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Protecting Amour (Maverick's Shield) | [Charisma Chloe]

Protecting Amour (Maverick's Shield)

After a routine visit with her ailing father sparks a conversation causing Amour Graciette to question the reason behind her mother, Carly's death twenty-seven years ago, she sets out on a quest for answers. Was it natural causes? Was it murder? Amour was determined to find out even if it meant taking a trip halfway across the country to do so. With the help of bodyguard Jason Kincaid, she will soon discover that uncovering certain secrets can be terrifying or maybe even deadly.
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After a routine visit with her ailing father sparks a conversation causing Amour Graciette to question the reason behind her mother, Carly's death twenty-seven years ago, she sets out on a quest for answers.

Was it natural causes? Was it murder? Amour was determined to find out even if it meant taking a trip halfway across the country to do so.

With the help of bodyguard Jason Kincaid, she will soon discover that uncovering certain secrets can be terrifying or maybe even deadly. As she and Jason get closer to the truth, she will also discover that not only is her life on the line, but also… her heart.

©2013 Charisma Chloe (P)2013 Charisma Chloe

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    loverofbooks NJ, United States 01-02-14
    loverofbooks NJ, United States 01-02-14
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    "Very good book!"
    If you could sum up Protecting Amour (Maverick's Shield) in three words, what would they be?

    Very good book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mack was my favorite character. He was funny and kept me well entertained but I also loved that he had a sensitive side. I hope there will be a book about him soon.


    Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to her before. She was alright but I think the narration can be improved a bit but I still in enjoyed it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful what you ask for!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book! It had me guessing until the very end. I loved the supporting characters in the story and since this is the first book, I hope that all of them get their own stories soon. I only had maybe about one issue with the book but it wasn't enough to dislike the story. I recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    2 Indie Girls 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Please listen for yourself..."

    I almost skipped this book because I read the previous review for it but I had a free credit so I decided to give it a try. I actually loved the story. I thought it was very well written and it had everything I look for in a romantic suspense. I agree that the narrator was a tad monotone but she nor the book was nearly as bad as the other reviewer claims IMO. But opinions vary from person to person so that's why I say listen to it for yourself and form your own. The ending actually came at a surprise to me which is not normally the case with these books. I was very impressed with the way the author dropped clues and didn't make it obvious who the villain was.

    I liked it and I'm looking forward to the next book. I say give it a try, you might be surprised.

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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 12-24-13
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Implausible, whiny, weak tale"

    The story fails in multiple ways. First, there’s no real basis for Amour’ s father’s suspicions that sort of start the story. It makes no sense that Amour, at 25+ years old, didn’t find out from her father that she was born in L.A. and not Nebraska. And she decided she knew aspects about her mother, though she never really knew her. There were other disastrous aspects of the story.

    One negative is that the story has very unlikeable female characters. The heroine, Amour, led the pack as a weak heroine. Amour was revealed to be a stereotypical, sniveling weak female in need of a big, strong man to save her. This image contrasted with the image the author showcased initially. To add more crap to this crappiness is Amour’s strange willingness to immediately depend on, Jason, a guy she’s known for less than a week. Strangely, she’s supposedly from a blue-collar home (her father was a janitor) where money was not plentiful, and she hasn’t won major driving competitions in her job. Yet she could afford to stay in style in L.A. and easily offered to pay people to help her. Never was there any concern about her finances. More contradictions to come. The first sex scene was Amour asking Jason for oral sex, which contradicted the author’s earlier imager of her as sort of prudish. And, by the way, the narrator’s attempt to narrate Amour’s sex sounds during this scene was, literally, laughable. It actually made me giggle. The attempt of the bed-time-story-teller narrator trying to sound sexy was anything but sexy. And, unfortunately, the listener is barraged by this unconvincing display more than once; two to be exact, I believe. Another contradiction was when Amour, first, easily agreed to let Jason answer her cell phone moving forward, and she did this to the point of not even looking at her caller I.D. but handing her phone to him first where he viewed the caller I.D. –since she was obviously incapable of it, being obedient and all—then gave her permission to answer it. Then, later, she raged about him treating her like a “delicate flower.” Duh. She acted more like the oh-so-needy “delicate flower" than the opposite. And this was not done in a way where she was represented as simply being multi-faceted, sometime in need, and sometime not, which is human and balanced. Ever heard of consistency? It’s critical to realism and plausibility, and this story is sucking in all of these areas. There are plenty of other things to dislike about this story, including Amour’s moralizing to Jason about his father after she’d known him briefly. Who does that? Especially when you don’t know someone. And the personal secrets revealed to one another were stunningly ineffective and mattered not. Once again, the author seemed to have identified a commonly-used writing tool, figured she could use it too but failed miserably. Finally, the great reveal near the end and all of the admissions at the end were other writing tropes used poorly and a bit obvious and unbelievable. Plus, this story had some of the worst dialogue I’ve encountered in the more than 1000 books I’ve listened to. Much of the bad dialogue happens in the last 40 or so minutes along with more implausible aspects, so I think this book holds the record for the worst ending I've heard of all of the bad books I've managed to finish. Now I wish I didn't finish it. My hope of it improving didn't pan out at all. In fact, the ending was the worst part of this bad book.

    More crapiness was supplied in the form of the narrator. The narrator’s voice is made for telling children’s bedtime stories but not so much for this type of story. All of the females sound the same, and all of the males too. She gets whiny. The narrator also failed to sound threatening, though, the threatening monologue the author wrote was also laughable. And, to restate, her depiction of Amour, and to a lesser extent, Jason, in the throes of passion, asking for what he or she wanted, was a joke. This resulted in this not being a hot story, though the author includes a bit of explicit language during the sex scenes. Nothing helps. The sexual statements come across as if they were statements taken from other stories and just inserted in this one in hopes that they would have the same effect as they do in well-written stories. They don’t. Context matters, and this book has little-to-no meaningful and believable context. The author seemed to have created the story from the end backwards, therefore, the beginning parts that lead up to the drama were too convoluted with no real basis and logic resulting in an ill-fitting drama that detracts from the story and its plausibility.

    The only positive aspect of this book is that Amour’s physical description represented a more realistic woman and was, yet, still attractive to Jason in her human, natural imperfection. The story was exceptionally hard to finish. I’m just glad it’s over. This is my first and last book by this author.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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