The Southern Gentleman: Protective Instinct (Dominant Heroes Collection, #1)

The Southern Gentleman: Protective Instinct (Dominant Heroes Collection, #1)

by Sweden Reese

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IN THE PULSE-POUNDING STYLE OF New York Times bestselling authors Maya Banks and Lexi Blake comes a new romantic suspense series about sex, politics and scandal...

When a shadowy group intent on stealing the U.S. presidential election targets a leading candidate’s daughter, jaded professional fixer Nolan Jackson is hired to safely escort her across the country to a star-studded Election Eve event. There's only one problem: She’s ditched the campaign and disappeared… A southern gentleman who likes fast cars, deadly weapons and total control, Nolan is used to winning at all costs. Except in love. Yet, he’ll soon find himself irresistibly drawn to the candidate’s beautiful, naïve daughter.

Sheltered heiress Lola Randall has always played it safe. Now she’s gone rogue. After escaping the media spotlight and her overbearing parents, the last thing she needs in her life is an alpha male. But when Nolan shows her how good it can feel to relinquish control, she begins to secretly crave his domination. Now, she must choose between her independence and falling in love. Because Nolan is determined to win her heart and nail the bad guys before the opposition finds a way to steal the White House.

Erotic romantic suspense series for mature audiences

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This is Book 1 in a steamy, suspenseful 2-book story. Book 1 ends in a scandalous cliffhanger, Book 2 delivers the HEA. Both books are available now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153335384
Publisher: Lens Flare Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Series: Dominant Heroes Collection , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,267
File size: 999 KB

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The Southern Gentleman: Protective Instinct (Dominant Heroes Collection, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Good Lola runs from her mom campaign, goes to San Francisco. Nolan is hired to bring her back. Someone from the opposition is trying to hurt her. He is very Alpha in his ways and belief's. Can she handle her protector.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cliffhanger!! Ugh.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Lens Flare Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating of the book or the content of my review in any way. This is book 1 of the Dominant Heroes duology and it is quite an interesting story. It's the old famous, rich girl in need of protection, dark alpha male offering said protection story, only with a twist. Lola is pretty innocent, doing what she needs to all the time, but she needs to escape, she wants to be on her own, without the watchful eyes of her security detail. She finds herself being "hunted" by Nolan, fixer and dominant alpha male, and being brought back home. On the way home though she gives him hell, he retaliates, she submits, he falls for her. The thing I liked about this book was that it didn't jump right to sex, it allowed the attraction between Lola and Nolan to grow. It was interesting to see Lola going from hell-bent on rebelling to submitting so beautifully to Nolan, even though she didn't know anything really about submission. What I didn't fully like was the fact that Nolan at times was too harsh, knowing that Lola didn't know the rules of the game. But that is countered by how Lola reacts to his dominance, and how she eventually kind of goads him into punishing her. The book ends with a cliffhanger, but not to worry, because you get to see how it all ends in book two. This was a book that, strangely, was a bit out of my comfort zone. I'm not used to reading about total-power-exchange or relationships with so much dominance over every aspect of someone's life, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love It! On to numer 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Damn, not fsir, ended when it's getting so damn good...,must read.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
First - Let me tell you that the cover is fantastic!!! (BTW - The cover of the book I have does not match the cover Amazon is showing.) Nolan Jackson is my hottest hero this year!!! Young Lola Randall, daughter of the presidential candidate, Ella Randall, can no longer take the pressure of the campaign trail and defects. Nolan Jackson, crisis expert, has been charged with her safe return. Their journey is filled with danger, scandal and intense heat. Can Nolan convince Lola that his D/S lifestyle is for her?? This book ended with a fantastic cliffhanger and I cannot wait for book 2!!!! 5 stars for hotness!!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book off of instafreebie but it is currently free. I really enjoyed the story of a young naïve girl, trying to escape the pressures of her life. And then a very dominate older man finds her to bring her back.   Nolan was yummy, a bit too dominate for my tastes.  But then I’m not a natural submissive. So I find it hard to read stories sometimes, that portray women who are.  I have to disconnect my brain, not be outraged by the barbarian behavior, and just enjoy the male dominant ride.  Even though I am thinking to myself I would have nut punched him.  But then I guess it wouldn’t make for a very pretty story if the damsel in distress was nut punching the hero.  LOL The start of the two part series lays out the ground work with the mystery and the buildup for Nolan’s and Lola’s relationship.  This story read as a romantic suspense.  The character and world building were fantastic and again Nolan is yummy....Sara  
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This is very hard to review. One of the reasons is that this is book 1 of 2 when I think they really should have all been 1 book. There is a super cliff hanger so you have to have the second book before you even start this one. I both liked and hated the character of Nolan. There can be a very fine line between being a jerk and being an alpha male and unfortunately he seemed to cross that line frequently. I think the attempts to make him more likable feel short because of the harshness of the line crossing. You can tell there is a good guy in there and he tries to come off as super confident and comfortable with who and what he is but it really falls short and instead he comes off as being someone that just needs to grow up. I do like the character of Lola, she is strong but with a sweet submissive side that I wish was brought to the forefront a bit more.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
This is part 1 of a 2 part series, it ends in a cliffhanger. Okay so now that the big thing is out of the way let’s get to the juicy stuff. Lola Randall is known as the soon to be First Daughter. Her mother is running in the presidential races, so that means all of Lola’s time is regulated and she is forced to do everything she can in order to make sure her mother wins the race. That is until Lola cannot stand it anymore and needs a break. The most logical conclusion of needing space? Ask for a break. Not. She breaks out of her self-imposed prison and goes on the adventure of her life. That is until enemies of her mother catches up with her and she ends up meeting Nolan Jackson, an older man who is supposed to bring Lola back to the campaign trail. Now as they run in order to keep Lola safe and to get her back before the election eve takes place they are on a mission filled with promise, heat, hatred, dominance, and deceitful “friends”. This was an action packed story that didn’t slow down for even a second. It is one of those books that some may have problems with because of the fact that it is between an older man and a 20 year old, and that there is domination, and some spankings however the book was tastefully done. And the writing style allows for the reader to see how the two main characters, Lola and Nolan, evolved throughout their time together. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Reese and it was a pretty good read. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! This is a very sexy romantic suspense with a twist. Lola, the daughter of a presidential candidate, runs away from the campaign, planning to hide until after the election. Unfortunately, she greatly underestimates her value to the campaign or to her mother's enemies as leverage to hurt her mother's campaign. Nolan is a D.C. fixer, and very good at his job. He has a few hang ups and will not fly, so when he is hired to find the missing Lola, he starts driving across the country to find her. He is totally unprepared for the visceral attraction he feels for her at first sight. Before long, he is forced to use all of his skills to keep Lola safe, while still fighting his attraction to her. This is a very fast paced book that romantic suspense fans will love. While it is classified as erotic suspense, and does contain explicit sex, many romance/romantic suspense novels contain just as much, if not more, explicit sex without the erotic label. This is book one of a two part series and ends in a cliff-hanger. I would strongly encourage you to buy both books together as you'll want to start book two as soon as you complete this book.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Lola is the daughter of a presidential candidate. She's fed up and needs to escape for awhile so she ditches her secret service agent and runs. Campaign manager hires Nolan to find Lola and bring her back to the campaign. His company is a public relations firm and he's former military. Book 1 has Nolan tracking Lola down to drag her back to her parents. Sounds kinda boring right? Yeah, no, not boring at all! I was mesmerized and it's mainly cause of Nolan. Don't get me wrong, I liked Lola as well. She's early 20's and very mature for her age. She has to be. Her mom, the Govenor and presidential candidate, is very demanding of her time. Lola has already started her own charity and makes appearances and speeches to help further her mothers campaign. When I started this book, I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. Our first introduction to Nolan is a scene where his ex-wife tries to seduce him. Call me old fashioned but I don't want to read about the H appreciating other woman's features when I know he's going to be with the h later in the story. Thankfully he put the brakes on fast and handled it well. I'm thinking, good, I can handle this. Then cut over to Lola's parents and campaign manager. I have an immediate dislike to her parents. I think it's pretty obvious they don't value Lola like they should. The campaign manager is giving Nolan the run down of the situation and he kept referring to Lola as a brat. The author already has me wanting to defend Lola and I only read one small scene with her at this point. Impressive. Thankfully, this is just a small part of the beginning in book 1. The rest of the book is Nolan and Lola and let me just say...This book was crazy hot and man does this story take off at this point! The opposing candidate has hired goons to put Lola in a compromising situation to hurt her mothers campaign. Luckily Nolan finds her right when the goons try. He saves her and one situations turns into another and then another. During all of this we get to know more about Nolan and Lola. The chemistry between these two was smokin! Nolan reveals to Lola why his marriage didn't work. He wants complete submission and domestic discipline in his marriage. I loved that Lola didn't just say ok. She debates with him. She thinks it's antiquated. He thinks it's necessary for a successful marriage. I'm not really into the complete "submit to your man in all things" concept but I do believe Nolan could convince me with out much of a fight. I don't get the whole spanking thing either but I gotta admit, when the time came in the story, that was an incredibly hot scene Sweden Reese created. This ends on a really big cliffhanger. Good thing the author is publishing book 2 the same day! I loved book one and can not wait to dive into book 2! ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Such an interesting read! I think Sweden Reese has a great career ahead of her. This book is short & ends on a cliffhanger but the next book is out as well so yay for being able to finish the story. Lola is a super sheltered 23 year old daughter of a woman running for President & she's finally had it with being the least important thing in her parent's life. She goes on the run & Nolan (sexy alpha dude) is tasked with bringing her home. I liked how Lola didn't just accept his way of thinking but questioned him on the whole Dom world. The results when they get together is pretty amazing. Great read! Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Southern Gentleman: Protective Instinct (Book 1), Dominant Heroes Collection,  Sweden Reese Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Erotica So, a debut duet. Interesting. I hate waiting for second and subsequent parts of a story to be released, hate stopping part the way through then trying to pick up the threads and drama again months later so a huge Hurrah for the fact that parts one and two are being released simultaneously. Part one is just 99p  ( pre released price) with part tow being just over £3. I was surprised at how short the first part was, just 162 pages, but at least for 99p you can see if you like Sweden's writing style and the way the story goes before splurging on the rest of the book. part two is 280 pages ( info from Goodreads). It’s an interesting way of how to get round that dichotomy of readers wanting to try new authors but having limited funds. Often in that situation authors make first books in series/duos, trilogies free and either way at least ensures readers don’t feel aggrieved if they don’t like the story. Its hard selling books when there are so many out at very low cost I guess. Ebooks mean readers can get some great books at very little cost, but the many there make it hard to find good ones and the dross, and hard for good authors to get seen too, and yet without it there’s so many stories that would never get published if they relied on the traditional print format and publishing houses. So, back to the book, its a fun read, spicy at times though not til very close to the end does anything actually happen. That fits though, it wouldn’t be believable f it happened earlier. The beginning is really setting the scene so when the action happens it feels genuine. I like Lola, found it hard to believe she was 23, she seemed so much younger, so naive, but maybe that’s her sheltered upbringing. I like the way Sweden has Lola questioning Nolan about his Dom world, about how he can feel that way given that we’re in a modern era, makes him explain what seems like a dated and antiquated way of regarding women. I understood her quandary, in some ways Feminism has brought about such a revolution that women who just want to be in the 50’s kind of traditional mould, let someone else make decisions, take control, are regarded as letting things down for women, a doormat, almost second class, and yet surely sexual freedom means doing whatever you want, being whoever you want regardless of what others think. Some people are happiest that way, and if they match up with someone who wants to take the primary role, make the decisions and it works why does anyone think that's wrong? Regardless of whether its a f/m, m/m or f/f combo...Jeannie’s liberalist rant over again * shrug * I really enjoyed this story, enough politics to make it interesting, but not so much that I  was bored. US politics is a bit of a mystery to me as a UK reader so focussing on the personnel not the politics worked well for me. Nolan is a great lead, and I’m keen t know more, about his background, his family, his ex, I get the feeling she’s not going to be happy about developments! Then there’s Lola’s position, with mum running for President ultimately, she needs to be the squeaky clean daughter she’s always been portrayed. She’s not really close to her parents, they’ve always put their careers first, and now she’s 23 she’s finally having a rebellion- at the very worst time. Something happened recently th