Review: His to Protect by Carly Phillips (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2.5 / Lexi Blake Crossover Collection #5)

Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

I've read quite a few of bestselling author Carly Phillips's books, but I've yet to read her Bodyguard Bad Boys series, of which her contribution to the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection, entitled His to Protect, is part of. After reading this novella, though, my curiosity's been piqued and now I've got the first two full-length Bodyguard Bad Boys novels on my to-be-read list. This novella is set in the Masters & Mercenaries series created by fellow bestselling author Lexi Blake, so we've got all the romantic suspense excitement that the McKay-Taggart books are known for. Our main characters here are Shane Landon, a McKay-Taggert bodyguard with no time for relationships, and Talia Shaw, a scientist with a formula that could change medicine--a formula that some are desperate to get into their hands.

It's been years since Talia Shaw last saw Shane Landon, but when her laboratory is ransacked and she's forced to go on the run, she knows her brother is right when he tells her to go straight to his best friend for help. Shane's work with McKay-Taggart makes him one of the best when it comes to protecting those under his watch. This time, though, it's the girl he crushed on in high school--his best friend's sister--who the close protection expert needs to keep safe, and he intends to get very up close and personal. They need to make their way to Talia's mentor, which is much easier said than done given the man's hermit-like life. Staying one step ahead of those who want everything Talia's worked on for six years could be easier than making her see that loving Shane is worth the risk.

I loved the levels of romance and suspense that this novella was able to maintain, especially for as quick a read as it was. Carly Phillips has, more often than not, been an author that you can rely on to produce books that are worth reading, which is what she's done once again with His to Protect. The story was paced well and as much as Talia needed Shane's protection, she wasn't a pushover, while Shane proved to be the kind of guy who wasn't overly alpha. There's a fair amount of lightheartedness to this story so it didn't feel too stifling with that heavy thrum of action and suspense. Dr. Jonah Goodwin, Talia's mentor, was an interesting supporting character and I'm glad he gets a happy ending as well. His to Protect gets 4.5 stars and will read the Bodyguard Bad Boys books soon!

Date Read: 10 April 2018

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