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Review: Protector – Michelle Horst

protectorProtector by Michelle Horst
Series: standalone
Genre: romantic suspense
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I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of person. I wanted to save the world, or at least leave my stamp behind. In my own naïve way I thought I could bribe karma but life has a way of teaching us lessons.

I never knew how selfish I was until my life was ripped away from me.

Taken.

I’m forced to watch as they torture and kill my family … and I know I’m next.

I hear their screams.

I watch them die.

It’s the worst kind of torture

Then he comes. He made a promise to my brother. It’s the only thing keeping him bound to me. 

A promise to protect me.

I should set him free of the promise … but I don’t. He’s my shield against karma. He’s my protector.

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Themes: protector
Heat: ★★★
Rating:
 ★★★

Karma, now there’s a peculiar thing. I never knew how selfish I was until my life was ripped away from me.

Michelle Horst has been on my radar for a while but this is the first of her books I’ve had the chance to read. Plot-wise, I very much enjoyed it and found myself intrigued from the very beginning, particularly because it was so very bloodthirsty in a way I wasn’t entirely expecting. I also very much liked the sexual tension between Riley and Griffin, which was highly believable (and highly satisfying when they finally – and yes, I mean finally – indulged).

Death. It’s not a path to a better place like I always thought it would be. Death confines you. It suffocates all the warmth and happiness from you. Death is the end. There’s just nothing after it.

I struggled with the feeling that some of this was pretty overwritten, with an attempt to include so many moments of deep, profound prose, which for me became a little irritating and slightly infantilising – really, I just wanted to read the story, have the occasional “this is how grief feels, this is what I need to do to get over it” moment, but it felt like it was on repeat a little.

I also felt that some of the angst, particularly the final plot twist, was extraordinarily forced, and totally out of character. It was a completely unnecessary addition, and was too easily forgiven to have emotionally impacted me like other parts of this story.

Madness is a place where your soul goes to die. Insanity becomes a safe haven for your devastated mind.

Overall, a largely fantastic plot marred by a little forced angst and overwriting. Still a highly enjoyable read, with emotional and heartwarming moments and a passionate, believable love.

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Out now! Protector – Michelle Horst

protectorProtector by Michelle Horst
Series: standalone
Genre: romantic suspense
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I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of person. I wanted to save the world, or at least leave my stamp behind. In my own naïve way I thought I could bribe karma but life has a way of teaching us lessons.

I never knew how selfish I was until my life was ripped away from me.

Taken.

I’m forced to watch as they torture and kill my family … and I know I’m next.

I hear their screams.

I watch them die.

It’s the worst kind of torture

Then he comes. He made a promise to my brother. It’s the only thing keeping him bound to me. 

A promise to protect me.

I should set him free of the promise … but I don’t. He’s my shield against karma. He’s my protector.

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Have you ever seen a bomb detonate? Just after the explosion, there’s this hissing silence and then chaos follows – rubble, destruction and so much pain and sorrow.

Right now, it’s as if that scenario is being played in reverse.

It’s a terrifying chaos as that man goes to stand in front of Dad. Dad’s still unconscious. He can’t even do anything to defend himself.

Life seems to be returning to my body in flashes. First, I start to yank at the chain. Then my mouth opens in a horrifying, silent scream.

The man grabs a fistful of Dad’s hair, shoves his head back, and then I watch as he presses the blade to Dad’s neck.

A violent pain blossoms in my chest and it threatens to bring the walls down around me. I watch as blood starts to trickle down Dad’s neck and then the man shoves the blade deeper.

I start to scream as hysteria hits me in waves. Part of me is caught in a nightmare-like state, refusing to believe that this is actually happening right now.

The man just walks away after slicing Dad’s neck open. My eyes are glued to my father’s blood flowing from the wound. The hysteria rages inside of me until I’m swept away in a maddening mania.

I can’t think clearly anymore.

I can’t process what I’m seeing.

All I can do is weep, scream, and yank at the unforgiving chain around my neck.

This – whatever this sick and twisted situation is – cannot be happening.

This is not real … this is not real … this is not real.

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