Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Age Range: 14 and up
Protect my heart is a cute romance about an unaware heiress and a bodyguard. After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Emma Howard decided that the rest of her senior year will be boy free, that is, until the new boy shows up in town, Arie Blackwell. At first, she thinks he is one of those full of himself guys who thinks all girls should like him, but as Emma gets to know him, she realizes that he is nothing like that. She thinks he is kind, caring, and sometimes a little shy. Arie, fresh out of college, was given an internship to pretend to be a senior in high school and protect Emma from her kidnappers. He thinks this will be an easy but boring assignment to help reach his end goal of becoming a secret service agent. What he doesn't expect is to like his job a lot, maybe a little too much. He knows that he can never actually be with Emma being her bodyguard and too old for her. But even more critical they being with Emma is keeping her safe.
I thought Protect My Heart was a great contemporary romance. Unlike most of the romance books out there today, this book was relatively clean. There were some kisses in it, but that was it. I liked both of the main characters in Protect My Heart; neither one was mean or full of themselves. Arie was strong and protective over Emma. And Emma, once she got to know Arie, became nice and friendly. When I was reading, I kept seeing the similarity to the book Jane Eyre. I don't know if Protect My Heart was based on Jane Eyre or not, but if it was, I think Judy Corry did an excellent job of making a classic more contemporary. There looks like a lot in my things to mention, but I thought it was pretty good and clean when I read the book compared to others. I try to have only clean and good books on my blog, so there's nothing on here that I thought was bad enough not to read. Protect My Heart might be too much for some people, but most 14-year-olds can handle it.
Things to mention: There is some violence including a kidnapping, and killing with not a lot of details. Aries dad was abusive and then he died in a car accident, his family thinks that it might have been suicide They are a few quick intense kisses with some details including hands in hair and back and being smushed against the wall. There is also a brief conversation about how both Arie and Emma will stay virgins until they get married. In there town they have a place that is known to most people as a makout spot, but no body in this book has actally been there to make out. And Emma's friend has a date auction to help raise money for her nephew who needs open heart surgery.
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