Everyone makes mistakes in life. Unfortunately, Holly Richards has become an expert at taking the wrong path in life. This time, she may have gone so far that she has alienated the one person who has always been there for her. Will she be able to make the right decision for once in her life?
Tommy Reed’s world shifted the night he found Holly Richards lying in a pool of blood on the ground. For reasons he can’t explain, he feels the need to protect Holly from her own past. In the process, he’s hoping to also teach her that there is more to D/s than releasing pent up emotions.
Life isn’t easy for the former-junkie and the cop. Some of those closest to Tommy are less than thrilled with his devotion to Holly. Those who pressured Holly into her former life are worried she’ll share what she knows. Is there any way for both of them to come away from the situation unscathed?
I must admit, I haven’t read the first book in this series YET, but it is a sure bet I am going to. I say this to let you know this book Unexpected Protector could be a stand alone read and you wouldn’t be lost in the story, but it will leave you wanting to run to the first book as soon as possible. Another warning, if you hate fantastic cliff hanging moments that leave you breathless and screaming for more now, you might want to avoid this book. I am already dying for the next book after how this one ended.
The author wrote an engaging story of Holly and Tommy. I want a Tommy, he is such a fantastic man. Holly is trying to come to terms with her past mistakes, learning to forgive herself for what she had done while on drugs. She was trying to find a reason that she deserves the love and compassion that Tommy freely gives her. After her past, how could her best friend forgive her and offer so much help to get Holly back on track?
Tommy couldn’t explain his connection to Holly. Being in law enforcement, he had seen her type on the streets. High on drugs, willing to do what she had to so she could get her next high, but as the book starts he is sitting by her hospital bed seeing what is underneath the actions and tattoos. He sees a broken woman begging to be cared about and loved. With no explanation, he knew he was the man to love her back to life. Tommy was also determined to show Holly that she had a submissive need and he was the dom to teach her.
Unexpected Protector is a story of forgiveness, love, healing and dealing with the baggage Holly and Tommy carry from their past. They have to make life changing decisions and find a way to still be there for each other. The author has developed a story that will suck you in and make you a part of the action. There are times that some might consider this story slow-paced, but we must remember recovery isn’t fast, it is a process of one step in front of the other.
The author gives us a group of characters that often reminded me of Cherise Sinclair’s Shadowland series. A group of people who love some kink in their sex, doms and subs all coming together to create a family that is always there for each other. When one member asks for help, there are no questions other than what can we do. They bring in new members and show them acceptance and support. For me this made the story even more special and raised the enjoyment level.
I nod, my throat constricted by the emotion I’m not used to feeling.
“Good girl,” he whispers in my ear before drawing the lobe into his mouth, sucking and nipping. He continues working his way down my neck, biting my collarbone harder than I’m used to. I jerk in surprise, but not in pain.
“Don’t stop,” I beg him. My mind doesn’t seem to process the fact that he’s on the wrong end of my body to make my core clench tight. I never knew before now that it’s possible to be driven to climax without any direct contact with either my nipples or pussy. I scream his name as my head falls back, eventually allowing my head to come back to rest on his shoulder.
“Such a responsive girl,” he praises me as he holds me close to him.
“What about you?” I ask when my breathing returns to normal.
Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.
Unexpected Angel, her debut novel, released in August 2013. Unexpected Protector is set to release November 2013.
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