Friday, 20 May 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #57
A Passionate Protector - Maggie Cox
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2003
Passionate Protectors? By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Charming, wealthy and smoldering, attractive Kyle Hytner could have an international playboy lifestyle -- and any woman he wants. So why has he set his sights on Megan Brand?
Megan is rebuilding her life, step-by-step. But the frighteningly intense passion she shares with Kyle is more like a giant leap! And she's not sure she has the courage to take it...
Kyle needs this beautiful woman by his side and in his bed. He knows he can help set her free from the past, but he has to persuade Megan that her future lies with him!"
So this is the third and final book in the 'Passionate Protectors?' By Request omnibus, details above and definitely the best of the bunch. I have read quite a few of Maggie Cox's books and this is one of the best I have read.
The heroine Megan is persuaded by her best friend to attend an art therapy session as her friend feels she needs a little help to move on from recent events in her life. Megan spent 10 years in an abusive relationship, which resulted in her being left with permanent damage to her leg after her ex husband pushed her down the stairs. Now divorced, she is trying to regain her life but is struggling to do so. She agrees to go to the art therapy session where she meets the hero Kyle. Kyle is a well known artist who has given up the art 'scene', after realising her wanted more from life, to offer art therapy. When he meets Megan he immediately feels a connection with her, and after encouraging her to talk about her experience he wants to protect her. Megan had dreams of becoming an artist but was forced to give this up by her ex husband, Kyle recognises her talent and supports her to help increase her confidence. As they spend time together both develop feelings for one another.
The pace of this story was actually quite slow, but I feel this really helped to set the mood and aid the development of the relationship. Megan's trauma and experiences were written with sensitivity as was a really great part of this book. I really liked how Megan's confidence grew as the story progressed, she went from being afraid and damaged to strong and confident. Kyle is also a good character, really caring and never overbearing. Both of them were really well written.
This was quite and emotional story at times and I really enjoyed reading it.