Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens
243 Pages (Paperback)
Grove Creek Publishing
April 29, 2011
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.
Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.
Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.
Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.
Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.
Daddy was wrong.
I found this book pretty enjoyable. Some moments I liked, some were a bit slow or uneventful, and some parts like the ending (oh the ending!) were amazing. With that said, there was not one moment when I didn't want to continue reading. The plot kept me interested until the very last page.
Overprotected follows Ashlyn, a successful man's daughter who has practically been on house arrest since her babysitter kidnaped her when she was younger. Her parents are take "overprotected" to a whole new level. Since the incident, Ashlyn has been guarded by a "companion", a word trying to make "bodyguard" sound more appealing, anywhere she goes. Ashlyn wants nothing more than to be able to live like a normal teenage girl and to figure out the way of the world for herself. When she is given a new "companion" she thinks she might just get what she wants... until she finds out it is Colin, her childhood bully. What comes next surprises not just the reader, but Ashlyn herself.
In essence, Overprotected is about being your own person - regardless of limitations, finding your way, dealing with the situation through the pain, and most importantly, loving.
In the novel, Ashlyn is a piano protégée. I really appreciated how well the author described the scenes when Ashlyn plays. She fills the pages with so much emotion that even the most unmusical person, like me, can understand how vulnerable and touching music can be. More than anywhere else, in the music scenes I felt was Ashlyn was feeling and I started to hear music with a somewhat more educated ear. That was very interesting for me and I'm sure the lucky musical ones will enjoy it as well.
My biggest criticism would have to be about the character Colin. I realize that he is a bodyguard and he takes his job seriously, but I highly doubt that someone can go so long without showing any kind of emotion. I found him quite dull sometimes and I really wished he would open up more. That was really the only thing that got me a bit mad...
I mentioned this briefly before, but this book has one hell of an ending! The last couple of chapters really take you for a ride. When things start looking good, it just goes down, down, down. So low that you are actually kind of fearful. Then BOOM! Something huge(er) happens and you are practically breathless from exhaustion by that point.
So give this one a shot - the ending it definitely worth it.