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An action packed thriller and a sweet romance 10 mai 2008
Par Christian Otto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is foremost an action packed thriller complete with terrorists, drug dealers, some fierce fight scenes, FBI agents and so on. But it's also a very sweet romance between the two main characters, who seem to be a very unlikely pairing at first. Mason Ward is a security specialist and former US Army Ranger, who lives alone on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. His life is well organized and he doesn't take any unnecessary risks.

That is about to change when Soren Buchanan comes into his life. Soren is the son of an abusive crime boss and after the latest beat up from his father, he seeks shelter with the FBI. Mason is assigned the task of protecting Soren and in order to that, he brings Soren on his house boat. But the presence of Soren in the limited space of his boat not only threatens to disturb his perfecly organized life, but in the close proximity a lot of sexual tension builds up between the two.

Soon protecting Soren will not only be a simple job for Mason, but a very personal affair. But will he be able to keep Soren safe against terrorist and thugs sent to bring Soren home ... dead or alive.

This book is a very enjoyable read and an overall recommendation. I especially liked the tropical setting on Guam, which felt very fresh as a setting for this sweet romance.
10 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A satisfying romantic suspence novel 19 février 2008
Par Josh Aterovis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Protector is NL Gassert's first novel. With it, Gassert, a straight, military wife and mother, has written a very satisfying romantic-thriller. I loved the characters despite, or perhaps because of, their flaws. Both Soren and Mason can both be frustrating at times, but I couldn't help rooting for them. While you get to know the two main characters the best, even the supporting cast is well-drawn and believable. I especially enjoyed Mason's tough mother, introduced late in the book. I wish we could have seen more of her.

The story is set in Guam, and Gassert captures the locale well. You really get a sense of the place and its inhabitants without the descriptions feeling like a travelogue. She also nicely balances the romance and thriller elements, with neither overwhelming the other. Romance isn't always my favorite genre, but Gassert has a light, deft touch that made the love scenes romantic and exciting, rather than mechanical and raunchy.

Gassert's writing is very readable. The book went almost too quickly and I found myself disappointed when it was over. Luckily, the ending is clearly left open for a sequel. I know I'm hoping for more Mason and Soren, and I'm sure after reading The Protector others will be, too.
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Who's Protecting Whom? 23 mai 2008
Par K. Peoples - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Great first book, good and fun read. Several good reviews already written, so I won't try to go into too much detail about the story. Good romance line between huge hunk of alpha male security specialist (Mason) and a pampered, abused rich kid (Soren), who has to grow up quickly, make some horrendous decisions (killed twice to protect someone else), see some horrible situations, fall in unexpected love, get the crap beaten out of him multiple times, avoid being killed, ... you get the picture. The book is a romance, when the guys can find time to be romantic between trying to survive the mystery/action thriller going on around and among them. Wow. The action never stopped.

I gave the book four stars instead of five (wish I could do four and a half) because the author didn't give the romance story enough space/room to really grow in the most credible way. She should have used about half again as much space (i.e., about 250-300 pages, instead of 190) and given the guys a bit more time alone together to talk, get acquainted and fall in love in a somewhat more conventional way, etc., before having to deal with the other plotlines in the story.

Still, she did a good job of juggling at least three different plotlines and interweaving them in such a way as to keep this reader's attention riveted. I echo the sentiments of another reviewer who hopes for a sequel with Mason and Soren (opposites in almost every way), say a few years down the road, to see if they can keep together or if they end up driving each other crazy. Well worth the time to read and enjoy.
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The Protector - A Wonderful Thrill Ride 24 novembre 2008
Par Jessewave - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Protector has one of the most unlikely pairings as protagonists. Hero #1 is Soren Buchanan: a spoiled, rich young man who has had everything given to him, hasn't worked a day in his life, dropped out of school, lives with his abusive father who has his fingers in most major criminal activities in Guam, and his sometime-girlfriend is a criminal. Hero #2 is Mason Ward, who is 10 years older than Soren: Mason is a more traditional protag, divorced, ex US Army Ranger, security specialist, lives on a boat and thinks that his life is heaven on earth but he has a weakness for redheads and Soren is definitely a redhead. Then everything changes in an instant when Mason is asked to take on the job of hiding Soren who has become an FBI informant and is on the run from both his father and his girlfriend.

When the two meet it's not exactly love at first sight or even second sight because they are total opposites and the first few days living in the close quarters of the boat don't exactly endear them to each other as Soren does his best to live up to low expectations. But something happens when the protection game goes awry and Mason's boat, "The Sprite", is boarded by thugs out to capture Soren and return him to his father, even at the cost of Mason's life. Soren realizes that Mason is not so bad after all and he fights to save him rather than return to the life mapped out by his father.

Before I opened this book I thought it would be the usual escapist fare with a couple of adventures that would allow our heroes to show their mettle and then live happily ever after in the Guam sunshine. It was all that and more! Great characterizations really make me sit up and take notice, even when the plot of a book does not live up to the hype. In this case I got both terrific characters I could root for and a very credible plot. The supporting characters were all wonderfully drawn - from crime boss James "The Smile" Buchanan, the very dangerous Jolina Miciano who wants Soren but on her terms, Ben Marques, Mason's very suspicious and skeptical business partner, and a host of other great characters which, for a reader like me, is manna from heaven.

The romance between Soren and Mason is as delicious as the rest of the book. You will note that I said "romance" not sex, because that's what it was. The thrills were almost non stop and the author only gave us a break when Mason and Soren explored their attraction to each other which neither of them really wanted but they were drawn as a moth to a flame.

The Protector is N.L. Gassert's first published book and she is a very talented writer. Not only does she understand that aficionados of this genre need a lot of conflict and edge of your seat action and adventure, but that they also want characters who are flawed and genuine who act totally irrationally but still manage to tug at their heartstrings. Is this the best action adventure book that I have ever read? Of course not! But The Protector is a darn good book which gives value for money and is a thrill ride from start to finish. The story is equal parts terrorists, action/ adventure and suspense and as a fan of the genre I was engaged from start to finish. I wish that the book was longer because in my opinion Mason's and Soren's romantic relationship needed more alone time, but I understand that the author is writing a sequel and I am waiting with great anticipation for The Stalker which is scheduled to be released later next year.

I really enjoyed this story and I think you will too. Buy this book!
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good action/adventure plot, but lacking a bit in the romance department 16 juillet 2010
Par Charly T. Anchor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- The writing here isn't brilliant, but it's good. For the most part, it flows well and is easy to read quickly.
- I found the plot interesting and unusual. I've read/seen plenty of stories about people who flee from gangsters because they witness a crime or are somehow connected to the bad guys, but I've never read one where the character repeatedly comes back into contact with the people he snitched on. It adds a tense and intriguing angle to the storyline.
- I really liked several of the secondary characters. The majority of Mason's friends/family/acquaintances are very accepting of his sexuality and are thus very nice to Soren when they meet him.
- Often I have trouble really believing in the actions of a story's villains: they're too one-dimensional or too cruel or not cruel enough to make me believe that the main characters would actually fear them. But the villains in this story are well done: they've all got nasty, physically abusive streaks, but they're mostly just politically (or monetarily) ambitious--and anyone who stands in their way has to go. Period.

CONS:
- The story is fairly short (fewer than 200 pages) and focuses so much on the plot that the romance suffers a bit. I believed in their sexual attraction, but I wasn't convinced at the end that the two main characters were in a forever relationship.
- Occasionally, the exposition and dialogue have a bit of a wooden sound to them, and it's usually because the author isn't using contractions: "It is a scare tactic" rather than "It's a scare tactic," "You are clean" instead of "You're clean," etc. The majority of these instances occur in chapters told from one character's POV, so I'm willing to believe it was intentional; however, that character is from upstate NY, which doesn't seem to me as though that would explain his complete avoidance of contractions.

Overall comments: I enjoyed this story, but I didn't love it. If you're looking for a good action plot with a bit of sex thrown in, this one might be just what you're looking for. If you want to read a similar sort of plot with more emotional depth, you might try Jane Seville's Zero at the Bone instead.
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