Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.
Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help…and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.
Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don’t belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they’re witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can’t help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee…
Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he’d lost forever. He can’t stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.
Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley
Clearly I’m late to this party, because this is my first introduction to the intriguing Patton clan. It didn’t take me long to catch up, though, or certainly enough to enjoy this fun contemporary ride. Schwartz might have spent the last decade hiding out in a cabin in the woods, avoiding his close family and talking only to his wolf-dog, but when his brother asks for help protecting a woman, Schwartz instantly says yes.
Because that’s the kind of guy he is. He might think himself unworthy and a terrible person for a ten-year-old mistake (that did have awful consequences), but really he’s a good guy. He’s protective and sweet, the kind of man who rescues injured puppies or picks daisies in the middle of nowhere, and who also has a Pop Tart obsession. He’s determined not to mess up this time, even if that means avoiding the scorching chemistry between him and Janelle at all costs.
Something which Janelle agrees with. Sometimes. Or not at all. Because although she no longer trusts her taste in men – thanks to that murderous, stalking ex-husband of hers – she can’t help being drawn to Schwartz. His lifestyle might not be at all what Janelle is used to, but I liked how she never complains – except about the coffee – and how quickly she adapts to her straightened circumstances. Okay, so maybe the city-girl adaptation is surprisingly swift and pain-free, but the interaction between Janelle and Schwartz has plenty of fun moments – the face pack was pretty good.
There is also an underlying threat throughout this story that Janelle’s ex will find her and do something awful, yet for me I didn’t really feel that tension. If Schwartz hadn’t broken out in constant nobility hives, I might even have forgotten what she was doing there in the first place. So if you’re reading this for suspense, you might be disappointed. If, however, you’re a fan of this series and you’re reading it for the Patton family, you will love it. There are also a few deeper emotional moments about forgiveness, guilt and grief, not to mention learning when to forgive yourself.
Overall this is a quick, fun read with a bit of excitement, plenty of heat and an adorable wolf-dog. If you’re new to this series, you can enjoy this without reading the rest, but if you’re already a fan something tells me you don’t even need to read this review. I might have come in at the end of this series, but I have to admit I’m plenty curious enough to go back and catch up with the rest of the Pattons sometime soon.
Protector for Hire is out June 30th!
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