Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .
Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?
Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.
I hang on to each and every word as I was reading The Protector. With the brilliant banter, the twisted word games, the subtle hints with the ever-escalating suspense, the way the fake romance turns into an inferno of real, true feelings, emotions that wrapped around my heart as well as the protagonists, and how the thrilling suspense and anticipation of the malice influenced and affected the deepening emotions growing between Cate and Damon, all together it created an amazing, riveting, and ardent tale, an unputdownable story that enchanted and charmed my mind and heart while I devoured it.
Cate Pendleton's fearless pursuit of justice for her sister, to find out the truth about her sister's destiny and death was admirable and showed the capacity of kindness, consideration, compassion, and determination she was able to. She is smart, goal oriented, with an organized mind, and capable to hold her own. She is passionate, comfortable within herself, and she knows what it is to want more, to need more, to survive, and to succeed.
Damon Knox is such a complex man with deep mental wounds from his upbringing and from the consequences of the actions of the authority figures in his early life. He has completely closed off his past to survive, relying only on his inner circle of friends. He has his job, where all the good he does, is like a redemption from his past. He uses jokes and humor to hide behind, yet there is a deeply feeling, caring, passionate man under all the tough exterior, that won my heart, over and over again through the tale.
Together Cate and Damon complete each other. They bring peace of mind to each other, they feel safe and centered, able to conquer anything while in each other's company. The passion between them is beautiful, I loved how equal they were in each other's eyes, physically, mentally, with the investigation, and with the battle to survive the deadly hostility the face.
The palpable malice in the air, the intense and intimidating atmosphere at the Sullivan compound, the threats, and attacks against Cate and Damon are constant in the story, giving it a very edgy and potent tone. The suspense is well twined together with the developing love story. The tight bond, and support of the members of Fixer's team demonstrating what a true brotherhood is like.
With vivid images of the thrilling, dramatic action and suspense, of the desirous, delightfully delicious love story, built by sharp and illustrative dialogue, words that easily captured my mind and wrapped around my heart, HelenKay Dimon delivers another home run in this prized and popular series. A must-read in my opinion
~ Five Spoons
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