REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Protecting Max
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
PUBLISHER: JMS Books LLC
LENGTH: 140 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2017
Twelve years ago, Max Harman survived a vicious attack by his ex-lover Tony. It severed their relationship and landed Tony in prison.
When Tony’s released from jail, Max’s nephew Jack fears the man may seek revenge on his uncle. Wanting to buy a gun for protection, he visits Deacon Young’s shop. Deacon convinces him to bring Max by to do the same. Despite his misgivings, Max gets a gun for security, too.
When Jack’s fears prove to be correct and Tony starts to stalk Max, Deacon steps in to try to protect him. Can Max’s growing interest in Deacon — and vice versa — survive Tony’s escalating reign of terror?
Max is a good man who hasn’t always had the best of luck with relationships, to put things mildly. When the man who attacked him is released from prison, Max’s nephew Jack takes matters into his own hands and does what he has to so he can protect the man who raised him.
Deacon is the first step in Jack’s plan. At Jack’s insistance, Max goes to Deacon to learn how to use a gun for self-protection and ends up finding more than just safety.
I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of guns and that could have put me off this story but it didn’t. It’s a sweet little story, with lots of fluff and surprisingly little angst, considering the subject matter. There weren’t any surprises and it was obvious where this story was going from the beginning, but I think in this case that’s okay. This was more about two men meeting and for once taking their time getting to know each other before hoping into bed and I liked that about it.
There’s not really any side characters to speak of, besides the despicable ex and he’s more of a plot device than anything else.
The writing is good technically and I ended the banter that popped up between the characters and I spent a lot of time smiling as I read this. Every once in a while I like a story that doesn’t rip my heart to shreds and just lets me get lost for an hour or two.
Because it was just pretty standard, no twists or turns or anything that really makes it stand out, I can’t rate it higher than 3.5 hearts, but I can recommend it as a good summer read. It’s perfect for a lazy day on the beach or swinging in a hammock, where you don’t want anything too complicated and that you know will have a very sweet happily-ever-after.