Protector for Hire: Front and Center # 4 by Tawna Fenske

Protector for Hire: Front and Center # 4 by Tawna Fenske

Welcome to my stop for  the fourth book in Tawna Fenske’s Front and Center Series, a contemporary romance series with former military men as heroes.  Please be sure to read the excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card,

Protector for Hire

The first I have read in this series (or by this author) Protector For Hire managed to keep me intrigued and interested while providing just enough information from previous books to not feel overwhelmed.  And whether or not I believed it possible, the hermit-like Schwartz was a wonderfully complex hero with a heart of gold underneath the fuzzy bits.

Schwartz (named after General Norman Schwarzkopf) Patton returned from Iraq a broken man some ten years ago.  While dealing with his issues and guilt, he has absented himself from friends and family, keeping only one brother in the know as to his whereabouts.  Living like a hermit, anti-social, fuzzy and in near complete isolation, that heart shows through in his never missing family events (birthdays, Holidays, etc). He’s decided that only isolation and wallowing is better for everyone else: he’s got zero people skills, or interest in developing them. And people who look at him with fear in their eyes are SO tiring.

Janelle is a sister-in-law to Grant Patton, and in the midst of her own very contentious divorce from a dangerous drug-dealer.  While she didn’t believe him particularly dangerous, all things take a turn for the worse, and she needs to hide away.  Grant suggests his brother Schwartz- as safe haven and protector in one. And the sparks begin.  Janelle is not (to everyone’s surprise) scared by the Unabomber-like appearance of this brother, moreover she finds him appealing: even if he does come off like a grumpy Tarzan when he speaks. She’s used to independence and speaking her mind: and she does, repeatedly.  These two fairly sparkle off one another with her poking at him to encourage conversation and his backpedaling from the emotions and desire she stirs up.

Schwartz doesn’t really develop the loquacious facility of a poet, but when he does open up and share, Janelle sees it for what it is: a gift.  She sees the wonderful heart belonging to the man too scared to admit he wants to love and be loved, and she won’t stop pushing him to open up. Because that honesty, and realizing that he is wanted and loved, not something to discard, is so very needed. Great dialogue, emotion and some seriously hot and electric moments when only desire is at the forefront highlight this story and keep readers wanting more.  The perfect title to encourage readers to visit the earlier books in the series.

Protector for Hire: Front and Center # 4 by Tawna Fenske

Title: Protector for Hire
Author: Tawna Fenske
Series: Front and Center #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1943336547
Published on: 30 June, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 203
Rated: four-stars
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A satisfying category romance from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint...

Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana's untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he'd lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

Tasty Excerpt


Janelle glanced out the window again. A funny-looking black-and-white bird was picking at the remains of a box of french fries squashed into the asphalt. A woman in chaps walked bow-legged from a horse trailer at the gas pumps toward the front of a convenience store, a gust of snow dust swirling around her boots. Next to the bus sat a pickup truck so ancient, it had five colors of paint on its rusty hood. There was a man in dark sunglasses motionless behind the wheel.

Janelle stared. The driver stirred, then opened the door. A leg the size of a tree trunk swung out, followed by another, and Janelle felt her heart surge throbbing into her throat. There was nowhere for her to run. Nowhere to hide if Jacques and his men came looking and—

The man slammed the door of the pickup and stared up at the bus, a permanent scowl etched into his clean-shaven face. As he tugged off his sunglasses, Janelle felt her heart skid back to a normal rhythm. Well, mostly normal.

The guy was huge. The guy was terrifying.

The guy was Schwartz.

The photos she’d seen of him were nearly a decade old, but she would have known those eyes anywhere. The clear gray-brown hue, their haunted depths, the deep fan of lines spread out from each corner.

But as much as she fixated on his eyes, she had to admit the rest of the package was pretty fine to admire as well. He was scary-big like his brothers, but well put together with broad shoulders and a chest that looked like he might be wearing armor plates under his faded flannel shirt. He had a slim waist and well-worn jeans that strained a bit over his—

“Ahem.” The bus driver cleared his throat. “You getting off, miss?”

I will be if I keep staring at that guy’s crotch.





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About Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske is a romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has been praised by Booklist as “A tame Carl Hiaasen on cupid juice,” and RT Book Reviews nominated her debut novel for contemporary romance of the year. Tawna is a fourth generation Oregonian who can peel a banana with her toes and who loses an average of 20 pairs of eyeglasses per year. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.