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Summary

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds - $50,000 to be exact - could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain - Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

©2013 Tessa Bailey (P)2014 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Scorching hot, and lough-out-loud funny!" (Katee Robert)

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Terrific

Absolutely hooked on Tessa Bailey's stories. Captivating, emotional, realistic. I love how she makes me emphasize with her characters.

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Derek & Ginger

If you could sum up Protecting What's His in three words, what would they be?

mouthy,sexy,domineering

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ginger, she is just brilliant

Have you listened to any of Alice Chapman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not until this one

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes & it was

Any additional comments?

loved it gotta get me more

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Southern girl meets Cop

As indicated by the stars, this was not as expected.

Lt Derek is an aggressively dominant Alpha male who likes spanking and punishment as part of his sexual repertoire. Ginger is a Southern girl with a body like sin and she's driving his self-control to shreds.
I liked her verbal sparring but am not that keen on the spanking.
I will not be reading the follow up novel as there was just not enough here to make me curious about what happens to these two next.

The narrator was the highlight of this experience the contrast between the girls' southern drawl and the voices of the other characters were clearly and convincingly performed.

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  • Diana DC
  • 05-02-14

Good book, poor audio

Whispersync price tempted me to try a narrator I'd never heard. Wish I hadn't.

I enjoyed reading the book even though hot cop hero Derek may be a bit too much the caveman in his romancing technique. The author writes excellent banter and there were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments in the verbal battles between Ginger and Derek. Pretty good romantic suspense from a new (newish?) author I'll definitely read again.

I rated the performance one star. The narrator sounds muddy, mushy-mouthed, unprepared, and inexperienced. I suppose it's possible that this is another narrator using an alias for the naughty stuff, but she sounds very amateurish to my ear. Ginger and her sister Willa have just arrived in Chicago from Nashville. They should have an accent. And they do in a few passages, but mostly not. Actually all characters sound exactly the same regardless of gender, age, agency, or disappearing accent/no accent. Derek in the book is desirable, hot and dominant. Derek in the audio is a cypher. Overall, a disservice to a book I enjoyed.

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  • TVNerd95
  • 24-10-17

No storyline and not any romance

I can tell most folks don’t agree with me on this book but what the heck here goes my review. This book is not romantic – raunchy maybe – but definitely not romantic. I was not thrilled with the language in this book. There is a lot cussing and not just when Derek is using dirty talk to get Ginger in bed.

I feel mislead by the title in I was expecting a CR that resulted in of course the need for the guy to save the day. That is not what I got. Most of what Derek does that I think the author finds romantic is being obsessive with some borderline stalking. His jealously is so annoying that I just didn’t like him.

Ginger is portrayed as this strong independent female, your basic good girl from the wrong side of the tracks who will do anything to keep her sister safe. That is not what you get. She doesn’t take crap off anyone which I like unless its Derek and he basically walks over her because she finds him too sexy to resist.

So for me it was just an average book that was saved by the relationship between Ginger and Willa.

The narrator, Alice Chapman did a good job with the voices and with the Tennessee accents but a lot of the characters from Chicago still had a little bit of a southern twang to them.

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  • Rhonie
  • 06-04-14

Liked this.

I liked this. Obviously new writer and narrator. The story was good, with time this will be a great writer. Narrator needs to use a little more inflection. Worth a listen.

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  • 14-03-22

Flat story + not best narrator

This was no for me, even after al sex (so 90' with macho dirty talker) I don't feel any chemistry , and no development of the characters who are one dimensional.
but what is worse is the narrator, oh how I hate a 'spitter' it's disgusting and at the end I don't inmerse myself in the story, I just cringe every time she pronounce a word ending in th. blergh.

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  • Cady
  • 15-11-21

Could have been great

The context is great - the voice is not great. I honestly would have enjoyed this 100% more if someone else would have narrated it. Sadly I doubt I continue the series just based on the narration.

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  • Booklass
  • 21-09-20

Good, not her best

This is a good story, but it is not my favorite Tessa Bailey story. The couple spend too much time arguing, and the hero's particular brand of jealous possessive is too abrasive rather than swoony. That said, I still liked the book. The main character and her sister are at least interesting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-07-20

Protecting What's His: Line of Duty Series, Book 1

It was the first out of this weriters work and it has been very entertaining and fun. I enjoy it every day that I walk it has been a great companion for me.

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  • E.A.G.
  • 19-04-20

Good, but left something to be desired.

The narrator was annoying a bit at first. I got used to and it didn't bother me as much, but it definitely interfered with the mood at times.
Some of the book left a bit to be desired. Overall those I enjoyed it. There was an edge to it and we did learn a lot about at least one of the main characters, Ginger. I did feel that the male love interest needed a bit more depth into his character. Derek felt somewhat like a lot of surface. I don't know might have just been me.

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  • Miss Right
  • 04-04-20

Really? Nobody is this stupid.

When you read about a girl with a bad upbringing and everything stacked against her, you really want to like her. But Ginger lacks common sense (the nice way to say it).
She has a problem moving logically from point A to point B, every single time. You just want to give her another bust in the chops.
It’s good when the protagonist is able to untangle herself from dangerous situations. What’s not good is when she herself creates them.
Hey. The narration is pretty good.

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  • Lissa Smith Reads' ~ A Bookaholics' Bookshelf ~
  • 26-02-20

5 Audible Escapes Stars

Great narration! I love it when the readers bring a performance to the reading. It makes it so much better. However, that accent sounded more Kentucky than Tennessee. Then again, this Georgia girl don't know much about accents on the first p!ace. Anyways,, I loved the storyline and plan on continuing kids series.
NOTE: Listened free with Audible Escapes on speed 2.5 on my fire.