The Top 10 Private Protectors
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Presenting the Top 10 Private Protectors:
1) Texas Ranger Garrison Travis in Bulletproof Badge by Angi Morgan
His key witnesses dead, Texas Ranger Garrison Travis had to protect innocent bystander Kenderly Tyler. Her crucial evidence had two very dangerous Texas crime families willing to do anything to keep her quiet. But Garrison’s undercover status had branded him a killer, and now the bad and the good guys were after them both.
Hiding out with a handsome protector, on the run for her life, was so beyond anything Kenderly had imagined. While there was more than just adrenaline pulsing between them, the Ranger vowed his job was his life. Dare she wonder what would become of them should they actually make it out alive?
2) Ethan Colton in The Colton’s Surprise Heir by Addison Fox
With an imprisoned serial killer for a father, rancher Ethan Colton never planned on continuing the tainted family name. But six months after a night of passion with a woman from his past, Ethan discovers he’s about to be a dad. Beautiful, independent Lizzie Conner turns up at his Texas ranch expecting nothing but protection from the guarded cowboy. A stalker is fast on her trail, leaving creepy gifts and notes threatening her and the baby. Now all that matters to Ethan is keeping his unexpected family safe—and out of a killer’s clutches.
3) Blake Fallon in Ransom by Terri Reed
Liz Cantrell is terrified when she receives a call from a man holding her newlywed sister captive—and she’s convinced her sketchy brother-in-law’s involved. Willing to pay any price for her sister’s freedom, Liz flies to Niagara Falls with the ransom: an uncut diamond necklace worth millions. But the moment she lands, a handsome, world-weary Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent takes her into custody. Blake Fallon’s determined to catch a ruthless diamond smuggler—and the pretty antiques dealer trying to save her sister could be just the break his case needs. But as they team up to rescue Liz’s sister and trap the criminal mastermind, a desperate standoff will threaten everything they hold precious—including their lives.
4) Holden Kincaid and Michael Cutler in Heroes of S.W.A.T. by Julie Miller
For these two men of S.W.A.T., protecting these women is where their jobs start
Holden Kincaid is KCPD’s number one sharpshooter, and he wants answers regarding his father’s murder. He’s denied access to their irresistible material witness…until her safety is compromised. The police are determined to keep her traumatic amnesia a secret, so there’s only one solution: Holden takes Liza Parrish into his very personal custody.
S.W.A.T. Captain Michael Cutler can’t keep his mind off Jillian Masterson, who has come to him for protection from an obsessive stalker. Michael isn’t looking for love, especially with someone younger. But their chemistry is undeniable. As the stalker’s threats intensify, Michael knows he’ll go to any lengths to bring him down…and keep Jillian safe.
5) Cal in Otherworld Protector by Jane Godman
When Stella Fallon journeys to Spain for a dream job, she never suspects that a cataclysmic confrontation is looming. Or that she is the last in an ancient line of dark sorcerers. For her new employer—an electronics billionaire—is actually a Faerie King desperate to harness Stella’s powers so he can rule the Otherworld.
The only one who can protect Stella is a man she once thought her guardian angel. Cal becomes human, but his centuries-old secret could destroy her trust. Still, the pair cannot deny their white-hot attraction as they seek refuge in a cave to prepare for a battle of epic magnitude…
6) Detective Kevin Gordon in Yuletide Protector by Lisa Mondello
Her ex-husband wants her dead? Daria Carlisle can hardly believe it. Detective Kevin Gordon insists it’s true…and that it’s his fault that her ex is still at large. Which means it’s his responsibility to make sure Daria stays safe. So when Daria stubbornly refuses to run scared, Kevin takes on the role of yuletide protector. He knows firsthand that Daria’s ex means business. And with Christmas coming, the determined cop intends to give Daria the holiday celebration she deserves–safe and sound by his side forever.
7) Milek Kozminski in Bodyguard Daddy by Lisa Childs
Walking away from then-fiancée Amber Talsma was one of the hardest things sexy bodyguard Milek Kozminski ever had to do. But it was nothing compared to the shock of hearing she’d been killed in a car accident alongside the son Milek knew, deep down, was his.
Amber will do anything to keep her child safe. Which was why she had to fake their deaths—to evade the assailant who murdered her boss, then came after her. But now someone has found them. And when Milek learns the truth, he’ll stop at nothing to protect his son…and the woman he never stopped loving.
8) Casey Faraday in Crazed: A Blood Money Novel by Edie Harris
When a member of the Faraday clan is snatched off the streets and dragged halfway across the world, it’s Casey who follows the kidnappers’ trail to South America. Thrust into the heart of the cartel he barely escaped during an undercover assignment four years earlier, he’s unprepared for the shock awaiting him on Colombian soil.
Ilda Almeida—the only woman to ever tempt Casey into madness, the beautiful wife he’d mourned for years—is very much alive. And keeping a secret that will forever change life as he knows it.
Casey can’t control his hands—or his heart—around Ilda, but neither can he abandon his rescue mission. When cartel violence turns the jungle into a bloodbath, he can only protect one family: his.
9) Khouri Ross in Texas Love Song by AlTonya Washington
Setha Melendez will do anything for her family. When an explosive scandal threatens those she loves most, her protector turns out to be the one she least expected: publishing magnate Khouri Ross of the Ross Review. And Setha knows it’s only a matter of time before their two fierce, powerful families collide.
With multimillion-dollar contracts at stake, neither family is willing to back down. It’s going to take the coolheaded Khouri and Setha to find a middle ground. Problem is, just being near each other spikes their desire to the boiling point.
Khouri can’t resist letting Setha get under his skin. With her passionate touch and free spirit, the sexy heiress has a straight shot to his heart. Now that she’s his, he won’t let her go. Not for business, not for family. And especially not for the unknown danger targeting her.
10) Oliver Quinn in Private Bodyguard by Tyler Anne Snell
Orion Security Group’s mission is to protect those in serious danger. So when Oliver Quinn’s latest assignment unexpectedly brings him back into Darling Smith’s life, he knows it’s going to be his most challenging case yet. And from the moment he comes face-to-face with the beauty from his past, Oliver can’t deny their history is going to make for some tension-filled days—and frustrating nights. But keeping her safe, even though she denies she needs his help, has to come before exploring their lingering feelings. She may not have asked for his protection, but with the killer on her trail, she can’t afford not to have it…
Plus a bonus short story by USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen’
Tell us: Which protective heroes would be on your own “best of” list?