Feature book: Her Irresistible Protector
Tash Buckley grew up in the suburbs of Sydney where people were poor and had hard lives. Her mother walked out on an abusive husband and left Tash behind to cope with her father. Her life was very tough but she could always rely on her best friend, Rick. His life wasn’t much better so he convinced her to take judo lessons and was always there for her. At the age of seventeen Tash falls hard and fast for a young police officer, Mitch King. He is the only man she will ever love but when Tash finds out why he took interest in her in the first place, things change. Tash is a strong independent person and although she does not see him, she never forgets their time together. Eight years on and Tash in managing the local hotel and enjoying life. Rick is still her best friend and she has not had any more boyfriends in her life.
Mitch King has had a very hard and sad life. He lost his parents when he was young and moved from the country to the suburbs to live with his grandparents where he is loved and learns a lot from them. He wants to become a policeman to right the wrongs and is a very determined one. When he sees what a lot of the young kids are doing, he is determined to get the ring leader and put him behind bars. He gets close to Tash with the sole reason of getting his man but he also develops feelings for Tash but does not take them very far. When he gets Rick and puts him behind bars, Tash is so angry with him for what he has done, they do not speak or see each other for eight years. But that does not mean he has forgotten her either.
When Officer Mitch King shows up on Tash’s doorstep and tells her she needs to be in protective custody with him for a few days to protect her from her best friend, Tash’s heart starts bouncing around. Although she does not like Mitch, she has never gotten over him but she goes with him to his secluded cabin by the beach. This starts four days of tension, sensual attraction and a lot of truths coming out but trust is very hard to come by after their past and Tash is really struggling with her emotions. The pull towards Mitch get stronger but the angst of trying to convince Mitch that Rick would never hurt her or any female becomes agonising for her even after she has told Mitch a lot of what had happened back then. Mitch is so determined to keep her safe after what his childhood was like that when they return to the city and Rick is freed, Mitch is still not convinced that Rick in innocent and with him wanting to change her life so he can protect her, things are still up in the air.
This is an awesome story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and grabbing tissues and cheering Tash and Mitch on as she convinces Mitch they can love and respect each other, especially when Mitch comes close to losing Tash. I loved this one—it is so moving and heart warming. Don’t miss it. Everyone, if they have the will and right friends, can have a HEA no matter what they have been through in the past. This one is beautifully written and the setting by the beach is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 1 October 2014 will go in the draw to win the book. UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Malvina.