Monday, July 27, 2009

Passionate Protector by Jan Minter

Title: Passionate Protector (Cover Art coming soon!)
Author: Jan Minter
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Published date: 2009
Genre/Theme: Romantic Suspense
Length: 73 pages
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Review: In this stand-alone sequel to the novel The Amazon Project, Patricia Elena Delores Alvarez, aka Little Toot, has run about as far away from her childhood as the sheltered daughter of an outrageously rich Mexican bank magnate as she possibly can. She has begun singing at a gentleman’s club under a new alias, Felicia Flame.
Her former bodyguard, Joe, has been unable to stop protecting her, although it’s on an unofficial basis, and completely without her knowledge. When kidnappers strike, he is there to sweep her away on an escape that soon turns out to be much more of a passionate encounter than either of them ever expected.

Joe and Toot are one of those long-acquainted pairs that suddenly find their relationship has dramatically changed. He isn’t her father’s employee and she is not anybody’s little girl. Ms. Minter tells the tale well, and draws the reader into Joe’s emotional turmoil when he cannot deny the passion he feels for his former charge. He is strong, sexy guy with a conscience, wow! But Patricia is a strong-willed heroine, willing to give anything and everything for the love of the one man she wants. At one point I was a little worried she would give up too much just to fit into his life, but Jan Minter’s heroine is not anyone’s doormat, thank heavens.

Overall I enjoyed the story and had a hard time putting it down. There were torrid yet tender love scenes between our hero and heroine and murderous kidnappers who would not be deterred from their evil plot. Whether you like suspense or romance, it was a real page-turner. Would Joe and Toot get together, would they even survive? And what would Toot’s family do to a former employee who dared to trespass on the family princess? You’ll have to read all the way to the end to find out. It’s not a long story, just the perfect length for a hot summer afternoon’s reading, under a nice leafy tree. With chilled white wine maybe....

Rating: 4 Smacks
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Sky

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