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?
4 out of 5
I fell for Sloan’s writing and her delicious hero, Dylan Caprese, in Unexpected Angel and I have been salivating over the teasers that I had seen of Unexpected Protector. Tommy Reed is not a domly Dom but the way that he cares for Holly and helps her to believe in herself and her worth makes him truly worthy of Holly’s submission.
Sloan’s work is not the kink fest that one would typically expect to find in a BDSM book, but that is the beauty of the stories that Sloan shares in her books. The lifestyle is about far more than sex and Sloan presents this in a unique way. She puts a lot of emphasis on the emotions involved than on the sex. The sexy times are still immensely well written, it’s just that the story side and the emotional side of her characters’ lives are the focus. Tommy and Holly’s relationship is full of events that test both of their emotional sanities, but with the help of their friends in the Isthmus Alliance and the strength of their bond; the couple thrive. Holly, especially, finds her strength and sets about making her life and the plan for her life better. Everyone had to deal with their own emotions after the repercussions of Holly’s actions at the end of Unexpected Angel, but it’s the ending of Unexpected Protector that pulled at my heart. Sloan blindsided me with a cliffhanger that has my heart in my throat. After thoroughly enjoying the latest installment in the Isthmus Alliance series, I will be pacing the floors and fretting until I have the next tale.
4 out of 5
My original rating for Unexpected Protector was going to be 5 stars. I loved, loved, loved this book the entire time I was reading, ten times more than Unexpected Angel. Tommy and Holly are two very amazing characters.
Tommy is the perfect description of this book’s title and I found myself wishing men like him existed in real life. Holly is the epitome of strength and resiliency. Sloan Johnson has an incredible talent for putting the reader inside the characters’ heads. This couple’s story was incredible, and I can’t remember the last time I was rooting so hard for fictional characters. I was completely hooked. I was so hooked in fact, that when I got to the cliffhanger at the end, I almost threw my kindle across the room. Well, maybe I wasn’t quite that mad, but I did let out a string of curses.
Ultimately, the cliffhanger is what brought my rating down. I’m not saying I didn’t like the ending that is leading into the next story, I just felt disappointed about some of the stuff that was left unresolved. My rating of four stars is due to the fact that as pissed as I was about the cliffhanger, the rest of the book was phenomenal.
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.
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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