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Yuletide Protector (Christmas Romantic Suspense Book 4) Kindle Edition
Ashley Fallon narrowly survived an assault by a serial rapist and murderer, and as the only surviving victim she finds herself in need of a bodyguard after her assailant makes it clear he doesn’t like loose ends and intends to finish what he started.
Sawyer Watson is trapped in his own kind of Hell. He’s secretly in love with Ashley but as far as she’s concerned they’re just friends. Now she’s living in his house and he's spending his days—and his nights—with her, and while he won’t take advantage of her while she’s vulnerable he can’t help but hope that spending so much time together might make her see him differently.
YULETIDE PROTECTOR is the fourth book in the Christmas Romantic Suspense series by USA Today bestselling author Jane Blythe. Suspense, mystery, a friends to lovers love story, and some Christmas goodness! Standalone with a guaranteed HEA!
Other books in the series
Christmas Hostage - Tom and Hannah's story (second chance)
Christmas Captive - Fin and Chloe's story (second chance)
Christmas Victim - Jett and Savannah's story (second chance)
Yuletide Protector - Sawyer and Ashley's story (friends to lovers)
Yuletide Guard - Michael and Samara’s story (friends to lovers)
Yuletide Hero - Brian and Hayley's story (friends to lovers) - coming December 1st 2022
- ASIN : B08L6ZMZZ4
- Publisher : Bear Spots Publications (1 December 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4288 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 180 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,772 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was excruciatingly slow burn…like will they, won’t they….ok so they definitely won’t slow burn. You know the hea is coming but it takes a while to get there but worth it in the end
I was pleased to read that the heroine Ashley, had someone who was supportive.
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Sawyer is a really likeable character as is Ashley but I found
Ashley annoyed me a bit at times, I liked her but she tended to be a bit wishy-washy. I liked how she did try to be honest with herself though she seemed to want one thing then do the opposite, she certainly had a strong backbone though. I might be being a tad unfair because Sawyer did some yo-yoing too, the situation is a tricky one as well. What really stands out for all of the characters is the level of support and care towards each other.
As usual the suspense element is fantastic and the criminal, although of course he has his reasons, is one very twisted beast of a man. I love the way this author isn’t afraid to be creative and vindictive with her criminals, leaving readers on the edge of their seats.
The whole Christmas feeling is very intense and I honestly want to bake gingerbread and have hot chocolate and that’s saying a lot because it’s summer and a heatwave here! Another great great story I recommend to everyone.
4 stars--would read again
3 stars--was good
2 stars--didn't enjoy
1 star--didn't finish
Should I read books before this one: no
Sept 1 830pm
Ashley is bringing takeout for dinner with her best friend, Sawyer. They're on the phone deciding a movie when she's abducted, choked, and raped. She knows she won't live because he lets her see his face. The last words she hears are Thank you.
Sawyer has been in love with Ashley since they met 3 years ago. He tells 911 her favorite restaurant and where she likes to park. He drives there. The EMT says, though she can breathe on her own, she's intubated against the bruising. Waiting at the hospital are his twin, Savannah, and her husband, Jett, both FBI (he an agent, she on the evidence response team). “We don’t know who he is, but he’s raped and killed sixteen women in four states over the last three years. Ashley fits his preferred victim type, early to mid-twenties, dark hair, brown eyes, pretty. He grabs them in a reasonably public location, usually pulling them into an alley near a busy shopping or restaurant strip. He rapes them and then strangles them to death with a metal chain. Ashley is the only surviving victim. If she saw his face then she could be the key to finally finding this guy.” Sawyer sits with her all night.
Sept 2 1146am
Ashley hears, "Hey, sweetheart," and knows all is okay. Sawyer leaves to get pen and paper for her to communicate, she almost panics at being alone. She asks how she's still alive, learns she was raped, and writes everything she can remember about the man and the Thank you. A doctor comes in, Sawyer leaves. It's the killer. She screams, but it's barely a croak. He chokes her, she throws the pad of paper at her cup of water, it shatters.
Sawyer's talking to Jett when he hears a crash in Ashley's room. He goes in, sees the doctor choking her. The man runs, knocking Sawyer over. After making sure Ashley is breathing, he tells a nurse to have the hospital shut down and to call a doctor. Sawyer acts as sentry. Jett arrives. Sawyer wants Ashley in a safe house. Sawyer opens the door and finds Ashley writing furiously. She gives it to Jett. Sawyer tells her he's going to be her bodyguard and she's living with him until this guy is caught. He expects a fight; bated, she cries and hugs him.
Dec 21 909am
Ashley wishes for snow. She and Sawyer have spent the past 3 months in his townhouse, rarely going out. The news reported she didn't survive the second attack; only a few cops and the company she works with (security, Sawyer works there, too) know. A job friend made it look like her house is on the market. She wants to go back to her house, her job, her life. She's ready to be bait.
Jett stares at another victim not far from where Ashley was hurt. This woman looks the same, though choked with a rope. The killer had been escalating, but stopped after Ashley. And he's stayed in the same city, which means he's here for Ashley. He probably knows she's not dead.
Sawyer loves having Ashley in his home, though he knows she's frustrated. He brings in the fake show he bought for her. She's excited, kisses him on the cheek. They make it in the tub. He won't do anything to risk their friendship.
Ashley throws snow at Sawyer's face. Snow fight. They both end up in the tub. Ashley presses a kiss to Sawyer’s cheek, “You are the very best friend that anyone could ever ask for.” “Right back at ya.” They almost kiss, the doorbell rings. Good thing, because Sawyer is the only stable thing in her life. Jett and Morgan are here, another woman has been killed.
The characters are static except Ashley, and her growth is limited. The romance is mediocre. The tension is okay. Christmas focuses only on snow. I'm sure those who've read the series will enjoy reuniting with previous couples.
The story needs at least a proofreader and probably an editor. I try not to rate a story on publisher skills, but this one is that needy.
Read Toni Anderson or Jennifer Lynn Barnes for romance and suspense
POSSIBLE TRIGGERS (SPOILERS)
Sex: 1 mild scene
Violence: rapes, kidnappings, chokings, stalking