In For Her Protection by Amber Bardan, mixing business with pleasure in Connor's line of work can be a dangerous thing, but there's something about the woman he's been tasked to protect that makes him forget all his rules. However, with things becoming more and more dangerous for Charlize, he's going to have to do everything in his power to earn her trust.
Charlize will do anything to save her father's company from being destroyed by those that feel they should be in charge, but having a bodyguard assigned to protect her may be more than she bargained her. With danger closing in from all sides, and not knowing who she can trust, Charlize knows any distraction could be risky. Yet, there's something about her bodyguard that makes her want to throw caution to the wind.
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Bardan, and I've got to say that it won't be my last. Right from the beginning, this sexy protector trope encompassing story had me enthralled due to the situation the heroine is in. Danger is closing in on her from all angles such as the company's employees and her extended family. It was hard not to feel sorry for her when she's already been betrayed by family in the past.
From start to finish, the dialogue was compelling and a perfect blend of intense, emotional and playful. The moment that the hero and heroine meet was wonderful, as Charlize isn't afraid to go after what she wants, especially after what happened that made her act with such desperation. She's very bold in that moment, although it wasn't a hardship for Connor to do what she asks. Not when he finds her so intriguing.
I really enjoyed both the main characters, yet had mixed feelings about the secondary characters. Some I liked and some I didn't, especially the ones that were out to get Charlize. They were nice to her face, but scheming behind her back. and I figured out the person causing trouble for the heroine quite easily. Then there's the heroine's best friend. I liked how determined she was to get Charlize out mingling to find a man again.
Charlize is strong, brave, tenacious and I liked how she didn't make guarding her easy for Connor. She definitely gives him the run around, even though when she does it seems to get her in trouble. She's also very dedicated to her father's company, and her determination to figure out what is going on is palpable by everything she does such as using outside help to investigate. Trusting a man isn't easy for her, but the more she gets to know Connor, the more she finds him to be someone she can put her faith in.
While Connor, he's alpha all the way. He's confident when it comes to dealing with Charlize and determined to keep her safe. She isn't an easy client and getting her to trust him is near impossible. Yet, once he learns the truth of why she doesn't trust easily, I liked that he was willing to lay all his cards on the table. That he was willing to fight for her when it seems all hope is lost, and she does her best to put some distance between them.
Overall, this was a really good book where the sex scenes were fan-your-face hot. Charlize doesn't find it easy to trust after the disaster of her previous relationship. Yet, Connor is determined to prove he's the right man for her; a man that would never leave her. The way this story ended was wonderful, as Charlize makes a very important decision about her future and Connor shows her how much she means to him. I would recommend For Her Protection by Amber Bardan, if you enjoy the sexy protector trope.
You shouldn't mix business with pleasure.
Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize's mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she's more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can't afford.
She doesn't want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. Surrounded by enemies, she's not sure if Connor is a man she can trust.
Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn't be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. He'll win her trust, preferably one orgasm at a time.
With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there's only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection.
WARNING: This is an Amber Bardan Alpha Romance, featuring one dirty-talking hero obsessed with his heroine, and a Happily Ever After. No cliffhangers.