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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reluctant Protector (Protectors #1) by Nana Malone

Reluctant Protector (Protectors, #1)

For five years, Cassie Reeser has been her brother’s personal lab rat. Peter’s experiments have made her a stronger, faster, better human. And she’s not the only one – he’s been experimenting on others as well. For five years, escape has eluded her. Until now. When she finds out he plans to sell her as a human weapon she knows it’s now or never. To make her escape she’ll sacrifice family bonds and leave behind the one person who’s ever helped her. Cassie’s learned to shrink from kindness and to never trust anyone. She knows the day Peter finally captures her will be the day she dies. To elude her brother and save the others, she’ll have to risk her body and her heart. What she doesn't expect is a chance at a normal life.

Seth Adams is used to sifting through lies to find the truth. As a former war correspondent he knows what evils lurk in the world. When he finds Cassie hiding out in his car trunk, her story sounds like a fantastical dream. But, before long, he witnesses firsthand what she’s talking about when they’re attacked by a group of Peter’s soldiers. As a result, he goes through his own transformation into a super human and realizes the extent of what Cassie is running from. Cassie might not think she needs his protection, but he’ll die before he lets her brother have her back.
Summary taken from
Length: 97 pages (e-book)
Source: Kindle freebie
Publicaiton Date: December 28th 2011 by Nana Malone

This was another one of the books that I read for my Goodreads group's 24 hour read-a-thon a few weeks ago and I actually went into this one thinking it wouldn't be that good, mostly because I was still down about having read A Dixie Christmas by Sandra Hill which I had finished just before reading this one.

But, the book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. I really liked the sci-fi aspect to the novel. I thought it was refreshing in a world of paranormal romances (which I still adore). I thought the whole concept was actually really good and Cassie is definitely a strong female character and I like the fact that she's taking on the alpha role which I'm finding in my pursuit of books is a rarity in a lot of romance stories.

While the book was very short (97 pages) I thought it was really well written and Nana Malone managed to create a great story that has some steamy bits. Its perfect for those looking for a shorter read with a little bit of a twist while retaining the steamier bits.

I would have no issue recommending this book to fans of romance especially those that like it with a bit of a sci-fi twist because this one was really well written given the shortness of it. Though be prepared for a cliffhanger ending. The good news is that you won't have long to wait because according to the author's reply to one of my tweets, the second book in the series is set to release on June 5th.

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★ ★ ★


  1. ooh..i love the concept and sometimes i am in the mood for a short story..i like that you said it had sci-fi elements as well as romance...going to ck this out on B&N ..thanks!

  2. Great review. I always enjoy them. Good to see theres strong female characters out there.

  3. This is an early comment but I just wanted to say “Thank You” to everyone for letting me be included in your Hop Against Homophobia. I am afraid I am not a talented m/m fiction writer like yourself and your authors but I am an avid reader of it.

    I guess I do not fit into any category really since I write non-fiction for an adult gay studio.

    But this is a cause I feel strongly about and I wanted to let you know I appreciate the opportunity to be included.

    I put a post up at the top of my blog on May 5th and it will remain up until May 19th.

    Since I do not write books I will be donating money to PFLAG here in the U.S. in the name of the winner.

    Thank you again for the inclusion.


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