Protector For Hire

Protector For Hire

by Tawna Fenske


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Protector For Hire by Tawna Fenske

Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana's untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he'd lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

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ISBN-13: 9781943336548
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Protector for Hire (Entangled Lovestruck) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## EXCEPTIONAL. Really. This book was so much fun to read. I absolutely adored this couple. The heroine was amazing and the hero was hot with a capital T (no man-whore in sight; yay me). Their chemistry was sizzling; you could just feel it. And the humor? Omg, I was so glad no one was home because they would've thought I was nuts, I was laughing so hard. I loved Mac's story and Sam's story but this was by far my favorite of the series. The witty banter was written brilliantly! Go Schwartzkopf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series. You will enjoy this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best of the series, in my opinion anyway. The whole series is worth reading, at least once. Though, I do plan to reread this book over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read the samples in this series; however, I'm hooked. I can't put them down! And I'm mad as Hell that I can't finish the books, yet! I've found another author I love reading!
Linda_Grimes More than 1 year ago
Tawna Fenske is the kind of writer that puts a smile on my face just thinking about her books, and when I read them, my smile turns to laughing out loud as I blush and fan myself. PROTECTOR FOR HIRE is no exception. Schwartz and Janelle have the best kind of chemistry together--positively combustible! Oh, yeah, and bonus: there's a fantastic plot, too. If you're looking for the perfect beach read--whatever time of year it happens to be--this is the book for you. Enjoy!
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: This one blew me away! I loved the story--the unspoken love, the underlying suspense, how everything progressed. It was perfection. My Thoughts (full review): I've really been loving the Lovestruck line from Entangled. Such sweet romances with lots of heart. Protector for Hire was, no doubt, full of so much heart that I was bursting by the time I finished. Janelle is in hiding from her ex-husband. Once he's found and in jail, she'll be safe again. In the meantime, she's staying with Schwartz until the coast is clear. He's been hiding away himself, but for another reason entirely, one he can't let go of. Having Janelle around is a new thing for him since he's rarely around people. She gets under his skin in the best way possible, but he's unwilling to cross any lines--he's supposed to be protecting her, nothing more. It's impossible to resist the temptation, though. When the time comes for her to leave, will they be able to say goodbye? Protector for Hire completely blew me away in all aspects--the love, the suspense, the build-up. Your heart goes out to Schwartz--all that's he's been through, everything he's struggling with. When the two of them open up, it brings on a mess of feelings so touching. Now to go back and read the rest of the Front and Center series by Tawna Fenske! My Rating: Exceptional
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I was hoarding books two and three for the perfect moment. Well, I can't hold on to them now since I've now read the fourth! Schwartz Patton is the oldest of the Patton boys and very much the recluse. Following the Patton family tradition, he joined the military but his final mission ended badly and his guilt about what happened had him choosing a life of solitude and it's been a decade since he had contact with most of his family. However, he'll do anything for them and when his brother asks for his help to protect his fiancee's sister, Schwartz is quick to step up. Janelle Keebler had the misfortune of marrying a drug-dealer, but in her defense he told her he was into pharmaceuticals, only he didn't mention that the pharmaceuticals were of the illegal variety. After witnessing him commit a crime, she is now on the run in fear for her life and where's the best place place to hide out? A rustic cabin in the wilderness of Montana, of course! And the perfect companion would be taciturn and rugged mountain man. Janelle is fun, bubbly and has a great sense of humor so it's no surprise that she's able to get a smile out of Schwartz in record time and their attraction is instant. However, Schwartz has got his eye on the goal of keeping her safe and he will not be distracted, having learned that lesson the hard way. What he doesn't expect is Janelle's relentlessness and they final give into their attraction. But that's not all there is to it. Janelle has the ability to see beyond the surface with Schwartz to the good man inside and has him opening up to people and rethinking his decision to isolate himself from his family. She also makes him realize that what they have going on between them is what they need - to love each other and support each other. I'm a city girl through and through and would only do rustic if the comforts of home are available, so I completely empathized with Janelle's shock at the less than ideal living arrangements but surprisingly she adopts to mountain living very easily. I've enjoyed every of Tawna Fenske's books that I've read and PROTECTOR FOR HIRE is no different. Fun dialogue, a bit of suspense and a lot of love and family makes this a treat to read and a great end to the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first I have read in this series (or by this author) Protector For Hire managed to keep me intrigued and interested while providing just enough information from previous books to not feel overwhelmed. And whether or not I believed it possible, the hermit-like Schwartz was a wonderfully complex hero with a heart of gold underneath the fuzzy bits. Schwartz (named after General Norman Schwarzkopf) Patton returned from Iraq a broken man some ten years ago. While dealing with his issues and guilt, he has absented himself from friends and family, keeping only one brother in the know as to his whereabouts. Living like a hermit, anti-social, fuzzy and in near complete isolation, that heart shows through in his never missing family events (birthdays, Holidays, etc). He’s decided that only isolation and wallowing is better for everyone else: he’s got zero people skills, or interest in developing them. And people who look at him with fear in their eyes are SO tiring. Janelle is a sister-in-law to Grant Patton, and in the midst of her own very contentious divorce from a dangerous drug-dealer. While she didn’t believe him particularly dangerous, all things take a turn for the worse, and she needs to hide away. Grant suggests his brother Schwartz- as safe haven and protector in one. And the sparks begin. Janelle is not (to everyone’s surprise) scared by the Unabomber-like appearance of this brother, moreover she finds him appealing: even if he does come off like a grumpy Tarzan when he speaks. She’s used to independence and speaking her mind: and she does, repeatedly. These two fairly sparkle off one another with her poking at him to encourage conversation and his backpedaling from the emotions and desire she stirs up. Schwartz doesn’t really develop the loquacious facility of a poet, but when he does open up and share, Janelle sees it for what it is: a gift. She sees the wonderful heart belonging to the man too scared to admit he wants to love and be loved, and she won’t stop pushing him to open up. Because that honesty, and realizing that he is wanted and loved, not something to discard, is so very needed. Great dialogue, emotion and some seriously hot and electric moments when only desire is at the forefront highlight this story and keep readers wanting more. The perfect title to encourage readers to visit the earlier books in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Schwartz Patton is a former military man whose latest self-imposed mission has been easy to maintain: lose himself in the wilds of Montana, away from the close family his actions in Iraq disappointed ten years ago. Now, though, he's needed, and not in a way that makes him happy. His brother Grant contacts him through secret communication methods only to be used in an emergency. There's a woman who needs him to keep her safe. Janelle Keebler is the sister of Grant's new fiancee. She's also in extreme danger, courtesy of her ruthless drug-running ex-husband, who either wants her remarried to him (to keep her silent) or dead. Either way, she wouldn't be able to spill any of his criminal secrets. Now, the designer-clothed city girl is spirited away to the middle of nowhere and stuck with a crazy mountain man and his wolf-dog for company. Not exactly what she had in mind in terms of protection. Except that being in such close contact with Schwartz, watching him work to keep her safe, needling her way under his gruff exterior, starts to get to both of them. If they give in to a roaring attraction between them, though, the mission could be compromised and Janelle could be dead. Entangled Publishing's Lovestruck imprint presents the sexy romantic thriller PROTECTOR FOR HIRE by Tawna Fenske, just released this month. As far as the personalities of the combatants ... oops, I mean, protagonists ... goes, Fenske's characters are the most fascinating, varied, and entertaining I've ever read. Janelle, as out of place in the Montana wilderness as a wolverine at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, holds her own with aplomb, self-deprecating humor, and no small amount of grace, especially when faced with a protector whose goal seems to be to torment her from the first moment. But Schwartz is the one who really shines in his role as verbal combatant (that latter being the operative word in their exchanges). His dry wit only underscores his ability to ceaselessly produce and hurl snarky, sarcastic, ironic comebacks, quips, and one-liners that take you a second to digest, given that they're really not things said among nice-minded people. He's irreverent to a T and totally uncaring about anybody except himself, really. Which is perhaps part of what makes his eventual surrender to attraction, desire, and then more with Janelle so satisfying. To see the rough military man not whipped by Janelle's presence but deliberately bowing to her in respect and with tender deference, especially when the sparks between them finally ignite and land them together in bed for some really steamy scenes, makes for a tremendously fulfilling romance. I can't say enough to urge you to get your hands on a copy of this novel, posthaste. Others will pale in comparison! # # # Author: Tawna Fenske Title: PROTECTOR FOR HIRE Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck) ISBN: 978-1-63375-307-5 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I loved Protector for Hire! Loved both Schwartz and Janelle, they were both likable and relatable characters, loved their humor and banter. I found myself laughing out loud and smiling non stop. Schwartz was such a big teddy bear, he made out as if he was a hardass but it was all for show, he was a loving and caring man with a beautiful soul. I couldn't get over how much he loved his pop-tarts! It was always a good time for a pop-tart hahaha The storyline was very entertaining and held my interest from the start until the end. I did find the ending a little far fetched but hey by then I didn't care as I was so in love with them it didn't spoil my overall enjoyment. The epilogue left me with a heart full of love and a smile on my face that's still there. Tawna Fenske has done it once again, she's written a wonderful story that will touch your heart and make you feel all these wonderful feels. It's sad saying goodbye to the Patton family, it's been a joy reading about them =) I've loved the Front and Center series and highly recommend all the books. While each book can be read as a standalone you do get to see the other characters in each book as they are based on the Patton siblings.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Protector is Schwartz! Awesome Read I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Book four in Tawna Fenske's Front and Center series is about Schwarz Patton. He is considered the hermit and is second youngest in the family. This is pretty much what is known about him from previous books and here we have his book. We will see reappearances of previous characters from other books showing up in this book all to keep Janelle Keebler safe from harm. Her X-Husband is out to kill her and everyone is trying to keep her hidden and keep her alive. His brothers and sister put Janelle with Schwartz she is put with him to protect Janelle and his family try to find a way to draw him out of his self-imposed exile. The H/h had some pretty major connection immediately but he fought it. He is punishing himself for something that he didn’t have really any control over and he will always blame himself because he think/feels that he will be blamed for what happened 10 + years ago. This leads to conflict between the H/h and then Janelle has her time divided between worrying about what will happen when her ex-husband finds out and what will happen. Janelle is not a doormat. She has had a terrible life at the hands of a madman & then she finds her second chance with Schwartz. She is a bright, lovely, strong. She has overcome a lot and Schwartz had is a silent, strong, caring man who is recovering from a roadside bomb in Iraq wiped out his team, leaving a horribly injured Schwartz as only survivor . These two people ended up together and found love. Not saying it was smooth road getting together but they found each other. There HEA was emotional and there was several twists and turns getting to the big revel toward the end. All in all, I definitely recommend this story. My rating: 4.4 stars ***
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
What a humorous, steamy read! Janelle's ex husband is a drug dealer and he won't let her go! Her testimony can put him away for life and he can't let that happen. She needs to be hidden away where no one can find her. Schwartz has been living off the grid, away from his family, for over 8 years. He is Janelle's only safe bet. Schwartz is a man of few words but what comes out if funny and sarcastic. Janelle is up to the challenge and what results in very funny. Schwartz finds himself attracted to Janelle but sleeping with her would be inappropriate. Try telling Janelle that! Great read! *I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Schwartz Patton takes care of hiding Janelle Keebler as a favor for his brother. Her sister Anna, is married to his brother Grant. Janelle has a drug dealing, murdering, scum of an ex-husband who is trying to find her. Schwartz hides her in his cabin in the Montana wilderness. For a city girl, she really likes being away from it all. Like him, she can work from home on her laptop. As a graphic designer it does not matter where she is to work. She even learns to love his dog that is part wolf. Janelle is worried that her past has clouded her future. She believes she has bad taste in men. She is uncertain where her life will lead from here. Will she have to hide from her ex forever? Her attraction to Schwartz, however, is immediate. Schwartz has to protect her. He has a past that makes him feel like a failure in his military family. He feels like he should be alone. He punishes himself. He cannot make a mistake with Janelle. The attraction will just have to wait. This story is so good about PTSD and self esteem. I am not sure the author intended that, but it is a sincere book about building someone up. I was impressed with the honesty the characters share right from the start. He really does protect her and the banter alone is worth reading. ***This ARC was free from and its publisher for review purposes.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Finally the mystery is solved! I was very intrigued with Schwartz from the other books in this series, and he did not disappoint. All six foot five inches of pure protector alpha male. I loved how Janelle saw the real him and through his layers. There were several parts in their story that had me laughing out loud. Their sarcastic humor and sexual frustration/innuendo was a definite highlight of the book. Their heat was on fire and I loved how it transformed Janelle. Both of their inner dialogue was highly entertaining. The glimpses of the previous characters were sweet and very welcomed. Stella seriously cracked me up with her appearances and conversations. This was a family oriented book with a hero with a vulnerable heart of gold and a city girl who chose to know and love him. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 SCHWARTZ!!!! Okay some of you may not know about Schwartz Patton. 1) Shame on you 2) You need to read this series. Schwartz Patton as part of the Patton family he has always believed he has to live up to the Patton family standard of perfection. Schwartz has always felt like he was the square peg in a round peg family. Which couldn’t be farther from the truth. When Schwartz is asked to help protect Janelle he figures it will be like any other job. Boy howdy is he wrong. Janelle Keebler, is not known for her good decision making skills when it comes to men. Hence the reason she is on the run and in hiding. But while her poor choice in men may have landed her in danger, be with Schwartz is the most perfect thing to happen to her. I loved this book. Love this series. Loved seeing each of the Patton children get their worlds turned upside down by a little thing called love. It was so nice and heartbreaking to find out (finally) Schwartz’s back story. I really wish that Janelle would have got a few more kicks in this book. I would have love to see her be just a tad bit more bada$$ at the end. But I guess she doesn’t need to be BA when she has the Patton family behind her. So in short!!! If you are looking for a fun and fast read full of lots of love, laughter and smexy time you need to check out this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Sexy and romantic: PROTECTOR FOR HIRE is the fourth installment in Tawna Fenske’s adult, contemporary Front and Centre romance series. This is former US soldier Schwartz Patton, and graphic designer Janelle Keebler’s storyline. Janelle is Anna’s sister and Schwartz is Grant’s brother (both from Best Man for Hire #3). PROTECTOR FOR HIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous storylines is revealed when necessary. Each FRONT AND CENTRE Patton sibling is named after a famous US General (MacArthur, Sheridan, Grant) and in this our hero’s name is Schwartzkopf Patton Told from dual third person perspectives, PROTECTOR FOR HIRE finds Janelle Keebler in hiding. Her psycho ex husband-murderer/drug trafficker/all around evil man- is on the run, searching for Janelle in the hopes of ‘convincing’ his ex wife that it would be prudent if she forgot everything that she knows and saw. Janelle was oblivious to her ex husband’s business and in this she believes her ‘picker’ is no longer working. Enter Schwartz Patton-the man who has been tasked with protecting Janelle; keeping her hidden in the remote wilderness of Montana. What ensues is a building relationship between two completely opposite personalities and the realization, for Schwartz, that to move forward he has to learn to forgive himself. Schwartz Patton has been off the grid for almost a decade. Ten years earlier, a roadside bomb in Iraq wiped out his team, leaving a gravely injured Schwartz as the lone survivor. Survivor’s guilt and the belief that he led his team to their deaths finds Schwartz living with his guilt and his wolfdog ‘Sherman’ in the Montana Wilderness. But family is never far away from Schwartz’s mind, as he continues to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations and births. The relationship between Schwartz and Janelle is one of immediate attraction but Schwartz has been without companionship for so long that the regulars in the small town presumed our hero was ‘all sorts of crazy’ or a mute. As the storyline progresses, so too does the relationship between our leading couple, as Schwartz tries not to succumb to Janelle’s feminine allure and the scent of her designer bath oil. The $ex scenes are intimate and provocative; Schwartz will lose his ‘phone sex virginity’ to Janelle. PROTECTOR FOR HIRE is a sexy and romantic storyline that ends with another Patton family member finding love and a happily ever after. There are moments of giggle-worthy humor as we are introduced to the local townsfolk and their attempts to gather information about Janelle and Schwartz aka Triple M. And we can’t forget about Schwartz addiction to the toaster pastry-POP TARTS, and Janelle’s need for a great cup of coffee. The sexual innuendo is cause for a few guffaws and hearty groans. The world building continues to focus on the Patton siblings and their spouses with a little cameo from the family matriarch Stella Patton. I will point out I am not a fan of the name Schwartz. I get it; all of the siblings are named for famous American Generals but Schwartz is probably the least romantic name I have ever encountered in a romance novel-by far-except for one female heroine named Brannislava. ;)
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this sexy contemporary romance, book 4 in the Front and Center series but easily read as a standalone, Schwartz has become a self-imposed hermit, haunted by his military past. Only recently has he started to reconnect with his brother Grant, and when Grant needs his help, he can't refuse. Grant's sister-in-law Janelle needs protection from her drug lord and murderer ex-husband, and Schwartz's solitary cabin off the grid is the perfect location to hide out while Schwartz's brothers track him down. But Schwartz has forgotten what it's like to have a female around all the time, and Janelle's presence softens something in him, making him realize how much he's been missing. Can he keep Janelle safe and when the danger is over, will he be willing to let her go? Like others who've eagerly anticipated Schwartz's story, I thoroughly enjoyed his tale. Schwartz has been an enigma since mentioned in previous books, with no revelation to explain his hermit like existence until now. Here we have a man who is so deep in his self-loathing over actions that he blames himself for, that he's cut himself off from his military family, thinking they would never understand what happened. Despite this, the angst level of the story isn't that high (no ugly crying) but there is definitely a lot of empathy for Schwartz and what he's put himself through. He's a gruff, solitary, man but didn't used to be that way, and Janelle's presence starts to bring back his more human side. Janelle is a city girl through and through but is determined to do whatever is necessary to escape her ex-husband, and if a remote cabin is what it takes, she'll do it. I liked her character a lot - she's still got a lot of fire in her, she's friendly and vivacious and the complete opposite of Schwartz. But as they say, opposites attract, and there is a chemistry between them from their first meeting that won't be denied. While Schwartz is torn between trying to protect Janelle and wanting to make love to her, Janelle feels less restraint on her end and they end up sharing some steamy scenes together. What I really enjoy about this author's writing though, is that there are elements of humor throughout the story, so even love scenes make you smile. It was great to see some of the characters from previous stories in the series, in particular Schwartz's family as he finally admits that keeping himself from them hasn't helped him to heal. I really enjoyed watching him come out of his shell. For me, this was a great mix of action, sex, humour and a sweet romance. 4. 5 stars.
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** The fact that Schwartz exhiles himself for a mistake but still shows his love for his family from afar is something new from an author. I like how even if he is gruff and grumpy he can still be gentle when necessary. I love that Janelle adapts as easily to isolated wilderness living as she does and ends up prefering it in the end. The whole family is fantastic and I cannot wait to read the other stories!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fun witty banter between the main characters make this an incredibly enjoyable read. This entire series has been fun to read! In this book Janelle Kebbler needs protection from her murdering ex husband. Where better to hide a city girl than in the woods with a grumpy recluse?? For eight years Schwartz Patton has hidden himself away from everyone after devastating losses in Iraq scarred his heart. Now his brother has tracked him down and asked for his help. Protecting this feisty, beautiful woman may be harder than he expected though!! This is a good one and I definitely recommend it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "It's been a while." Stars! The author, this book, the whole series… absolutely outstanding. The Patton family all in their own unique ways have been pretty easy to fall in love with, and Schwartz Patton, the elusive and up to this book pretty much unknown elder brother is no exception. I have been itching for his story for a while, and although Tawna has given her reader’s glimpses of him, and little titbits about him in the previous books, this story was an absolute joy to read, in that I got the complete, no-holds-barred, full HD Schwartz Patton, experience. ”I’m here to protect you, not flock you.” Blunt, solitary and lacking in people skills because of it, you just know that the verbal back and forth between, city-slicker Janelle and our reclusive mountain man was going to be laugh out loud funny, and down and deep dirty from the get go, and the author didn’t disappoint. The chemistry between them sparked early one and kept up a sexy and steady burn from then on. ”We’re avoiding discs around here.” I love this couple and the situations they managed to get themselves into as the book progressed. But for all the fun there was also a lot of emotion and poignancy as well, a family reuniting, a band of brothers coming back together, not matter what has happened in the past, with no care for the water that has flowed under the bridge. As I said, I have for the most part loved this series, each Patton and the women/men they have ended up with have had some pretty funny and emotional adventures getting to their ’Happily Ever Afters’ but it was such an enjoyable ride, and I hope to see more from this author very, very soon. ”Don’t mess with family.” ARC generously provided by Entangled, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.