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His to Protect

(Bodyguard Bad Boys #2.5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,015 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it's clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive t ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 125 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

Another super short Masters and Mercenaries spinoff novella. This one worked A LOT better for me than RESCUEING SADIE did. This was a complete (albeit very rushed) story that worked well as a standalone. Obviously, you won't know who some of the secondary characters are if you haven't read the M&M series, but we are not dropped into an already ongoing story with this one, thankfully.


The writing was fantastic. The plot was quite decent considering the length of the book. I loved the little glimp
“I promise you, I’m going to make it worth the wait.”

Lexi Blake has come together with an AMAZING group of authors to bring us the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection. It’s pairing one of my favorites, the Masters & Mercenaries Series, with some of your beloved series from authors we all love and adore! Two different worlds come crashing together, giving fans something extremely special to read about.

I was so HAPPY to see Carly Phillips’ name on the author list! She is bringing us Talia and Shan
Sentranced Jem
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
got this book as part of a 1001 Dark Nights bundle.

really enjoyed the book. I felt little left out that I didn't know the some of the secondary characters since I haven't ventured into this series before but the good thing is, I didn't feel like I was at a lost with the storyline.
His to protect was hot. A tad rushed with overall fun quick book.
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

I'm a huge fan of Lexi Blake's Masters & Mercenaries series. So when I heard she'll be coming out with a Crossover collection, suffice it to say I was something between giddy and ridiculously giddy.

His To Protect was the first novella that I read in the crossover and it certainly hit the spot. This was a steamy take on the older brother's friend trope, and that's practically always a guaranteed win for me. Talia is on the run from men that won't hesitate to kill her in order to get their
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler) ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
His to protect is the last book I reviewed for the crossover because I needed to gather my thoughts. I have decided that's this is the best book for me (I'm sorry, Justify Me). The book is truly a stand-alone which is great because you won't have to read any book before this to understand what is going on and for those who follow the series is also great because they get to see some characters they already know and love. The plot is developed as well as the characters and it was a complete story ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carly Phillips writing in a Lexi Blake world.

Honestly, there's nothing that could go wrong here.

And nothing did. Talia and Shane are wonderful. Their first meeting while he's in the outdoor shower had the perfect balance of heat, attraction and mortification. I was laughing, and cringing.

There were some poignant moments, and you really felt the trust and the connection between them.

As always, the writing was strong, the characters were well developed, and the story was fun overall.

I recommend
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sexy, suspenseful and fast paced, this book was amazing to relax!

The love story between Shane and Talia was great.

They've known each other for pretty much their whole lives, since Shane is Tate's best friend (Talia's big brother), and their romance is long overdue.
She had a crush on him since high school, and he had something for her too, but somehow they went their separate ways, until they find each other again under crazy circustances.

He works for a security company and she is a scientist wh
Erin Lewis
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of His To Protect by Carly Phillips
This is part of the current Lexi Blake Crossover Collection and when I heard that Carly Phillips was going to be a part of this series I was excited. Having read numerous books from Ms.Phillips and virtually every book that Lexi Blake has written I couldn’t wait to see how these two worlds came together.
Shane Landon is a bodyguard for McKay Taggart. When his best friend’s sister Talia Shaw lands on his doorstep terrified and on the run, Shane know
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
His to Protect by Carly Phillips is part of The Lexi Blake Collection, as well her Bodyguard Bad Boys series. I truly enjoyed reading this opposite attracts second chance romance. The sexy and strong bodyguard and the nerdy, beautiful scientist.

Talia Shaw has worked very hard in her field because it was very personal to her. Though she has finally had a breakthrough on her work, her personal life has suffered. But when her work and life is threatened, she runs to the only man she can trust. I l
***4 Stars***

This was a fun and quick read with just the right amount of smexy and suspense to make it difficult to put down and oh so easy to keep turning the pages until the very end.

I really liked Talia and Shane. While both are workaholics, they are both really good people. They are honest, determined and have this code of honor that shows itself in the career paths they chose and the reasons behind it. Though their journey to their HEA is quick, it was still absolutely satisfying. They
Deanie Nelder
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
When her pharmaceutical research seems to be putting her life in danger, scientist Talia Shaw turns to old friend (and MacKay-Taggart bodyguard) Shane London for help.

Shane and Talia have a lot of chemistry, and I actually wish this book was longer. The novella length makes it feel rushed, like the author is trying to squeeze as much as possible into the 125 pages. I like that she's a heroic scientist, however that's not enough to completely offset the other problems with this book.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YES!!! By far my favourite title from the collaborating author’s in Lexi’s Crossover Collection. From page one I was invested, entertained, intrigued & swooning for more. Plot, pacing, character development & unfolding romance were A1. It has to be noted, Carly Phillips use of existing M&M characters was exceptionally flawless to the point I felt like I was actually in the M&M. Kudos! Added bonus, I fell in love with the way Carly Phillips writes & found a new author to covet.
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Talia Shaw is a brilliant scientist who’s just putting the finishing touches on a top secret formula she is working on to treat congenital heart defects, possibly resulting in longer and more fulfilling lives for those born with them. She’s spent her entire adult life working towards a cure since she lost both parents at an early age to heart ailments. When she gets a call from her lab assistant on a rare day off, however, Talia immediately knows something is wrong. When she goes in to check it ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting characters and plenty of pace

The Lexi Blake crossover collection is really shaping up to be a thrilling series; this novella instalment is by an author I am unfamiliar with, but I plan to rectify that was packed full of interesting characters and plenty of pace...

Shane is an alpha protector bodyguard and his main focus is the gorgeous, ‘brainiac’ Talia; a scientist on the run....I loved these two main characters and their relationship, which comes with a second chance roma
Shannon Ferguson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic, suspense filled quick read!! I loved the history that Shane and Talia have together, and that her brother trusts Shane enough to protect Talia. These two heat up the pages, and some of the twists and turns in the books were just a bit crazy. This was a great read that I would definitely recommend.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this novella! It’s another in the Lexi Blake crossover series this one features the sexy Shane Landon, a bodyguard at McKay-Taggart! Talia is a brainiac scientist and someone is after her latest discovery. She calls her brother Tate, and he tells her go to his friend Shane for help. Boy does she get a sexy eye full when she gets there!
Love Shane and I love that he and Talia get a second chance! Cool story but a good one and very fast read. Love the way it ends!
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Pros: loved that Talia was a scientist. Nice second chance/brothers best friend twist
Cons: felt incomplete somehow.

Overall, still a good story but I feel like it was missing something.
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
3.75 stars. This was a pretty good book. This book is a crossover with Shane, from Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series, and Talia, from Carly Phillip's Bodyguard Bad Boys series. Shane works for McKay-Taggart in security. Talia is a scientist for a pharmaceutical company who is working on a cure for a heart defect. Shane is Talia's brother's best friend and they grew up around each other. When someone breaks into Talia's lab where she works, killing a guard and attempting to steal her fo ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is part of the Masters and Mercenaries crossover series that is being released by a number of super talented authors. I am so happy to be reading these books and reviewing them. I am huge M and M fan, and this was another great addition to the series.

Here we enjoy watching Shane get his HEA. Having had a failed marriage due mainly to his wife not coping well with the demands and dangers of his job as a cop, he is of
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

What a stunning display of hard core action, white hot lust, and heart melting romance in His To Protect! I feel like I am reading Carly Phillips new story in this crossover as a first time reader. I was amazed and awed with this book! I was hit with plenty of action and suspense that left me edgy and sweaty while the lust and romance made me feel all squirmy and warm all over. The banter made me bite my lip and the breath catch in my breath while the plot felt
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**

This novella is part of Lexi Blake's Crossover Collection and as someone who has not read the Masters & Mercenaries series, I had no trouble following along with this book and really enjoying it! I will confess, it does make me want to go read the M&M series now though!

Talia Shaw is a scientist and she has devoted all of her adult life up to now focusing on finding a cure for heart ailments. As she and her team are closin
C.G. Burnette
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a smoking hot bodyguard? Throw in that same sexy, lucious bodyguard is your brother's best friend that you have had a crush on him since you were in high school and you have Shane and Talia in His To Protect.

This was one action packed novella! From the very beginning the story kicks off with a bang and it kept me intrigued and turning the pages. I really loved Talia Shaw. She's as smart as she is beautiful, and she is totally clueless the effect that she has on her brother, Tate
His to Protect: A Bodyguard Bad Boys/ Masters and Mercenaries Novella
Bodyguard Bad Boys, Book 2.5

I Picked Up This Book Because: Short book to get me through until starting 24in48 readathon

The Characters:

Talia Shaw:
Shane Landon:

The Story:

When Talia’s life becomes endangered her brother sends her into the arms of his best friend and bodyguard Shane. Tension runs hot and heavy as Talia and Shane fight to get the completed formula and keep it away from unknown
Kelly Mcclure
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the novella’s in the new crossover series by Lexi Blake and six other awesome authors. I was very excited to see some of my favorite authors and characters come to life together. It amazes me how this can be done and seem so normal. It helps blur my reality even more!!!

Talia was the nerdy book worm in high school with the cool brother and friends. Shane was one of those cool friends...Captain of the football team, star athlete, chick magnet...The one chance she had with him, her i
Avid Reader
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
His to Protect (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2.5) by Carly Phillips & Lexi Blake
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
Triggers: Kidnapping, Attempted Murder, Stalking
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Talia has always been a smart woman. What she has found might change the course of many people's lives. When her lab is broken in to, she knows that they are after what she has discovered. She can't let it fall in to the wrong hands.

Shane has always felt close to Talia's brother - which meant
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Lexi Blake's masters and mercenaries series and I love Carly Phillip's books, so the crossover was the best of two worlds! Talia, the smart scientist is trying to find a cure for want killed her mothers, but so are the evil, ruthless people who want to profit off all her hard work and are willing to hurt/kill for the formula. She calls her brother who calls his best friend Shane, who is ex-police/ex-military and now works for McKay-Taggart as a bodyguard. She hasn't seen him since high sc ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I'm a huge fan of Lexi Blake, and Carly Phillips... so the two of them working together? I'm sold! This was a great read. The suspense was just the perfect amount, and the story moved at a good pace. Sometimes, with shorter novels, the relationship feels like it's moving to fast, but we don't get any of that here.

I'm a huge fan of the older-brother's-best-friend story, and we get a great example of that here. Shane is dreamy, and just what Talia needs while she's being hunted. Also, I'm a huge
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's better than reading a book from one of my favorite authors....reading a crossover story from one of my all-time favorite series...Masters & Mercenaries by Lexi Blake. I love everything about this book (no spoilers's so good I don't want to ruin anything). Carly really nails down the amazing Ian (the head of McKay Taggert). Talia is on the run to protect her scientific discovery and family friend (HS crush) Shane works with McKay Taggert and helps keep her safe. This story as alw ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Talia is a braniac, her life's devotion is finding a way to help heart patients so no one has to go through what her mother did. But not everyone is as devoted as she is at her company and she and her work are in danger. Not knowing what to do she calls her brother, who happens to be in Japan, he tells her to go to Shane.
Shane is a former cop who didn't like how his hands were tied with red tape keeping him from truly helping people who are in trouble. He turns to private security where he has m
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NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two ...more

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