Title: The Protector
Series: Sizzling Miami, #3
Author: Jessie G
Length: Novel (346 pages)
Publisher: Jessie G Books (February 10th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: 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 also a reason to live. Seven 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 Jansen 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?
Review: Seems like we have been waiting forever for this latest installment to the Sizzling Miami series, The Protector, by Jessie G. It hasn’t really been that long but when you are invested in the characters, it’s hard to wait. However, the wait is over, and Holy Hell, it was so worth it. This author has a way of taking damaged, broken men, and giving them something to cling to, something to hope for, and ultimately, the chance of love.
For seven years, Saul has nursed, pampered, cared for, and protected the heart and soul of Javier Escardo. Knowing retribution would one day be his for the torture and horrific acts done to his boys physical and mental well-being, Saul finds it hard to forget. When Javi kneeled at Saul’s feet all those years ago, he knew then he would do whatever it took to protect and care for this innocent young man.
As you read the story, you will discover everything that these two went through and endured in order to have the freedom they have today. However, that freedom still comes with a heavy weight on their shoulders knowing that one day the man responsible for all of their nightmares would come to collect.
Saul and Javi have a unique relationship. They have spent years healing from the past and Saul does anything and everything to ensure Javi is loved and taken care of. The one thing they don’t have…is a sexual relationship. I understand their reasons behind it, however, I had a hard time believing that for seven years they hadn’t even as much as kissed, until now.
Before Javi was pushed into Saul’s care he was a badass dominant who loved to wield his whip for any willing sub. Some of those same things that Saul enjoyed performing at the club were also some of the same things that broke Javi. Yes, the abuse was from a monster but, for fear of losing him again, Saul put those things behind him and never looked back.
Javi knows or at least he thinks he knows that Saul misses being a Dom and having a sub, he can work over. He starts introducing a plan to bring a third into their relationship in hopes of bridging the gap between them.
Kip aka Kyle has been a porn star for 10 years. He is more than ready to leave that part of his life behind and see what his future holds. Sitting in a café one day, minding his own business, he becomes mesmerized by the beautiful and loving couple across from him. As they share an intimate kiss, he gets caught staring at them and instead of the couple being mad they flirt with him. Running into them again just a day or two later he takes his chances with the couple and tells them what he wants. Since Javi and Saul were thinking about a third anyway, finding Kyle just cements their decision.
Saul is not willing to jeopardize the progress Javi has made over the years. He needs Kyle to understand that Javi comes first if they are going to try this type of relationship. Kyle understands more than they realize. He sees how Saul treats Javi with kid gloves. He sees how Javi looks at Saul with so much love and adoration. But, before they can really get into any type of relationship, Kyle has to finish his contract as a porn star.
When his time is up, he knows he should go in the other direction but he is pulled back to the two men hoping to have just a small part of their world.
There is so much going on in this story it’s not possible to break it down in a few short sentences. Behind the scenes are a whole cast of characters that have a lot of stuff going on. Also, the time has come to put an end to the evil monsters that have haunted them for many years. The plan they have concocted is not simple or easy. People will be hurt, trust will be broken, and some things will never be the same again.
Kyle returns just as they are about to put their plan into action. Saul is not happy, at all, that Kyle or Javi will be anywhere near the danger ahead. Even though Kyle is new to their relationship and family, they know they have a connection. Watching Saul realize and finally accept that he can have the things he has been missing out on with Kyle was captivating. Saul needs to be in control and Javi needs to nurture. Bringing Kyle into their home allows for all of those things to come together beautifully.
The world fell away when Saul kissed him. It was neither brutal nor vicious. It was all consuming. Where before Saul poured all his desperation into the kiss, the beast took and kept on taking, devouring everything that he was until all that was left was a whimpering shell of a man. Then the beast gave and kept on giving, filling him with lust, strength, and love until he thought he would burst with it. Then it started all over, shattering him completely before rebuilding him even stronger.
There is mystery and suspense that will have you holding your breath in fear of who will come out alive and in one piece. There is a lot of misunderstandings and lack of communication between Saul and Javi. They have been consumed by protecting the other and become so wrapped up in doing the right thing they miss so much of what should have been so plain to see. Thankfully, Kyle does see and is determined to set things right between them.
One of the things Kyle needs out of the relationship is a sexual and intimate connection. Saul and Javi just had sex for the first time in seven years right before they meet Kyle. I admit I felt a little cheated by not being able to experience that monumental moment with them. A lot of their interaction was off page leaving it to your imagination. Not all of their moments are off page and the ones that we do get to experience are H.O.T. and even though it’s winter. You may have to get out the fan.
The Protector, like the first two books in this series, is a story of strength, perseverance, and love. These amazing characters selflessly give so much of themselves to the person or people they love, supporting each other, caring for each other, and loving each other so much that they are always in tune with the other. Anticipating each other’s wants and desires is something they all strive for and it is a beautiful thing.
This is a great story that I would highly recommend and even if you don’t like the aspect of a threesome, the author handles this cleverly and without jealously or hurt feelings. If you don’t like BDSM in your stories, please don’t let that hold you back either. It is discussed but is not the focus nor is it played out in their interactions. The control and demands are obeyed mentally showing a much more powerful hold.
I think this book could easily be read as a standalone but it would make a lot more sense in some aspects if you knew the back-story. If you have an opportunity to read the first two I would definitely recommend them. This great series offers suspense, mystery, action-packed drama, beautiful relationships, and great sex. It has it all. The cast is made up of several men all damaged in some way and all looking for love. I can’t wait to see whose story is up next in the Sizzling Miami series.
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