Series: The Donovan Family #6
Published by Dragonfly Press
Publication Date: November 11th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating.
Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment.
Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star.
But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him.
PROTECT ME checks off the boxes on all my favorite things when it comes to romance: suspense, law enforcement, engaging characters and strong family connections. Ms. Watson is a new-to-me author, but I enjoyed this book and her writing so much that I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Police Officer Mia Donovan is the baby of the family and only girl with four older brothers, all in the business of law enforcement and is determined to get her detective’s badge as soon as possible so when the opportunity to boost her profile by acting as bodyguard to a movie star with a stalker problem comes up, she’s all for it. But her assignment is very different from what she expected, and the instant chemistry between them is an unwelcome surprise. Mia is nothing but professional and will not give in to the distracting attraction because she has no plans of being busted to patrol if something goes wrong.
Finn O’Rourke is currently the most hated man in America (an exaggeration, I think) and a stalker seems to be in keeping with everything else that has gone wrong in his life since he attained that status, but after being a pariah for the last two years in Hollywood, this movie means a lot to him and he will do whatever is required to ensure that everything goes smoothly, even put up with a bodyguard posing as his girlfriend. The petite dynamo exceeds his expectations and his attraction to her is more than he’s ever had with any other woman, but experience has made him very wary, plus this movie is his perfect opportunity to showcase his talent and he won’t let anything interfere with that goal.
I really enjoyed these characters so much. Mia is larger than life in a small package, dedicated to her job and very sassy too, and Finn is a genuinely nice man, quite an anomaly in the world he comes from. The chemistry between them is explosive from the very first moment and the suspense was actually very well-done. The entire Donovan family was a really big piece of what I loved about this book, especially their close bond and how they came through for each other all the time.
If the writing here is anything to go by, the rest of the series promises to be just as interesting and I will definitely recommend it to anyone one who loves action and strong family connections with their romance.