Series: Games People Play Series
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .
Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?
Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.
I am not a hero, Cate.” He tried to pull away.
She held on, resting their joined hands against her chest. “Never said you were. You’re a flesh and blood man.”
And this close, she could smell the soap on his skin and see the darker streaks in his green eyes.
“Very much so.” His breath seemed to hiccup.
“So . . .”
When his voice trailed off she got a taste of what it felt like to have someone drop the end of important sentences like she often did. But she didn’t think he tried it or that he was playing games.
“Now you’re the one who should finish the sentence.” Her voice came out in a breathy whisper.
“We’re in a tense situation. Stress sometimes disguises itself as something else.”
The words crashed into her brain, wiping out every other thought. She pulled back a bit, but kept holding his hand. “What are you talking about?”
His gaze traveled over her face now, landing on her mouth. “How much I want to kiss you.”
I loved Cate and Damon! They’re the perfect blend of sweet and snark, and both their internal and external dialogue had me LOL-ing more than once. Their relationship was obviously a quickly-developing one, but somehow it didn’t feel at all rushed–I’m not sure how Ms. Dimon managed it, but I totally believed in its feasibility, despite the shortened timeline. The suspense was decent–Cate’s super sense of smell was a neat twist–but it’s the relationships here that really made this one shine.
The Protector, like the other two series books I’ve read so far (The Negotiator and The Pretender ), works just fine as a standalone, but be warned–you’re going to want to know more about this group of guys than just a book or two can give you.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About HelenKay Dimon:
Award-winning author HELENKAY DIMON spent twelve years in the most unromantic career ever – divorce lawyer. After dedicating all of that effort to helping people terminate relationships, she is thrilled to deal in happy endings and write romance novels for a living. Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and E! Online. HelenKay loves hearing from readers, so stop by her website at http://www.helenkaydimon.com and say hello.
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