The Protector (Barrett Boys #3)
by Jordan Ford
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Age Category: Young Adult
Type of romance: MF
He’s tasked with protecting a celebrity’s daughter, but with a stalker on the loose and a young woman bent on pretending she’s not famous, his job is nearly impossible.
This job was supposed to be easy.
Babysit Indigo Shaw while she attends her first semester of college.
How hard can that be?
Sure, I’m not officially trained, and I lied to get the job, but that shouldn’t make a difference. I’ve spent most of my life looking out for my twin brother—I’m pretty well trained.
But no one warned me about how stubbornly independent Indigo can be.
All she wants to do is move to this little college town and pretend to be “normal” like everybody else.
But she’s not normal.
She’s a freaking standout. With those beautiful eyes and her rare smiles, it’s impossible not to watch her every move. And I’m starting to worry that I’m not the only one who’s doing that.
My grandpa always told us to protect the ones we love, but he never taught me how to protect someone I’m falling in love with. It’s weird how the stakes suddenly seem a million times higher.
The Protector is the third standalone book in a thrilling YA romance series. If you like protective bad boys, heart-pounding tension and simmering romance, then you’ll love Jordan Ford’s enthralling novel.
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
The Protector is the third book in the Barrett Boys series and my favorite one in the series so far. The Protector follows the story of Brody who pretends to be older and a qualified bodyguard so he can get a better job, while Indigo is the daughter of a famous guy while she just wants to be normal. I liked the romance and the slight suspenseful vibe this book had.
While the book had a slightly slow start it was interesting to get a feel for both Brody and Indigo before they met one another. Once Brody accepts the job as Indigo’s bodyguard things really start to get good. I think there’s something fun about a bodyguard falling for his charge, the forbidden romance vibe and also how it makes sense. Brody and Indigo spend so much time together and I like seeing them grow closer and eventually fall in love.
Both Brody and Indigo are likable characters. It’s easy to understand Brody’s struggle. He’s not qualified for a lot of jobs even though he can do them and he has a hard time getting further in his work. While what he does is wrong falsifying information, I could understand why he made that decision. Then there is Indigo who doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but with a very famous dad she always is in the spotlight. Going off to college is her chance to be normal. She could be a bit naive, but I think that made sense and I liked how she wants to find out who she is without the spotlight on her and learn to handle things herself.
These two were great together. Brody is so sweet. He is this big built guy, but he has such a soft and caring heart. And he does a great job protecting Indigo. And Indigo just wants someone who really sees her for who she is instead of her fame. Brody doesn’t care about her fame and he really sees her. I enjoyed seeing them grow closer. I wasn’t a big fan of the slight drama later in the book, but I am happy with how they resolved it.
There is a bit of a suspense storyline as well with a stalker who might be after Indigo. It kept me guessing and while I was thinking partly in the right direction there is a great twist at the end. The twist was a big surprise and also made sense as the same time. I like how the suspense part mostly stays on the background, just this low key sense of possible danger. Toward the end it got more suspenseful as this storyline gets resolved.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book. Brody pretends to be qualified as a bodyguard and gets the job to protect the famous Indigo as she goes to college. They spend a lot of time together pretending to be roommates and they slowly fall in love. I liked both of these characters, they were likable and their actions made sense. I like how tough Brody is, but also how soft and sweet he is. And Indigo who has spend her life in the spotlight and just wants to find out who she is and spend some time away from it all. They made for a great couple too and I liked them together. There is a suspense side plot line as well and I liked how it was mostly on the background, but added a consistent feel of possible danger. The suspense increases toward the end. I liked how this one got wrapped up and I am looking forward to Jake’s book next.
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