"You're a damn good writer and that's an understatement," That's what I messaged to Celia Aaron over right before I finished Dark Protector.
There are a handful of books, from various genres, that I know will stay with me, reads that I'll always be so grateful I got to read, Dark Protector is one of those books.
I'm not kidding when I say this, not only will Dark Protector be in my top reads for 2017, but it will be in my top reads of all-time! IT IS JUST THAT GOOD!!
Conrad Mercer, he is a permanent fixture on my personal favorite book boyfriend list! He's a sexy, haunting, true born killer with a passion deeper than the darkest ocean.
Okay, where to begin ...
Conrad Mercer is the ultimate hit man, he knows your every move before it's even a thought in your own mind. Killing is who he is, he knows nothing more, his dark existence that he knows will burn him in hell, is what he accepted ... that is, until he see's a girl in a flower shop, Charlie, that changes him more than he ever expected. Charlie goes through the motions of life putting together fragile arrangements that already have a death sentence the moment they leave her shop. The beauty they hold for those few days is all that matters. She's noticed a man across the street, he watches her, she senses him. She feels a weird sense of calm when he pulls in to watch over her. That calm is shattered the night she finally she's her dark knight when he kills two men in front of her shop. After the mayhem, Charlie thinks the coast is clear that is, until another man comes to her doorstep and takes her. Conrad finds peace with Charlie but his peace gets ripped away when he kills those two men outside her shop. When he finds out they took Charlie he'll kill and go whatever possible to make her live even just one more day.
Conrad Mercer might be one of my most favorite book boyfriends I've ever read. He's a killer, he's not a nice man but even though he thinks his heart & soul have long been darkened and dead, it comes alive when he sees Charlie. Even as you read about him killing the men he's contracted to take out, you know he's not really that man. He's just playing a role that he's accepted - there's a faint ray of hope about him - sounds odd but then you realize that hope came when he found his Charlie.
Charlie, she might be one of the best heroines I've ever read about. Saying she's strong is another understatement. She's been through hell and back so many times she has frequent flyer miles. While going through the motions of life there's still a ray of hope in her. Basically disowned by her parents after high school, she goes to college hoping to find a new beginning but finds herself in one hell of a mess. She's got a killer instinct and when her back is against a wall, she never goes down without a fight.
Conrad and Charlie together are one of the most raw, sexy, dark couples filled with passion and the need of each of them to have each other leaps off the pages.
I can't do this review without mentioning Nate, he's Conrad's sidekick through this story. I've already began asking Celia for a story on him! He's a wise cracking, smart mouth, sexy as hell hit man that works so well off of Conrad's personality. Completely oil and water personalities but they come together to always help each other out.
I think I've given you enough reason to buy this book!
It's just fantastic and unlike anything you'll ever read! Celia did it again, well, let's be honest ... when doesn't she KILL it??
Below is the official blurb as well as the links to add it to your TBR!
Goodreads ----> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33792691-dark-protector