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Protection for Hire (Protection for Hire #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  366 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
First she served as a mob enforcer. Then she found Christ in prison. Now, Tessa Lancaster is protecting an heiress whose spouse seeks to kill her. In this action-packed read, Tessa and a handsome Southern lawyer discover the reality of being made new in Christ.
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Zondervan (first published November 22nd 2011)
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read several books by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I enjoy Camy Tang’s style of writing, it is easy to follow and her stories flow with characters that are believable and you can relate to their struggles. However, Protection for Hire Camy Tang takes her writing to a whole new level. If you’ve enjoyed her books Deadly Intent or Formula for Danger this story is even better.

Although I can’t relate with Tessa Lancaster as a former member of the Japanese mob and ex-convict, I
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What do you get when you cross the niece of the head of the Japanese mafia with a Southern belle in need of protection and a straight-edge lawyer who hates the said mafia? Tessa Lancaster is the niece of Teruo Ota, the head of the San Francisco yakuza. Left by her dad when she was young and living with a difficult relationship with her mom and sister, she becomes some sort of mercenary to her uncle's mafia, working as an enforcer for her mafia cousins. She was doing
SUMMARY: Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But there's a problem or two ... or three .... There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teru ...more
Eustacia Tan
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A short while ago, I stumbled across Camy Tang’s books. They’re unique because she writes with Asian characters as the protagonists. Needless to say, her latest book Protection for Hire has a lot of unique things about it. What I find most remarkable about this book is the fact that it melds the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) and Christian fiction so well. In fact, I don’t remember ever reading a book quite like it.
Protection for Hire stars Tessa, the niece of the Yakuza head (or oyabun) in LA. A few y
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Protection for Hire by Camy Tang was really different from the books I am used to reading by her. It is categorized as "general, Christian, fiction" and most of what I have read by her has been "chic-lit." While it was different, Protection for Hire was just as good as her Sushi Series.

Tessa Lancaster, niece of the head of a Japanese mafia gang, is an enforcer with skills that earned her a position in the otherwise "all-guy" mafia. Her position earns her respect (or fear as the case may be), bu
Lisa Phillips
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Inspy Suspense Fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Netgalley
Trademark Camy Tang - skillfully crafted characters and a compelling plot...but with a martial arts twist!

Tessa used to be an enforcer for her Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) family and one night makes the choice to sacrifice herself and go to jail for one of them.

Seven years later, she's out on parole and looking to change her life since she became a Christian in jail. Protecting an abused woman and her son, trying to deal with her family, negotiating a possible new romance, and trying to convince her
Christie Hagerman
How much does a person’s life change after becoming a Christian? How much SHOULD a person change his life after this decision? Should relationships between the new convert and his friends and family be severed or just altered, and if altered, to what extent? These are all questions that Tessa must answer in Protection for Hire, as she comes out of prison a different person than the criminal who went in. Learning to balance her new beliefs, her new lifestyle, and the old relationships is a consta ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I was able to read this book via Netgalley. I found this to be a great read. I didn't want to put it down. Tessa is out of prison and use to be a mob enforcer for her uncle in the Japanese Mafia. all she wants is to live her life like Christ would wish away from the mafia. Charles is a lawyer who knows more about her and her trial than she realises and isn't convinced she has changed. Enter Elizabeth St Amant who wants her to be her bodyguard. What I love about the novel is the fact the story is ...more
Vicki Hinze
"The unexpected enchants and enthralls in this insightful story of tradition, challenges, redemption and temptation. Camy Tang has penned a winner!"


I loved this book and eagerly await the next with these characters. I won't go into detail because I won't spoil the fun for readers, but it was not your typical redemption story. It's not your usual heroine, hero or storyline. Camy Tang brings an exotic touch that is appealing and truly enthralling.

I enjoyed the book so much, I formally endo
C.J. Darlington
A refreshingly different romantic suspense novel that doesn't sacrifice the suspense for the romance. I loved how Tang gave us a unique and complicated heroine in Tessa Lancaster. A Christian who struggles with her past in a realistic way. Some of the romance made me smile (I've never quite understood how someone can become incapacitated when a love interest walks into the room!), but it wasn't all completely over the top. All in all, an enjoyable read. I look forward to seeing what Tessa's up t ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Protection for Hire by Camy Tang Book 1
A unique and different book. Between the Japanese mafia, Chinese Triad, an abused woman trying to hide with her son from an abusive husband trying to murder her and more . The book is full of action, humor and even a love story between two people who's lives could not be more opposite.

Tessa Lancaster has worked for her Uncle Teruo since she was sixteen. He just happens to be the head of the Japanese mafia in San Francisco. Seven years ago Tessa took a murde
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Synopsis: Tessa is determined not to go back to her Uncle's mafia gang, but due to her past nobody will hire her. When a rich woman Elizabeth St. Amant asks her to be her bodyguard, Tessa wants to refuse. However, with no other options, she says yes.

But they quickly find out that Elizabeth's old husband wants to do much more than just punish Elizabeth for leaving him. He might have murder on his mind. Tessa finds herself trying to protect Elizabeth and protect her h
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not my first read by Camy. I have read a couple of her LI Suspense books and two of her Sushi series. So I am not unfamiliar with her writing. Still, this book caught me by surprise. Not only is it humorous and funny, but it is also full of mystery, suspense and thought provoking dialogue. I am pretty strict on my books so I did have a couple things I didn't like, but they are preference. Someone else will probably read this and have no problem with it.

Tessa is a bold and direct yo
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Protection for Hire: A Novel
I have read a lot of Christian fiction and I can't remember one that reads like Camy Tang's Protection for Hire. It is a cross between Alias and Covert Affairs with an overlay of faith! It takes a gifted author to mix that into a winning combo and Camy has! I can really get caught up into an edgy suspenseful drama like this one. It incorporated an arsenal of human emotions which made the characters seem real and transparent; certainly relatable. Although the prologue
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was lucky enough to be able to read a copy of this via NetGalley. I have read Camy Tang books before so thought it would be a good read but I have to say I was a little uncertain at the start that I would enjoy the setting of a tough girl with the Japanese Mafia. However, once I got to know the characters I was really rooting for them.

Tessa is a great character, on the outside she is strong and feared by those around her but inside she has many insecurities and when you find out more about he
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Protection For Hire follows the story of Tessa Lancaster, former enforcer and niece to the Japanese mafia's big boss who, after going to prison for a crime she didn't commit,has come out with a new found faith and set of morals, hoping for a second chance. Like the cartoon characters with a devil and an angel on opposite shoulders, Tessa can either take the easy option and go back to the fold, accepting her uncle's job offer in the Mafia, or listen to her heart and try to find a respectable job ...more
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Tessa was just sixteen she began working for her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang, so when she takes the fall for someone else's crime and gets seven years in prison, she isn't surprised that people still expect her to be a criminal. Instead, she's a Christian trying to make a fresh start. When she agrees to become a bodyguard for Elizabeth St. Amant, an abused woman whose life is in danger, Tessa finds herself back into her old world...except this time, she's on the right side. Will Tessa ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Protection for Hire is the second book I've read by Camy Tang and while I enjoyed Formula for Danger, I loved Protection for Hire!

I liked reading about Tessa Lancaster (both who she was before she became a Christian and who she is now). I found her character to be realistic - even though she is a new believer in Christ, she still deals with controlling her temper.

I found most of the characters to be likeable (except for the 'bad guys') especially Tessa, Charles, Josh, and Vivian.

I would say Pr
Protection for Hire is a romantic, action packed novel, that even has a slight mystery to it. I loved reading this book, it was enjoyable to the last page! I hated when I had to put this book down and was quick to hurry back to it. The story had many twists, which made it all the more enjoyable, because I was never sure who was behind it all.

When Tessa chose to take the blame for a murder she had nothing to do with, she went to prison for the maximum amount of time. This however was a blessing i
Krismar Ramker
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Highly Recommended
Filled with suspense, intrigue, romance, and a Christian theme, Camy Tang's Protection for Hire hits all the right notes. Tang's protagonist Tessa is a strong, independent young woman. She has a sordid past but is working toward being a better person, a faithful Christian. As a bodyguard, Tessa becomes immersed in the life and mystery of her client Elizabeth. These elements create a certain depth to the storyline multiplied by many surprise turns. Filled with interesting, yet h
Catherine Yang
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the book, I had difficulties being interested in the book but after a couple of pages, I became involved in the characters' lives and could not put it down. The book almost made me late for work.

Camy Tang has once again managed to write a book which can come alive for its readers and which lets the readers become so invested in the characters. This book could even become a movie or TV show.

I cannot wait for the 2nd book in the Protection for Hire series to find out what is
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camy Tang has done it again! This book has a different set of characters than one usually sees in Christian fiction. They feel and act like "real" people and have backgrounds one doesn't normally read about or expect to find in Christian fiction. The plot is exciting and suspenseful, it's a real page turner! You get involved in the characters' lives and I guarantee you won't want to put the book down until you've finished reading it. This book is one I would recommend to anyone, even those who a ...more
MaryLu Tyndall
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved Ms. Tang's writing, but she really hit it out of the ballpark with Protection for Hire! The characters were fresh (not your normal characters!), the plot twisted (in a good way) the tension high, the story multifaceted and the theme meaningful. This author has such a clear, natural and witty voice that I find myself smiling quite often.. even during the tense parts!
Holly O
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camy Tang delivers yet another great read with Protection for Hire! Her unique concept and compelling characters--some you love, some you want to level with a roundhouse kick make this a page turner that keeps you fully engaged from beginning to end. I can't wait for the sequel!
Sarah Glover
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. I like some of Camy Tang's other books, and this is a great book. My mom, who is 55, liked it, as did my teenage cousin. This is a good book for anyone, and it would be a good book for a book club.
I was surprised by how much I liked this book in the end. Once I got past the prologue anyway. There was enough action and intrigue to keep my interest and Tessa was an interesting character. And she was competent. She actually took care of herself, she could handle herself in a fight and didn't whine about it. (sorry I've been reading way to many YA with annoying heroine who are supposed to be able to kick butt and take names but seriously very few of them actually do. )
Charles was an interesti
Lis K
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me, in a good way. Tessa is definitely a strong woman, a force to be reckoned with. Yet, she has to balance the person she is with the new creation she is in Christ. It was really interesting to hear (I listened to the audiobook) how she struggled with trying to be a different person yet still facing the same issues (e.g., her sister and mother). I thought that aspect was really realistic. I laughed along with her sarcastic humor and the interactions between her and he ...more
Angie H
3.75 stars
A fun adventure, nothing to be taken too seriously. I have had this book on my shelf for a LONG time and I am glad I finally got around to reading it! I hope some things get resolved in the second book.
Lisa Johnson
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Protection for Hire
Author: Camy Tang
Pages: 336
Publisher: Zondervan
Note: The author graciously sent a complimentary copy for review. You may follow and contact the author through her website at Feel free to read other reviews by Lisa on her blog

What do think of a novel that has many twists and turns, exciting action and more? Would you read a book that kept you turning pages to find out how it was going to turn out? The well-develo
Editing to add: at some point I will probably come back and reassess this book because I've since read other work in the Christian/Inspirational Romantic Suspense sub-genre and the things that I felt were underdeveloped here appear to be pretty much par for the course in this sub-genre while the spiritual aspects were much much better developed.
I have very mixed feelings on this book that can be basically summarized thus:

The main character
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