*I received a free copy of Under His Protection from Selfpublished via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Julieta’s stalker doesn’t play by the rules
Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.
…but neither does Ivan.
Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his.
Deliciously hot, Under His Protection is a quick read, with some really good characters, suspense and romance.
My Under His Protection review:
Even if Under His Protection is the 9th book in the Red Stone Securities series, it can be read as a stand-alone, it will not take anything away from either the story, the romance or the suspense for readers who are not familiar with the series already. I love how well both the romance and the suspense parts were done, and even if there are only 175 pages, I got to know both Ivan and Julieta well.
It was obvious that Julieta has a lot of good friends, as well as a loving family. However, for a long while, she’s been missing someone special in her life. When Ivan first shows up in her shop because he’s with a client, she sees him as a sexy viking, with is guard always up, intimidating and possibly very cold. When she gets to know him better though, that changes even while she continues to think he doesn’t really like her very much.
Once Julieta starts getting some really lewd text-messages, Ivan intercepts one of them and decides that he needs to make sure she stays safe. Under His Protection then moves into hotter territory very quickly. Ivan can’t stop fantasizing about Julieta, and he has a strong need to keep her safe. But he wants a lot more than that. In fact, for the first time ever he wants much more than just one night, too.
The suspense never stopped, and it was impossible to figure out who was sending Julieta more and more threatening texts. Escalating, the stalker even broke into her house to steal some of her used underwear! At the same time Julieta and Ivan got to know each other a lot better and they both really liked what they learned.
Written in third person past tense, mostly from Julieta’s point of view, the story flowed easily. If you’re looking for a hot romance with suspense that will keep you on your toes, Under His Protection is the book for you.
Some of my favorite Under His Protection quotes:
She couldn’t remember the last date she’d gone on and unfortunately the last two months she’d spent fantasizing about a certain sexy Red Stone Security employee she kept seeing because of her friendship with Mina.
He never made it past one date with women. Julieta was different though. He knew that one date, one time with her, would never be enough.
Having someone else to lean on and just plain help out had been such a huge relief. Her family was always there for her, no matter what, but she tended not to ask for help much because she worried they would think she needed it all the time instead of just when she asked.