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Duty Bound (The Protectors #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  417 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.

What I find is her.

She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to li
Paperback, 206 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 8th 2014)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Normally when I DNF a book I don't rate it, but I read more than 50% of Duty Bound and Harper has to be the most TSTL (Too Stubborn/Stupid To Live) woman I've read in a long time, so I'm giving this 2 stars - 2 because I like Levi, even though he put up with the way Harper treated him. But "like" is all the emotion I can muster up for him.

Maybe it's just my mood, but right now I have no patience for Harper's level of immaturity and selfishness.

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This was exactly what I was looking for. I was in the mood for a book with a military hero, so when I saw this in my list of books to read I skipped others that were supposed to come first to read it.

The book starts out with a heart breaking scene of Gavin's funeral. I could feel the heartbreak of Levi, Sebastian, Declan, and Cole. And don't even get me started on the grief of Harper and her family. But Gavin's death left his friends at loose ends. It completely changed their lives and force
May 27, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
ARC generously provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Levi has made it back from hell. He planned to spend his life in the military, then after bomb explosion he is sent back home, without his best friend who was killed. Levi feels like it is his fault that Gavin is dead. At Gavin's funeral, Harper, Gavin's sister, let's Levi know exactly how she feels about him. Levi doesn't let Harpers attitude stop him, he is determined to be her protector, especially when it lo
S.M. Harshell
** I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. **

This was a quick read for me. I am a sucker for a military man book, doesn't matter the branch, I'll read it. I am pretty sure this is the first book I have read that has dual authors, I don't know if I am a fan of that or just had a hard time connecting with the main character, Harper. For me I did enjoy the plot but there was something missing. Whether it was with Harper's character or the chemistry between Harper an
Oct 13, 2015 IrishdaisylovesRomance rated it it was amazing
It was a great start to introduce us to The Protectors Series

Harper and Levi seem to have an instant love/hate relationship. Harper is extremely stubborn and try's to be strong. She hates Levi interfering in her life and treating her like a child.
Levi is trying to look out for his dead best friends sister. Being an ex-marine Levi is cool and intimidating while realising some of the best things in life come in small packages and that's definitely the case with Harper.
We are taken on a journey whe
Amanda Sheila
May 14, 2015 Amanda Sheila rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, it's good and just this close to be my favorite.

I was expecting for more thrill and I actually got it. It's not as thick as Linda Howard's book, but overall I enjoyed it. I love Levi but I wish he's more.. Jerk toward Harper. Haha, I just love a Hero who loves tormenting the heroine. Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams's writing is blending together and I find myself loving it. It's good!

I actually finish this book in one day, but I got caught up and couldn't leave a review. Look forward
A good read but definitely not my favorite heroine. This was a good, quick fairly light romantic suspense. I really wanted to like this book, if hit all my favorite triggers: best friends forbidden sibling, headstrong heroine, former military alpha hero but I think my expectations may have been too high because I just found myself disappointed. I will say this I loved Levi, he did hit all the right notes with me. Tough, protective, a little haunted, he was excellent hero material. I just could ...more
Aug 11, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
The premise of this book was great, but I found the story itself to be a little bit of a letdown. It felt entirely surface to me, there was no depth. Maybe I built my expectations up too high after Salvation.

Levi is a former marine, that lost his best friend, Gavin, in the line of duty. He's returned to his small hometown for the funeral and to try and salvage some type of life. It's been years since he has seen Gavin's little sister, Harper, and he can't believe what a beautiful woman she's bec
Jan 12, 2016 Maree rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing, exciting book. So full strength, loyalty and finally love. This story showed how this group of such good friends that stuck together as Marines, be sent off together to war. How their hard times together can end in sadness back in America. At the funeral of one of their closest friends, Gavin.

Until close friend Levi, gorgeous friend of Gavin after seeing Gavin's family and sister, he feels he really has to help her out with her Journalist career to further her hope to find out m
Riley Lynn
Jun 29, 2014 Riley Lynn rated it really liked it
"I wanted to be there for you....because of you. I may have tried at first to tell myself I was doing it for Gavin, that you were just a duty to me. But the truth is, Harper, I wanted to be there for you. I wanted to take care of you." Levi

Duty Bound is the first book in a series by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams, and I'll just tell you now they made a damn hot book boyfriend in Levi.

When we first meet Levi he's attending the funeral of his best friend from childhood Gavin Murphy. Levi and Ga
Dana Tillack
Sep 30, 2016 Dana Tillack rated it it was amazing
I love both these authors and all their books. I'm so excited to see them come together a write. I'm a sucker for military guy. I was hooked imminently. Loved the passion between Harper and Levi and can't wait for the next book.
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 03, 2014 Char (1RadReader59) rated it it was amazing
When we are young we find our forever friends sometimes and well that’s what Levi found in Gavin. The played together, got in trouble together, went to war together but they didn’t die together. Which was just tearing up Levi to no end thinking he did something wrong and it should have been him. Gavin was the nicest guy you ever met, always wanting to check to make sure things were safe for you and always willing to give you the clothes off his back.
This time though it cost him because Levi w
Sassy Southern Book Affair
Oct 06, 2014 Sassy Southern Book Affair rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Review: Levi returns home after serving time in the military, and one of the first things that he has to face is his buddy, and fellow soldier, Gavin's funeral. Gavin was killed in action while they were on a mission, so Levi is at the funeral, along with three of their other friends. Gavin's sister, Harper, does not easily welcome Levi home, and she struggles not to place blame on him for being the one to come home, rather than her brother. Levi also blames himself for that.

Harper is t
Jessica ~ Sassy Southern Book Affair
4.5 Stars!

Levi returns home after serving time in the military, and one of the first things that he has to face is his buddy, and fellow soldier, Gavin's funeral. Gavin was killed in action while they were on a mission, so Levi is at the funeral, along with three of their other friends. Gavin's sister, Harper, does not easily welcome Levi home, and she struggles not to place blame on him for being the one to come home, rather than her brother. Levi also blames himself for that.

Harper is the type
Jul 12, 2014 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Levi has recently returned from Afghanistan where he served as a Marine. He is one of a group of five friends that had been together since boot camp. He had plans to make the military his career, but once he is injured and forced to take a medical discharge. He finds himself back in his hometown, working for his father in building, something he had never seen himself doing.

Harper is the spit fire little sister of Levi’s b
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4 Rockin’

Levi and his best friend are on a mission together when Gavin is killed. Their team returned scared and damaged and not just physically. At Gavin’s funeral Levi is shocked to see how much his friend’s little sister has changed. She is all grown up and still the girl that fought for the underdog and lead the battle against injustices. The feelings that she evoked in Levi however were not of a little sister.

Harper does not have little sister feelings for her brother’s bes
Jan 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

I was really excited to start Duty Bound. I recently discovered Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams and have enjoyed their works. I thought perfect! I like these two authors, I should enjoy their books they wrote together. Unfortunately that is not what happened. The writing was just not good. It was just not written as well as other books I read by either of the authors. That and I couldn't stand Harper. That definitely didn't help.

Levi i
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

This was a great book full of steam, forbidden love, heart ache, emotional moments, suspense, twist and turns, and one alpha male who will protect the girl he loves no matter what.

This is the story of Levi and Harper. Levi is a military guy recently out. This books opens up with a bang- Levi's best friend (also Harper's older brother) was killed overseas and they are at his funeral. Levi is having trouble coping with the death and blames himself. The guilt is starting to we
Angela Goodrich
Duty Bound is a great start to The Protectors series and it marks the successful collaboration between Ms. Chase and Ms. Adams. These authors do a wonderful job of creating an entire cast of characters that you can’t help but enjoy spending time with. The fact that the series appears to be centered on the core four returning home from the service – Levi, Sebastian, Declan, and Cole – makes it that much easier to become invested in their stories.

In this first installment, the four have returned
Mar 14, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it
Duty Bound
In the fictional story Duty Bound by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams, Levi blames himself for the death of his friend, Gavin, but it was just a terrible accident while they were serving their country. Unfortunately, Gavin's sister, Harper, blames him for her brothers' death as well. They seem to share the same feelings they had when they were kids...feelings of hate. When Harper decides to investigate deeper into her brothers death, she starts to receive anonymous threats and she come
Apr 21, 2014 Callixta rated it liked it
Noelle Adams s’est associée à une amie cette fois pour commencer une très sympathique série autour d’anciens militaires. Le thème est assez classique mais l’histoire est intéressante et l’on retrouve la patte de Noelle Adams avec une histoire toute simple, mais forte.

Levi fait partie d’un groupe de soldats revenus au pays. Ils ont perdu l’un d’entre eux, son meilleur ami dans un accident malheureux qu’il se reproche. Lors des obsèques, il va retrouver la petite sœur de son ami, Harper. Trompeuse
In Duty Bound, Levi returns form parts unknown with his buddies, all except one. His best friend Gavin returns in a box, and he feels responsible. Which means, naturally (I guess?), that he feels protective of Gavin’s sister Harper. Harper’s a journalist who’s been making inquiries into her brother’s death and getting some unwanted attention in the form of death threats and slashed tires. Levi is all in her business trying to save her from herself and her enemy. But Harper’s a tough kid, and she ...more
May 01, 2014 Shay rated it really liked it
I just finished Duty Bound and I liked it. It is a military based novel and if you are into this sort of thing then this is for you. Harpers brother Gavin has died in battle. Levi and his friends (friends of Gavin) are at the funeral when Levi sees Harper. He hasn't seen her in a while and man has she grown up. Things are sad that are not very good so you think that there wouldn't be anything that would happen. Nope, Harper is being targeted for trying to find out what happened to her brother. ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Tanya rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My Rating is more like 3.5 stars

Levi and Gavin are long-time friends, and buddies who served together in the military, along with 3 other close friends. In an accident, Gavin is killed, and the other guys return home/leave the military. Harper is Gavin's younger sister, who also grew up knowing Levi. Upon Levi's return, he is dealing with acclimating as a civilian, and dealing with his new feelings for the now grown up Harper. Into this setting drops some incidents involving Harper that lead the
Jun 14, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
I am still trying to decide what I want to say about this book while I am writing the review.

I have wanted to read this book since I posted the blitz about it on my blog.

We have Levi, who is back from war with his other 3 friends. They have lost the fifth member of their group, who also was Harper’s brother.

Harper is on a mission to find out what actually happened when her brother died. Levi knows the answer to that but doesn’t want her to know.

And so it goes.

I loved Levi as the protective al
Mar 05, 2016 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duty Bound drew my attention from the blurb as I love a good best friend’s sister romance and military romances. Thankfully, Duty Bound didn’t let me down.

Admittedly, when I first started this book I wasn’t overly taken by either Levi nor Harper but as the story progressed I managed to get fully into their story, although Harper annoyed me at times but not enough to put me off reading. The dual points of views helped develop the characters and I loved how both had such stubborn attitudes and pe
Donna Porter
Jun 02, 2014 Donna Porter rated it really liked it
Cole, Sebastian, Declan, and Levi returned from the Marines with their buddy, Gavin, who was killed in action. They all were devasted by the death of their friend. They had all planned to make the service their career, but now all that changed. Levi felt guilty for the death of Gavin. He walked over to his parents to give his condolences to his parents and sister, Harper. Harper whispered she wished it had been him instead of her brother. She really didn't mean it but she was really grief ...more
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Jun 01, 2014 Amazeballs Book Addicts rated it really liked it
Duty Bound was a good read. Duty Bound was a little different than I had expected. Cole, Sebastian, Declan, and Levi returned from the Marines,they are all a little broken. Gavin, who is the friend, has passed away while on duty. Levi and Gavin were best friends. Harper is Gavin's sister. I thought it was going to be an easy love story between Levi and Harper. But when Levi goes up to talk to Harper at Gavin's funeral and she says, "You son of a bitch. Why couldn't it have been you?", that when ...more
Oct 01, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Another story about veterans coming home from war without a clear picture of what they want to do after the military. In this case, the buddy of these guys died before they got home and they all feel guilty about it, particularly Levi, the main focus of this book. Levi was lifelong friends with the guy who died and his younger sister, Harper. Harper is a bit of a hothead and tells Levi at the funeral that she wished Levi had died that day, not her brother. I personally found that ...more
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and ...more
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