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Protector for Hire

(Front and Center #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,007 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can prote
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck
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Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!!


“Protector for Hire” is the forth book in Tawna Fenske’s “Front and Centre” series and like its predecessors can be read as a standalone.

Schwartz has spent almost a decade alone at his cabin in Montana wilderness. He’s a retired US Army soldier who has some issues from his last tour of duty in Irak. The only member of his family who speaks with him is his brother, Grant. Grant needs his help. His future sister-in-law needs protection from her heroine dealing ex-husband who wants her
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - "It's been a while." Stars!

The author, this book, the whole series… absolutely outstanding. The Patton family all in their own unique ways have been pretty easy to fall in love with, and Schwartz Patton, the elusive and up to this book pretty much unknown elder brother is no exception. I have been itching for his story for a while, and although Tawna has given her reader’s glimpses of him, and little titbits about him in the previous books, this story was an absolute joy to read, in that I g
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It is without any pretension that Tawna Fenske accomplished an awesome job at putting a huge smile on my face for a few hours. Second time reading this author and I can say it won’t be the last.

What made me pick this book this week? I have no idea. But it came after 2 fantastic reads I had earlier this week end and I was afraid for the book that would follow their wake… Usually after an awesome read, the next one tastes a little dull for me. I know some readers still ride the feel good vibe from
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Coffee Dates with Protector for Hire:

First date: Take an ex-Army soldier living in a remote cabin in Montana and add a city girl and you have the makings for Protector for Hire. Schwartz Patton is doing his brother a solid by hiding a young woman on the run from a nasty ex-husband. He just needs to protect her until the law makes an arrest. Add banter, mix in sexual attraction and pop-tarts and you have a F-U-N fun first date!
Second date: Schwartz was a little intimidating on the first date, but
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I am seriously going to miss the Patton family and their own brand of craziness but what a way to wrap up a series. A man who has been successfully hiding from his life and his family for 10 years and a woman who needs to disappear for her own safety are forced together in this funny, outrageous, smart, and sexy story making Protector for Hire another fantastic offering from author Tawna Fenske and a superb series finale.

The mysterious Schwar
Sandy S
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 30, 2015

Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the w
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book four in Tawna Fenske's Front and Center series sees the arrival of Schwarz Patton and until now he's intrigued as we know virtually nothing about him. The second youngest in the family has been somewhat of a hermit.

"Schwarzkopf Alexander Patton, but if 'God' is easier for you to pronounce than Schwarz, I suppose we'll go with that."

Protector for Hire brings humour, sexiness and the reappearance of all the characters we've grown to love throughout the series. All in the quest to protect
Christi Snow
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I loved this book and now I need to go back and read the first three because what I saw of this family, I LOVE!!

First and foremost, this book is about Schwartz. If there's ever been a hero that needs a hug it's this guy. My heart ached for him, because this is a guy who is so mentally wounded after a mission went wrong in Iraq. It went so wrong that he's spent the last 10 years living the life of a hermit as a way to punish himself (although he doesn't see that) for surviving when no o
4.5 stars

I loved Protector for Hire!

Loved both Schwartz and Janelle, they were both likable and relatable characters, loved their humor and banter. I found myself laughing out loud and smiling non stop.

Schwartz was such a big teddy bear, he made out as if he was a hardass but it was all for show, he was a loving and caring man with a beautiful soul. I couldn't get over how much he loved his pop-tarts! It was always a good time for a pop-tart hahaha


The storyline was very entertaining and held my
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sheridan. MacArthur. Grant. Schwarzkopf. You’d think I was talking about American military men and in a way I am, but I’m not. These four siblings have made my life immensely more enjoyable over the last year or so. From the first book to the latest, the Patton siblings and their stories have made me laugh, scream, love, and sigh.

In Protector for Hire we finally get Schwartz’s book. I’ve been wondering if he would get a story ever since Mac’s book but it wasn’t until Grant’s that I knew I neede
Maria Rose
In this sexy contemporary romance, book 4 in the Front and Center series but easily read as a standalone, Schwartz has become a self-imposed hermit, haunted by his military past. Only recently has he started to reconnect with his brother Grant, and when Grant needs his help, he can't refuse. Grant's sister-in-law Janelle needs protection from her drug lord and murderer ex-husband, and Schwartz's solitary cabin off the grid is the perfect location to hide out while Schwartz's brothers track him d ...more
Jessica Adkins-Charles
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Janelle Keebler thought that she found 'the one'. Only 'the one' turned out to be a drug dealing murder. Now Janelle is on the run and the only person who can keep her safe is her sister's fiance's brother - the same brother the Patton family hasn't seen or heard from in ten years.

Schwartz was fine living his life on his own until Janelle tripped and fell into his arms and made herself at home in his secluded life. Now he wants her, but can he keep herself at the same time?

I loved everything abo
April Symes
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Book four in Tawna Fenske's Front and Center series is about Schwarz Patton. He is considered the hermit and is second youngest in the family. This is pretty much what is known about him from previous books and here we have his book.
We will see reappearances of previous characters from other books showing up in this book all to keep Janelle Keebler safe from harm. Her X-Husband is out to kill her and everyone is trying t
Books, Coffee & Passion
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Books, Coffee & Passion

Protector For Hire is the fourth book in Front and Center Series and it made me want to read the first three books. It can be read as a standalone without difficulties but I got curious about the previous stories, so I'll probably read the first books in this series.

Grant, Schwartz's brother, asks him to hide and protect Janelle from her ex husband and even though Schwartz has been living like a recluse for the past ten years, he can't refuse his brother's request, so he a
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I loved this one. Much like the rest of the series, this was a total win for me.

This time is the turn for Schwartz to tell his story. We heard a little bit in the previous books, but now we can finally put the pieces together.

I loved Schwartz and Janelle, though I was more partial to Schwartz, I thought his story had a lot of turns and was so sad, I just wanted to hug the hell out of him. I did think he kind of exaggerated with going to live alone in the woods, but hell, who am I to say
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review* Thank you!!


Confession: This was my first Tawna Fenske book. I do own the other books in this series, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them.

I may have not read the previous books in the series, but let me tell you something. This book was awesome. It was like a breath of fresh air. I haven’t had much luck with books lately, but Schwartz was everything I love in my male heroes. And I can’t say a single bad thing about Jan
Rosemary K
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Schwartz Patton is hiding. He blames himself for the deaths of his comrades and has cut himself off from his family. He lives in a cabin in the Montana woods with his dog. His brother tracks him down and asks him to protect his fiancée's sister. Janelle Keebler saw her ex-husband murdered a rival heroin dealer. Now he is tracking her down. Her testimony could put him away for a long time. Schwartz agrees. When they meet, their attraction is powerful and overwhelming. What happens next made me sm ...more
Books and Spoons
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, humorous, fun, sexy and adorable story, that left me smiling.
The story is well written, and the dialog is brilliant, with the humor, word associations, and felicitous marks. The characters are developed, the family unit tight and a bit nuts, just over all truly enjoyable tale.
Schwartz is everything you could dream of, just perfect. He is caring, protective, loyal, kind, thoughtful... So yes, he might be a bit of a grouch, grumpy, and antisocial, loving his isolated world, but his true
Carmen Rae
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series has been a perfect blend of sexy and action. Wish my Mum was half as cool as Stella.

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Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry Mac, but my favorite Patton is now Schwartz. I admit to liking the grumpy/sunshine dynamic, I also liked that the suspense element was a little higher in this book. I may have received the “are you crazy” side-eye from my kids (and dogs) for laughing so much while reading this. Poor Janelle does not have the skills needed to be completely covert and the diner scene was especially hilarious.

I loved Schwartz & Janelle as a couple, their banter, trying to move on from past mistakes, and the H
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On second read this didn't stand up too well for me. I've just read the rest of the series for the first time and - if not for a certain confession in the last book, which I'm still trying to forget - found this to be the least interesting of the bunch. Worse, I didn't remember a single bit of it.

Normally when I read a book for the second time I'll get a sort deja-vu feel as I half remember certain lines and scenes, but this had none of that. I didn't even remember Sherman the cute wolf-dog. Ins
The first I have read in this series (or by this author) Protector For Hire managed to keep me intrigued and interested while providing just enough information from previous books to not feel overwhelmed. And whether or not I believed it possible, the hermit-like Schwartz was a wonderfully complex hero with a heart of gold underneath the fuzzy bits.

Schwartz (named after General Norman Schwarzkopf) Patton returned from Iraq a broken man some ten years ago. While dealing with his issues and guilt
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

I love this book, is fun, romantic but also very exciting.
Schwartz has decided to live isolated from the world, he does not want to be found by anyone, not even his family. For ten years he has not seen his family, has only sporadic contact with his brother Grant that now needs his help: her sister-in-law Janelle is in serious danger. She has married a dangerous criminal, and when she has noticed, was too late. Now he threatens to kill her and only Schwartz may be able to hide her. Janelle feels
Cara Ross
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So the story goes as follows; Schwartz Patton has made himself into a recluse, after a terrible mission gone wrong, which left him is a coma for three months and the men in his unit dead. For 10 years he has isolated himself from everyone and everything, the only person who had his number was his brother Grant, with strict instructions to use it only under the penalty of death. Now Grant needs to call on his brother’s help, but not for himself; but his sister in law Janelle.
City-girl Janelle Kee
Donna Repsher
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review, and here it is.

This is the first novel I've read by this author, and it's a gem! There have been quite a number of Wounded Warrior romances , but they generally deal with physical wounds, while Protector for Hire deals with emotional/psychological wounds and it does so without becoming too maudlin. Schwatrz Patton is a big bear of a man, emotionally scarred from something in his military past and carrying a huge load of survivor guil
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Well, I had a nice little review all written up and then it got flushed into the internet toilet somehow. The jist of it was:
I LOVE this author and this series so freaking much. I'm kind of sad that there are no more Patton siblings left! Schwartz was a great choice as far as the last book in the series is concerned. He has been a bit of mystery throughout the series and I know I've been waiting with baited breath to get a hold of him.
Janelle and Schwartz are two very different people,
Bette Hansen
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun witty banter between the main characters make this an incredibly enjoyable read. This entire series has been fun to read! In this book Janelle Kebbler needs protection from her murdering ex husband. Where better to hide a city girl than in the woods with a grumpy recluse?? For eight years Schwartz Patton has hidden himself away from everyone after devastating losses in Iraq scarred his heart. Now his brother has tracked him down and asked for his help. Protecting this feisty, beautiful woman ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-as-fuck
Tawna did it once again. The last but definitely not the least bit lovable Patton sibling made it as one of my top read this month. Oh yeah. I can't say Schwartz replaced Mac's place as my most fave Patton brothers but I loved him nonetheless. Tho I'd say I was looking for something more from his story. Still, it was an enjoyable-hot read.

To TF: Till next great series, Ms. Looking forward for more butterfly-in-my-tummies and drool-worthy heroes. Keep 'em coming. *smooches*
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another Great book, in this amazing series. This author is really good. I loved the story of Schwartz and Janelle, they both are dealing with their past but the sparks between them WOW. This book is so HOT and so good. I loved this series. The only bad part??? Was the end of the book and the series. I wish I Could give this more then FIVE STARS more like TEN STARS plus.... Get it today....

*****I received this book, in exchange for a honest review*****
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