Unexpected Protector

Unexpected Protector

by Sloan Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9781497486683
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Unexpected Protector 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bookaddict7 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucked..long, un interesting, & clearly a second book in a series that needed to be read to comprehend
countrygirlbookfri-ends More than 1 year ago
Oh So Good! ARC Was Given To Blog For An Honest Review I was warned… but still read it!! I was warned about how this book ended and still read it anyhow. I am not disappointed at all, but damn, what a CLIFFHANGER ending. (Consider yourself warned) This is book 2 of the Isthmus Alliance Series. Book 1 is Unexpected Angel and it revolves around Dylan and Tasha. You meet their friends Holly and Tommy during some of the drama that goes on. So this book Unexpected Protector revolves around the relationship between Holly and Tommy. Holly has issues, and that is putting it nicely. She has been Tasha’s best friend for years, but things have changed for her and she had begun using drugs. Holly got in deep with loans to her dealers and to pay off her debt, she helped set up her friend Tasha. This all ended with Holly getting hurt and Tasha being saved by Dylan and Tommy, who at the time was a police officer. So Unexpected Protector picks up with Tommy sitting at the bedside of Holly and finding the good in her when everyone else wrote her off. Tommy is by her side and her support to get her clean. It doesn’t matter to Tommy that his good friend Dylan is against the idea of Tommy helping out Holly, but between Tommy and Tasha they are able to get Dylan to financially support Holly with what she needs. Tommy and Dylan are part of a BDSM group called the Isthmus Alliance which is a wonderful group of friends who support with no questions asked. They are super, and you don’t want to miss out on how they live their lifestyle. The way the author, Sloan Johnson, writes about the BDSM lifestyle in these stories is beautiful. It shows the caring and connection of this lifestyle and not just the whips and ropes. So when Tommy brings Holly home from the hospital, they adventure into a relationship that Holly didn’t think she could handle. I loved seeing how Tommy handles the relationship. He is one HOT man and Holly is one lucky person to have him in her life. In one part of the story Holly admits to herself that Tommy is the “most uncharacteristic Dom she has ever met”.   Now I don’t live this lifestyle, and only know what I read, but I would have to agree with her, he is so sweet and is there for every need she has and helps her though it all. So I highly recommend reading this story, but please be warned, some pages are too hot to handle without having a fire extinguisher handy.
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RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ A messed up junkie, Holly Richards can only think of herself in those terms. She almost had her best friend badly hurt, who does that? She doesn't understand why that man keeps coming to her hospital room, half the time she keeps her eyes closed, not wanting to acknowledge anyone. She doesn't deserve any kindness and she will never admit that hearing his voice makes her feel safe. Suspended from his job, Tommy Reed spends his days sitting by Holly's bedside, even though he doesn't really know the woman. Something happened when he saw her hurt and defenseless on the ground, there is something good there, something pure inside her still despite all the things she has done for the sake of drugs. He is determined to dig deep and find that goodness, and help her battle her demons, if she'll let him. Other than Holly's best friend, no one seems particularly pleased with Tommy's quest to help Holly. Most of his friends, including his best friend, are pissed off at him for even trying, seemingly sure that she will inevitably screw up again and get someone other than herself hurt for real this time. But Tommy stands strong and slowly eases Holly into trusting him.  Having mostly been under the numbing influence of drugs in recent memory, Holly finds it difficult at first to adjust to actually feeling again. Especially the pain of disgust and derision at what she has done, some from others but mostly her own is what hurts most. But she also slowly learns how to feel pleasure, real pleasure at the hands of a masterful and patient Dom. Strange, she never had pegged herself as a submissive. The adjustments are not easy, but slowly Holly starts fighting for herself and Tommy can ease back and let her fly. The effort she is putting in is not going unrecognized by Tommy's friends either. But before things get too comfortable, Tommy's past suddenly comes back to haunt him. It starts with a chance encounter and then is followed by the nighmares........  ***** AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!  So good!!! And yet.......... a cliffhanger of sorts!!!! NOOOOOOO........  Silly, I know, but since Sloan's first book Unexpected Angel, I was kind of expecting a fully completed story with this one...... Don't get me wrong, I know it's a series, but you can't really read this book without whatever book follows. It isn't a standalone, like Unexpected Angel could be. Tommy and Holly's story isn't quite done yet.......well......I hope not!! There are loose ends that need some serious tying up in a next book, please! However, Sloan's writing is again, beyond reproach. It is delicious and hot and raunchy and yet still tender and sweet. The importance she puts on friendship and the depth of it, is evident again in this book, something I really appreciate since a lot of us see friends (at least some of them), as the family of our choosing.  Especially in an organisation like the Isthmus Alliance, where all is based on trust, Tommy's position is a difficult one. He has an instinctive faith, a belief in Holly, that no one else seems to see or share and despite the fact that his closest circle is not supportive of his choice to stand by her, he holds onto that belief and to her and just will not let go. Here is an ex-junkie who has caused nothing but harm, and he still puts his trust in her. On the other hand there is Holly who, other than her best friend, has never had reason to believe or trust anyone. Everyone in her world always has an alterior motive. Until Tommy proves her wrong, over and over again he proves his faith in her until she starts believing in herself and trusting in him. Always she has given herself in return for something, but with Tommy she gives herself because she trusts him.  What irony. The whole story is one of contrasts and conflicts, and the most unlikely couple that battles through it all. I missed the suspense that I suspect may have been intended for Holly and Tommy's story, if not in this book then certainly in the next. I am not specifying what suspence, on purpose, since I don't want to give everything away, but I hope we see some closure on that front in the next book in The Isthmus Alliance Series. ¿Provocative, sharply insightful and fiercely arousing!¿ **ARC provided in return for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked forward to this book since reading the 1st book in the series over vacation this summer. The characters were compelling, you got to see them both grow and develop. Hot love scenes, but there was much more to this story than that! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars?????? The unexpected cliffhanger!!! Really, do authors realize it's ok to continue a series WITHOUT a cliffhanger?? Otherwise I'd say this was a fabulous, well thought out, heartwarming story!
Foxy_Roxy_Bookfriends More than 1 year ago
The perfect life. We all want it. No one has it but we still pursue it even though we know it’s impossible to achieve or we believe we don’t deserve it. Holly’s life resume isn’t not a glowing one. The shame she feels because of the choices she has made, she feels she doesn’t deserve happiness in her life. Her addiction had her making choices that had her in a situation where her integrity, friendships and future are in question. Can she be saved from herself? “She’s not yours to save.” Tommy Reed is an ex-military, an ex-police officer and a member of the Isthmus Alliance. Life for him hasn’t been as glowing as his resume would appear. He has had struggles in his past that aren’t staying in his past. He finds himself drawn to this girl. A girl he knows is trouble but his heart ignores the warning signs all around her that says she is “…bad news and he should walk away.” He makes it his mission to protect her and have her see what she fails to. Can he help her repair the damage she has caused to herself and those around her and in the process find the purpose for his life? “I asked you a question.” I have made it no secret that I love the first book in this series, Unexpected Angel. If you haven’t seen the sky writing then it’s time to look up! This series is a fresh take on the BDSM stories that I have become accustomed to reading in Erotica. The philosophy of don’t judge a book by its cover holds true with this series. The members of the Isthmus Alliance have you wanting to experience this high level of intimacy and sensuality for yourself. The purpose of the Doms of the Isthmus Alliance is to make sure the woman in their life is cared for in every aspect, even if the woman doesn’t realize it or want it. Every decision they make is in the pursuit of this one goal, to anticipate and fulfill their every need. He will try push her to her hard limit but she can stop it at any time. So in reality, the woman is in control not the man. Shocking huh?! “Now do you want to keep going or do need (me) to stop?” If what I have already told you isn’t enough for you to want to experience this off the charts type of intimacy that only these Doms can deliver, then let me leave you with this. The storyline is engaging, fresh, unique and realistic. It is easy to fall in love with these characters yourself so it’s not a stretch for the women in these stories to fall hard and fast as well. I don’t push recommendations on very many books but this series is in a class all its own. Even if you usually do not read BDSM/erotica, this has a touch of that but not really about that. It’s all about the intimacy. “Regardless of the history, our lives are twisted together like two trees in an overgrown forest. I know deep in my heart that I’m to do everything in my power to make sure that, God willing, he and I fix our friendships so we can create a strong bond that will only help our respective relationships.” AMEN!
MeganRC More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book from Sloan Johnson and the Isthmus Alliance Series! This book was chock full of steamy BDSM moments but also had a great cast of characters as well as an appealing story line that had me glued to my tablet. Tommy and Holly are perfect for each other. Despite their equal yet different baggage they help each other heal and deal with their pasts. Holly is dealing with who she used to be and trying to be a better person and make something of her life. I really admired this about her. She learns to be a strong person and more confident. Tommy is dealing with some of his own demons and he’s a bit lost. He’s a sexy Dom but also a little lost and has yet to deal with his past. The supporting cast of friends that they have in their group aren’t in much of the book but when they are, they are really great and lend to the whole sense of family the group gives off. Between the great character dynamics and intense story line I loved every word of this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. This is a solid 5 out of 5 stars for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the warning. I don't buy cliffhangers. An honest author would let you know this upfront.
MissRaeRae More than 1 year ago
I went into this book not thinking I'd like it as much as the first one. How could I when the lead character is Holly? She's a no good junkie that almost got her friend killed. I loved Tommy from the start and it didn't take long before I changed my mind on Holly. Great story, absolutely loved it, right up to the end when...bam! Cliffhanger!