The Protector

Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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What if the woman you loved was the one person you could never be with? Elizabeth Grayson doesn't want a bodyguard. She's worked hard for her normal life, but her father, the founder of a booming seafood empire, is a prime target for his unethical competitors. When her father hires a bodyguard for Elizabeth, she's less than enthusiastic...that is, until she meets the mysterious Layne O'Connell. Sarcastic, charming, and secretive, Layne is hired to keep Elizabeth safe. But protecting her heart wasn't in the job description. Elizabeth's father has been keeping secrets from her, and she's soon going to find out that her family is stranger than she could ever have imagined: she's descended from vampires. When Layne reveals her true nature, Elizabeth's world is thrown upside down. Because Elizabeth has fallen for the one person she can't be with: the brooding werewolf who was charged with keeping her alive. Part heart-pounding mystery, part epic romance, the novel The Protector will leave you spellbound.

©2016 Bridget Essex (P)2017 Rose and Star Press

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Until the Creature Was a Woman Standing or Attacki

I applaud Ms. Essex's youthful blend of lesbian and paranormal romance. Ms. Murphy did a mostly great job narrating. There were only two sound editing issues in the parts to which I consciously listened. I LOVED Raised by Wolves, also authored by Ms. Essex. Though not a fan of the narrators of the Knight series, with only hints at intimacy, the Knight series is passable YA. With Protector, though, some of the scene description kept bugging me. Rant commencing heretofore:

"flopped into the chair" followed closely by the same character sitting in the chair. In my mind, the character would have to get up to get down. The concert hall, backstage hallway scene was awkward with the action sequence of the darkly clad, hooded character racing toward Elizabeth, then just stopping to remove her coat/cloak and escort Elizabeth on stage.

Where I stopped listening after being annoyed by action inconsistencies in the lovemaking scene... Why can't the boy shorts come down with the jeans? Why does the author like having her characters in this and her other works have through-panty or after navigating moving fabric to the side?

The next morning, Elizabeth turns to find not Lane but a creature staring at her. Lane's involved in a silent tangle with a woman. The stranger woman looks up at Elizabeth to show off her elongated incisors. Is the woman the creature? Is the creature fighting with lane or just showing off? Is such a fight supposed to be silent, except for the staring? How can Lane's get-back-vibe be so powerful in her leather jacket stretched to bursting, but not when she's half dressed? Sorry. Rant concluded...

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ehhh

I give it a 3 star because it is lesfic and I need more of it in my life... but, the characters are so ANNOYINGLY WHINY... towards the end of the book it gets worse. and while I like the seductive sexy voice of Stephanie Murphy she truly brought out the best (meaning the whining) of the characters. And she reads very fast. overall story is not bad.

overall, eh not bad kept me up late.

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Too long

Any additional comments?

Can Bridget Essex get a better editor? She really needs to cut down on the inner dialogue and stop trying to use 15 adjectives per sentence. I had the same issue with her knights series. Learn to cut back on description and make the stories more fast paced.

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Long winded

What would have made The Protector better?

A good body guard. And a smarter human. The bodyguard sucked,

What was most disappointing about Bridget Essex’s story?

Unnecessary talk. You getting ready for some serious stuff and there's too much talk. Okay you love me you said that 50 times now lets go throw down. And the girl was so dumb.

What about Stephanie Murphy’s performance did you like?

She did a good job.

What character would you cut from The Protector?

All of them except Magdelina

Any additional comments?

Glad she wasn't my bodyguard.

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The Protector

This was an entertaining book. The narrator was really good. The story was interesting however there was repeated plot renderings. The main character constantly did foolish things to put herself in danger. I will read another Bridget Essex book with the hope this flaw will be eliminated.

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Take a damn shower!

Dear author, good hygiene is sexy. When your characters have been beaten and bloodied and dragged through hell and back then sleep in the same clothes that are all grimy and crusted with blood then wake up and all they do is put on clean clothes and go about their business for the rest of day... I say "ewww"...and then still un-showered... have sex? omg ICK. I just really could not move past that in my mind. *gross shiver*

Also a body guard that does not stick to the body they are supposed to be guarding - especially when they know the true nature of the threat - is not a good body guard - just saying. Those choices really through me out of the book. How am I supposed to believe Layne is some badass body guard when she breaks rule #1 of body guarding?

The narrator was good, but for me, not good for this book... or maybe the book was not good for this narrator. Either way the material and the narrator did not *click* imo.

There are also so many wtf, why moments in this book I just had to give up. There is an other reviewer that says this book is an anomaly for this author so will give one of her other books a try.

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Huh?

I've really enjoyed all of this author's books, right up until this one. Seriously, did someone else write this? Bridget's characters are usually really well written and likeable, or appropriately unlikable.

The characters in this book vacillate between two dimensional and frustratingly inconsistent, the main character is portrayed as a driven, competent and even aggressive at times, when she is not busy being brain damaged and spineless.

I'll keep listening to Bridget's books, as I have absolutely loved the others I've read, but this one was painfully frustrating to attempt. Whoever wrote this and put her name on it, fess up and apologize to Bridget.

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Nice Idea but... oh so wordy

The Sullivans are in this one so that's a plus but the main heroin is not heroic at all. While in the night books the wordiness added a certain charm its just too much in this one. How long can you draw out a climatic scene with useless introspection before its conclusion, how many times can you say the same I Love you in a row before the main fight scene? This just starts to ruin the pace and looses what little charm the book had. I was skipping 30 seconds at a time 3 or 4 times in a row and they still had not moved on from the constant inner monologue that added zip to the story... too much fluff not enough story. Sorry I've listened to a lot of her books mainly because I've used my credits and I can listen to as many romance paranormal story's as I want for free...but your killing me with this one. The love scene was just as drawn out. Who gets all hot and bothered right in the middle and then spaces out for 5 min to think in there head about a falling star while the other person somehow doesn't even get fully undressed after you beg them too LOL! ok I will probably read some more of her work cause she has a way of telling a light fun story but...EDITOR Please.

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A great escape

Bridget Essex is becoming one of my favorite authors. I love all characters in this book! I like how she pulled in characters from her other books.

The plot isn’t over complicated but the author weaves a beautiful love story.

I loved being able to escape into this world the author created. Escapism is why I read and every book I have read by Essex allows me to fully immerse into the world she creates.

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Excellent storyline

OMG I loved this book. A vampire/warewolf romance who wouldn’t want to hear it. This was my first experience with one of Bridget Essex books and I have to say I am heading g over right this moment and get more