I thought staying away would keep her safe, would shield her from me. I was w ...more
Celia Aaron’s newest release is purely and simply AWESOME. I loved it! I was immersed in this story from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down for one minute. I’ve read several books by this author and this one is, in my opinion, her best work to date. 'Dark Protector' is gripping, entertaining, filled with suspense, action and steam and also some darkness and violence to keep you intrigued. If you like dark, mobster stories, with alpha anti-heroes and strong, endearing heroine...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Dark Protector (stand-alone). Hit man’s obsession with florist puts a target on their backs!
“The mottled flesh told the story of blood, pain, and a life lived in service to death. I couldn’t imagine anything different. These hands were violence and nothing more. Even so, I imagined how Charlie’s skin would feel under my rough touch.”
Dark Protector (stand-alone) opens up to florist Charlie being watched by hit man Conrad Mercer, Con. More on why to unfold with st ...more
Charlie has managed to catch the attention of a dangerous man. The owner of a small flower shop, she's noticed the car that frequently parks out front. What she doesn't know is that she h ...more
Reading a string of books that I liked, but were “just okay” left me on the verge of a major reading slump. With this being my first book by this author, I was nervous going into it. Would this just be one more book that sent me spiraling even further? I am ecstatic to report that I was worried for naught! Thank you, Celia Aaron for pulling me off the edge! Gripping, suspenseful, and action packed, Dark Protector was just what I needed!
Conrad “Con” Mercer spent most of his life as ...more
Speaking of Charlie, she was pretty badazz herself. Without spelling out the plot, although she didn't have the same skill set as Con, there were times that ...more
I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't as dark as I was anticipating, but that was OK because the story pulled me in and kept me interested. It was well written and had a nice steady pace. Some action and violence. Some smokin' sex scenes as well.
Con was the type of hero, well anti-hero, that I really love. He was a man that did very bad things, but his heart turned to complete mush for his angel Charlie. Charlie was a strong heroine who had suffered many tragedies and came out the other side str ...more
"Death before dishonor."
Dark Protector is a dark and delicious action-packed stand-alone by one of my go to authors Celia Aaron. Full of passion, desperation, and honor Conrad and Charlie's tale is sure to please!
"When I'd made the mistake of letting someone in, I'd paid dearly for it."Charlie is a florist who has done her best to live a quiet life in her quiet corner of the earth. When her world is shaken by the sound of gunfire, Charlie is suddenly thrust into the world of mobsters, g ...more
Well, this was a disappointment. As messed up as the premise for this sounded, I was looking forward to a dark, angsty romance story, but this was far from what I’d consider a good one. Also, it was fairly light. No real angst, edge of your seat moments to speak of.
Charlie, the heroine reminded me of those women from documentaries who write to serial killers in prison and marry them while they are incarcerated. Her “tragic” past left me feeling nothing. First, it lacked the emotion, s ...more
Conrad/Con Mercer watched her for several months. Her every move, her every breath, face expression were stamped into his memory cause he knew she was out of reach for him. In his line of business there was no place for closeness, and he never even considered it as a posibility until the first time he saw her - Charlie , the beautiful yet guarded florist.
But what he wasn't aware of is the fact that Charlie also noticed this man sitting in his car across he ...more
POV: First Person - Dual
Charlie was a flower shop owner. Even though surrounded by beauty, she was battling an ugly past. Yet when she noticed she was being watched, she felt safe instead of fear.
Conrad (Con) Mercer was a ruthless man. As mafia contract killer, he did his works without a speck of emotion. But his soul needs soothing and watching Charlie provided that peace that made his life bearable. But longing for her could be deadly in his l ...more
“These hands were violence and nothing more. Killing was my religion.
From the moment I read “Blackwood” I knew that this author was going to graduate to Stalker territory for me. Her ability to suck you in and make you Crave the darkness as if it’s your own light is what I love about her writing and I have no intention of ever going back to what we consider as “normal” reads.
Some say that you can sense evil before it comes and that saying has never been more true once ...more
Conrad is the Mafia's go to guy when they need a mess cleaned up. He's a hitman loyal to the highest bidder and he's okay with the life he leads. Until that life takes the girl he cares about, even though they've never met. Charlie has been his since he started watching her at her florist shop, even if she doesn't know it. But after his enemies kidnap her because of him he knows that once he saves her, he's not going to let her go.
Dark Protector was a very fast ...more
"The moment I saw you, something inside me -something I thought it died a long time ago- clicked. I didn't realise it then, but I do now. You're it for me. The first, the last, the only person I want to touch or taste. The only one I want to kill for. The one I'd die for.
Conrad aka Con is:
-an amateur stalker (Charlie knew that he was stalking her for months)
-a professional killer (who only kills, if he is paid to kill) and
-a complete idiot (who does not realise that his enemies will follow ...more
I love Celia Aaron books. They are so amazing. This book, like her other books, was wonderful, fantastic. She really has a special talent for writing Dark books.
Conrad is a paid killer. He is a dangerous man but every day he sits in his car and stares through a flower shop at Charlie. But he has never spoken to her. one day his enemies kidnap Charlie to get him. So he does everything he can to save her.
"I won’t hurt you. You’re safer with me than anywhere else."
For mont ...more
Conrad “Con” Mercer is a hitman living a solitary life. Despite accepting his choices, Con doesn’t find much solace amidst the violence until he sees woman that quiets his mind. As he watches her from a distance, she grounds him and gives him a few moments of respite. She is his glimmer of hope and light until his world shatters such purity.
“Tell me your darkest sin, and maybe I’ll tell you one of my hundreds”
Charlie is the proprietor of a local flower shop and mainly keeps to herself for ...more
I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK!
** 2 Seductive Lip Bites **
I've been reading this one book... just this one... totally devoted to seeing this one story through. It's taken me DAYS to get through this one... DAYS! Maybe not a big deal for some, but really unusual for me and my reading habits.
Now, please be advised that I appear to be in the teeny, tiny minority in my opinion of this one. I may be the only one of my friends who didn't rave on this book. That's okay with me... I ...more
"Why would an angel cry for a sinner like me?"~Conrad
Conrad is the epitome of an anti-hero. He kills people for a living. He has no remorse. He kills for whoever pays the highest. He's had his sights on Charlie for while, content to just watch. When she becomes involved in his blow back, he decides he will do anything to protect her.
He was absolutely amazing. I love ho ...more
One of the reasons this book did not work for me was the fact that I didn't fully connect with the characters and I didn't really 'get' their connection. Being a big fan of dark and gritty romances, I had really high hopes for this book. I enjoyed the characters of Conrad and Charlie, but the story felt rushed and I would have liked more character development. Also, ...more
Review @ Midnight Romance
Celia Aaron quickly became my one-click author. She always wrote intriguing story with spices. Nonetheless this latest release, Dark Protector, really intrigued me. It has mafia theme, anti-hero, bad-ass heroine, suspense and of course, romance.
Charlie's life was upside down from a florist then a witness. She was kidnapped and tortured by unknown people. Conrad Mercer is a hit-man for his entire life. He works for the bad guys aka mafia. When his sec ...more
I loved this book.
Yes it's crazy and OTT but so entertaining.
Conrad is a killer, the Angel of Death. It's all he's ever known, his father held this position before him and after his death Conrad stepped into his shoes. His life is dark and he knows what he is but the first time he looked through the flower shop window and saw her he felt Peace.
'I got a glimpse of her. And then I knew peace. I could sit for hours and just watch her.'
'How many times had I watched her through the window? I coul ...more
It’s been a long time since I last read a book by this talented author. She’s writes dark so well that am always left wanting more. She doesn’t pull back any punches. I remember reading a trilogy by her and it blew my fucking mind. It was twisted and crazy and super erotic. Although this one was slightly less dark and more action packed. Things she always delivers on are
Dominant hero ✔️
heroine with backbone ✔️
Super steamy ✔️
"Dark protector" turned out to be better than I thought. It was one of those books that had a lil of everything. With plenty shoot outs, bad guys, mobsters, and in the middle we have our innocent h, Charlie. She somehow becomes the center of this violence by becoming the obsession of our H Conrad, who just happened to be a hit man.
Considering chapter one starts right off the bat with a BAM! Everything moves along at a fast paced. Once Charlie, finds herself the next hit of the mob and ...more
This read is certainly not boring...in fact, it is action pact through ...more
Wowza!!! This is totally my type of book!!
Dark, suspenseful, thriller, mob , bloody, hot, romantic, SAFE read!!!!!!
It's soooooo hard to find a dark/Mob/Hitman themed book that's safe! And this book was F-ing fantastic!!
-H is stalk-O-Licious obsessed with h
-NO OW Drama
-H Not portrayed as a man whore
-Fantastic secondary character (Nate)
- dark thrilling story line
-h is freaking amazing! Sassy, bad ass, resourceful, tough as nails and loyal and would do anything for her man!!!
- the suspense do ...more
Loved the hero and the heroine. While the situation seemed hopeless, I was glad the author managed to find a way through.
Loads of violence and threats of sexual assault, but for a story about a contract killer, I as not bothered by it.
Conrad is a hitman for hire. The job has been his whole life. He has no family, few friends and undisputed skills that have made him more money than he needs and a reputation of always getting the job done.
All that changes when he lays eyes on an innocent flower shop girl. Suddenly his world isn't so dark and lonely. For a few moments in time, Con watches over her and a little of her light warms his soul.
Charlie has pi ...more
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