"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
He found her.
He’s keeping her.
No one, not even her, is going to keep him from doing just that.
If you’re looking for something a bit sweet, a whole lot alpha, and ridiculously dirty, this is the book for you.
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Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again…
He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.
But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.
Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…
But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.
This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.
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Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels. She is also the cofounder of The Indie Tea, an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. A certified travel and Starbucks addict, her stories feature strong heroines, alpha males, and lots of witty banter.
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We meet Elise, an archaeology major looking to finish her Ph.D by searching the dark woods of Blackwood. After a less than successful visit to Garrett Blackwood to get him to sign off on Elise surveying his land, she decides to forge his signature so she can start her dig. After a meeting with her skeevy professor she sets off on her journey. While reading, you get a sense that there's more to this than finishing a Ph.D, which we find out is Elise's need to find out what happened to her father that disappeared two years ago.
Before going on her first attempted dig, Elise stops by the local diner where she's greeted by Shierff Crow and even the mayor. Shierff Crow more than warns her of the dangers of the woods but nothing shakes Elise, she's on a mission and nothing or no one will stop her.
After digging for awhile and finding a piece of a clay pot, Elise dives further into the woods only to see her father's car left to rot by a tree. This is when the woods seem to come alive with the ghostly screams and howls that locals warned Elisa about. After being attacked in the woods by wild boars, the last person she wanted to save her is that one that does, Garrett Blackwood.
Garrett and Elise are thrust into each others lives, something neither of them want. Little does Elise know, Garrett's world will open up to more darkness and the best worst dominance of her life ...
Every single detail of this book is exquisitely written! The characters have depth and background that make them feel so real! I almost want to call this book a bit of a slow burn but not cause of being annoyed, its cause working up to that animal sex, it takes a few chapters. LOL! I only, about right before I got to that animal sex was like, wait ... we need some Celia sex scenes NOW and then the first one happens and you smoke a cigarette and continue reading! That being said, the story could 100% stand on it's own if this was a super contemporary mystery romance read that was very vanilla and not rocky road with extra chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and whipped cream! You need to know all the background Celia provides so the story is told in its full wonderful darkness. I'm not a fan of stories that are too over-detailed that almost make you lose your sense of direction in a book ... Blackwood is not like that at all ... Celia knows how to fill you to the brim with detail and background but keep a nice steady pace to her books. Elise is one of the best female characters I've read in a long time! She's so full of passion and determination mixed with just the right amount of stubbornness! When she's running through the woods - you're there panting right along with her! Garrett ... Ohhhh, Garret ... consume me big bad wolf, consume me! Garrett is a dominant alpha that would make Christian Grey blush. He's the bad guy, the guy you should run from but he's the one you run to instead and know it might cost you everything.
Below you will find the offical blurb and Goodreads link by click on the cover!
I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.
Author’s Note: This is a standalone mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit/intense sex. If you need a trigger warning, then this isn't the book for you.
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A Christmas novella where everyone gets their just desserts.
Olive had a major crush on Hank in high school. She was the too-smart, slightly chubby girl who gawked as Hank ran track and made all the cheerleaders swoon. After high school, the two went their separate ways. Olive opened a yoga studio and swore off sweets while Hank traveled the world. No problem, right? At least there wasn’t a problem until Hank moved back to town and opened a candy shop across the street from Olive’s studio. Now, Olive will do everything she can to shut her old crush down. But Hank has other plans, and all of them end with an Olive sundae.
Author’s Note: This is a sweet Christmas treat that will leave you satisfied, yet desperate for a little taste of sugar.
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My Review (spoiler free)
My vision of Hank ... of course it's Henry Cavill! I just had to dig up this old photo of him in one of his signature plaid shirts and LOOK! he's even in a little cafe!
I started this on my lunch break and was cursing my sandwich for taking time away from me or I would have finished this in one sitting! Christmas Candy is the delicious, sweet tale of Olive and her former HS crush, Hank. Olive was the nerdy, chubby girl in HS who worked her tail off to become a more fit, still with some curves, girl who now owns a Yoga studio. All is well in her world until her former crush, Hank, comes back to town and opens a candy shop right across the street from her yoga studio. Little does Olive know, Hank has always had an eye for sweets and his biggest treat was Olive.
Holiday novellas/reads are super short, sexy, sassy, and fun! That's exactly what this tale is! Be sure to add it on Goodreads and then get a copy on your Kindle ASAP! Perfect for snuggling on the sofa with a warm blanket, hot coco, and candles!
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