This contemporary suspense novel provides an interesting tale in an exotic setting. I felt that the characterization of Soren was a bit two dimensional and had trouble believing the intense attraction that develops between him and Mason although I enjoyed Mason’s protectiveness. The action scenes are entertaining and this was a lovely description of a locale and ethnicities that are not commonly featured in current novels. It would be nice to see more from this author featuring these two characters and I would like to learn more about their respective personalities and backgrounds and see Soren grow even more into the kind of partner that Mason deserves.
“The Protector” by NL Gassert is a suspense novel that features Mason Ward, a former Army Ranger, who inadvertently gets drawn into the life of a troubled young man named Soren Buchanan. Mason’s skills as a security specialist will be required to keep Soren alive when both his abusive but very powerful father and his dangerous girlfriend seek to keep him from exposing their respective secrets to the authorities. Mason never figured on developing an attraction for the snarky and defensive youth who may not be as shallow as he seems but the challenge will be to keep him alive long enough to discover whether the attraction is mutual.
Soren Buchanan no longer wishes to work for his father, crime boss James Buchanan, nor does he want to continue his relationship with the dangerous and sexy Jolina Miciano. But Jolina has connections that would make James Buchanan more powerful than he already is. Unwilling to be a pawn in his father's game, Soren decides to stop seeing Jolina even if it means having to suffer through one of his father's vicious beatings. Beaten and bruised for his defiance, Soren flees to the FBI for help.
Mason Ward, former US Army Ranger and security specialist, lives a quiet life on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. Despite his lack of companionship, Mason believes he is living the life he's always wanted. Then a job comes Mason's way, one that will turn his life upside down: hide Soren Buchanan.
Hiding Soren Buchanan should be easy money, but not for Mason. Soren is young, seductive and lacking the type of discipline that doesn't leave bruises. It doesn't help that Soren's physical presence brings up desires Mason would rather not feel about a mobster's son. Now Mason has to keep his mind on his job while being chased by thugs sent to bring Soren Buchanan home...dead or alive.