The Protector (Sizzling Miami #3)
Publication Date: February 13th. 2015
Genre: M/M, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.
Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but a reason to live. Eight years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.
Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jensen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.
Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?
If he had to look in those concerned eyes one more second he was going to lose his shit and he didn’t even know why. What he needed to do was get the ball rolling on their forty-eight hour fuck-fest. The clock was ticking and he refused to waste another second pondering things best left un-pondered. “So what’s the prize?”
“The prize?” Damn but Javier was cute with his nose wrinkled in confusion. Kyle couldn’t resist leaning in and rubbing his own against it, causing Javier to giggle. There it was again, boy on the cusp of discovery.
“For the winner of tongue tag, there’s got to be a prize.” Kyle pretended to think about it and rocked back against Saul, willing him into the game. “I know!”
Vibrating with anticipation, Javier pressed in close along his front, rubbing their cocks together and begged, “Tell me!”
And to think, Javier had called him adorable. “Winner gets to ride his cock.”
Saul rocked him forward and he could feel Javier automatically respond. Just like that they were one fluid movement, now if only Javier were willing to roll over and offer up his ass they could be one fluid fuck chain. Though he was content to be the bottom, Kyle just knew being the guy in the middle of Saul and Javier…in this position…was going to rock his world. The whole staged ménage to get the right camera angle usually included a test of his dexterity and rarely came with a satisfying orgasm. This right here, the leisurely seductive rocking felt so intimate and….damn! Focus, he needed to focus on the moment and store that thought away for the future.
“Well then what’s the loser get?” Javier asked.
It was the perfect response. Not that he thought either of them was going to be selfish lovers, but it was always good to get confirmation. “Uhm, I guess that depends. I’m thinking some oral gratification would be a good consolation prize. Does he do that?”
“Saul? Why wouldn’t he?” Kyle had known many a top who thought it was beneath them to suck cock; apparently Javier never had that problem. “He’s really good, too.”
Hot damn! Did Saul suck cock the way he kissed, like he had all the time in the world to enjoy it? Kyle was so ready to experience that! “How good?”
“Like…” Javier chewed on his lower lip as he sought the right words. “Like mind numbing, toe curling, shake you apart and leave you begging for more, good.”
“Well now—” Kyle teased when he felt Saul’s smug smile against his nape. “—it’s not that I don’t trust your opinion, baby, but I should really judge that for myself.”
“Always best to experience these things first hand.” Javier nodded seriously. How was he to resist this pair, really?
“Are the two of you going to talk about it all morning or will there be actual tongue tagging soon?” Saul grumbled. “Not that this hasn’t been amusing, but one of you better make a move or I’m leaving you both here to suffer.”
“Suffer?” Kyle scoffed, “We’ll just fuck without you.”
Faster than he could think of why that challenge was such a bad idea, Saul flipped him onto his stomach and pinned him. With Javier squeaking and scurrying back, and Saul giving him his best early morning glare, Kyle could not find a single thing to regret in his statement. In fact, it was all he could do not to pat himself on the back and whoop out an enthusiastic Hell Yes!
“I would’ve thought a smart pup like you wouldn’t need this spelled out for him. My pups don’t fuck without me and back talk like that will make me impose further sanctions,” Saul warned.
Kyle really wanted to push his luck. If not for Javier watching them curiously, he would have aimed for the back talker of the year award.
I’ve written several blog posts for this tour, one of which focuses on Saul, another on Kyle. Writing about Javier has been a challenge for me. He’s a broken man and will often refer to himself as less than sane. There are huge gaps in his memory, the memories so painful that his mind locked them away as a form of protection. He is easily spooked in foreign situations and relies heavily on Saul to keep him functioning.
At the same time he’d give anything to be different. Kyle sees this fairly quickly and likens Javier to a boy on the cusp of discovery. While he’s very much a man, one in his mid-twenties, this is a pretty accurate description. He’d give anything to be ‘normal’, whatever normal means. To be brave, to be self sufficient, to be a fully functioning partner in their triad relationship. To be more like the independent Kyle and to have Saul see him as strong.
It’s impossible to get from terrified to fixed in the span of one novel. Not convincingly and not without insulting the intelligence of my readers. I take artistic license with many things, but never this. You’ll see Javier come far in this book, spread his wings, pop his head out of his shell…because he’s trying. Because he’s reached the point where he’s ready to try. Some of that process was seen in the last book and more of the process will be seen in future books.
My men are a family, their lives intertwined, their stories connected. Javier is a big part of that family—the soft-hearted Mama bear of the house, the fragile brother of the group, the tender lover, the protected child. As we see the other’s stories evolve, you can bet we’ll be seeing him as a supporting cast member.
When I finished writing this book, I knew I would revisit this relationship again. As Javier grows and owns his part in the relationship, it will change all of them for the better. It would be an injustice to these three to call their story over, when in reality it’s only just begun.
My Review: 5/5 Stars
OMG this book was just so heartbreaking. You can feel the pain and love flowing off the pages.
No one should have to go through what all of these men have went through. The relationship between Saul, Javier, and Kyle was epic as Kyle would say. They worked together and knew what each other needed. I was happy that Saul was able to let go and be himself with Kyle and the way that Javier grew with the both of them.
I want more of the badassery. I hope, hope, hope the next story in the series is Chris’ or Liam’s, or all four of them.
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With two published books and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.