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Bodyguard Bear

(Protection, Inc. #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,304 ratings  ·  215 reviews
A BBW witness to a murder + the sexy bear shifter bodyguard sworn to protect her with his life + firefights and fiery passion = one hot thrill ride!

Curvy paramedic Ellie McNeil loves her job, even though her schedule dooms her to perpetual single-hood. But on an overnight shift, she witnesses a murder. Ellie bravely agrees to testify against the murderer, who runs organi
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Published June 23rd 2015
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Jan 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Yesenia Gonzalez
Quick read. Short and sweet, It was cheesy the insta love but it was okay since it was a short book.
Xan West
I enjoyed this! Of the instamate shifter romances I've read, this shifter hero struck me as someone who really cared about the heroine's consent and emotional well-being, even when that was in tension with his shifter urges, and I really appreciated that.

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Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe-for-me, pnr, series
3.5 stars.

Short, total insta-love (I think I actually prefer insta-lust that turns into love). Saying I Love You after 1 day is a little weird. But this was a very short, sweet, sometimes steamy shifter book. I needed something really easy. And this totally fit the bill.

Totally safe.
Light, short, everything was fine. And uh, nothing happened.
Deanie Nelder
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Human paramedic Ellie McNeil is heading back to the ambulance after a call when she hears someone talking about a dead man. Thinking someone needs help, she ends up witnessing a hit by the henchman of the local Godfather-like mob boss. Bodyguard bear shifter Hal Brennan (whose runs the all-shifter security company, Protection Inc.) comes to her rescue but someone keeps giving the mob boss their location, leading Hal and Ellie to run for their lives thorough the frozen wilderness.

This is a cute n
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short, quick read, but a good story and set up for the Protection Inc series. I liked Ellie, who was strong and sassy, and Hal, who was cuddly and protective. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Nice, easy read. Has just enough goin on to keep you interested. Even has an unexpected part that I didn't see coming. HEA (of course, it's a shifter romance lol)
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ellie & Hal story was intriguing and intense from the very beginning to the end in the best way possible.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too hasn't instances of over explaining completely obvious things made this impossible to read. Dnf ...more
Okay, this is a hard one to call. It was a good read, just a slow pace. I kind of wanted a bit more action earlier in the book. It is a nice introduction to a series, I really am interested in seeing where things are headed for the rest of the team.

I liked the mixed POV, that is my favorite form of narrative. Makes for a more engaging read all around. Ellie is fun to read because she is sassy and has loads of inner strength. Hal mostly fits my bill for a bear shifter. I tend to like them on the
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book and its gonna make a great series. Hal is a were-bear and a bodyguard. He's head of his agency Protection Inc. who is made up of other shifters. Nick, a wolf shifter, Shane, a panther, Lucas, a dragon, Rafa, a lion shifter, Fiona, the snow leopard, and Destiny, the tiger. Great team and they all trust Hal and he trusts them with his life. Ellie is a paramedic and saw a murder which was ordered by the cities "godfather" so thats not good. She doesnt want witness protectio ...more
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Ellie McNeil is a paramedic who witnesses a murder by a crime boss. She’s willing to testify, but not go into Witness Protection. Enter Hal Brennan, bear shifter and owner of Protection, Inc. He and his crew of shifters make damn good bodyguards, but humans aren’t in the know about shifters, so Ellie has no idea Hal is a werebear, but she does know she wants him even if it is cliché to want to jump the bones of your bodyguard. Hal knows for sure he wants E
Susan  Burgess-Ryan
Sometime I will pick a book for the "hunky" man on the cover of the book. That is how I found Zoe Chant and she became one of my favorite authors.

Ellis McNeil is an EMT who accidentally stumbles across a Mob hit and the Mob Boss, along with his hit man. But what scares Ellis the most is she recognizes the man they killed. Ellie' s brother taught her to be tough and she wasn't running.

In walks Hal Brennan, owner of Protection Inc. He had just been lectured by his parents about finding his mate an
Denise H.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cute short story !! Ellie is a Paramedic, and after a call she witnesses a murder. When the police tell her she can go to witness protection, because the murderer is the crime boss, she says no. So, they give her a bodyguard, Hal. Hal knows right away she's his mate. He runs a Protection Agency and all his employees are different shifters. They like her right away, but she doesn't know the secret, until Hal gets shot saving her. Suspense, twists and turns, hot sex, and deep characters make this ...more
Diana Rising
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bears, shifters
This was an excellent romance between a bear shifter and a human lady who is a paramedic. She sees a murder and needs protection. He is the leader of a private security firm who takes on responsibility for her safety from the mob boss who wants her dead. It is a short, but complete, book. It has romance, sex, running for their life, and the mystery of how they find her when she is being protected in an unknown location. Because she finds out in the middle of an extremely dangerous situation, she ...more
This was an alright book. Single female witnesses a murder. Hunk bear shifter is hired to protect her. They fall in love. She has absolutely no freak out about witnesses a mob hit. No meltdown when not once but twice she was nearly killed. And not even a stutter when he shifts into a bear. But she knew without a doubt that she wanted him. Didn't leave a good or bad impression on me. ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Makes the time pass quickly

These short stories are good for maybe 3-4 hours, it's a really nice way to spend a short amount of time! I've been using KU, and found Zoe Chant, and have yet found a bad apple.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full of action and hot, hot romance! Excellent read and a great intro to the series. Hopefully Rafa is up after Nick.

Definitely a great start to the series and can't wait for Rafa, Fiona, as ns destiny's story. I want Rsfa Next!
Kari Kaz
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!!

This cover is fabulous with both beasts on it! This happens to be my favorite kind of cover because you know what kind of shifter you are getting and that it is definitely a shifter read! I own this whole series!

This is the first book in this series, and it is for adults only due to the steamy content.

Zoe Chant’s books are fast becoming my standard for picking a book that I can finish
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

This story was a nice, fast read but that instant fall in love was a bit too fast.

Hal, a bear shifter, owns a private security company, he lives far away from his family who all live in the country because his parents don't approve of his dangerous career.

Ellie is a paramedic on the graveyard shift with her best friend, she thrives on the excitement, like Hal does. Following up on a routine caller, Ellie, unbeknownst to her is a witness to a mob killing. When the men realize that there was
Carol Dawn
This was a decent book. I really did enjoy the plot. I did feel like it had the potential to be so much more, though. To me, it was just ok. I'm not sure if I'm going to be reading the rest of the series or not. I'm going to read the blurb and comments on the next book to find out.

It was action packed and the sexy times were basic. I don't say that to be mean, because I really don't like to give any negative feedback if I can help it
But, I read about 300 to 500 books a year and I guess I just
Shelly Roke
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feisty !!!

A witness to a murder because she turned the wrong way in an alley is not what Ellie expected. She ran into many things while on calls as a paramedic, but this, well, this meant trouble. Turns out the murder was ordered by a notorious crime boss, one that nobody crossed. In fact, the police got her private, 24 hour security to keep her safe. And the security? A big, burly, hot werebear. Who knows as soon as he sees her that she's his mate. And now he has another reason to keep her safe
Vania Nunes
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie was in the wrong place and wrong time when she witnessed a murder.
To make matters worse, the killer was none other than Mr Nagle, the city's crime boss.
She agrees to testify against him, but doesn't want to join the Witness Protection Program, which means she needs to have a bodyguard.

Hal Brennan has a bodyguards company, but there is something more special. He and his companions are shaper-shifters.
As soon as Hal contacts Ellie, his within bear identifies her as his mate.
Now, Hal will hav
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and her partner respond to an ambulance call. While on that call she witnesses a murder that was committed by someone she has heard about, a mob boss!
When she tries to do the right thing and testify, the police want to put her in witness protection. When she says no because her job is too important in saving lives. She then hired a bodyguard named Hal.
Hal doesn't want a mate no matter how much pressure his family put on him. But when he meets Ellie, all bets are off. Hal has to do everythi
Darla Taylor
Ellie McNeil is a paramedic who works the night shift. On one call she takes a wrong turn down an alley heading back to the truck and witnesses a murder at the behest of a crime boss. When she tells the police she's going to testify they tell her to get a bodyguard which she does. Bear shifter, Hal Brennan, runs Protection, Inc and decides to guard Ellie himself when he learns she's his mate. Hal and Ellie are in for a wild ride as they try to stay ahead of the crime boss and his men so Ellie ca ...more
Samm Lynn
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The start for another enjoyable series from Zoe Chant. I read Defender Cave Bear before this one and felt I was missing something. So, I read this book (still don't see a connection but probably towards the end of this series, I will). This is an enjoyable bodyguard story with a tough of shifter magic. I liked Ellie and her sense of duty, even though I found her lack of common sense frightening (who thinks that they can keep their current life when they decide to testify against a crime lord?). ...more
Rhonda Jones
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Start to New Series

Ok, so I read two books in the Defender's Series, learning that it was a spin off to an existing 7 book series, Protection, Inc. I had to learn the background of how Defender's Inc. was started. So here I am. Loved Hal, the owner of Protection, Inc. He is a big growly bear with an adorable 13 year old girl. Ellie is a new client for Hal. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she has a contract on her head. There was some action, and bad guys, and a whole
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Zoe Chant loves writing paranormal romance. Over a cup of tea (or something stronger) she whips up sexy tales of hunky heroes and adventurous heroines to tantalize and satisfy her readers. Sizzling hot romance, no cliffhangers!

While series should ideally be read in order, all of Zoe’s books are standalones and can be read in any order. This includes books within series.

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