Abbi Hastings had never been fearless. She’d been firmly entangled in her small town roots her entire life until an unexpected inheritance provided her a chance to escape. As she took the only opportunity she’d have to get out, Abbi left her world behind and boarded the plane with her one way ticket to Los Angeles.
Relentless and fighting for her own independence, it all goes to hell when fate throws a twist into her plans. Everything changes the day she accidentally falls into the arms of Ryan. Tall, dark eyed, and handsome CEO of LA’s hottest bodyguard service who is fighting some dark demons of his own.
Can Abbi take a leap of faith and dare to experience all that the world has to offer, accepting that fate has brought her here into the arms of the man who will protect her? Protect her mind, body, and soul.
There were definitely some cheesy parts to the book, but overall I did enjoy it. The start in particular had me questioning how well this would turn out, but once I got past the instant bonding of the girls and some of the lines, things started to pick up. Especially with the intro of Ryan, Gabe, and Jace. The story line wasn’t unique, but one many could relate to.
A couple of years after her mother passes away, Abbi later learns her dad did as well and left her a little money. She decides to move from her hometown across country to LA. Lucky for her, she not only finds an apartment, but a job as a bartender. Then instant bonding with 2 other female bartenders, and her first run in with Ryan. How lucky can a girl be? This was why I really wondered how well this would turn out, because although not impossible, too good to be true right? However, things do start to play out a little bit more believable for me after that. Ryan is ex-military and hesitant to get involved in a relationship. Having money, Abbi thinks he is out of her league anyway and meets another guy who seems better suited. Things don’t go quite as planned, and after one final fortuitous run in with Ryan, they decide to give the relationship a go.
Now what did throw me was the three musketeers seem to have a falling out. Judy meets Jace, and Ashley meets Gabe, but everything is not kosher for the 2 other “couples”. Somehow, Ashley withdraws from the girls. Things are moving along ok with Judy and Jace, and Abbi and Ryan are progressing at a pretty steady pace. Again, a little mushy for me at times. Now along with the building of the relationships, things are not quite so smooth at the bar. The title is “protect me”. In part because of Ryan’s business as a bodyguard, but even more in regards to his feelings and instincts as it relates to Abbi. Through no fault of her own, Abbi seems to attract dangerous people. In this case, her boss involves her in something that will soon endanger her and Judy. Again, not a unique twist, but believable if you live that kind of lifestyle.
I can say that I did get caught up in Abbi, Ryan, Jace, Judy, Gabe, and Ashley’s lives. One of my favorite characters was Gabe. I’m hoping to see a lot more of him in future books. If you’re looking for a romance with a little suspense, you may enjoy this. I can’t say others won’t find it too predictable, but it was cute and the writing got better further along.
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About Jennifer Culbreth
I was born and raised in a small town that until maybe a year ago, you couldn’t find on a map. After high school I did what every wild child from a small town would do and kicked rocks to the farthest college I could go to. Which happened to be about 20 miles out of town, I didn’t trust my old clunker of a truck to go much farther than that. After graduating college with a shiny new piece of paper hung in a $3.00 Wal-mart frame I got my first “big girl” job with Synovus Financial Corporation.
During the five years I stayed at the company, I bought a new truck, moved into my own apartment (in the same small town), and met the man who would eventually accept my craziness and ask me to marry him. I am privileged to call myself a US Navy Wife. My husband currently serves on the USS Hue City, which has been deployed more times during our marriage than it has been home. But we look forward to a three year shore duty in Colorado Springs.
I have been very lucky to have had the support of my friends and family during the years and I look forward to many more years full of there snide remarks and sarcasm. I wouldn’t want them any other way.