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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,332 ratings  ·  146 reviews

A passion to live for—and to die for—in the RITA-winning series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton.

Up-and-coming designer Kelsey McClane is on the cusp of success. Recently divorced, she should be enjoying her newfound freedom and glamorous future. Instead, she’s living in fear of the past. When she returns home to Portland on a pre

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 301 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Maureen Carden
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hot, family, supense
Fashion designer Kelsey McClane and close protection expert, Hunter O’Donnell, have known each other for most of their lives in a little sister/ friend to big brothers way. It is not until O’Donnell is hired for his professional security skills that they get to spend time together and get to know one another in a way they had never done before; in the dark and under tons of concrete. Naughton’s writing of the opening chapters’ explosion and aftermath is chilling and the stuff of nightmares. Holy ...more
Princess under cover
DNF @ 47%.

Gawd! The MCs are killing me!! The h gives me whiplash with her neediness, insecurity, then all hot and bothered, then all "hold me", "fuck me" then all bitchy and ball busting. Dislike her intensely. The way she grilled the guy for one of his hookups coming around to his place while she was trying to get some action.

Not to let the H off the hook. He's a piece of work too. I get that he doesn't DO relationships, yada yada. He does flings and hookups. And he called his latest sex bimbo
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a "bodyguard falls for his protectee" trope and a "falling for best friend's sister" trope too. How many tropes are you allowed in one book? Anyway, it ended up being a fairly good romantic suspense, if you don't consider I spotted the baddie immediately, if not the why.

Kelsey McClane is a young fashion designer who is just now finding success with a fantastic showing at New York's Fashion Week. She has also finally divorced her mentally abusive husband and sworn off all men. Said nasty
What I like so much about Romantic Suspense sub-genre is the blend of heart-pounding action and steamy romance (sometimes with a little mystery written into it) and when written well, provides a bum-clenching, fuck-the-world kind of escape that almost nothing comes close to. ‘Protected’ is one of those reads, reeling me in from the start with unresolved tension that’s almost immediately followed by an explosion that throws the life Kelsey McClane has been rebuilding back into chaos.

There’s a hu
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is the story I liked the least so far. I found the pace uneven and there are too many "I wish I didn't do that, or say that" in the first half for my liking.
Denise H
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I was down with the flu and was just going to read a couple of chapters waiting for my meds to kick in but lo and behold a couple hours later, I had finished the entire book. I could not put it down. It has the perfect balance of mystery and suspense with a great romantic entanglement thrown in. The plot of this story is unique and fascinating and definitely grabs your interest from the very first page and the characters are well-written, complex and easy to relate to. It i ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3rd book in this romantic suspense series. Can be read as a standalone, though it's nice to have previous characters re-appearing and with each book I've felt a little more invested in this series and the McClane family. Although predictable, it's an enjoyable, easy read, but more heavy on the romance than the suspense in this installment.
C.P. Smith
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly enjoyable

Great storyline. Great chemistry. The whole series is outstanding. If you love whodunits with hot sex scenes you'll enjoy this series
Alex ♈
DNF @ 27%

Absolutely charming male protagonist... it's always a proof of real love to sleep around with OWs while having feelings for another one 🙄
Even better to do nothing while suspecting another man of abusing your love!
Sooo cute how he broke off his long fuck-buddies arrangement with OW after he kissed the heroine.
Too romantic for silly ol' me.

I still like them manly, loyal and decent.
Coward is not my kind of a hero.

Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
4.5 stars

Kelsey McClane should be enjoying her success as a fashion designer who recently made waves in New York Fashion Week.  Instead,  she's cowering and hiding after almost dying in a triggered explosion.  Death threats , malicious texts, exploding bombs, hidden cameras, candid stalker photos endangered Kelsey's every move , and she had no clue who was behind all these.

Hunter O'Donnell was hired by the McClanes to keepkeep an eye on Kelsey after her divorce with the snake Julian Benedict . H
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great ride! Well written, edge-of-your-seat suspense with just the perfect amount of romance to make it yummy. A few aspects might be a bit hard to believe but who cares when it’s this much fun!
Sandy S
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 20, 2018

Up-and-coming designer Kelsey McClane is on the cusp of success. Recently divorced, she should be enjoying her newfound freedom and glamorous future. Instead, she’s living in fear of the past. When she returns home to Portland on a press tour, danger creeps closer than ever. As threatening messages from her bitter ex-husband leave her vulnerable, a new man in her life makes her feel protected.
Former Army Ranger turned security professional
Vikki Vaught
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Protected is the third book in Deadly Secrets series and an exciting thriller. I plan to go back and read the first two because this book is awesome. I'm so glad I accepted the kind invitation from the publisher to read and review.

This is an action-packed romantic suspense with amazing characters, an outstanding plot, nail-biting suspenseful scenes. I became engaged from the first page and remained so until the end. Ms. Naughton certainly knows how to write thrillers!

Kelsey McClane's character i
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third in the series - and whilst it is an excellent story in its own right, I think you would benefit from knowing the family background and the roles these characters have played before.

Ms Naughton has created another mystery for us and cleverly wrapped it around a romance. Her interest lies clearly in the issues of identity and the implications of not knowing who you are. Here we have Kelsey, adopted out o
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A super fantastic mystery with great suspense and a difficult who done it component! Kelsey is awesome and I love this series! I really like how all the adults were adopted as teens from.difficult backgrounds and their adoptive parents and siblings have melded into a functional crazy tolerant family. I really appreciate the depth of compassion and understanding Ethan brings to his childrens lives and challenges without pity or even empathy. Just a loving knowledge of what is going on and
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is an exciting read about the hunt for the bomber and possible stalker who is hunting a fashion designer. And if that isn’t enough, it is also a story about domestic abuse, adoption, and the impact childhood grief can have on life.

It’s a very busy book. With so much going on, it is the character and relationship development that gets lost. By the end of the book, I knew a whole lot about Kelsey and her personal security gua
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
4.5 Stars!

Even if this is your first look at this series, you are going to be very happy with Hunter and Kelsey. So much action and tension throughout the story. Loved it all!

We have met Kelsey McClane in the previous two books. She is baby sister to her adopted brothers. Well protected by said brothers but still rebellious and doing her own thing. Her choices have led her to some bad situations. This book has her brother's best friend, Hunter, assigned as her body guard. Secretly both of them
Avid Reader
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Protected (Deadly Secrets #3) by Elisabeth Naughton
3 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
Triggers: Domestic Violence, Stalking, Attempted Murder, Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I have not read any of the previous books in this series but never thought that I was missing any information when it came to this story.

Kelsey is a thriving success. She has great designs and is just getting her feet back under herself after a tough divorce. Kelsey's past is somewhat harsh and you
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story

This book was so well written and I loved every twist and turn and I love this couple terrific story.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! Unfortunately I had way too much going on in my life and I wasn't able to devour it as quickly as I would have liked and normally would have but at least this way I got to savor it longer.

This was the first book I've had a chance to read in Ms. Naughton's Deadly Secrets series so it certainly stands fine on its own. After meeting Kelsey's brothers however, I fully intend to go back and catch up on the first two.

Talk about a wild ride. This story starts off with a bang (
Book Him Danno
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book I kept wondering how many more times is Kelsey going to escape death?

This story starts off with a bang moves right into romance and sex. Hunter is a very likable character while Kelsey readers will yell do not go there many times throughout the story.

Elisabeth Naughton is able to find a good blend of action to romance giving readers a balanced story even with its unbelievable moments.

From the first page to the last romantic suspense readers will not be disappointed with Pro
Dolly Sickles
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the third installment of Elisabeth Naughton’s Deadly Secrets series, PROTECTED, trust and worthiness are big concepts.

Nothing is particularly easy about Kelsey McClane. She’s one of four adopted siblings who, like the rest of the world, is making her way in life through hard work, trial and error. Added to her complexity, though, are remnants of the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) she was born with that rear their head when the tension is high and her attention is skewed. Despite years of therap

Kelsey McClane is determined to put her divorce behind her and concentrate on her career as a fashion designer. However, someone is determined to have Kelsey looking over her shoulder at every turn when she starts receiving threatening messages. Luckily, she has former Army Ranger Hunter O'Donnell on her side, but will he be enough to keep her safe, especially when the madman after Kelsey knows how to cover his tracks. Will Hunter be able to keep Kelsey safe, or will the pair lose their shot at
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Hunt and Kelsey's story was an amazing ride! I was sucked into this book from page 1 as Ms. Naughton hit the gas pedal and didn't look back! Kelsey has a heartbreaking vulnerability as she is just finally escaping a horrible, abusive marriage, but watching her regain her strength with Hunt as she faced the unknown threat stalking her was a wonderful journey.

Kelsey has always been a little shy, but when the McClanes adopted her she found a loving environment with several big brothers who
Heather Hughes
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a train that is barrelling down the track at full speed and you'll have no intention of wanting to get off. From the first chapter you are hooked and will not be able to put this book down. I promise you, because I read it straight through in one sitting.

Right away you are immediately yanked into Kelsey's world and you connect with her; feeling the ebbs and flows of the emotions that run through her during the course of all the events. He ex-husband, (a real peach of guy - by the w
Jennifer Zorko
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I love about the amazing series is that each book can be read as a stand alone. While the characters from the other stories appear in each of the books, each book has its very own mystery and suspense that will keep the reader hooked from the first page to the very last. This is the story of Kelsey and Hunter

Kelsey McClane is recently divorced, making her a living as a fashion designer. Now that she is away from her emotionally and sometimes physically abusive ex, she is hoping to make a be
Jana LaPelle
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hunter, Holy Hotness…

Naughton has a knack for creating a hot and sexy leading man with a number of endearing qualities. Hunter is no exception. Who doesn’t love a ruggedly handsome ex-military man that is totally ripped but is also compassionate and caring? I fell in love with Hunter fairly quickly as he stepped into his role of Protector. From the moment I started Protected, I was totally captivated. As with all the Deadly Secrets Novels, Protected picks back up with the McClane family, in part
Jennifer Jones
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kelsey McClane is a fashion designer, about to be interviewed on live TV in her hometown. She's just been recently granted a divorce from her mentally abusive and bullying husband and she's eager to finally get back on track with her life. At the station, she has a protective bodyguard in an old family friend, Hunter O'Donnell, who had been hired by her over-protective brothers to keep an eye out for her with regard to her ex.

However, it isn't just her ex that has her in the crosshairs. A bomb b
Visionary Druid
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Former Army Ranger Hunter O’Donnell owns and operates a PI and security firm in Portland, Oregon. He is best friends with Kelsey’s older brother. Kelsey McClane is a promising fashion designer. A recent divorcee, her brothers hire Hunter to be Kelsey’s bodyguard at a local television show. She receives a menacing text message that heralds danger. When the danger intensifies, Hunter suspects there is more to the threats than either of them realize. Kelsey and Hunter learn significant facts about ...more
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Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

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