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Monday, April 15, 2019

Give Me Books Presents: Protect by Olivia Ryann; #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Review

Title: Protect
Series: Protect #4
Author: Olivia Ryann
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019


This dark tale of obsession, beauty, and lust is by Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood. She writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.

I wake up in the wreckage, ready to fight for Rue.

Only she is gone, stolen away by my archenemy.

I start to see red. No one touches my girl and expects to live.

The deck is stacked against us. Emotions are running high.

There is one thing that no one else realizes, though.

Rue is mine, and I will get her back if it is the last f*cking thing I do.

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Jealousy is a relatively new emotion for me, filling my heart with a million sharp shards of glass. It scratches me raw so easily, until my heart was torn and bleeding.
Feeling it for the first time, find myself inferior in a whole new way, I sob into my pillows helplessly.
Dryas comes into the bedroom a while later on quiet feet. I am glad he didn’t see the fit of tears that chased me out of the kitchen. Still, my eyes are red and puffy, my nose still stuffed up. As he approaches the bed, I can’t help but wonder if he compares me to her.
That thought, dark and vicious, seems to gnaw at my soul. 
When he sits down beside me, I release a long-suffering sigh. Looking up at him, I’m embarrassed to even be having these emotions, yet incapable of feeling differently. He pins me with that chartreuse gaze, those dark brows drawn low.
“I am sorry,” he begins, surprising me. “I should have told you about Aurelia from the start.”
I push myself upright, sniffling. “I mean, I’m not your girlfriend. This isn’t a relationship we are in, technically. You don’t owe me any explanations.”
 He looks a little surprised. “No? What would you call it, then?”
My face heats up, my cheeks growing as red as cherries. I hesitate. “I... I don’t know.
We never talked about it. It just sort of… happened. One time turned into two, two times to four…”
I splay my hand on the comforter, picking at a loose thread. Dryas sighs and shifts closer to me.
“Do I mean nothing to you, then?”
He takes my hand, pulling it against his torso. I glance up at him, my heart racing at his words. 
“No. Of course not,” I reply, my words soft.
His lips lift in the gentlest smile. He’s devastatingly handsome in that moment, looking down at me with his brilliant yellow-green eyes.“Good. You mean something to
me, too.”
He leans across and drops the perfect kiss against my bee-stung lips, gentle but firm, tender yet passionate. I open my mouth to him, my fingers clutching at the sweatshirt covering his chest. God, how I love this man.

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Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

My Thoughts:

Dryas Aetos seems to be looking for trouble. Rue Buchel seems to have some self-esteem issues. Our story shows a level of abuse that no one should have to endure. This will have you feeling sorry, and sad, for Rue. For some it could even be a trigger. Rue’s sister is another reason to feel sorry for her.

We always expect that family will be there for us. Both Dryas and Rue show that’s not necessarily true. If you’re going into this book expecting romance, you won’t find any here. What you will find is that like stated it is a prequel so it just teases the reader for what is to follow. This book also shows that this series should be read in order and since it leaves you hanging, do you have a choice? I know I don’t.

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Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

My Thoughts:

Rue Buchel’s not sure what her future will hold. Dryas Aetos has an agenda when it comes to Rue. It’s that agenda that is the driving force for this next addition to the Protect series. This book showed how in some ways they are the same. But like the first book, in no way did I feel that this was a romance.

This series is like a serial or soap opera. You have to keep reading in order to find out what’s going on. Maybe it leads to a romance, and maybe not, but the only way you will find out is if you continue to read the next book and maybe the book after that. And I wasn’t left with the feeling of any love between the two.

In this book I was impressed that the author let the reader hear from the bad guy of the piece. It was great to hear his thoughts as opposed to someone else’s opinion. That’s not to say that we don’t need those opinions because you’ll get a more rounded look at the man. The author also lets us get more of an impression of Rue’s sister Amabel. I know I should feel sorry for her but I can’t. There was one scene where I could almost feel the author sitting on my shoulder wringing her hands. And that just left me wondering what her plans for this character are.

It certainly is a story that grabs your attention. It feels like Dryas wants to corrupt a young girl but his humanity fights with him and you will see glimpses of that. Rue seems so oblivious of the world around her. She’s been hidden away for a while and that shows in her thinking and by some of the things she does. The ending just leaves you with questions and you will have to keep reading to see if any of your questions seem to get answered.


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Author Bio:

Olivia Ryann is the dark romance pen name of Wall Street
Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Top 20 Bestseller Vivian Wood. She loves poetic phrases and bits of melodic memories. She adores dominant, hard men and soft, fragile women with backbones made of steel. She wants to put them together as often as possible, in unconventional ways.

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