protectionTitle: Protection (Santoro #1)
Author: Eleanor Midhurst
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary/Bodyguard
Page Count: 148
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

“I’m not immune. You know that. But I am going to keep you safe.”

Dancing, flirting, being the object of admiration… University student Nicolò Cestari is content with his life until his mother remarries and he’s thrust into a world where his every move is publicly scrutinized and a bodyguard is a necessity—and an annoyance.

Assigned to protect Nic, Torsten Lehnert promises not to get in the way of any brief encounters. But what’s a guy to do when his hot, brooding, and surprisingly sweet bodyguard throws everyone else into the shade?

Just as Nic starts to thaw, his safety comes under threat. Now he must face the reality that his life, as well as his heart, is on the line…

Book 1 in the Santoro series.

Protection by Eleanor Midhurst comes right on the heels of Keira Andrews’ Valor on the Move. Both feature young men who fall for their government appointed bodyguards. Valor on the Move is set in the United States while Protection is set in Italy. And while I was uncomfortable with the age difference of the main character in Valor on the Move, there was only a few years age different between the bodyguard and his charge in Protection.

Nicolò Cestari is a club-hopping-one-night-stand kinda guy. He is 22, very well-educated and is attending university after serving two years of military service. His mother has just married The First Minister of Santoro and he now needs a security detail. His code name? Cuckoo.

Tall, dark and handsome Torsten Lehnert is tasked with the job of protecting Nic. The first time Nic meets Torsten is in a club and he is immediately attracted to the mystery man. He doesn’t realism he is his new bodyguard until the next day.

The sexual tension is thick but the two keep their distance from one another. Torsten is quite the flirt and Nic can’t get him out of his head to pursue his typical one-night-stand prospects.

After a smoking hot kiss, the walls begin to crumble. Nic is ready for more, but Torsten holds back.

I like you, Nicolò. I like you a hell of a lot. More than I probably should. But I’m responsible for your safety and I take my job seriously. Protecting you is more important than rolling around in bed with you for a few hours.

Of course, Torsten eventually caves and the sex is hot and heavy. There is only one sex scene in the book, which was a disappointment, and the “L” word comes soon after.

This was easy to read and I liked the sexual tension, but the characters didn’t really connect until so late in the book that I started to lose interest. I thought Torsten was a bit of a pompous ass, the way he strung Nic along.

not awesome

If you are looking for a quick, easy read and are a bodyguard-falling-for-his-charge fan, this is the book for you. I just wasn’t for me, but since this is Ms. Midhurst’s first published book, I will give a future book by her another try.

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