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Protect Me

(Spotlight Collection #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Who will you be when no one is watching... when the lights go down?


I don’t know who I am anymore. It’s been so long since I’ve been allowed to think for myself. And now that I can, all I can think about is him. My protector. His massive build which should frighten me but makes me feel safe. And his intense eyes that linger on me when he thinks I’m not looking. But
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Published September 21st 2018
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This book was so hard to put down. Penny was in a toxic relationship that she was able to escape from with the help of family. She is taken to Shapiro who helps her disappear to start over with her life. Their journey to happiness was not easy because they both have issues in their past that they need to work on. With the help of each other, they were able to overcome and find what they have been looking for all along, real love. I love these characters so much. This book was so good. I can’t wa ...more
Christy Pastore
Cary Hart has penned another stunning and soul-shattering romance. Protect Me is sheer brilliance from beginning to end. This book took me on an emotional journey with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Angsty, beautiful and addictive, Protect Me will touch every part of your heart and soul.

This is the thing that Cary Hart does so well, writing stories with purity and heart. This is hands down Hart's best book to date.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is as fun and crazy as the author. Dancing and singing. Baking and living. This is a great read with all kinds of elements that make it a great read. The author blends in some suspense and intrigue with abuse and rescue. We have a hunk who is immediately smitten and has all kinds of protection issues along with being alpha male and having a past. You have a girl who is finally realizing there is more to life that the abuse she is dealing with. What follows is emotional, with a few grow ...more
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This book is so different and I LOVED IT!! If you're a Tijan fan then this book will grip you hard and not let go!

I absolutely loved the style of writing of this author, it's gripping, gritty and sucks you right in! The storyline flowed perfectly, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to piece the story together. I could NOT put it down!

These characters...I wanted to hug and protect them all!! Penny was incredibly relatable and even though most would see her as damaged, I found her lovable. I really en
Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
5 crazy good stars!! This book went straight to the favorites list!!!

This is book two of the “Spotlight Collection” and can definitely be read as a stand alone.


Penny just wanted to make right. Make it better. She knew this was just a “bad time”. He could change. Until he couldn’t and she needed help. Little did she know help would come from one crazy ass baker and a man that is the definition of S•E•X•. Can she move forward or always be trapped in the past?!?!

Shapiro has se
Adriana Fox
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be on the arc team as such my review is unbiased and was made solely based on the authors work.

I found the cover to be visually pleasing.
As well as true to the authors style.

Now I gave the book a 5 star review due to the fact that the overall storyline was genuinely relatable for me. I have personally experienced similar life scenarios. That was why I had a hard time reading certain aspects as they triggered some emotional issues from my past that I have to deal with da
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has their Kool-Aid and this story shows that love wins through it all!! Ashley @ Carolina Chic’s Read

OMG is all I can say about this book!!! It was absolutely awesome page turner. Penny and Shapiro’s story is one of love, loss, protection and unexpected relationships. Penny “I never knew how much you could be healed by a person’s touch until Shapiro put his hands on me” Shapiro’s has me swooning as he takes care of Penny and try’s to help make her whole again.

Cary awesome job with thi
This is the second book in a series. I've been intrigued by Shapiro since the beginning. The personification of strong and silent, Shapiro is a fascinating man. I also really liked Penny. I enjoyed seeing her come into her own. This was a really enjoyable book, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

Reviewed by: Clare M.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Angst and abuse along with Kool aid and cupcakes, what a crazy and unique combination. Cary Hart has brought together a very unique couple. Penny is running from abuse and it brings her to the arms of Shapiro. No stranger to the subject of abuse, Shapiro pledges to protect Penny but security comes at a price. How can you find and fulfill your dreams if you are forced to live in hiding to maintain your safety? A tale of learning to trust again that will warm your heart and bring a tear to your ey ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Cranky Stars

I knew I liked Shapiro from the glances we got of him in book one, but little did I know he would steal my heart. Under all that manly protective interior is just a regular guy who really enjoys Kool-Aid. I think Shapiro is my soul mate because I secretly love Kool-Aid as well. He is my Kool-Aid (read the book you’ll get the reference)

Penny flees an abusive relationship she keeps going back to time and time again. The promises of I’ll be better on repeat. You see Tyler uses his l
Kathy Rouchelle
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written story that will grab your attention right away and not let loose until you reach the very end. Penny's life is hell. Her life with Tyler is anything but perfect. As a matter of fact, it's unbearable. He's abusive. Not physically in the since of beating her, but he has managed to isolate her, to take away everything that meant anything to her. To put her down, to take what he wants from her with no regard to her or her feelings what so ever. With a little help, she is able t ...more
Up All Night With Books
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Spotlight Stars
Review by Lisa
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/Books Blog

The second installment of the Spotlight Collection is finally here!! Protect Me by Cary Hart could not be named anymore appropriately. What a story we get! Ms. Hart has kicked it a up notch with this one. Bringing us more of everything. More depth, more emotion, more drama, more fun, more love, just all around MORE.

This can be read as a standalone but it will be more enjoyable reading the series in order as we get our fi
Heather Nobbs
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another emotional read. But I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t but the book down.
Penny is in a toxic relationship and can’t get out of it on her own. Someone finally “sees” her and helps her escape. She makes a friend in Niki, Nina and Shapiro. They are going to help her get away from her boyfriend and start over. Shapiro leaves her in the care of a family member and pretty much leaves her alone because he is attracted to her and he knows that in her current state he can’t ac
Rebecca Austin
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-author
Penny Reid is on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Tyler Bradford, and she is taken in by Frances Shapiro who brings her to Mama Ang to keep her safe.

Shapiro knows he has to stay away from Penny as she needs time to heal from the abuse she suffered under Tyler. Yet when Penny doesn't show up for Mama Ang's funeral, Shapiro knows something must have happened.

When Shapiro learns what has happened to Penny again will he continue to support her and keep her safe? When the two of them start receivi
Beyond The Covers Blog
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romaine
After years of abuse, Penny was finally leaving her boyfriend Tyler with the help of her sister Niki and her fiancee. Penny didn't know who she was anymore. She just wanted a normal life. But could she after the threats Tyler had made as she was leaving?

Once safely in the hands of Shapiro, her protector, he took her to Mama Ang so she could help Penny rebuild her life. Thus he convinced himself to move on and try to forget about Penny.

Mama Ang is one colorful and delightful character. She and Pe
Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Protect me by Cary Hart
“Starting over, 4 stars”

Penny is on her way out of a horrible abusive relationship thanks to some friends and Shapiro. Thanks to them she finds a friend who ends up like a mother to her. Then she falls back into that abusive relationship and finds herself needing help once again. Shapiro is there for her all the way and along the way she starts to develop feelings for her guardian angel. Does he feel it too?
Shapiro has wanted Penny from the moment he met her, but he knew s
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Protect Me by Cary Hart was a fast paced read surrounding the touchy topic of abuse & rising above your past. With the support of her friends Penny decides to leave her abusive/toxic relationship and they bring her to Shapiro the man who is going to help her disappear. Penny immediately knows Shapiro will keep her safe. When she is dropped off with Mama Ang she doesn't know when or if she'll see Shapiro again but is ready to take the chance to heal. After a series of traumatic events over a bit ...more
Dawn Strickland
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tender and Triumphant

Protect Me is a beautiful love story about forgiving yourself and finding joy. Penny and Sharipo engage in a deep friendship that builds and blossoms. The banter and empathy between them is exceptional. Theirs is a slow burning passion that culminates into reverence and pleasure and love.

Penny is lost in the beginning. A shell of herself. She is given a chance to start over and try to rebuild her life. She meets Mama Ang who is a strong, comforting force of hope. As she st
Lisa Reynolds
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Spotlight series. This can be read as a standalone but i would read Play Me too. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. The characters in this book are all written. Penny comes from an emotionally abusive relationship with her long time boyfriend. She finally escapes him and meets Shapiro, well works at spotlight. He takes her to someplace safe which is Mama Ang. There she starts building her life until she passes and finds herself back to the one person she escaped ...more
Joy  Avery
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely in love with this couple and their story! This story deals with a painful issue that is so prevalent that most people know someone who has been affected. From the very beginning I found myself excited for what was to come. Shapiro and Penny begin their bond through the mutual love of another wonderful character who is his aunt. I loved her character and wish so much that she was a real part of my life. The love story began with some angst but the author timed each new level of the ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, one of the main characters, Penny just didn’t really have anyone to show her love growing up and then finds herself in a really abusive relationship with her boyfriend Tyler. Penny’s friend helps her to escape the abuse and ends up getting help from Sharpiro who wants to Protect her and keep her safe from her ex-boyfriend Tyler. Sharpiro with his obsession for Kool-aid, muffins and his Mama Ang will leave you wanting him all the more. The story has a twist and makes it ver ...more
Charlene Vermillion
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Penny is finally leaving an unhealthy relationship that she had been in for 5 yrs. With the help of friends she finds the courage to try for a better life. Shapiro is one of the people helping her during this process. He feels drawn to her but knows she is not ready for a new relationship. After some time has passed and due to some bad decisions that were made, Shapiro steps in again to help Penny. Will her ex continue to cause her issues? Shapiro needs to do what he can to keep her safe but is ...more
Carolyn Spence
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting story. Shapiro shelters Penny for one night and only realizes too late that she is the one for him. Penny has an abusive boyfriend that she has run from and some friends and Shapiro help Penny by sending her to family. Shapiro stays away and the unthinkable happens, actually more than one thing. Penny is back, but at what cost to herself. Kool-aid is awesome as well as Grey's! The stalker is not revealed until the end but it was not really clear what happened to him. Penny' ...more
Stephanie Mahnke
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down - not even when my Kindle died and I had to use the app on my phone. Penny and Shapiro were meant to be together. Too bad it took Shapiro a while to figure it out. In that time, Penny faced hardships no one should have to face alone. Thank goodness Shapiro got his act together and helped Penny so that she could recover and see that they were meant for each other. I went through all the "feels" with this one. I even bought baked goods, shared a little, and looked fo ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read. Shapiro through when the it comes to protecting Penny from her ex- boyfriend. I felt at times he was a little to overbearing when it came to keeping her safe. Penny starts to come alive and out of the shell she has created for herself , when she meets Mama Ang. Mama Ang is like the cool grandmother Penny never had , I smiled so much when I read about Penny and her baking .Shapiro has two addictions , special koolaid and Penny's kisses. Penny 's addiction quickly becomes Shap ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 swoon-tastic stars.

Protect Me is the second book in the ‘Spotlight Collection’ series by Cary Hart. It features Penny whom we met in book 1, Play Me, and Shapiro, the man who will bring her out of the darkness her abusive husband has held her in for so long.
This was such a great read, Shapiro made a few mistakes to begin with but when faced with the results he vows to make it right… and he will. There’s some suspense, love and laughter and just living life to the fullest. Shapiro will make y
Cindy C
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet Shapiro. He has this tough protective, but sensitive, nature to him. You can’t help but want him to wrap his arms around you and never let go. He might even let you try some of his Kool-aid if you’re lucky!!

Then there’s Penny. She is a lost soul looking for the way back to the light at the end of the tunnel. After everything she’s been through, she needs to find herself again and Shapiro just might be the way to do that.

Nikki and Nina are back with some great antics! These sisters crack me
Fawn Michaels
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!! This book was everything and more! I absolutely floved Penny and Shapiro's story! Their chemistry was absolutely stunning to read! Penny being a broken girl gets brought to Shapiro for help and protection. What neither of them expected while she recuperated was finding love with each other. Their love was sweet and enduring to read and see blossom into something so incredible! This story melted my heart something fierce. And I developed a major love for Shapiro! Ahh swoon. Amazingly jo ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Protect me is book 2 in the Spotlight Series, but can be read as a standalone. I love discover new authors and this is my first read by Cary Hart and it will not be my last.

Once I started the story, I did not want to put it down. I was captured from the very beginning and I loved watching Shapiro and Penny’s journey unfold. Their story is full of heartache, loss, tragedy and learning to overcome. Shapiro has come home after being away for five years, but he is not the same as he left.

This is a
Patti Hesington
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story really hit home for me. In so many ways it reminded me of my life. The ups and downs and the feeling of "Not Being Worthy" of any good. Cary Hart was able to tell this story with so much heart and soul, you actually feel what is going on and understand it completely.
Shapiro is One in a Million, to support and protect Penny thru it all. Reminds me of someone I Love Deeply..
Beautifully written Cary Hart.
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Cary Hart hails from the Midwest. A sassy, coffee drinking, sometimes sailor swearing, Spotify addict, lover of all things books!

When not pushing women down the stairs in the fictional world, Cary has her hands full. Soccer mom in all sense of the word to two wild and crazy, spoiled kiddos, and wife to the most supportive husband. In addition to writing full time, she enjoys binge watching Netflix

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