⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Action-packed and steamy

Her Icelandic Protector

Sexy and suspenseful, there’s a lot to like about this pulse-pounding adventure. The romance takes a backseat to the suspense at times, but it’s an integral part of the story. The writing itself is great, and I was surprised by how easy it was to like a guy who kills someone so quickly and unfeelingly at the beginning of the book. I can’t say the same for our heroine – she never grew on me, and her reaction to an incident at the end of the book left a sour taste in my mouth. However, it wasn’t enough to overtake the complex and interesting journey the author takes the reader on throughout the book.

The story follows Whitney, an American on vacation with her friends. She’s an energetic, upbeat, and slightly slutty woman who likes to have flings while visiting foreign countries. When she sees a man at a bar that she recognizes from a chance meeting at an airport 10 years ago (where her 19-year-old self tried unsuccessfully to pick him up), she is drawn immediately to him. Runar remembers Whitney because of her upbeat, carefree personality, but he’s in the middle of a very dangerous situation and she has inadvertently made herself a part of that by making contact with him. Unable to leave Whitney in danger, Runar makes himself her protector for the rest of her trip, and somewhere along the way deeper feelings get involved.

If you like a suspenseful romance, this is definitely a good example. It gets right into the action and doesn’t let up along the way. I really liked how these two complemented each other – Runar is stoic, with a quiet confidence, while Whitney is vivacious and completely unnerved by the events that transpire. I wish that their interaction from 10 years ago had been more extensive – it was really just a quick meeting that should’ve been forgotten so many years later. Having a bond would’ve made it more believable that Whitney would trust the dangerous man who killed someone in front of her, and given the shortened timeline of their romance, I think it would’ve made their escalating feelings more realistic. The only other thing I didn’t love happened at the end of the book so I won’t go into detail but… it definitely didn’t do any favors for my opinion of Whitney. I would check out more from this author without hesitation, as Whitney was really my only major issue with the story. I received a free copy via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review of this suspenseful romance.

Her Icelandic Protector by Camilla Stevens. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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