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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,582 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.Daddy thought I'd be safe. He thought I'd never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.Daddy was ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published April 29th 2011 by Grove Creek Publishing (first published February 9th 2011)
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Sonja P.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. It was written so, so badly. Here are a few examples:
“This kiss was like the petals of one flower gently coaxing another to open and bloom.”
“Everything you need to know about love is already inside of you.”
“His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.”
“Mother swiveled out the door.”
“I lifted my shoulders. I was used to visitors being taken in by an opulence I now passed by with second nature.”
“With year
Wendy Darling
Hey peeps, this title and SEASON OF EDEN are currently free for Kindle: and

And they may be free in the UK Kindle store, too! Still full price on Nook, though. Thanks to Rosa for the heads up on the first one. :)
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*

The guy on the cover of this book is not working for me. I found my own version of Collin. I think mine looks better :) And I totally could picture him as being the 21 year old rather than that guy on the cover who looks 40.

Now for the book, I really liked the storyline, I mean truely. But for starters I had no idea this was a Young Adult book. That I can't blame on the book, that was my fault for not lookin
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
“Everything you need to know about love is already inside of you...”

Overprotect: to overly defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult; cover or shield from injury or danger.

When I picked up Overprotected I expected to read a nice easy fluffy read, but what I got was thrown onto a roller coaster of emotions, suspense, and of course romance. .and I loved every minute of the ride!

Overprotected is about a girl Ashlyn, all she wants is to be a normal teenager. But Ashlyn does not
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I got excited for this book. I'm really really disappointed. All the characters were annoying. Yes, even Ashlyn. Even though she got seriously really overprotected and sexually harassed? Yep. Still hate her. Well, let's see. She whines and yearns for trust yet she doesn't seem to do anything to gain it. She keeps on escaping from her bodyguards, wanders on her own and she even calls her Dad, Daddy. Even though she had a terrible past with bodyguards, she should have done her best ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
My third Jennifer Laurens book.
It was like Overprotected was about me. I know all about those controlling parents because mine are like that even though I am 22(how embarrassing is that?). The only difference between Ashlyn and me is that she is rich and she gets to have 'companions'(bodyguards) while I only get my four walls. Well.that's just the way it is.
What an useless review.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it did not like it

Ashlyn is a high society girl who doesn't get to live with the rest of society. Ever since she was kidnapped by a former nanny who was obsessed with her dad, her dad has been obsessed with her safety. She's escorted everywhere by a bodyguard, has no moment of peace outside of her own bedroom, and is followed by the stares of others who think she's strange for her security detail.
Weirded out by her current bodyguard of three years who seems to have develo
Gina Riccitelli
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin? Overprotected is an AMAZING book to put into simple words. The style of Jennifer Laurens writing is so easy to connect with and is very raw. All the emotion and conflict capture you and keep you until the very end.

Overprotected is about a girl named Ashlyn, Her daddy is a very well known lawyer and is very rich. Ashlyn was kidnapped by her nanny when she was 5 years old and ever since then daddy hasnt let ashlyn out of his sight without protection. Ashlyn is a 17 year old
I have a lot of emotions concerning this book. Despite unlikely circumstances and the ending, I can recommend this one.

Ashlyn, our 17 year old YA heroine, is the overprotected society princess. As a child, she had been kidnapped by a nanny with a dangerous obsession with her father and since then, her father has had an obsession to keep his princess safe. Unfortunately, this means Ashlyn lives in a beautiful gilded cage, in a near isolation, as her father monitors almost her every movement. Due
This book has been on my TBR list…forever. I always hesitated to buy it because of the price. Then the most amazing thing happened…I found it for free on Amazon. Needless to say, I snatched it up and never looked back (I also told as many people that would listen to do the same).

Before I started this book, I expected a bratty, rebellious teenager with protective parents that just want what’s best for her. I expected immature hijinks, where she tried to ditch the bodyguard or treated them badly.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Obsessed with keeping his society-princess daughter safe, Charles hires his daughter's childhood enemy to be her bodyguard. He never imagines that Ashlyn would fall in love with Colin.

It was a good story, but as far as I'm concerned Ashlyn wasn't in love, she was in lust. Sorry, girl, it's true. Why did you like him so much? Because he was sexy? Nope, that's not love. However, it's not uncommon to mistake lust for love, when a girl is as inexperienced as Ashlyn. Everything she knows abo
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was okay. NOT amazing, NOT cute, NOT romantic, just okay.

First of all, I want to kill the cover artist or whoever the person is responsible for the god-damn ugly cover!
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I think the only thing I liked was the way the title and the author's name is written on the cover and the way the guy is standing. But, Gosh! Look at the guy! He looks in his 30's something and the girl in her 20's when she's supposed to be 17 and he's supposed to be 21!

And okay. o.o I just went to her you
I have to say, I was actually disappointed in this one. Maybe my expectations were too high, or I was just expecting a different kind of book. I didn’t click with Ashlyn at all. I get that she has been extremely sheltered, but I was still hoping to see more growth (the only growth we get is that instead of saying Daddy she says Dad.) Maybe part of my problem was that we get a lot of inner thought and not enough action or conversation. Conversations between her and Colin left a LOT to be desired. ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

Daddy was wrong.

**My Review ******************************************************************************************************
Jessica Buwalda
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
So I picked this up thinking this would be a light upbeat novel. I thought “hey this sounds like that movie with Katie Holmes The First Daughter! That was such a cute movie”. Let me set the record straight: Not like the movie. Some thing I expected to be upbeat and fun was dramatic and occasionally dark. This book smacks you in the face with the intensity of her situation and her extremely broken and screwed-up family. There were barely any happy moments to this novel. This should be a “what hap ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: readers who savour pathetic reads
sad book...The premise of the story was undeniably promising,the heroine's musical genius a delightful new experience and the wordplay wonderful; I delighted reading the way the author crafted words into beautiful pieces of art, subtly weaving in emotions of both the protagonists. But as the narrative progressed, the story steadily waned to any other commonplace romance that you can pick up on the street, and the ending sealed the fate of the book. Now, all I am left with is that twinge of bitte ...more
Katie W
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Ashlyn was kidnapped as a child by a crazy nanny and since then, her father has her under lock and key--and under constant care of a bodyguard. She longs for freedom and friends, but it isn't granted.

When Colin, a former childhood friend, becomes her bodyguard, her life is turned upside down and she pushes for freedom even more, and finds herself falling for him, even though he was mean to her in the past.

I liked the way that Ashlyn started to grow and mature, and express her opinion more. Colin
The BookWhisperer
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Is there such a thing as OVERPROTECTING your children? Jennifer Laurens dives head long into the reality of a life for a young girl that has just that. After being kidnapped at five years old Ashlyn has learned to live a life of constant surveillance. Now at almost eighteen life is changing for this young woman, but her father is determined to remain limiting her experiences and understanding of the real world. While rebelling against her father wishes she finds herself without a body guard. Who ...more
Amy Jacobs
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After eager anticipation, Jennifer Laurens has brought to us another fabulous book about teen angst, love and determination. I am a HUGE fan of this author after reading her other books. She never disappoints me in her writing and creativity.

In Overprotected, we are introduced to the Adair family. Ashlyn is 17 years old and rarely gets a taste of freedom. If she wants to step outside her Security Box that her Father has constructed in the form of a personal bodyguard, she has to sneak away to d
Alyssa hoffmaster
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I have been waiting a whole year at least to read this book, and finally I have been able to buy it!!

I’d like to say it was all I imagined and beyond. But I think I got myself a little to hyped up for it, I still loved this book to death though.

I felt very sad for Ashlyn; her parents were controlling her life. They picked out her college; her dad didn’t want her to date at all. Her parents hired “companions” for her, another word for a bodyguard.
Ashlyn was almost 18 and she did
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

Daddy was wrong.

Aw, I dunno but for me, this reads like a mediocre Harlequin romance novel whose main character was replaced with
Piper Harris
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing is a little odd, but a fun read for my UES buds out there
Also it's helping me with me reading challenge ayyy
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Most girls would take comfort in the knowledge that they are being protected. That they are shielded from the evils of the world. That their parents love them so much that they want to make sure that no harm would ever come to them. And that Daddy would do anything for his little Princess.

But sometimes that protection can become a burden. The comforting embrace can become a noose and protection can quickly cross that fine line to overprotection.

Ashlyn Adair yearns for freedom. Trapped in her gil
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashlyn is practically living in captivity since her father wants to keep her safe. Though she has access to almost any material thing she could ever want she would rather have her freedom. When she gets her last bodyguard fired her father decides to hire Colin, a boy Ashlyn has despised since childhood. Colin would constantly torment Ashlyn something she has never gotten over. The more time she spends with Colin the more she comes to realize that he is not who he used to be and she finds hersel ...more
Lindsay Paige
Title Thoughts: Title says it all.

Cover Thoughts: I really like it. Bodyguard standing in front protecting and Ashlyn looking over his shoulder, probably planning an escape.

WARNINGS: Has the average thoughts of a 17 year old girl who reads too many romance novels. Ex. He pushed me on the door in a passionate kiss. Or something like that.

Okay, I just love this book. For some reason, I was thinking Ashlyn would be a snob. Why? I have no clue. Well, she wasn't. She was just a girl who was used to l
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya
GENRE: Young Adult,
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I have to admit this is the first time I read a book written by Jennifer Laurens, I have been missing out on some great stories it seems. I have a lot of catching up to do with her other works.
Ashlyn Adair is seventeen-year-old girl who hasn’t ever had a normal life. When she was young her nanny kidnapped her after becoming obsessed with Ashlyn
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ashlyn's life is one that most people dream of. Rich, lavish and completely perfect. Or is it? Unfortunately for Ashyln she was kidnapped at a very young age, and now her father is extremely protective of her. Trapped inside her beautiful fortress of a house, forced to have a bodyguard follow her around all the time, that's what Ashlyn's life has now become. How can anything at all, even love, possibly happen to her while she is trapped here?

Overprotected was a perfectly written story that had m
La Femme Readers
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt trapped in a world where your whole life was mapped out for you? The answer to this question lies within the pages of Ashlyn's frustrating reality. Due to a kidnapping at a young age, her parents made it their duty to control every step of their daughter's existence. By doing so, they've eliminated any normalcy for her vibrant and talented attributes. As a reader, I quickly established sympathy towards Ashlyn's situation. Honestly, I wouldn't be able to handle the non-stop sec ...more
Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
Overprotected was your run of the mill average teen love story. I wasn't really wowed by any particular part of the book- the plot was pretty predictable, the characters didn't really stand out, and the romance was a bit under developed. Plus, the book was riddled with obvious typos that started to frustrate me. Overall, the book just fell flat for me which was disappointing because the story had great potential.

I think my biggest issue was connecting with the main character, Ashlyn. She's an O
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I purchased "Overprotected" after reading the synopsis and all of the 4 and 5 stars reviews. Quite frankly, for me, it just did not live up to all of the hype. Ashlyn is a 17 year old socialite attending a private school in New York. When she was five she was kidnapped by her nanny who was stalking her father. Since that time her father has become overprotective hiring bodyguards for her. He does not allow her any freedom and she feels like a caged animal. Then enters Colin, a former family frie ...more
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Jennifer, aka JM Warwick was born and raised in Southern California and her hometown of Palos Verdes Estates flavors her books: A Season of Eden and An Open Vein. She doesn't limit herself to writing one genre, and was the first to author four romance novels centered around the popular sport of ballroom dancing.She has YA novels published under her YA romance name of Jennifer Laurens: Falling for ...more

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