Lisa Marie Rice's latest in the Protector series, Nightfire, is a great addition to the grouping. Chloe Mason grew up in hospitals and was basically by herself her entire childhood. Now that she is finally healthy, she is determined to find her roots- and her brother, Harry. Harry and his friend Mike Keillor are completely blindsided when Chloe arrives at their office. Mike is immediately smitten with Chloe, but as a former Marine, he's rough around the edges and doesn't think he can offer Chloe a future. It doesn't help that Harry, knowing Mike's past, warns him to stay away from Chloe. While Mike stops actively pursuing Chloe, he still remains close by. He is drawn in by Chloe. The action of the story heats up during Chloe's work at a woman's shelter. She inadvertently gets involved with a local club that is run by the Russian mob. Mike, of course, vows to protect her.
I really like the distressed heroine / strong protector hero. Rice definitely knows this theme and is successful with her execution.
Chloe Mason’s childhood memories consist of seemingly endless hospital stays. Now all grown up and healthy, her determination to fill the gaping holes in her past leads her to her long-lost brother, Harry . . . which brings Harry’s friend and business partner, Mike Keillor, crashing into her life and her heart.
Former Marine Force Recon sniper and SWAT officer—a martial arts expert and owner of a successful security company—Mike can deal coolly and efficiently with any threat . . . until he’s blindsided by something he never expected: fierce, fiery passion . . . and love.
But when Chloe inadvertently crosses the Russian mob, Mike realizes that evil is darkening his world once again. He has already lost his family; he will not lose the woman who enflames him, who makes him whole. Failure is not an option.