Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Protecting Braden
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #2
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade, Braden Cross
Length: 328 Pages
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Zavier “Cade” McCade, former Army Special Forces and creator of Custos Securities, finds himself in a situation he never thought he’d be in—he’s fallen in love with Braden Cross, the gorgeous pastry chef he’s guarding. Cade has lived his life as a protector: of his country, his family and friends, his clients, and now, the man he’s in love with. He thrives in dangerous and stressful situations. But nothing could prepare him for Braden’s decision to put himself in danger.
After a vicious attack from his stalker leaves Braden fighting for his life, Cade will stop at nothing to see the man responsible punished. Time passes, but Braden’s attacker hasn’t given up and Cade’s afraid he never will. As Cade and the most trusted members of Custos Securities track Braden’s assailant, Braden struggles to rebuild his life and re-establish the fragile trust he and Cade had worked so hard to build. Braden knows if he’s going to survive the chaos surrounding him, he’s going to have to give Cade everything he has—mind, body, and soul.
More determined than ever to hunt down the man that nearly killed the love of his life, Cade will do everything in his power to ensure that he and Braden will be able to live the life of their dreams with nothing and no one standing in their way. Meanwhile, hidden just out of their reach, an increasingly deranged stalker watches…and waits.
Author’s Note: Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, it is highly recommended that you read book 1, Trusting Cade, first. For those of you that prefer warnings—trigger or otherwise—use the “Look Inside” feature to find them within the first several pages. For those of you that prefer to be surprised, avoid the front matter of the book. . . Happy reading!
Book One, Trusting Cade, ended on a major Cliffhanger. But, fortunately, this story picks up exactly where that book ended so I was thrilled to get right back into the whole meat and potatoes of the story. These books are long..and I mean, very long, and very well written. And I see that Book 3 is even longer. I am used to flying through my books but these kinda put that brakes on me a bit, but it was well worth it.
Protecting Braden is the continuation of the romance between Cade (Zavier) and Braden. But just because Eric was chased away and Braden recovers, don’t think for a minute that these two are heading down easy street. They have a lot being thrown at them, in addition to the mental and physical recovery for Braden, and the wondering about where Eric snuck off to. After a while you begin to wonder why the universe is conspiring against them, but never fear, they make it through that long, dark tunnel and out into the light by the end. And great news… no cliffy.
I am looking forward to seeing how Gideon and Sebastian’s story plays out next. I was drawn to Gideon from the get-go, so I am hopeful it’s all I think it’s going to be, and more.
This is a great series, kinda harsh in many ways, kind of mushy, too, but it’s never boring and highly entertaining.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*