Celia Aaron’s newest release is purely and simply AWESOME. I loved it! I was immersed in this story from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down for one minute. I’ve read several books by this author and this one is, in my opinion, her best work to date. ‘Dark Protector’ is gripping, entertaining, filled with suspense, action and steam and also some darkness and violence to keep you intrigued. If you like dark, mobster stories, with alpha anti-heroes and strong, endearing heroines, then you have to give this one a try.
“A woman like her wasn’t meant for a man like me.”
Conrad ‘Con’ Mercer is a dangerous man. He’s a man who kills without remorse. He has been a killer for more than ten years, working as a hitman for the bosses in Philly, doing his job flawlessly and making a name for himself. Conrad has been fascinated with Charlie from the moment he saw her through the window in her flower shop. He knows he’s not the man for a woman like Charlie, but he wants her. Seeing her every day or every night when he parks his car close to her shop is the only thing that calms him, the only thing that brings him peace.
“He moved with aggression, every part of him dripping calculated vengeance. Even his predatory walk screamed danger. Yet he was eerily beautiful for a man who killed without remorse.”
Charlie is aware of the man who’s watching her. For some reason she doesn’t feel threatened. The strange thing is, even if she doesn’t know HIM, she somehow feels protected.
Conrad has never planned and never hoped to meet Charlie face to face, but when Charlie finds herself in danger because of him, he’s ready to do anything to protect her. He will do anything for her to be safe, because protecting her has become his reason to be. But the only way he can insure her safety is by being with her non-stop until the danger passes.
“Keeping her close wasn’t an option anymore. It was a necessity. (…) She made an addict out of me. It didn’t make sense, but I couldn’t change it. Maybe I didn’t want to.”
Charlie is not very thrilled her life was turned upside down and now she will have to stay close to Con. While she’s not afraid of him, she desperately wants to get her life back. As time passes, their situation gets complicated when they find out the enemy wants both of them dead.
In order to survive, they have to learn how to trust each other. What happens when the attraction between them becomes too much to ignore? Will Con be able to protect Charlie against the enemy? Will he be able to give her up when the time comes?
“She was a reward I didn’t earn, a gift I didn’t deserve. But like the selfish bastard I was, I would take everything she offered.”
‘Dark Protector’ is dark, raw, fast-paced and I enjoyed every minute of it. I liked the premise and I found the story-line to be very addictive. Celia Aaron perfectly blends the romance, action and suspense, delivering an entertaining gem that had me hooked from the start. The plot is well-developed with some interesting turns and twists as the story progresses.
Both Con and Charlie are well-portrayed characters and perfect for each other in a very intriguing way. Con is a hardened, calculated killer I really liked reading about. His background is well done and I loved how protective he is towards Charlie. He is sweet, sexy, thoughtful and considerate and in some way, I loved his staking ways. If Charlie seems to be just your usual sweet and innocent heroine at the beginning of the story, as it unfolds, she proves that she’s so much more. She’s strong, a fighter, a bada$$ heroine, with a snarky attitude and a past she wants to forget.
The author did a really great job regarding the chemistry between the two main characters. It is purely and simply fantastic, the sexual tension between them is off the charts at times and the sex scenes are really hot.
“Her nails were heaven on my skin, her tongue paradise on my lips. I kissed her rough, too rough, but every primal instinct that lived inside me demanded that I give her everything I had.”
There’s some insta…something between Con and Charlie but, much to my surprise, I wasn’t bothered by it at all. However, I would have preferred their romantic relationship to be more developed.
As for the supporting characters, I loved Nate and I really hope he will get his own book. He almost stole the show for me!
All in all, ‘Dark Protector’ is a fantastic read, filled with action, suspense, violence, romance and steam, a great plot and engaging characters!
About the Author:
Celia Aaron is a recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy—if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.