Author: Jessie G
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Andrew Reyna
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/10/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly
There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.
Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but a reason to live. Eight years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.
Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jensen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.
Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?
The Protector deals with issues of sexual abuse and forced prostitution. While these acts are not detailed on the page, there are many references to them and the ongoing fight to heal and overcome. This book should not be read by anyone who would be adversely affected by these references.
I have a love/hate relationship with The Protector by Jessie G. On one hand; I was waiting for this story from the first time I read Past Hurts and met the obviously broken Javier and his obvious protector Saul. On the other hand; I wanted a more balanced relationship for these two, turned three.
While I appreciate the attempt to use the third to balance the wants and needs, the ending triad was very unbalanced in my mind. While there is a certain power dynamic expected in a D/s (or in this case D/s/s) relationship, the sub still has power that I didn’t see in either sub in this story. Like the first two books in the Sizzling Miami series, all the BDSM is focused on the power relationship. There is not bondage, impact play, or S&M. While it is discussed in general terms, as something Saul used to do, it is only discussed. There is some puppy play with Kyle, but that is the only real kink exhibited.
There is some serious heat in the bedroom, but I never found a connection for Kyle to Saul outside the bedroom. Javier, however, was almost co-dependent on both Kyle and Saul — bordering on unhealthy. It was a fine line that the author had to work given just how broken we were told Javier was. However, other than being repeatedly told he was broken and that he could be completely subby for the former-sadist Saul, I never saw the brokenness. In For a Reason, the author showed us Ian’s scars and fears. We felt his despair in our toes. I never felt the same with Javi.
Kyle. What to say about Kyle? Why the hell did he come back? I never figured that one out.
Then we, of course, have the storyline about Durango, who is the one who terrorizes Javi for years. While adding some much-needed action and excitement to the book, which bored me for much of the first 65%, it left me with more questions than answers. Maybe I will get my answers in the spin-off series. Maybe not.
I originally avoided this series because I was concerned about this book. Something about the blurb set off red lights in my mind. While some of my unspoken fears were assuaged, I am not 100% comfortable with the triad resulting from this story.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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