The Protector: Games People Play

The Protector: Games People Play

by HelenKay Dimon

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ISBN-13: 9780062692221
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: HelenKay Dimon's Games People Play Series , #4
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 22,671
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Helenkay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a . . . divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over thirty novels, novellas, and shorts to numerous publishers. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues, and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But if you ask her, she'll tell you the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose again.

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The Protector: Games People Play 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadingInPajamas 9 months ago
Review: THE PROTECTOR: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon Publication Date: July 31, 2018 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 4 Stars I’ve always loved a book that has a lot of group camaraderie, especially in an alpha-male unit. This book fulfilled that wish, so now I must go buy the rest of the series! Thankfully I had no problem jumping into the middle of the series. Damon was ornery and secretive, loaded down with a past guilt that made him standoffish. I didn’t mind that and quickly wanted him to find release. It took me longer to warm up to Cate. She was a touch too argumentative and some of the risks she took seemed a bit improbably. That being said, she grew on me. They matched up into a believable couple, despite the mystery and danger bombarding them. It turned out to be a sexy, exciting suspense – that kept me guessing. *Review copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
ReadingInPajamas 9 months ago
Review: THE PROTECTOR: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon Publication Date: July 31, 2018 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 4 Stars I’ve always loved a book that has a lot of group camaraderie, especially in an alpha-male unit. This book fulfilled that wish, so now I must go buy the rest of the series! Thankfully I had no problem jumping into the middle of the series. Damon was ornery and secretive, loaded down with a past guilt that made him standoffish. I didn’t mind that and quickly wanted him to find release. It took me longer to warm up to Cate. She was a touch too argumentative and some of the risks she took seemed a bit improbably. That being said, she grew on me. They matched up into a believable couple, despite the mystery and danger bombarding them. It turned out to be a sexy, exciting suspense – that kept me guessing. *Review copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
moohnshine 9 months ago
Cate Pendleton is trying to find the truth to what really happened when her sister dies at Sullivan. She doesn't believe that she fell off a water tower to her death, when her sister was afraid of heights. But her investigation into her sister's death is getting nowhere and now there is someone breaking into her home. Damon doesn't want to accept the job at Sullivan. He rather keep those secrets buried. But Wren does not give him much choice in the matter. When he meets Cate, whom he is to protect, he is struck by her beauty and her need for help. But when danger arises and the risks becomes higher, Damon is determined to help solve the mystery. Or die protecting the one who has opened his heart. Will he be able to protect her and deal with the blast from the past that is his father? Oh my I loved this book! This book was full of action, danger and suspense from page one. I had such a hard time putting it down. The story was explosive and edge of your seat fun. This is the first book I have read from HelenKay. I was not disappointed at all. I do wish I knew it was a series before starting this one. Even though it was perfect as a standalone, I would have loved to have a more in-depth reality on the other characters. I think I would have enjoyed this one even more than my 5 stars worth. ;) This author mixed the perfect cocktail of suspense and romance, creating a very exciting book. The book flowed smooth and was flawless. It had a unique story line with plenty of twists and turns, with plenty of secrets to reveal. It will keep you guessing till the very end. Who you may think did it, most defiantly will not be the one who did it. The main characters were magnetic and fierce. They were strong and perfect for each other. These two were a hot commodity. They burned up the pages with their steamy love affair. Damon the bad boy and Cate the strong independent female. A perfect match. Yin and Yang. I loved their crazy banter and unfinished sentences, that sometimes had me laughing out loud. Very lovable. "You do not eat a hamburger everyday." "True. Some days I mix it up and order a cheeseburger." "Then why were you walking away from me?" "I was giving that man his coat back." Overall this book was amazing. It is full of suspense, danger, family issues, hot steamy sex and most of all love. Not the conventional kind but it works for these characters. If you love action and adventure and thrills to no end, then this book is perfect for you. With amazing characters and great suspenseful plots, this book is sure to hold your attention and make you a fan. So go and grab your copy today. You will be glad you did.
BooksAndSpoons 9 months ago
I hang on to each and every word as I was reading The Protector. With the brilliant banter, the twisted word games, the subtle hints with the ever-escalating suspense, the way the fake romance turns into an inferno of real, true feelings, emotions that wrapped around my heart as well as the protagonists, and how the thrilling suspense and anticipation of the malice influenced and affected the deepening emotions growing between Cate and Damon, all together it created an amazing, riveting, and ardent tale, an unputdownable story that enchanted and charmed my mind and heart while I devoured it. Cate Pendleton's fearless pursuit of justice for her sister, to find out the truth about her sister's destiny and death was admirable and showed the capacity of kindness, consideration, compassion, and determination she was able to. She is smart, goal oriented, with an organized mind, and capable to hold her own. She is passionate, comfortable within herself, and she knows what it is to want more, to need more, to survive, and to succeed. Damon Knox is such a complex man with deep mental wounds from his upbringing and from the consequences of the actions of the authority figures in his early life. He has completely closed off his past to survive, relying only on his inner circle of friends. He has his job, where all the good he does, is like a redemption from his past. He uses jokes and humor to hide behind, yet there is a deeply feeling, caring, passionate man under all the tough exterior, that won my heart, over and over again through the tale. Together Cate and Damon complete each other. They bring peace of mind to each other, they feel safe and centered, able to conquer anything while in each other's company. The passion between them is beautiful, I loved how equal they were in each other's eyes, physically, mentally, with the investigation, and with the battle to survive the deadly hostility the face. The palpable malice in the air, the intense and intimidating atmosphere at the Sullivan compound, the threats, and attacks against Cate and Damon are constant in the story, giving it a very edgy and potent tone. The suspense is well twined together with the developing love story. The tight bond, and support of the members of Fixer's team demonstrating what a true brotherhood is like. With vivid images of the thrilling, dramatic action and suspense, of the desirous, delightfully delicious love story, built by sharp and illustrative dialogue, words that easily captured my mind and wrapped around my heart, HelenKay Dimon delivers another home run in this prized and popular series. A must-read in my opinion ~ Five Spoons
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 months ago
spicy and intriguing THE PROTECTOR is the fourth full-length instalment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary, adult GAMES PEOPLE PLAY erotic, romantic, suspense series focusing on a tight knit group of life-long friends, known as the Quint Five whose business it is to investigate and ‘fix’ whatever has gone wrong. This is Damon Knox and Cate Pendleton’s story line. THE PROTECTOR can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Cate and Damon) THE PROTECTOR follows Damon Knox as his latest assignment working for Levi Wren is to return to a place that all but destroyed his life. Cate Pendleton’s sister ‘died’ under mysterious circumstances while living and learning at the Sullivan Compound in Salvation Pennsylvania, a cult-like compound whose secrets lie hidden behind locked gates and armed guards. Having approached Levi Wren for assistance in uncovering the truth Cate learns she is to work with a man whose own secrets are closely related to the Sullivan Compound where her sister had died. Enter Damon Knox, the man with whom Cate will fall in love. What ensues is the fake relationship between Damon and Cate, and the potential fall-out as Cate and Damon are targeted for sins of the past, sins that wish to remain buried along with the dead. Cate is desperate to uncover the truth about her sister’s death but years of searching for the truth have the people living and working at the Sullivan Compound worried when our heroine arrives in town with Damon Knox. Damon is a man who is unable to let go of the past but finding himself in Salvation, Pennsylvania stirs up too many memories for himself and the people who remember what happened years before. The relationship between Cate and Damon begins as a business arrangement that must present as a fake romance in order to get past the people in charge. Damon believes himself empty and cold, unworthy of love having been betrayed by the people from his past. Cate suspects Damon’s inability to let go of the past stems from his need for closure thus facing his demons means facing the man who destroyed his life. A fake relationship with Cate forces Damon to reveal the truth, and in doing so allows our hero to forgive himself for what happened in the past. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Levi Wren, Wren’s second in command Garrett McGrath and Trevor Gault (of the Quint Five); as well as several members of the Sullivan Compound-Leader Steven Sullivan, brothers Roger and Vincent, and Steven’s assistant Liza. THE PROTECTOR is a story of suspense, romance, betrayal and revenge. The premise is entertaining; the romance is seductive and compelling; the characters are charismatic and dynamic but the lack of any significant background information regarding Cate or Damon was a bit disappointing especially as it concerned Damon and his years spent in the Sullivan Compound; or what it was he actually did for Levi Wren. THE PROTECTOR is an interesting, spicy and intriguing tale of determination and grit.
Nicola1202 9 months ago
HelenKay Dimon is an author who I’ve been meaning to read for a while and, with equal measures of sexy and suspense, The Protector was an impressive introduction to her writing. “...if you want someone who will literally risk everything to find an answer, then you want me, Cate.” Cate Pendleton is grieving the death of her sister and not knowing how and why she died torments hers. She’s not weak, far from it, but she knows she can’t find the answers she needs alone. Enter Damon Knox, a man with the skills to help her, but who is harbouring his own secrets and a past in which getting involved with Cate will risk old wounds being reopened. “I know you think you’re all broody and complex and hard to read, but you’re really not.” From the moment they meet, Cate and Damon created a spark which carried on throughout the entire story, flitting between verbal sparring and tender moments as they grow closer and work towards discovering how Cate’s sister met her untimely demise. But what struck me was how light a read this was considering the suspense element, gathering momentum as the story heads towards its conclusion and creating tension and action, yet the the romance and passion remains ever present throughout: I loved Cate’s confidence both sexually and in helping Damon open up, along with their knack of creating subtle, sexy innuendo. “Is that a hard rule? Like, no sex at work ever. Is there wiggle room?” “Are you going to wiggle for me, Cate?” This is the fourth book in the Games People Playseries and although my first, diving in this far down the line wasn’t a problem and has simply left me with my sights firmly set on the previous books.