Former Army Ranger Mason Ward isn’t too happy when an FBI
friend asks him to do what amounts to a babysitting job. He’s
even less happy to see the young man he’s supposed to be
watching—a sexy young redhead who’s secretive, argumentative,
and entirely too fond of alcohol and partying for his own
good. Despite his annoyance, he’s determined to do his job.
He doesn’t expect it to get complicated in more ways than one.
Soren Buchanan is in hiding, both from his ruthless crime boss
father and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jolina, who just
happens to be a terrorist. When he tried to break it off with
her and received a beating from his father as a warning not
to, he fled and went into hiding. To his surprise, he’s
attracted to the big, brooding man who’s assigned to protect
him. With his father’s goons after him and secrets weighing
him down, can he and Mason survive long enough to explore the
attraction between them?
an action-packed roller coaster of a book. Mason is the
strong, silent type, and I really liked the way he dealt with
Soren, who initially came across as a spoiled brat. As the
story progressed, however, I began to like Soren more and
empathize with him. After a lifetime of abuse and having his
dreams ridiculed, it took a while for him to learn to make
decisions on his own, and trust himself. The Protector
features some well-written suspense, especially near
the end. Squeamish readers should probably use caution before
picking up this book, as it also features considerable
violence, as well as a bit of drug use. Those who like mafia
/ law enforcement stories will find a lot to like in NL
Gassert’s first novel. While it may not have been the most
realistic novel I’ve read recently, as a fun and diverting
escape The Protector kept me entertained and
interested from page one.