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The Protector

The Protector

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by Marliss Melton

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Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she's targeted by terrorists avenging her father's actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy SEAL Ike



Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she's targeted by terrorists avenging her father's actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun.

Embracing solitude in his remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ike thought he'd left the War on Terror far behind. Now he's stuck shielding a blue-eyed beauty from ambitious federal agents and crazed jihadists. More disturbing still, the charming Eryn seems intent on shattering his self-imposed isolation. Ike does his best to resist her welcoming ways, but he can feel his restraint eroding like a mountain in a mudslide. With the FBI hot on their heels and the terrorists not far behind, Ike willingly wages a one-man war in defense of the woman whose passion and faith have given him the strength to rise above his past.

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Marliss Melton is the author of the bestselling Team Twelve Navy SEALs series. Wife of a retired Navy veteran, she relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt stories about America's most elite warrior, the US Navy SEAL. As the daughter of a US intelligence officer, Melton grew up in various countries overseas. She has taught Spanish, ESL, and Linguistics at the College of William and Mary, her alma mater. In addition to her writing, Melton busies herself raising a young daughter, keeping tabs on three college students, and walking her miniature Australian Sheepdog.

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The Protector 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Eryn McClellan has traveled the world as her family gladly follower her father's military career. She admires him, respects and the military choices he has had to make even though those choices have made her a target for a terrorist group that wants her head literally on a silver platter. The only person her father trusts to keep her safe is Isaac "Ike" Calhoun, a retired SEAL that knows all the places you can hide someone because that is what he has been doing since he left his military career behind. Ike blames himself for a choice that cost soldiers' lives even though he felt it was the right decision. Guilt drove him to where he is now and obligation to the man he served for will have him take care of Eryn. Ike doesn't want the job but he would never say no to the man that filled the family gap that Ike desperately needed. So he goes in and literally picks Eryn and her dog up and takes her to his remote mountain hideaway. The problem is the FBI wants to keep her safe despite their loose definition of safe from using her as bait. Ike is having none of this idea and his house is safe and the security strong. No one is getting in without Ike knowing about it but the problem is not perimeter safety it is the attraction to Eryn that might get through the wall around his heart. Ike keeps everything in check, that is how you stay alive but with Eryn's gentle ways and trusting nature he appears to be softening that stance. One touch turns to a kiss which becomes a caress and before Ike knows what has happened he finds himself risking his life and his heart to make sure no one touches her but him. When the chase begins to identify the bad guys from the less than honorable Eryn has already picked her hero and knows that Ike may not have allot to say but the few words he expresses are genuine and true. This is a great adventure book mixed with the perfect addition of suspense to romance which keeps you wondering what will happen next. I would have liked more in depth about Ike's family angst but everything else is exceptional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! ## This is my first novel by this author, but i will be buying more. The story was great. It had intrigue, suspense and romance. The two leads were tremendous. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really got into Ike The Hero of this book. He was in Special OPS. a Seal.. Well trained. He left the service when 4 men in his team died on a mission. He felt so much guilt for their deaths.. He went up to his Mountain that was isolated. He took on training people in how to protect themselves. He gets a call from his former Commanding Officer, a General, The Generals Daughter, Eryn has been Targeted by terrioists to be killed. An attempt has been made on her life. The FBI step in, put her in a safe house, BUT....they are using her as bait to catch the terriorist. Ike is sent by the General to keep her to his Mountain. The General knows Ike will keep her safe...She has a dog. She won't leave her dog behind when Ike kidnapped her..The rest of the story is one of survival... I don't want to spoil it for you... Yes there is Love and sex, but it's not distasteful. You will see it bloom, even tho Ike doesn't want to fall in love with her, he does. The suspense and drama of how he saves her is great. Eryn doesn't trust the FBI to keep her safe. She loves IKE, and doesn't want him caught and tried for stealing her out from under the FBI protection...They track him down...but they don't catch him until Eryn gives herself up to save Ike. The terrorist does capture her. Read the book, find out how she is saved by Ike and an FBI agent...
Mocat More than 1 year ago
This was not up to par with Ms Melton's prior books. Very predictable, almost read like a Loveswept or Harlequin. Def not worth the $10 for a book of only 230 pages. It had a very nice hero, and an engagine heroine but really nothing exciting about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every book by Melton and loved her earliest ones. The first two stories I could read over and over again. I even have a pre-published book signed from Ms. Melton. I always look forward to her books so I was disappointed by this one. I didn't find Eryn particularly likable and couldn't quite see what Ike saw in her. I thought Ike as the hero was tall, dark, handsome, dangerous, everything you wanted a hero to be. I felt like I was missing something in the relationship but maybe it was just me. I'll continue to read all of Ms. Melton's books but this one isn't a favorite.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE PROTECTOR by Marliss Melton is an exciting romantic suspense set in present day Washington,D.C. and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina.It is written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart and will keep you spell bound.When Eryn McClellan,the daughter of a general operating in Afghanistan,is targeted by an avenging terrorist, for her father's actions in Afghanistan,the FBI steps in.But Eryn's father knows he can only trust her life with someone he trusts: former Navy Seal Ike Calhoun. Ike is a loner living in a romote cabin on Blue Ridge Mountains in Virgina,he his living in self afficted soliture.He blames himself for his team getting killed in an operation in Afghanistan. This is a fast paced story full of action,love,romance,sweet sensuality,revenge,trust,FBI,terrorist,a one man war to defend and keep Eryn safe,redemption,passion and faith. "The Protector" will have you on the edge of your seat while Eryn and Ike fight their growing attraction,try to keep Eryn safe,alive and away from the FBI,who only wants the terroist at all costs including Eryn's life.While Ike gains the strength to confront his past from Eryn he also learns to love and find forgiveness with himself. This is a must read.A keeper. If you have never read Marliss Melton,she is a powerful and talented author who not only has heartfelt stories of heros but they are realistic stories of elite warriors,the U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. "The Protector" is a wonderful story of love,facing your past, and moving forward to find love and happiness.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author.Details can be found at Createspace and My Book Addiction Reviews.
WritermomAngela More than 1 year ago
I've waited a long, long time for the newest book from Marliss Melton and I was definitely not disappointed with The Protector. Ike Calhoun is everything readers will be looking for in a hero, and watching him grow, and develop as he learns to trust his heart, and his instincts again is only the beginning of what makes The Protector an amazing, cannot-put-it-down reading experience! Eryn McClellan is the perfect heroine and she grows to become the person we'd all want to have as our closest friend. Marliss Melton's writing will grip you from the first page, and keep you turning the pages in rapid-fire speed from the first page to the last. The Protector has everything from drama, suspense, action, romance, and and enough passion to steam up your windows!
Anonymous 1 days ago
I usually like SEAL novels..i liked this one too except it could have been a little shorter; was just too drawn out. What i dont like about a story by any author is when the hero knows he is linterested in the heroine, he'll tell himself thru half the book that he is not good enough or she deserves better than him or yada yada yada.
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Very well written, going right into the second one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriging, well written. Lots of homework done here. Interesting characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line though the bad FBI sac was a little over the top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good romantic suspense.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character, Ike is sworn to protect his former commanders daughter, Eryn. There is a lot of action along with humor and a woman's love that saves the hero from his self imposed isolation. The book sucked me in from beginning and didn't let up until the final words were read. The characters were strong and we'll written. I highly recommend this book and am buying the rest in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never put it down from page 1 to page 248, loved this book!!!!!!! Intrigue & romance all rolled together for a riveting plot and a really good ending. Will be buying more books by this author. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was ok for the most part. Good character development. However, the part the hero was torn up about sounded like it was taken almost entirely from the Lone Survivor story, although this story has two survivors. If the author got her inspiration from that true account she needs to learn to differentiate a bit more. This is too close to plagarism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable example of romantic suspense military/FBI action. A lot of action with the FBI elements the most edgy. Unfortunately,there is a lot of activity that was unrealistic and even idiotic. One simply does not become good at shooting or self-defense in anafternoon. And any military man worth the title is not going to put nookie ahead of prep when there's a pending attack. This was my first read from this author. While I liked it well enough to finish it, I wasn't inspired to check out her other offerings. A few bits of false advertising: the cover art seems somewhat comedic and there was very little humor in this book. Also, while there were stylings of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, this book comes nowhere near their mastery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 2/3 through the book and it seems to have gotten rediculously out of hand. The FBI, supported by those in authority have completely lost sight of the real problem and created a whole other problem that really makes no sense. The victim is now more like a prisoner and her chosen protector is sought after as though he committed the crime. REALLY???
aakerr More than 1 year ago
First I have to say I loved The Protector. I've read it three times now. Ike and Eryn are both characters that I love and want to be happy. Eryn McClellan teaches ESL and her father is a US General. She's targeted by terrorist because of him. The General asks former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun, a man he trusts and treats like a son, to protect Eryn. Ike Calhoun has left the Navy and the war behind and is living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now suddenly he's responsible for keeping Eryn safe. Ike tries to push Eryn away but she's having none of that. Together they try to evade both terrorist and the FBI to stay alive. It's a journey that Ike needs to be able to recover from his time in Afghanistan and to be able to love Eryn. This book has a great balance between suspense and romance. Also check out her SEAL Team 12 series and the new series she's just getting ready to begin, Echo Platoon, which is coming soon.
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
This was the first book of Marliss Meltons's I ever read. I loved it. The main character Ike Calhoun has some major demons to overcome after leaving the service. The one man he owes a favor to calls it in to protect his daughter from the government using her as bait to bring in terrorists. While Ike works to protect Eryn from not only his government but also the terrorists who hunt her, his tough facade slowly begins to fall apart as Eryn's sweetness penetrates his defenses.
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
It was my first time reading a book in this genre and I was very pleasantly surprised, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the action and the right amount of romance for this book. Highly recommended read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago