Romance - Suspense
250 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2016
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Author Biography

Elaine Gonzales graduated from the University of Arizona with a journalism degree and worked at The Arizona Republic for 17 years. She's an insane sports enthusiast, pop culture/news junkie and an unapologetic fan girl.
She recently released her debut novel – the romantic suspense story, Protector, and the ebook prequel, The Condition Series Vol. 1.

    Book Review

Reviewed by James Phillips for Readers' Favorite

Protector by Elaine Gonzales is a suspenseful romance about two characters with a secret. Veronica pretends to be young and successful, but she’s actually 89 years old. She is part of a secret society of Clans. At age 30, they stop aging. Like most members, Veronica is devoted and is willing to protect the Clan. She’d even sacrifice her own life to keep the Clan safe. Jude is not that devoted. A Clan member from Veronica’s past, Jude left the Clan years ago and has had little contact with members since. Until he and Veronica reunite. Their attraction is intense and overwhelms Veronica. She is interested in Jude and might even say she is falling in love with him. But that spells trouble, because she knows soon enough she will have to choose between him and the Clans. She can’t imagine losing Jude or not having the Clans in her life, but she knows the inevitable is coming. But what will she do about it is the real mystery.

I really enjoyed Protector. It is a fun, sizzling, and suspenseful novel with a lot of romance and mystery elements that readers will love. Yet, it is unique. The characters have a disease that stops them from aging, but they aren’t vampires which was refreshing. I appreciated Elaine Gonzales’s creativity in writing these unique characters. Veronica was especially deep and had a lot of back story that made her seem real. I think readers will connect with her on an emotional level, and that’s impressive writing!

Renee Taylor

Elaine Gonzales’ Protector is a sizzling romance with plenty of sass and suspense. Veronica is 89 years old, but she has a condition that allows her to stop aging when she turns thirty. She isn’t the only one with this condition, either. There are others, in a secret society of Clans, who all have this amazing secret. They stick together and Veronica would do anything for the Clans’ survival. Jude was a member of Veronica’s previous life, but he left the Clans’ protection. When Jude shows back up in Veronica’s life, her loyalty is tested. Because how can she remain faithful to the Clans and be with a man like Jude who turned his back on those like him? But their attraction is undeniable and Veronica finds herself falling in love with Jude. Can she love Jude and remain loyal to her Clans at the same time? With so much paranoia growing around the Clans, is it possible to fully trust Jude?

I liked Protector a lot. It was a very fun and sizzling read. The romance between Veronica and Jude is exciting and tense. Elaine Gonzales does a nice job of making you understand the difficulty that Veronica is going through as she tries to decide what to do with these two opposing forces in her life. I thought Veronica’s emotions were really well-written and I felt connected to her character. I liked the premise of this story, too, and found the supernatural aspect very interesting.

Charity Tober

Protector by Elaine Gonzales is a romantic fiction book with a very unique twist. The story follows a woman named Veronica Farrell who, at first glance, is a young (30-something) successful American businesswoman enjoying a vibrant London lifestyle. But in actuality, she is an 89-year-old woman (who stopped physically aging at 30 years old) and belongs to a top secret clan society. Veronica is extremely dedicated to the clan (it's been her life's work) and will do anything to protect them. Things take an interesting turn when Veronica finds love, and her entire life and clan devotion are tested when she must make a very important and life-altering decision. Will she continue on her path, embracing her life's work with the clan, or will she finally choose herself and embrace love with a dashing ex-clan's man?

I found Protector to be a very entertaining read. Veronica was a very complex and multi-layered protagonist. She had given her entire life to this one cause and when she's forced to make a decision regarding her future, it really rattles her and makes her question everything. The author does a nice job laying out clues and keeping the mystery and suspense going throughout the entire story. I could not wait to find out what happened and what Veronica would choose. I would recommend Protector by Elaine Gonzales to all fans of mystery, suspense, action and romance genres. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.