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Book Review (3): The Protector by Allison Butler

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The Protector (Highland Brides)
Historical Romance
Series Book 1
Reading time: 3 hours – with interruptions
This book was provided to me at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are 100% my own and 100% my own.
NetGalley Details:
The Scottish Highlands meet The Bachelorette in this new historical romance from Allison Butler…
Heiress of clan Gordon, Mairi has been given a gift: the choice of her husband. Her father has found three worthy suitors and each is coming to the Keep. She will spend time with every man and make her decision. But love is not a luxury Mairi allows herself: she is driven by duty, driven by the memory of the failure eleven years earlier that cost her father everything. She will choose a worthy husband, one who will serve the clan wisely, and take nothing for herself – especially not the dark-haired stranger tasked with her protection while she makes her decision.
Lowlander Duff may not know his origins, but he knows how to wield his sword. Granted one year’s leave from his duties to the Elliot Clan, Duff travels to the Highlands in search of his past. Instead he finds an arrogant beauty in need of rescue. Impressing her father, the head of clan Gordon, he is named her temporary protector and must keep her safe as she is courted by three potential husbands. What Duff doesn’t expect is the low hum of jealousy and the rising wave of attraction that makes protecting Mairi easy, but keeping his distance impossible.
Allison Butler kicks off a brand new Scottish Historical series with brave lowland warriors, spirited highland brides, and what exactly goes on underneath those kilts.
Product Details
·  Print Length: 247 pages
·  Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (December 1, 2015)
·  Publication Date: December 8, 2015
·  Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
·  ASIN: B017SGBIXQ
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What I liked: Nothing really jumped out to me in this book as “wonderful – I LOVE it.”

What I didn’t like: 1) Mairi was too submissive with her father and far too stubborn with Duff.
2) Most of the book talks about something terrible that happened that Mairi feels was all her fault, but we don’t find out what that was until almost the end.

What bugged me: 1) A bit too much “runaround” with the feelings the main characters have for one another.
2) Starting around the middle of the book and continuing to the end, I had a feeling that I’ve read a very similar storyline somewhere before.

Review: The storyline was ok. It wasn’t super-fast paced or anything, but it did move enough to have me read the entire book in one sitting. The main drama focused around a beginning of the book attack, the mental wanting of each other of the main characters, and a couple of problems in the end. So, not an entirely action packed book with anything major to try to figure out.
I did, however, like Duff’s character. He was strong and had a sense of honor (well, until almost the end lol – but you’ll have to read it to find out for yourself). You don’t learn a whole lot about him, but I think that’s what makes him all the more interesting.

Have I read the beginning books in the series?: This is the first book in the series.
Will I read more in the series?: Yes – I’d love to see the author grow and watch her work improve.

Rating: ♥♥♥
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