(ARC Review) Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

February 15, 2011 5 flames 0

Author: Jennifer Laurens
Source: Around The World Tours

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing, LLC (April 29th 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193396300X
ISBN-13: 978-1933963006


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.


After eager anticipation, Jennifer Laurens has brought to us another fabulous book about teen angst, love and determination.  I am a HUGE fan of this author after reading her other books.  She never disappoints me in her writing and creativity.  

In Overprotected, we are introduced to the Adair family.  Ashlyn is 17 years old and rarely gets a taste of freedom.  If she wants to step outside her Security Box that her Father has constructed in the form of a personal bodyguard, she has to sneak away to do it.  The outside world is merely a glance outside her home windows.  When she gets her latest bodyguard fired, Ashlyn thinks that maybe her father will let her be an adult and have some freedom.  Unfortunately, her Father is not willing to give up his control.  He hires Colin.  Colin is an old childhood friend from when they all lived in California.  After Ashlyn was kidnapped in California, the family relocated to New York.  Colin is going to school in New York and is hired as a protective companion for Ashlyn.  At first, Ashlyn is not very friendly to Colin.  Colin used to torment her as a child and she can’t stand to even be around him.  They quickly work past their history, and eventually find that they truly care for each other. 

Some people might think Ashlyn is a bit of a snob in the book.  At first, I though she was just going to be another rich girl who is a spoiled brat.  After reading the first couple of chapters though,  I quickly realized that Ashlyn is not the snob I thought she was.  She has had such a protective and controlled life that she barely can even eat in privacy.  I can see where the frustration comes from and how freedom would be so sought after.  The only relationship with a boy she has ever had has been from reading her romance novels that her friends and previous bodyguards have sneaked in for her.  She is a great pianist and has a future at Julliard to look forward to, but all she craves is love and freedom.

Colin is very professional with his new job.  While he is attracted to Ashlyn and very caring towards her, he is constantly fighting the urge to be more than just a bodyguard to her.  Colin was sweet and protective, yet professional and calm.  I love how he is always put into the awkward moments with Ashlyn’s Mother and friends.  He is always relieved when Ashlyn rescues him from the attention. 

When Ashlyn’s ex-bodyguard keeps making sneaky reappearances in her life, she is naturally scared and suspicious.  When Ashlyn is kidnapped again, you can’t help but cheer her on at kicking some butt!  What floored me the most was the extremes her Father has gone to though when Ashlyn is rescued.  What he did was over the line and he deserved what Ashlyn does to him.  

Another wonderful read by an outstanding author.  Each book she writes just keeps on getting better.  Overprotected was wonderful and I can’t wait what to see what the author will bring to us next! 


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading!  5 STARS

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