Protector for Hire by Tawna Fenske

Protector for Hire

byTawna Fenske

Kobo ebook | June 30, 2015

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Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana's untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he'd lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

Each book in the Front and Center series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Marine for Hire
Book #2 Fiancee for Hire
Book #3 Best Man for Hire
Book #4 Protector for Hire

Title:Protector for HireFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633753077

ISBN - 13:9781633753075

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love and Family with some suspense I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I was hoarding books two and three for the perfect moment. Well, I can't hold on to them now since I've now read the fourth! Schwartz Patton is the oldest of the Patton boys and very much the recluse. Following the Patton family tradition, he joined the military but his final mission ended badly and his guilt about what happened had him choosing a life of solitude and it's been a decade since he had contact with most of his family. However, he'll do anything for them and when his brother asks for his help to protect his fiancee's sister, Schwartz is quick to step up. Janelle Keebler had the misfortune of marrying a drug-dealer, but in her defense he told her he was into pharmaceuticals, only he didn't mention that the pharmaceuticals were of the illegal variety. After witnessing him commit a crime, she is now on the run in fear for her life and where's the best place place to hide out? A rustic cabin in the wilderness of Montana, of course! And the perfect companion would be taciturn and rugged mountain man. Janelle is fun, bubbly and has a great sense of humor so it's no surprise that she's able to get a smile out of Schwartz in record time and their attraction is instant. However, Schwartz has got his eye on the goal of keeping her safe and he will not be distracted, having learned that lesson the hard way. What he doesn't expect is Janelle's relentlessness and they final give into their attraction. But that's not all there is to it. Janelle has the ability to see beyond the surface with Schwartz to the good man inside and has him opening up to people and rethinking his decision to isolate himself from his family. She also makes him realize that what they have going on between them is what they need - to love each other and support each other. I'm a city girl through and through and would only do rustic if the comforts of home are available, so I completely empathized with Janelle's shock at the less than ideal living arrangements but surprisingly she adopts to mountain living very easily. I've enjoyed every of Tawna Fenske's books that I've read and PROTECTOR FOR HIRE is no different. Fun dialogue, a bit of suspense and a lot of love and family makes this a treat to read and a great end to the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Protector for Hire Schwartz Patton lives off the grid which comes in handy when his family needs him to protect Janelle Keebler but nobody warned him that he would have to guard his heart as well in this riveting contemporary romance. Janelle is a city girl through and through but the wilderness is looking mighty fine at the moment and the reader can’t help but enjoy this romance as the strong compelling characters discover each other. The attraction burns with some pretty intense chemistry but both characters have some emotional hang-ups and Schwartz really captures the heart with the sexy, protective but grumpy attitude that stems from his past in the army. A fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps expectation building throughout with suspense and romance while Schwartz fights his attraction to Janelle and Janelle slowly wins his heart with some quirky and fun distractions. Excitement and tension builds throughout the story mostly from the tension between Schwartz and Janelle but also the danger to Janelle from her ex-husband The scenes are well written and capture the imagination while the suspense draws readers in and ensures that the readers want to know what happens and some steamy and sexy scenes during Schwartz and Janelle’s courtship adds lots of spice. I haven’t read the previous books in this series (yet) and I had no problem catching on to the fact that the Patton family makes for some enjoyable and lighthearted with a side of quirky reading and since I enjoyed getting to know Schwartz and Janelle, I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of family.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Protector for Hire Schwartz Patton lives off the grid which comes in handy when his family needs him to protect Janelle Keebler but nobody warned him that he would have to guard his heart as well in this riveting contemporary romance. Janelle is a city girl through and through but the wilderness is looking mighty fine at the moment and the reader can’t help but enjoy this romance as the strong compelling characters discover each other. The attraction burns with some pretty intense chemistry but both characters have some emotional hang-ups and Schwartz really captures the heart with the sexy, protective but grumpy attitude that stems from his past in the army. A fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps expectation building throughout with suspense and romance while Schwartz fights his attraction to Janelle and Janelle slowly wins his heart with some quirky and fun distractions. Excitement and tension builds throughout the story mostly from the tension between Schwartz and Janelle but also the danger to Janelle from her ex-husband The scenes are well written and capture the imagination while the suspense draws readers in and ensures that the readers want to know what happens and some steamy and sexy scenes during Schwartz and Janelle’s courtship adds lots of spice. I haven’t read the previous books in this series (yet) and I had no problem catching on to the fact that the Patton family makes for some enjoyable and lighthearted with a side of quirky reading and since I enjoyed getting to know Schwartz and Janelle, I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of family.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Schwartz is hands down my favorite Patton sibling. I have been enjoying the Front and Center Series, all about the Patton Siblings, all named after famous generals. We started with the only girl, Sharidan, next came MacArthur, then Grant. The books have gotten better as we went along. This book was the brother we have heard the least from, Grant's twin, Schwartzkopf. Schwartz has been living off the grid for the past 10 years, ever since he came back changed from time overseas in the Army. Only his twin brother Grant has a phone number to reach him. He continues to keep up with his family, but only on his terms, sending flowers and gifts in lieu of face time with his family. But then MacArthur's wife's younger sister needs a safe place to hide out and Schwartz is talked into letting her stay with him in his highly undisclosed location. After first glance, Janelle seems like a city slicker, who will be out of her depth in the back woods of somewhere Montana. But it's not long before, with the help of some decent coffee, she comes to appreciate the quiet beauty of Montana, and a certain reclusive Patton. Most of the book is spent with just the two of them in his cabin in the woods. Almost sounds like the start of a horror flick, but was in actuality a wonderful romantic comedy. I laughed and giggled through out this entire book. Schwartz is hands down my favorite Patton sibling. And the ending... I don't think it's too spoilery to gush about the proposal at the end of a Romance, but *pats heart* it just got me in the feels. *grin* I really wouldn't mind another book or two, maybe about the Patton siblings mom Stella. Cause there is a woman with a story (or two) to be told. I just know it. I loved this final book in the series and it earned 5 stars from me.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Her Hero Schwartz Patton takes care of hiding Janelle Keebler as a favor for his brother. Her sister Anna, is married to his brother Grant. Janelle has a drug dealing, murdering, scum of an ex-husband who is trying to find her. Schwartz hides her in his cabin in the Montana wilderness. For a city girl, she really likes being away from it all. Like him, she can work from home on her laptop. As a graphic designer it does not matter where she is to work. She even learns to love his dog that is part wolf. Janelle is worried that her past has clouded her future. She believes she has bad taste in men. She is uncertain where her life will lead from here. Will she have to hide from her ex forever? Her attraction to Schwartz, however, is immediate. Schwartz has to protect her. He has a past that makes him feel like a failure in his military family. He feels like he should be alone. He punishes himself. He cannot make a mistake with Janelle. The attraction will just have to wait. This story is so good about PTSD and self esteem. I am not sure the author intended that, but it is a sincere book about building someone up. I was impressed with the honesty the characters share right from the start. He really does protect her and the banter alone is worth reading. ***This ARC was free from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Schwart's story was worth the wait! In this sexy contemporary romance, book 4 in the Front and Center series but easily read as a standalone, Schwartz has become a self-imposed hermit, haunted by his military past. Only recently has he started to reconnect with his brother Grant, and when Grant needs his help, he can't refuse. Grant's sister-in-law Janelle needs protection from her drug lord and murderer ex-husband, and Schwartz's solitary cabin off the grid is the perfect location to hide out while Schwartz's brothers track him down. But Schwartz has forgotten what it's like to have a female around all the time, and Janelle's presence softens something in him, making him realize how much he's been missing. Can he keep Janelle safe and when the danger is over, will he be willing to let her go? Like others who've eagerly anticipated Schwartz's story, I thoroughly enjoyed his tale. Schwartz has been an enigma since mentioned in previous books, with no revelation to explain his hermit like existence until now. Here we have a man who is so deep in his self-loathing over actions that he blames himself for, that he's cut himself off from his military family, thinking they would never understand what happened. Despite this, the angst level of the story isn't that high (no ugly crying) but there is definitely a lot of empathy for Schwartz and what he's put himself through. He's a gruff, solitary, man but didn't used to be that way, and Janelle's presence starts to bring back his more human side. Janelle is a city girl through and through but is determined to do whatever is necessary to escape her ex-husband, and if a remote cabin is what it takes, she'll do it. I liked her character a lot - she's still got a lot of fire in her, she's friendly and vivacious and the complete opposite of Schwartz. But as they say, opposites attract, and there is a chemistry between them from their first meeting that won't be denied. While Schwartz is torn between trying to protect Janelle and wanting to make love to her, Janelle feels less restraint on her end and they end up sharing some steamy scenes together. What I really enjoy about this author's writing though, is that there are elements of humor throughout the story, so even love scenes make you smile. It was great to see some of the characters from previous stories in the series, in particular Schwartz's family as he finally admits that keeping himself from them hasn't helped him to heal. I really enjoyed watching him come out of his shell. For me, this was a great mix of action, sex, humour and a sweet romance. 4. 5 stars.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fun witty banter between the main characters make this an incredibly enjoyable read. This entire series has been fun to read! In this book Janelle Kebbler needs protection from her murdering ex husband. Where better to hide a city girl than in the woods with a grumpy recluse?? For eight years Schwartz Patton has hidden himself away from everyone after devastating losses in Iraq scarred his heart. Now his brother has tracked him down and asked for his help. Protecting this feisty, beautiful woman may be harder than he expected though!! This is a good one and I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In love with the Patton family. Protector For Hire is the fourth book in Front and Center Series and it made me want to read the first three books. It can be read as a standalone without difficulties but I got curious about the previous stories, so I'll probably read the first books in this series. Grant, Schwartz's brother, asks him to hide and protect Janelle from her ex husband and even though Schwartz has been living like a recluse for the past ten years, he can't refuse his brother's request, so he agrees to protect her and figures it's going to be like any other mission. One that he's determined to accomplish at all costs. Janelle is on the run and needs to fall off the grid but she doesn't have the skills to do it alone, so she has to trust Schwartz, who she never met, to protect her and to hide her until her ex husband is in jail. Janelle beats herself up for her poor choice in men and Schwartz has been punishing himself for surviving his last tour. I really loved Schwartz, his burden is heavy and his values are held high. I really liked how Janelle got under his skin, how she made him open up and it was a real surprise how the city girl adapted so well to the wilderness. Apart for the lack of good coffee! But in all their differences, they're perfect for each other. Their story is full of humor (their trips to town were hilarious!), suspense, lots of heat and sweet moments. And the Patton family won my heart! I'm adding the first three books in this series to my TBR list.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Protector for Hire I absolutely loved Protector for Hire! I think it's my favorite book in this series by Tawna Fenske. In Protector For Hire Tawna entertained me with a lot of laugh out loud moments, but she also really brought in some serious, heart wrenching emotions. I loved both of the main characters. Janelle might be a big city girl, but she adapts remarkably well to the wilderness she finds herself in. There are no airs about her! She was real, funny, and very likable. Schwartz has a lot of layers that are peeled back in Protector For Hire, and he's a man who stole my heart and really made me feel. He has so much inner turmoil, and Janelle brings lightness when he least expects it. Schwartz and Janelle get very close, emotionally and physically in Protector For Hire. The chemistry between them is hot, and the connection is palpable. Schwartz doesn't want to feel, but he does. Janelle has been running terrified for her life, and Schwartz makes her feel so safe. What happens when they give in to the passion simmering between them is both hot and touching, and very relevant to their stories. The danger is not over though...can Schwartz keep focused and keep her safe? I loved the journey these two characters took. Protector for Hire is mostly Schwartz and Janelle, but the secondary characters who do make appearances are strong and memorable, great additions to the plot. I really liked Schwartz's family and how they were. I loved the wilderness setting, and Tawna describes things vividly. I'd highly recommend Protector For Hire to any romance reader who doesn't mind the laughter along with the tears!
Date published: 2015-06-28