She lost both her parents in a tragic car accident and was placed in the foster care system when she was fourteen. So forming and maintaining friendships is hard for her because she fears losing them. She always says what's on her mind which sometimes gets her into trouble. Now Emily is 28, hiding from the mob, and falling in love with her FBI protector in rural Texas. Jake's character is intriguing. He is a hot FBI agent who does everything by the book. Rules and regulations are his mantra, that is until he becomes Emily's protector. He is knowledgeable about everything and anything, and as a result, tends to get on Emily's nerves. So Emily pushes his buttons with her tenacity, as Jake struggles to maintain his calm. When Jake finally puts the rules of the FBI aside and gives into his lust, sparks ignite. Above all, he is good to his family and protects those he cares about with a vengeance. The secondary characters are wonderful foils for Emily and Jake. Junior, Cowboy, and Hank are insightful and entertaining. Their personalities intertwine perfectly with the plot and the conflicts that are going on. Overall, this is a suspenseful, sometimes laugh-out-loud romantic adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Don't pass up the opportunity to read Rules of Protection. Complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing.
I love a book that captures all my emotions, and this was one of them. Emily a city girl see something she shouldn't have and end up under witness protection being watched by the very sexy FBI agent Jake. The safe house being found they head to the country ... yep a city girl gone country. I couldn't help but laugh at the antics Emily gets herself into, she is quite devilish in what she wants (Jake). But can she have him? or has she pushed him to far away. There were tears for reasons I wont add to this .. you will have to read it for yourself to find out.
What would you do if you had to leave your entire life behind because of something you had inadvertently witnessed? While out celebrating her twenty-eighth birthday, Emily Foster walks in on a murder. Lucky for her, Jake Ward is there to help her escape… or is Jake really who Emily thinks he is? I loved every single word of this book – it is probably one of the most humorous books that I have ever read. The banter between Emily and Jake is hilarious, as are the situations that Emily continues to find herself in. Emily is not the easiest person to live with and she really has a funny smart-alack mouth, but I loved her, from her quips that will make you spit your coffee out because they are so funny to her stubbornness and independence. I enjoyed watching Emily and Jake dance around their relationship and attraction – would they ever let both of their guard down long enough to enjoy each other? I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys humor, a little heat and a lot of fun
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book for anyone looking for action, suspense, and humor rolled into one. Jake and Emily have good sexual tension and I really liked how strong both of them were. They had a lot of witty banter going on between the two of them that was clever and funny. The book picks up very well at the beginning, with the main characters meeting just a few pages in at a club where Emily’s celebrating her 28th birthday with friends. The only thing about the beginning I found a little distracting was how we don’t know the heroine’s name until a little ways into the book. It’s not a deal breaker because the book was really good and I think it was done on purpose because the heroine gets the name Emily when she goes into the Witness Protection Program. Emily and Jake have such vastly different personalities that I thought it was going to be one of those books where they fight all the time. It’s true that they had quite a few arguments and disagreements along the way but it worked with these two. I loved the way that Jake protects with a vengeance and tries his best not to let his personal feelings get in the way of his duties. Secondary characters were also done really well, coming off the page instead of blending into the background. They added a lot to the story without taking the main focus off of Emily and Jake and their problems. Ms. Bliss is a great writer and from this debut, I can definitely say that I’ll be reading more of her books in the future. Also, the cover for this one just rocks.
Rules of Protection is a fabulous book. My favorite part of the storyline is the Texas backwoods. The author portrayed fantastic details and descriptions in the novel with some unique characters. I enjoyed reading Rules of Protection and it's a well-written book. It gives romance, mystery, suspense, drama, wittiness, sarcasm and humor with a few surprises. All of this combined makes a fabulous book that I believe you would enjoy reading. I'm looking forward to the next book by this author. I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Fantastic debut novel from author Alison Bliss. A great combination of small town romance, suspense, and snarky humor that kept me turning the pages. After witnessing a horrific crime our heroine is whisked away, given a new identity, and temporarily put under the protection of Jake Ward. When Jake realizes she is still in danger he takes matters into his own hands and does the only thing he can do. Kidnaps her!! Really a very entertaining read that I recommend to everyone!
What a story! Full of suspense, humor, drama, love and good old fashioned country goodness. Emily sets out to enjoy her birthday. While there she bumps into a very sexy man (Jake). The attraction is strong but it's obvious from the start these two don't see eye to eye. Jake disappears from the bar and while searching for Jake, Emily sees something she's not supposed to see and ends up stuck with none other than Jake to protect her. How does he protect her? By taking her to the back-woods country where Emily is NOT so comfortable. Enjoy the ride as Jake and Emily do their best not to kill each other and enjoy the humor and love of the amazing supporting cast. Did I mention the steamy scenes? Yeah, those are in there too. :) Rules of Protection is sweet, funny, suspenseful and just plain awesome. Can Jake save Emily from the evil searching for her? Can he save Emily from herself? You'll have to read and find out. I promise, this book does NOT disappoint.
I absolutely loved this book. The interaction between Emily and Jake was great.
The heroine is my kind of girl , she is mouthy , smartass, and don't take no crap from anyone. Even if her life is in danger and the only man who can save her is a hunk of a southern manhood, but he is a jerk. He wants her to do as he wants and she ain't having it. I loved it, too many times you get the hero telling the poor defenseless woman what to do and she takes it ..and Emily don't!!! She knows she is on deaths door and need help but that don't mean she will sit and roll over. Great writing , wonderful plot , great characters and side characters and ever DOG was wonderful. ((even if he is dead hahaha)) I am now a fan of Alison Bliss and will be stalker her like crazy , and reading anything and everything she writes! D.K. reviewed this for Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie ..
It’s Emily Foster’s birthday and she is convinced that maybe she just needs a little excitement in the form of quick romp in the hay. However, her night doesn’t quite produce the action she set out for. In fact, it was quite the opposite of anything she could have imagined. Now she is stuck in witness protection with special Agent Jake Ward to keep her safe. I loved the characters from start to finish. Their backgrounds, humor, and hearts were so much fun to follow. The humor got me the most. I think many authors are afraid to put their sense of humor into a book, thinking not everyone will get it. The secondary characters were fun too. Oh, and the sizzling hot tension that built up between these two characters was well worth the wait. This was a page turner, no doubt. I even loved the fact that it was over 300 pages. I’ve been enjoying some quicker reads lately, so this was a pleasant change of pace. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love it enough to finish it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. Everything from the characters to the setting draws you in. I absolutely loved The Rules of Protection. I adore this author and look forward to her next book. She has definitely made my top author list. You will want to check this read out. No, really, go one-click now!
I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end!! I was hooked from the first couple pages and did not want to put it down! I fell in love with Emily from the start and the sexual attraction between her and Jake was electric!! It was so fast paced and full of suspense, there was never a dull moment. The humor was laugh out loud funny and all the characters were so lovable and believable that I quickly became attached to every one of them! What an awesome story! I would recommend that everyone read this book, you'll be missing out if you don't!!!
A fun entertaining read. Emily is out celebrating her birthday with friends and okay maybe looking for a hot guy to help the celebration even more. Unfortunately the guy that hits on her is a jerk and the guy that rescues her, Jake, is sexy but annoying. Emily ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses a mob hit. Now she must rely on Jake, who happens to be an FBI agent to keep her safe. I enjoyed this book a lot. It is funny, sexy and keeps you glued to your Kindle. I am looking forward to reading more of this series in the future. Highly recommend reading.
Thanks to a certain author who wrote an absolutely fabulous could-not- stop-reading-until-I–finished-it-book, I missed an entire night of sleep. I was dragging all day at work, and I should know better than to start a new book so late at night, but All Worth It! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the RULES OF PROTECTION!! Debut author, Alison Bliss, has given her readers gold! Pure Gold!! You do not want to miss this incredible love story! It starts out with her heroine, Emily, out with her friends in a crowded club to celebrate her birthday and they are trying to convince her she should hook-up, but she’s not so sure. A tall, mysterious, handsome guy (Jake) catches her eye from across the room, but another guy approaches her and comes on strong. She tries to ditch Sergio, the second guy, and finally succeeds with a little help via an impromptu ravenous kiss from Jake. That kiss might have been meant to throw Sergio off, but it sets off the sparks to the chemistry flowing between Emily and Jake. When Emily decides to follow Jake deeper into the club she inadvertently witnesses a mob hit. Once again Jake comes to her rescue by getting her safely out of the club. Turns out he’s with the FBI and there undercover to watch Sergio and his mob boss. It becomes his job to get Emily safely into Witness Protection and keep her safe until it’s time for her testimony. When Plan A doesn’t work out he has to improvise and comes up with Plan B, in other words he drags the City girl off to the middle of nowhere where she is completely out of her element. The suspense plot of this story is so brilliantly written, with plenty of twists and turns, it will keep you guessing until the end who can and can’t be trusted. Emily and Jake seem like complete opposites, he is a rules guy who always goes by the book, and takes his responsibility of keeping Emily safe very seriously. It was easy to fantasize about him and his smoldering sexiness with his body of solid muscle and his take-charge alpha male personality, perfectly melded with his charming and sweet country boy manners. Visualize, I meant visualize his tough guy persona. Emily on the other hand, hates rules and prefers to live by impulse with her wit and snarkiness to guide her. She had me laughing so hard throughout the book with the things that would come out of her mouth. That girl had no filter and it was hilarious. There’s a line about hacky sacks that had me holding my stomach it was so funny. Granted, I admit there was also a few times I wanted to smack her, but that's okay, I still loved her. She could come off a bit flaky, but that girl had courage to spare, and she was not without her own charms. These two are both stubborn, strong-willed and determined to be the one in control. Emily drove Jake crazy and vice versa and not just because the sexual tension was off the charts between them. Ms. Bliss tormented this reader with all the near misses of these two finally giving in to what was so obviously between them, heck it felt like I was the one being denied. Truthfully, in every way it felt like I was right there in the story, with Jake and Emily, experiencing all that was happening in this dynamic fast-paced book. Ms. Bliss’s smooth flowing writing was emotionally intense, humorous, intriguing and completely mesmerizing. From running from the danger, laughing with their family and friends, experiencing the frustration of being in hiding, there was never a dull moment and I was engrossed from beginning to end. The secondary characters, both Jake and Emily’s friends and coworkers, were very well developed with distinctive personalities. I was equally captivated by and curious about Junior, Cowboy, Ox, Judd, Gina, Dale and Bobbie Jo. They definitely added to the situational suspense AND humor. The dialogue was brilliantly filled with the kind of easy conversation you recognize as only coming from good friends. Rules of Protection is a stand-alone novel, but I want more of them all and am so happy to know there are more Tangled in Texas books coming! 5 delighted stars!! ~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Hilariously funny, frustrating, emotional with a little suspense; Rules of Protection from debut author Alison Bliss is a total hit. Told in first person from the viewpoint of Emily Foster, it is truly a book to brighten your day. Emily Foster is at The Jungle Room to celebrate her birthday with her best friends Gina and Dale. Emily initially meets Jake when he rescues her from a douchebag trying to hit on her. After a series of comical events, Emily witnesses a mob hit. Once again, Jake comes to her rescue. Unbeknownst to Emily, Jake is an undercover FBI agent. Agent Jacob Ward is tasked with transporting Emily from Chicago to a safe house in Omaha. When the safe house is compromised, Jake takes her to the only safe place he knows, his Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Liberty County, Texas. In order to not draw attention to themselves, Jake passes Emily off as his girlfriend. Emily is a city girl with tons of emotional scars and baggage. She says the first thing that pops into her head, she doesn’t know how to censor herself. She tends to act before she thinks. But she seriously has a good heart. Jake is driven. He’s driven to succeed at his job and he’s driven to atone for his past. Like Emily, he also has emotional scars, but unlike Emily, he has friends and family who have his back. When these two are together, not only do tempers flair, but so does sparks of attraction. In fact, no one gets under Jake’s skin more often and faster than Emily. These two are total opposites of each other. Jake is a rules guy and likes to blend in, stay low and not be seen. Emily hates rules and likes to be noticed. While I’m crazy about this book, I have to point out that at some point, Jake became my least favorite hero. I mean I seriously wanted to do bodily harm to the guy. Rules of Protection is definitely a book to put you in a good mood, with ALL of its funny moments. But with so much humor, I was really surprised to see that when the moment came for things to get serious, the author left all the humor behind and actually got serious. The secondary characters are some of the best except for one that I finally was okay with towards the end of the book. This is the first book in the Tangled in Texas Series and I can not wait to see what else Alison has in store for us. Source: Author & Personal Purchase
You know how you start reading a book, and you figure out about 5 pages in that it's a self-published book because the writing is so awful? That's this book. The female main character, Emily, is absolute trash. I have no problems with vulgar language, and I'm not prudish when it comes to love scenes, but I can't stand people, be they "real" or book characters, who act like they were raised in a barn. Emily is rude, lacks any kind of social decorum, and spends half of the book (which is all I was able to get through before giving up) causing scenes or embarrassing herself and/or Jake. It's not an attractive personality trait. The writing isn't great (although I've certainly read worse), so it fits right in with the rest of the New Adult genre that's popped up in the past year or two. If you stick to New Adult or YA books only, you'll love this book. If you're a lifelong reader who reads everything you can get your hands on, you shouldn't waste your time. Barnes and Noble needs to stop allowing people to self-publish. There's a reason the publishing industry (and its readily-available editors) exist.
## AWFUL. Really bad. How the heck did this book get such high marks? There was so much arguing and bickering that it was exasperating. Both hero and heroine were extremely unlikeable. The heroine was so useless it was pathetic. She was incapable of....well....everything. It was maddening the way she kept throwing herself at the hero. How many times does a guy have to tell her NO? No pride to speak of. She is definitely in the TSTL (too stupid to live) club. And the "hero"? Puh-leez. What a jerk. Let's see, he calls the heroine a rude, spoiled brat, a drama queen, a crybaby, a heifer, and a thoughtless, thickheaded, tempramental tantrum-throwing toddler. He tells her she makes him want to hit her, that he can't compensate for her stupidity, to get her head out of her ass and to top it all off calls her promiscuous. WOW, I can she how she fell for him-NOT. Don't let the synopsis fool you, this is not a good read!
Non stop action from the beginning. Instant love hate chemistry between the main characters that send sparks flying. There were definitely some entertaining and funny moments, but overall this was a dislike for me. All of the tension and fighting between the protagonists was overwhelming. At times it was borderline uncomfortable. It had a lot of potential, but left me feeling squeamish. Interesting plot twists and more than a few good laughs. There are plenty of "will they won't they moments" to drive you wild. This probably gets a hot and steamy rating of 4 out 5. I can't say this one is for everyone.
I want to start off my review of Rules of Protection by saying that this book was not my cup of tea, but it could be for you. This is just how I felt about it but please form your own opinion. It started off good and I was intrigued by the premise of the whole seeing a mob hit and then being forced into witness protection. I could see why Emily would be acting the way she was by arguing, being stubborn and just a down right brat at times. I could see why Jake was being a hard headed jerk while trying to keep a difficult witness alive to bring down a mobster. So the beginning of the book was interesting and I enjoyed it. When he had to relocate her and they ended up in Texas by the Trinity River I perked up because I spent so many summers at the Trinity River when I was a kid. Many of the things the locals did I did, sitting around a trash fire, picking blackberries, etc. But then I noticed that there was never a change in Emily's attitude. She was still stubborn, bratty and at times rude to the people trying to keep her safe. I was trying to get in her head for the situation of being taken from your life, told you are someone new and scared about being killed before you can testify. But really all that happened was me not liking this character and in no way able to relate to her. Now I will say that I did like the ending, because it showed that she had grown from her experience. But I was left wishing it had happened sometime after the middle of the book. So that's my take on this book. I liked some parts and didn't like others, so I guess you can say I'm in the middle with this book. But again, this is just my opinion so please don't let this stop you from giving it a try.
I accepted this book for review because it sounded so good. Forced into witness protection with the guy your attracted to as you guard, of course I wanted to read it. But I didn't like it. By far, my reason for not liking it was Emily. I'm trying very hard to be kind here but she irritated me so much. She waffles back and forth on everything - from kissing the hot guy to pushing him away and then following him in the back room (not by invitation). Then her mouth engages. Up to this point, she seemed pretty normal if not a bit sarcastic but once her world falls apart she become irrational and dare I say stupid. It's not really a spoiler to say she won't accept witness protection until the bullets are flying around her head. Then she does it kicking and screaming. She fights everything. While I think it's meant to make things funny and increase the tension between them, I just have to agree with Jake and wonder what the heck her problem is. I'm not really a fan of the sexy times - yes I said that. It feels forced and the timing is weird. I wasn't feeling it. I'm pretty sure a federal agent and the witness he's guarding being together is frowned upon. And while there is some minor resistance, it wasn't nearly enough to convince me. I was just shaking my head. Do not get me started on her bikini trim job. The only thing I did like about this book was Jake. He's actually trying to be a gentleman, at least at first, but Emily is a total jerk. He saves her and she mouths off. He deserved sainthood for not slapping her. So, yeah, I didn't like it.
Holy Wow! This book is good! Poor Emily, she just wants to have some fun, to let loose and live-in her case, she happens to have too much fun and accidently sees a mob hit go down so with her life at risk, she is immediately placed in WITSEC –better known as The Witness Protection Program and Emily is paired with Special Agent Jake Ward. I have to say OMG HOT HOT HOT chemistry goes on in this book. As it goes, the safe house becomes comprised and Jake takes Emily and they quickly flee to the great ol state of Texas to hide out to keep Emily safe. Just image them behaving like adults and getting along…….yup getting along like peanut butter and mayo –think of things that DO NOT get along together well. Emily is the sort of gal that lets you know when she is unhappy and takes the time to put you on notice IMMEDIATELY. Jake is a guy’s guy and does what he wants, how he wants, when he wants and doesn’t care about rules…Yes, the men are from mars, women are from Venus theory works here. Slowly as the book continues to go, they unbend toward each other and get to like each other and get to realize that all the tension toward each other is really honest man/woman attraction, not just lust. Jake and Emily come to realize that they are developing some serious feeling for each other ...now if Jake can keep Emily alive while they both decide if they are going to act on it or not The secondary characters that are introduced were a riot. I never laughed as much as I did as I read this book. I had to stop reading this book at work; I kept getting funny looks. I kept telling everyone that the book I was reading was so good that it was criminal. Ms. Bliss has a winner on her hands. The action is so fast paced which you will loved . I do not want to give any more details regarding the book. I urge you to purchase because this is a book you will want to read over and over again and again. I hope Ms. Bliss writes more in this series because she has a winner on her hands. My Rating: 5 stars ***** **A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*
Loved it recommend everyone read this fantastic book