Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Release Blitz & Book Review: Protector by Michelle Horst

by Michelle Horst
A Standalone Suspense Romance
Release Date: November 2nd, 2016


I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of person. I wanted to save the world, or at least leave my stamp behind. In my own na├»ve way I thought I could bribe karma but life has a way of teaching us lessons.

I never knew how selfish I was until my life was ripped away from me.

I’m forced to watch as they torture and kill my family … and I know I’m next.
I hear their screams.
I watch them die.
It’s the worst kind of torture

Then he comes. He made a promise to my brother. It’s the only thing keeping him bound to me.
A promise to protect me.
I should set him free of the promise … but I don’t. He’s my shield against karma. He’s my protector.

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Have you ever seen a bomb detonate? Just after the explosion, there’s this hissing silence and then chaos follows - rubble, destruction and so much pain and sorrow.
Right now, it’s as if that scenario is being played in reverse.
It’s a terrifying chaos as that man goes to stand in front of Dad. Dad’s still unconscious. He can’t even do anything to defend himself.
Life seems to be returning to my body in flashes. First, I start to yank at the chain. Then my mouth opens in a horrifying, silent scream.
The man grabs a fistful of Dad’s hair, shoves his head back, and then I watch as he presses the blade to Dad’s neck.
A violent pain blossoms in my chest and it threatens to bring the walls down around me. I watch as blood starts to trickle down Dad’s neck and then the man shoves the blade deeper.
I start to scream as hysteria hits me in waves. Part of me is caught in a nightmare-like state, refusing to believe that this is actually happening right now.
The man just walks away after slicing Dad’s neck open. My eyes are glued to my father’s blood flowing from the wound. The hysteria rages inside of me until I’m swept away in a maddening mania.
I can’t think clearly anymore.
I can’t process what I’m seeing.
All I can do is weep, scream, and yank at the unforgiving chain around my neck.
This - whatever this sick and twisted situation is - cannot be happening.
This is not real … this is not real … this is not real.

About the author:

International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.

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My review: 

5 heartbroken Stars for this emotional read!

This was my first book from Michelle Horst and I still can't believe what she did to me. I was a mess from the beginning to the end of this read. Not many books that I've read so far were able to do this to me but this one managed it without even trying hard.

This is a MUST READ! I wish I could read it again for the first time. If you don't read this book, it's your own fault.

The Story:
Riley comes home from traveling around the world and is excited to finally spend time with her family. She missed them so much and plans on spending as much time with them as possible to make up for the lost time while she was abroad. Nothing could have prepared her for what happens to her and her family. Riley's family is brutally being killed in front of her and she barely survives. Now there is a deep void inside her where her heart's supposed to be and unbearable pain that threatens to suffocate her. Nightmares are her constant companion and sometimes she wishes she could have died together with her family.
Griffin lost his best friend and now he has to keep his promise in protecting the sister because she's all that's left of Josh's family. Will he be able to keep her from any more danger?

I usually know or think to know what to expect emotionally from a book but this took me totally by surprise. I wasn't prepared for this painful story and that I had to use up all of my tissues and not just because of somebody's death but because of the pain and heartbreak of Riley's character that I felt as if it were my own.
This just showed me how amazingly written this story was. The author made me feel everything what the characters felt. This isn't easy to accomplish even though it's not hard to make me cry. But it's hard to get me crying throughout the whole story because of the feelings of the characters.

I can't even ... this really got to me. It caught me off guard. I suck at this review because I just have no words. The flood of tears left me empty.
This author took everything from me and not even the ending could make up for what she did to me. This was just cruel. Oh Josh…

A terrible tragedy happened to Riley's family and I was shocked to read about the horrid details. Even though I've read a few dark books before I'll never get used to experiencing something like this through a character. I loved Griffin and felt his pain of losing his best friend and teammate and feeling guilty for what happened to his family. I liked Miles, Amelia and all the others because I felt they were helping Riley deal with her pain and loss of her family and they just grew on me. Charlie was the sweetest.
Sobs were breaking through me. Tears were streaming down my face. I was a mess. I still am and that's why I just bought Predator to get me over this book hangover. =P

-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. -- 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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