Thursday, April 19, 2018

His to Protect by Carly Phillips – Lexi Blake Crossover Collection Blog Tour


Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it's clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.

Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.

With Talia's life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia's body certainly isn't any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.

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Shane narrowed his gaze, not liking the sound of that at all. “I’ll get to the bottom of it,” he promised, knowing his friend was in China and would be worried sick about his sister.

“Keep in touch,” Tate demanded.

“Will do.” Shane disconnected the call and looked at Talia.

A woman he hadn’t seen since high school because, although he was good friends with her brother, he and Talia ran in different circles.

They always had.

A year younger, the little brainiac who’d tutored him in chemistry his senior year had saved his ass and enabled him to graduate. Too bad he’d been stupid enough to kiss her as a thank you, then shove his tongue down her throat and his hand up her shirt like she was a horny cheerleader and he was the football captain copping a feel. Which he had been.

But she wasn’t that kind of girl. She’d deserved better. No wonder she’d pushed him away and slammed the door in his face, avoiding him afterward. Then life had taken them their separate ways.

But now she needed him and he found irony in that.

He had wrapped the towel around his waist and tucked the corner in to keep it in place. Folding his arms across his chest, he pinned her with his most serious gaze. “Tate says you’re in trouble. And I can’t help you unless I know the extent of it. So let’s hear it,” he said, getting down to what he did best.

Business.

Because if he kept staring at her porcelain skin, big brown doe eyes, and silky, chocolate-colored hair falling haphazardly and adorably out of a bun on the back of her head, his cock wouldn’t go down and this situation would remain embarrassing. Apparently she still made him lose control just as she’d done years ago.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
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Talia has always been a smart woman. What she has found might change the course of many people's lives. When her lab is broken into, she knows that they are after what she has discovered. She can't let it fall into the wrong hands.

Shane has always felt close to Talia's brother – which meant that he stayed away from Talia. But when he finds her in his backyard and in need of protecting, nothing will stop him.

This is a fast-paced story with a lot going on. The romance is secondary to the mystery/thriller part and I really liked how they kept the romance and thriller parallel without crossing over too much.

It's a fast read and entertaining for an afternoon.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is part of the Masters & Mercenaries crossover series that is being released by a number of super talented authors. I am so happy to be reading these books and reviewing them. I am a huge M&M fan, and this was another great addition to the series.

Here we enjoy watching Shane get his happily ever after. Having had a failed marriage due mainly to his wife not coping well with the demands and dangers of his job as a cop, he is off commitments. He does, however, remind himself that many of the MacKay-Taggart team are now with women who seem to manage the worry just fine. And the scene when he first takes Talia to meet with Ian, is lovely, as Ian knows what's going to happen between them already

Talia is Shane's best friend's baby sister, and also his chemistry tutor in high school. Both of them, it turns out, still harbour feelings for each other, but first they need to get her and her secret formula to safety. I enjoyed the underlying plot – it wasn't too scary or is that just because where these guys are involved the outcome is guaranteed to be good?

Hot, fun and another man off the market – very enjoyable read, thank you, Ms. Phillips, and the crossover team.




Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of His to Protect (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2.5) by Carly Phillips to read and review for this tour.

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