November 11, 2013

Book Review: Unexpected Protector by Sloan Johnson

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Everyone makes mistakes in life. Unfortunately, Holly Richards has become an expert at taking the wrong path in life. This time, she may have gone so far that she has alienated the one person who has always been there for her. Will she be able to make the right decision for once in her life?
Tommy Reed’s world shifted the night he found Holly Richards lying in a pool of blood on the ground. For reasons he can’t explain, he feels the need to protect Holly from her own past. In the process, he’s hoping to also teach her that there is more to D/s than releasing pent up emotions.

Life isn’t easy for the former-junkie and the cop. Some of those closest to Tommy are less than thrilled with his devotion to Holly. Those who pressured Holly into her former life are worried she’ll share what she knows. Is there any way for both of them to come away from the situation unscathed?

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Unexpected Protector (Isthmus Alliance, #2)Unexpected Protector by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy freaking sh*t!! I hate cliffhangers! And this book has a HUGE one at the end of it. So, fair warning.

I loved this book so much. I was a big fan of Unexpected Angel, Book One in the Isthmus Alliance series, but I connected with this book so much more. I think it was because I loved Tommy immediately, and I admired Holly for her strength and spirit. In UA, Dylan bordered on being too much of an asshole for me to really fall for him, and Tasha was just too weak of a character for me. In this book we see Tasha and Dylan as secondary characters, and while Dylan is still very controlling, I was glad to see that he seems to be learning to compromise and Tasha is definitely coming out of her shell and standing up for herself.

Unexpected Protector picks up immediately where UA left off, and we see Tommy sitting a bedside vigil next to a comatose Holly. He feels an unexplainable attraction to her, and he will go to any length to protect her and help her recover. When Holly finally regains consciousness, she is suspicious of his generosity and selflessness, but Tasha finally convinces her to take the help that is being offered. Tommy and Tasha nurse Holly back to healthy, both physically and emotionally, and we finally get to see glimpses of the old Holly, and the potential of who she could be.

I love how Sloan Johnson knows how to build emotional relationships between her characters. The physical part is there too, and it's freaking HOT, but it seems like more emphasis is put on the mental and emotional connection that is there. Tommy draws Holly out of her shell, and then when he needs her, she is there for him. And everything develops organically and naturally. Nothing felt forced or rushed. They were really just two damaged people that fit together perfectly.

The story ended too soon for me though! There are still unresolved issues between Tommy and Holly, plus several developments that involve most of the other characters. And again ~ that cliffhanger!! Geez, way to keep us on the edge of our seats Sloan! I will be counting the days until the next release in this series. :)

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I nod, my throat constricted by the emotion I’m not used to feeling.
“Good girl,” he whispers in my ear before drawing the lobe into his mouth, sucking and nipping. He continues working his way down my neck, biting my collarbone harder than I’m used to. I jerk in surprise, but not in pain.
“Don’t stop,” I beg him. My mind doesn’t seem to process the fact that he’s on the wrong end of my body to make my core clench tight. I never knew before now that it’s possible to be driven to climax without any direct contact with either my nipples or pussy. I scream his name as my head falls back, eventually allowing my head to come back to rest on his shoulder.
“Such a responsive girl,” he praises me as he holds me close to him.
“What about you?” I ask when my breathing returns to normal.

Meet Sloan

Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.

Unexpected Angel, her debut novel, released in August 2013. Unexpected Protector is set to release November 2013.

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