by Nicole Flockton
Lily Green lives by her daily to-do list. Lists have guided her through some of the darkest parts of her life. But none have prepared her for the bodyguard hired to protect her and the diamonds she’s working with. Grayson Warren is an overbearing alpha, everything she doesn’t want. Or is he?
Desperate to save his ailing business, former Navy SEAL Grayson “Storm” Warren is willing to take on any job, including protecting an infuriating list-making lingerie designer. Sexy doesn’t even begin to describe Lily Green. One touch. One kiss, and Grayson’s protecting more than diamonds.
Can Grayson show Lily there’s more to life than lists?
Previously published as Lace Forever.
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by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Love Alpha males? In PROTECTING LILY by Nicole Flockton OMG does her hero, Grayson Warren fit the bill! Grayson is a former Navy SEAL who now operates his own security company. When this Alpha male shows up to Lily Green’s offices as her new bodyguard her whole carefully planned out world is suddenly spinning out of control.
Grayson doesn’t match up with any of the items in Lily’s list of attributes her perfect man will have, but she can’t resist his sex appeal. Lily is his client, and high-maintenance, and what’s up with her need for a list for everything?. He shouldn’t get involved with her, but this woman makes him want to break all of his rules!
Fun book as these two battle through their sexual tension. Rita, Lily’s best friend and assistant, does what she can to encourage these two in this classic story of opposites attracting. Quick read filled with humor, some can’t-help-myself sex, and a happy ending for all!
~Complimentary copy received. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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An unfamiliar emotion of restlessness overwhelmed her and she pushed back from her desk and started to pace.
Grayson Warren was the exact type of person she didn’t want anywhere near her. He would be overbearing. There was no way she could convince him that he should sit outside her workroom. He was too handsome and too distracting for the rest of the staff. Even the happily married Rita practically drooled when she first saw him. She can only imagine what the rest of her female staff would do when they clapped eyes on Mr. Manservant Security Man.
A brisk knock sounded and before she could say leave me alone the door flung open and in walked Rita and Grayson.
“Lily, Grayson wants to talk to you about the services he can provide for you.”
Taking a deep breath, she faced Grayson. “Mr. Warren, I think my assistant has made a mistake with regards to our security needs.”
“What are you talking about, Lil? I don’t make mistakes. We need security you know that,” retorted Rita.
Lily glared at her friend. “I know we need security. We just don’t need him.”
“Him is standing here you know. And from what I can see you certainly do need me. You’re a security disaster waiting to happen.”
Lily bristled under his brusque tone. She’d spent her whole life making decisions for herself and she hadn’t failed yet. She certainly wasn’t going to fail now. There had to be a security person out there who wouldn’t be an over the top man whose attitude spelled his way or the highway.
“We’ve never had a security disaster,” she emphasized. “ever.”
“Never say never,” he responded. His superior tone coming through with every word he spoke.
Summoning the courage she’d used to get where she was today. Lily looked up and faced Grayson square on. His eyes dared her to take him on. They were closed off to her now. She couldn’t see into his thoughts and she didn’t like it. Her earlier suspicion he was hiding things intensified. After having so many people deceive her with lying eyes. She wasn’t going to let be tricked again.
Not to mention his domineering ways. If those traits weren’t so obvious to her she’d be saying yes to have him provide security. As it stood now, if she employed Grayson she would be spending her days fighting with him instead of working.
“Look, Mr. Warren, I appreciate the time you’ve taken to come out and see us. But as I have the final say. Well I’m sorry, but no thank you. I think we will look at another firm to provide our security services.”
If Lily hadn’t been watching him so closely, she wouldn’t have seen the tightening around his mouth. Or the way his shoulders slumped for half a second before they straightened again.
“If that’s the way you feel. But let me tell you Ms. Green. You won’t find what you’re looking for in a decent security guard who knows how to do his job.”
Lily arched her eyebrow at him and crossed her arms across her chest. “Really? And what is that I’m supposed to be looking for?”
Grayson walked up to her desk, laid his palms face down on the surface and leaned forward. Every part of her wanted to take a step back. His presence and actions so overpowering. But she’d never backed down when a bully at one of her many foster homes threatened her.
“You, Ms. Green, want a security guard who will sit on his butt, drinking coffee while flicking through a magazine. You want said guard to be as far away from you as possible. You want a paper cutout security guard. And the person who takes that job is not worth the money you pay them.”
Try as she might, Lily couldn’t prevent the gasp from escaping her. Grayson had nailed exactly what she wanted. How had he done that? What had she said or done to give herself away?
Rita’s laughter rang out around the room. “Oh geez he’s got you there, Lil. He’s perfect. The job is yours Grayson Warren of Warren Security.”
“What?” exclaimed Lily. “No, no, no. He doesn’t have the job and you can’t give it to him.”
Rita walked over to Lily’s desk. “I can. As your Human Resources Manager slash Executive Assistant. You told me to deal with all staff appointments, so I am.”
“Seriously, Rita? This is tot—”
“What if I don’t want to take the job? Have you thought of that?” interrupted Grayson.
Relief swept through Lily. If Grayson didn’t want the job then her problem with having to deal with him was gone.
“Well, good. Glad we’re on the same page.” Lily headed toward the open door. “Thanks for stopping by Mr. Warren.”
She managed to direct her gaze on to Grayson’s face. It was set in a determined line. Lily’s stomach tightened up again as he sauntered over to where she stood.
“I said what if. I didn’t actually say I didn’t want to take the job.”
“Oh no, you can’t go and change your mind now.”
He smiled a cat’s-got-the-cream type smile. Lily knew the battle had been lost. His next words confirmed it. “Oh yes I can,” he turned to look at Rita. The traitor had a big smile on her face almost like she’d planned the whole situation. “Thank you, Rita, I’m happy to take on the role of providing security for Lily’s Lingerie.”
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Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.