Jane Singleton stumbled her way into the perfect nannying job.
She cared for the sweetest little boy, adding a sense of ordinary into the eccentric billionaire family -- until the family is abducted.
Chance Evans has a simple code. Do what's right and don't ask for trouble. Until the Thane family abduction, he'd never struggled with a mission... or found himself attracted to a woman he doesn't understand.
Thrown together in a fight for their life, Jane and Chance dodge the enemies they can see, questioning who else wants them dead.
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy romantic suspense, military romance, and new adult. Fans voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.
This started off SO GOOD with the exact scenario I've wanted to read in RS since forever: Military fiction mixed with romance, and somehow including a kid along for the ride Cristin Harber is a new to me author and the way this story started with a somewhat unique voice, I had hopes for a 5 star book.
After the first 30%, which was action-packed and gave me the thrill I seek when reading RS, the pacing fell flat. Although, I was glad to see Chance and Jane falling for each other outside an adrenaline-charged situation, thus cementing that it wasn't just about a woman falling for her saviour. Their relationship might have progressed but plot-wise there wasn't a whole lot going on. Also, there wasn't a whole lot of security work Chance was doing considering he was supposed to be a protection detail, but that's also because his clients were dicks. However, I expected him to pick up on certain things sooner. I hate it when these badass heroes, who are supposed to rely on their instincts and are able to see things most civilians can't, end up doing nothing throughout and suddenly have an epiphany as if they didn't spend the entire book being bested by crazies🙄.
It was nice to see Jane gradually overcome her "plain jane" insecurities and realize her inner strength. She was likeable and she loved Teddy like her own.Even when she would get into her head about her appearance (she had extreme sunburns due to being in the desert) compared to the ever dazzling Chance, it didn't bug me out since she wasn't all woe-is-me about it. I did like her more than Chance. I didn't find the intensity in him that I would like in a hero😓. He wasn't completely bland but I wanted him to want to burn down the world at even a hint of danger to Jane.
The final act was a bit OTT and didn't seem realistic, not that most plots are lol, but it just felt like it was added in to be shocking. There were a lot of timeline inconsistencies as well and a million typos and grammar errors that should've been edited out. They don't usually bother me when a book is awesome, but when there's a mediocre plot I expect no other mistakes.
The ending also seemed rushed which is a shame, since you had SO MUCH pagespace to round it off in a much more acceptable timeframe by ignoring the filler scenes. The main problem was that the first 30% and the rest of the book felt like two different novels. You absolutely cannot start off a book with high-octane action only to have the rest of story seem like a boring bodyguard RS we've all read a million times before. Maybe if it was slow starting and then picked up pace along the way, I would've received it in a better way.
My other favourite bits involved Jane loving Teddy more than his parents ever did💔😭. I appreciate an epilogue as always *cough*even if we glossed over their wedding and honeymoon*cough*.
I'm freaking TF out right now. I just finished with The Protector and, whew buddy, that was intense. And deep. And sad. And hott. And amazing. And I need a drink. If you're not a Titan/Delta/Aces reader already, no biggie, this novel totally stands on its own. But if you are Team Titan, you're gonna be freaking TF out too. Cherry bombs and Easter eggs everywhere. Familiar faces and catch phrases had me SQUEALING and my husband looking at me like I'm a freak. But on top of that we get introduced to some new faces too! I'm loving Chance a.k.a "Midas" and the rest of the ACES team we get to meet. Some time has gone by since The Savior and we are getting see the team grow and Boss Man bristle. I am such a Cristin Harber fangirl for life. As always, she brings us badass characters and a tense plot. Harber brings the heat. From gunfire and rooftop helo extractions to steamy truck windows, the explict fire burns on every page. Consider those your warnings. :*
THE ACES SERIES: Book 1: The Savior (Liam) Book 2: The Protector (Chance) Book 3: The Survivor (Coming soon) -*the novels in The Aces series are stand alone but are written within the Titan World and interconnect with other characters that exist in the Titan universe.*- Scroll through this blogs archives for full reviews and reading order of The Titan Series and The Savior.
AGES: 18+ WARNINGS: combat related PTSD triggers and violence, explicit language, and steamy naughty times with a lethal badass. SERIES: Yes, ACES series. RATING: 5/5
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The Protector delivers an unforgettable story with an abundance of heart palpitations!
Going seamlessly from a war-torn desert rescue to the ritzy glamour of the rich-and-famous, you're kept on your toes and encountering all the feels. Mixing fear with hope and laughter, chaos with nuggets of truth and adventure, the hits keep coming and force the pages to keep turning.
Chance and Jane both embody so many of my favorite hero/heroine characteristics, making it easy to identify and connect with Jane and swoon and fall for Chance.
I adored how the protective theme was presented in several ways - unique spins just as each person is unique. All have the same heart and motivation, just the actions themselves are different.
There's also another theme weaved into the story that touched me deeply, and I don't want to ruin the impact of it by mentioning it fully here. Just know.... it's one we've all struggled with and need to hear the truth over and over again. And the way it was presented in this story.... pure beauty!
Chance and Jane's story is most assuredly a favorite one that I look forward to revisiting time and time again. Not only is it an excellent addition to the Aces series (which I also adore book 1), but it compliments the Titan world perfectly while still being fully stand-alone.
This is not a story to be missed; fans of military/romantic suspense will not be disappointed, and fans of Cristin Harber will be delighted to discover everything they've come to expect from her storytelling.
If you're new to Cristin Harber, this book is a perfect choice to start with.
Better than the first, but still not up to the Titan boys. Jane's employers are ridiculous and don't care who gets hurt along the way. Chance and the boys to the rescue. Jared is just as grumpy as he is in the Titan series.
Wow! Growly Jared I had missed you. This is suspenseful throughout, you feel the tension building to something but gosh this completely knocked me off my seat at the climax, I so didn't see that happening. Poor Teddy I felt for that little soul I'm so glad he had his aunt and Jane he really needed that love. Jane was a fighter and was never going down all the while she could breath and she was loyal, understanding Chance and knowing the person he was deep down. I'm glad the teams had his back when it was needed most. Exciting and action packed with a fast flow, this is a little more complex than it appears with way more going on in the underlying plot. Look below the surface. This couple were seriously not right. I feel privaledged to have read this and loved it so much, the appearances of a few Titan favourites were an added bonus.
This is only the third book I have read by this author, and I have to say, I have become a fan forever. This second, stand alone, book in the ACES series, belongs to Chance Evans and Jane Singleton. Chance is part of the new ACES group, now stationed in Abu Dhabi. Jane, is a nanny to a sweet boy whose parents are wealthy, only interested in their popularity and will do anything to attract attention of the media and paparazzi. On their way to Abu Dhabi they get abducted and ACES is hired to rescue them. During this rescue, Chance meets Jane , whom he aptly names Mary Poppins/MP. She will do anything to protect her charge, Teddy. Even if it means risking her life. That alone, impresses Chance. Circumstances brings them together and a relationship develops. But all is not smooth sailing as some characters have ulterior motives, bad guys abound, and the damsel in distress is a strong woman whose values and care will impress us all. The plot is engaging from the start as you will fall in love with the main characters. Aside from the plot, it’s also a story about family dynamics, how we perceive ourselves and how the actions and words of parents do in fact affect the individual even when they are adults. I am looking forward to the next book in ACES. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
While not exactly a prequel, the action in this book happens before the first Titan story (Winters Heat). Jane and Chance have a very sweet connection. Hot, but with respect on both sides. I really appreciate seeing Bossman while he is building Titan and seeing the original Titan team in the early days. I can't get enough of Bossman in grumpy cat mode! Definitely will be on my read again list.
The Protector flows so effortlessly, you forget the time, that you need food or even a bathroom break. The Aces and Jane (Teddy, too) are lovablefrom the first introduction. Cristin definitely leaves the reader wanting more. Fantastic new series. I do wonder who's Parker's girlfriend.....hmmmmmm. ;-)
These people are freaking insane. That is all there is to it. My jaw was in a state of perpetual drop throughout this book. How on earth could anyone treat a child that way? And that final ending twist just made me want to strangle them.
I love that Chance took a chance with Jane. Even with the chaos, they found time to get to know each other. They didn't hold anything back. And the fact that he bonded with Teddy made him such a lovable alpha hero. I mean, who doesn't love a strong burly guy who can entertain a kid and think nothing of it. My ovaries were ready to explode. If Jane ever decides she's done with him, send him my way.
And the special treat was seeing Winters and Cash. Although this story takes place before any of the Titan books, it is always a pleasure seeing the boys in action.
Now Boss Man just needs to figure out who the jokester is in his Aces Alphas. I have my suspicions, but only time will tell.
I received and ARC for my honest opinion and review and OMG! This book is amazing. The chemistry between Chase and Jane is sizzling hot. With the strength of a heroine who doesn’t think she’s a heroine and a hero nicknamed “Midas” you just know you are in for a fun, explosive ride.
After a daring rescue overseas, these two characters must face the challenges and realities of a relationship in the real world. Along with some crazy side characters and humorous cameos from characters you know and love, this is a must read for Cristin Harber fans. Five stars all the way *****
This was one action packed read that had me hooked from page one! Chance and Jane were a well written couple that have an amazing connection. As said before, this was an action packed read that had some twists that I did not see coming. I enjoyed the look at the Titan group that we got to see before those members had their story told. I would definitely recommend this emotional at times read to others.
This new Aces series is a hit! This story is intense throughout the entire book. There are a few twists going on here that keep you riveted as well as the details surrounding the locations and people involved.
Chance is a motivated and dedicated man intent on doing his job with or without backup. When he makes a promise, he keeps it. He is still getting to know Boss Man and the rest of the team but he has no doubt, they have his back when it’s needed. I love Jared’s growly disposition knowing from previous stories that he can be an intense and fierce warrior as well as a hot, sexy, man with a soft heart when his wife and kids are involved.
Jane seems to have the sweetest job ever on the surface, but in reality, it’s the job from hell. Jane is the nanny that truly loves the child she is employed to take care of. She will risk her own life for the sake of keeping Teddy safe. Jane has more obstacles to overcome than she realizes during her journey from the desert of Syria to her relationship with Chance and her employment with Dax & Gigi.
Jane and Chance have the most unusual journey that most people could never fathom. I love how Chance sees Jane as the person that she is inside and not the outside appearance. Beauty is definitely skin deep and Chance knows this well. These two selfless people learn this deeply about each other along the way when dealing with the gross wealth that the Thane’s take for granted based on their looks and social presence.
This story will keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat. There are many twists and turns that are pivotal but yet quite surprising. I was very entertained on the excesses the Thane’s found necessary to their happiness and very existence. This book is fast paced, a must read and a joy to read! I loved it!
Full of action, suspense and emotion, this book definitely kept me at the edge of my seat from the start, which is something that this author is a master at doing. And the appearance of my beloved characters from the Titan series is also a big plus!
Cristin Harber has done it again. Another great book that I didn't want to put down. The Protector could apply to either of the main characters, which is great. Chance “Midas” is the Aces team member that rescues Jane, whom he dubs “Mary Poppins”, after Jane's employers decided that Syria was a great place to have a so-called family trip. The only reason that Jane stays at her job is for Teddy, the little boy that is her charge. She takes it upon herself to give him a sense of normalcy and love, because his parents sure don't. After life resumes as best it can, they're brought together again. Jane's employers however are just as crazy as they were before, and it only gets worse. There were times that I wondered about their mental state, and it was definitely more than once. Twists and turns abound, and just when you think things might be ok, nope! All aboard the train to Crazy Town. Of course, everything works out the way that it should in the end. Little glimpses and cameos of Team Titan here and there made me giggle. I just love stuff like that.
This felt like 2 different books with the same characters. The action in the beginning, then a huge switching of gears in the middle that drags a bit. Then the psycho ending and a too pat wrap up. Cristin is on my auto buy list of favorites authors but this book was not up to her usual standards.
I was equal parts excited and nervous about this book. Excited because Cristin Harber has been a favorite author of mine for years - almost from the time she started publishing. But nervous because several of her latest books have missed the mark for me - a couple of them by quite a bit. And while The Protector was definitely not exactly like my favorite Titan series, it was damn good!
Jane Singleton is nanny to four year old Teddy, the child of two of the most narcissistic people EVER. In their quest to be famous internet stars, Dax and Gigi Thane go on a “humanitarian awareness” trip to Syria - also known as the most dangerous country in the world because of political unrest and major terrorist activity. The whole family goes along, including Jane and Teddy, and a cameraman they brought along for the ride.
When the Thane group ends up getting kidnapped and held for ransom by terrorists, the Aces security group is called in to rescue them. Dax, Gigi, and the cameraman are rescued just fine, but things go sideways during Teddy and Jane’s rescue.
Chance “Midas” Evans is determined to have this mission be a rescue, and not a body recovery. So against Boss Man’s orders he drops back into the hot zone to search for Jane (who, in a move that is basically too stupid to live because we all know when you get lost - or someone is coming back to find you - you stay where you are, you don’t go wandering away!!!) and miraculously finds her.
(Because this is fiction, at this point we’ve suspended all expectations of reality since this whole part is completely ridiculous. Do I care? Nope. Moving on…)
Of course, Chance and Jane bond over their harrowing experience, and they get to spend some quality time together in Abu Dhabi before Jane flies back to her job in the US and the horrible Thane family. Both are attracted to each other but know they are not geographically compatible since their jobs are on opposite sides of the world.
But then...Gigi Thane hires Chance for her personal security detail because of threats to the Thane family. Chance doesn’t do personal security, but the chance to spend more time with Jane has him packing his bags without argument. While the extra time with Jane is great, working with the Thanes is decidedly not - especially when they go further in their quest for fame than any sane person would.
I love how Cristin Harber books start with a bang. You never have to wait long for the action, and usually things are non-stop from the first word. What was different, and nice, in The Protector is that the hero and heroine have a significant amount of down time together. It was nice to be able to catch my breath for a change and see a relationship develop without the constant threat of imminent demise. But then, of course, things ended on a completely wild ride, and were followed up with a completely satisfying epilogue.
What didn’t change in this book is the fantastic dialog, witty exchanges amongst the Titan/Aces teammates, and a totally swoony hero. I liked the heroine, too - especially at the end when she could have succumbed to the intentional misleading of her employers, but thought things through and trusted her heart - and the hero - instead. Romantic suspense is probably my favorite genre, and Ms. Harber does a great job giving the reader equal parts of romance AND suspense. Yes, things are a little far-fetched, but who cares?! That’s what fiction and suspense is all about, and Ms. Harber does a great job of not crossing the line into over-the-top ridiculous.
All that gushing aside, there are a couple “off” things about this book. First, this series is supposed to take place before the Titan series, and we get to see a few of the characters from those books “in their early days” (hooray!!!). However, the book Jane reads by the pool is Winter’s Heat (I mean, if you’re gonna give a nod to an author for a book in your book, why not make it your own book?!) - which is the first book in the Titan series. Which hasn’t happened if The Protector takes place before the Titan series...🤷🏻♀️
Also, if we’re going chronologically (which I am because I have a weird continuity/timeline issue when I read, which is both a blessing and a curse, believe me), the type of attention-seeking viral “stars” that we have in this book didn’t really exist ten or so years ago. Instagram wasn’t even a thing until the end of 2010, and the whole concept of becoming famous for your online presence wasn’t really a thing until maybe five years ago, and certainly not to the extent this couple was. So, we have a book that is supposed to take place about six years ago (in my estimation) but with a storyline that I feel would more realistically take place two or three years ago (at the earliest).
Should these things bother me - especially since the story and the writing are SO freaking good in The Protector. Nope. But they did, so I gotta mention it because this is my review and I’m allowed to. 😜
Anyway, after being concerned that my affection for Cristin Harber was heading for being a thing of the past, this one renewed my faith in her ability to give me the type of story I know and love from her. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
Jane has always seen herself as "plain Jane". Her job as a nanny for one of America's richest and most outlandish families, the Thanes, hasn't helped with that self-reflection. But she sure does love little Teddy and she is his sole protector. But when Jane finds herself in the middle of of one of the Thanes' hair-brained attention seeking schemes, she realizes that she many not be able to protect Teddy alone. Good thing she won't have to... Chance always focuses on the mission and he's good at his job. His golden touch has earned him the moniker "Midas". Will Jane be his ultimate distraction or give him more reason to ensure the mission succeeds? Suffering through some harrowing near death experiences bring Jane and Chance together when they live worlds apart.
My favorite thing about Chance is that he insists Jane see herself the way he does. He insists that she trusts that he sees hers for who she really is.
“Cheers to those who have seen us at our worst and our best but can’t tell the difference.”
“There will always be people who do not see your worth. Don’t let one of them be you.”
If you are a Cristin Harber fanatic, this book won't disappoint! It is filled with action and suspense, a butterfly-inducing hero, and a match made in heaven that her books always deliver perfectly.
This is an amazing addition to this series with Jared Weston and his security company, Titan Security taking on an assignment that would change one of his men's life forever. They were hired to rescue an eccentric family, Gigi and Dax Thanes, Teddy their young son and Jane his nanny from Syria. The Thames only wanted to pay for their extraction not Jane's which Titan was ignoring and was saving her too. They ran into all sorts of problems and helicoptered the parents but had trouble freeing Jane and Teddy. They saved Teddy only because Jane put him first but Chance was determined to go back for her who he referred to as Mary Poppins. This is where their exciting love story begins and these two end up falling in love. It was a fabulous action adventure with so many twists and turns and the Titan men save Jane's life at the end after a surprising twist. Chance and Jane get their happily ever after and she becomes an important part of Titans family moving to Abu Dhabi with her now husband, Chance to Titan's new headquarters. I never wanted this suspenseful love story to end and cannot wait to read the next release.
The next book in the ACES series is finally here😁 Jane gets a job with the Thanes and finds herself in Syria with them looking after their four year old, Teddy. Unfortunately, things take a turn when they are abducted and Titan brings their men in to rescue the hostages❣️Jane never suspected that this trip would be a turning point for her😍
I love all things Titan by Cristin, but I have to say this story was good but it could’ve been better. Overall the storyline was good, characters were good but I found heaps of simple errors that should’ve been picked up in editing and truly can’t figure out why they weren’t....and if you know my reviews this is something I don’t normally nitpick about but it’s probably what took me so long to get into the book, but once I did it flowed better and I could focus on the story and my absolute frustration with the Thanes😭
I loved the Titan series and the first of the Aces books felt a little 'off' for ms Harber, as if it has been written in her style but just missed the mark. This book was better, but still felt not quite up to the authors usual style. The numerous mistakes were irritating and let both the author and book down. Whoever her editing team are, they seriously need taking to task for signing off the first two books in what should have been a brilliant start for a new series. I am not going into plot detail because the cover says it all. There is insufficient storyline covering liaison with Titan and the manipulation extends further than it would in reality. And, seriously, someone should have given Jane a stronger backbone. I couldn't relate to a character that stood against terror and produced ingenuity from thin air but then caved like a jellyfish with Gigi. Sorry ms Harber but it wasn't believable enough to suspend belief.
The Protector is the second book in the series and can be Read as a standalone but I recommend reading the whole series.
There are so many good quotes for this book but to me this one fits the book completely. "You don't leave behind the things that make you who you are. You use them to make yourself a better person."
Jane (nanny) and Chance (military) chose lines of work that made them feel better about themselves despite the hard childhood they each have. Both are protectors but in different aspects. The both care deeply for those they have in their lives. When their world's collide in the most awful place either has ever been, they have to trust each other to survive. When they can't tell who is enemy and who is not, will they be able to rise above the chaos to become more than friends? Read to find out what happens when Chance gets a second opportunity to see Jane again.
Jane is a nanny for a very wealthy, crazy family ( the Thanes). When the mother and father plan a trip to Syria with their young son and Jane, they end up being abducted. Chance is in the Aces group which is part of Titan and are stationed in Abu Dubai. Chance and his team are sent in to rescue them but Jane is left behind. Chance promises her he will be back, she just has to stay alive until then. Once back in the States, Jane goes back to her job believing she’d never see Chance again. But Chance is requested to join the Thanes because of security issues, and he gets to see Jane again. The craziness ratchets up with the Thanes and Chance will do whatever is necessary to keep Jane safe. Excellent story with humor, action, and sexy times. Will leave you on the edge of your seat.
WOW! Cristin has done it again! This story was intriguing right from the beginning with Jane heading into danger with the crazy husband and wife and her charge, their son. When the family is captured, the Ace team is called in to save the family. Chance is tasked to save Jane and Teddy. As they are almost rescued, Jane has to take a step back to save Teddy. Chance gets Teddy on the chopper but decides he needs to save Jane too. That is when these two start falling in love. The last few chapters definitely get your heart beating faster when Chance realizes Jane is in danger. I am happy that these two pulled through the husband's and wife's extreme craziness. I am also happy that Teddy finds the love that he was looking for and is happy. I love happily ever afters! FANTASTIC job Cristin! I highly recommend this book! I can't wait for the next book!
The Protector is Jane Singleton and Chance (Midas) Evans’ story and is book 2 in this series. After reading The Savior, which is book 1, I was really looking forward to getting into book 2, which doesn’t disappoint. There is a lot of nail-biting action, as well as a lot of sexy between Jane and Chance. There are also some of the best “romance” lines from Chance to Jane that absolutely melted my heart. I loved these two characters, as they were strong and very likeable. The plot was easy to read and flowed really well. There are some really bad people in this book who are “don’t live in the real world” crazy but they added so much to the story. I’ve read all of this author’s books and this series reminds me of her early books which I dearly love and have enjoyed reading more than once. I’m definitely looking forward to The Survivor, which is book 3 in this series.
In my opinion The Protector started off with a lot of promise then lost some of it's uff in the middle then it was back at the end. It felt like two different books. It started with a lot of action which I come to expect from Cristin Harber but I could not see where the book was going once everyone was home. Let's just say I never saw what was coming, so I give a well done to Cristin Harber. Chance and Jane were both very insecure which got a little on my nerves but when I looked past that I liked Chance and Jane. Chance and Jane were a lot a like when you got to looking at them. In my opinion Chance and Jane's protective sides were admirable. Overall I liked The Protector. I read on Kindle Unlimited.
Titan, Delta, ACES!!!! This new series is as page turning as the previous series. This book in particular had so much going for it. A drool worthy hero, a heroine that could kick ass and secondary characters you could love and hate individually. With references to beloved characters and love scenes that steam up the screen. I can't recommend this book and series to enough people. Definitely a favorite and will be re read many times.
The Thanes were not only the absolute worst parents ever, but despicable human beings also. To do the things they did, just to increase their number of likes and followers solidifies the fact that having money doesn't automatically translate into happiness. I really liked Chance and reading his story of finding and keeping love. This 2nd book is much better than the first one.