This wonderfully entertaining contemporary romantic suspense is an excellent combination of tension, romance, and humor. There are exciting and hair-raising exploits, giggle-inspiring observations, and sensual love scenes, all of which combine to form a winning tale. One cannot help but be fascinated by the introduction to Schwartz’s very…capable…family, although some of the final actions and reactions were a bit credulity-straining, and it is surprising that they had left him to work through his issues for as long as they had. Who can help giggling at the evolution of Janelle’s name (“Dollface Lambchop Cupcake Sweet Pea Spunky Ma’am Rebecca Janelle”) or at the wry observation by Schwartz (“Can’t say I’ve ever driven home at the end of an errand run with a fake incestuous fiancée, a bottle of moonshine, and a recipe for banana bread.”) who seems remarkably tolerant of the burden thrust upon him by his brother.
I have not read other stories by this author, but I suspect that this tale is part of an exciting series (or it should be, if it isn’t) and I would love to read more about these folks. A great read to lift one’s spirits and get one’s heart racing.
“Protector for Hire” by Tawna Fenske follows Janelle Keebler, who ends up under the protection of Schwarzkopf (Schwartz) Alexander Patton, her soon to be brother-in-law by marriage. Janelle is hiding out from her vengeful ex-husband, but the rustic conditions (and lack of a real coffeemaker), are a bit daunting, as is the behemoth of a canine named, appropriately enough, Sherman, and her antisocial host is a bit intimidating. Finding a way to breach the walls of a man who carries scars both internally and externally and surviving long enough to explore the attraction she feels for him will be a challenge, but one well worth conquering, especially if she can convince him to let her in.
Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.
Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana's untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.
Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...
Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he'd lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.
Stands Alone: yes