“Comfort, Protect, Claim!”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍
Character development: 🤭😮🥰
The heroine: Tatiana Rand – physically and verbally abused and kept prisoner in her apartment building by her father. She was home schooled and reads the same books over and over.
The Hero: Jagger Caldwell – an underground MMA Fighter who recently lost his mother who was abused by his father when he was young. He sees the world as an ugly place. He works at his family’s bar with his brother Hendrix.
The Story: Jagger hears the sounds of domestic abuse in the apartment next door to his, which is where his landlord live. He intervenes and beats up the landlord after finding the guy severely beating up his teenage daughter. Jagger is evicted, but determined to save Tatiana, so he watches her doing laundry, taking out the garbage, and reading her books.
When Jagger sees a woman give Tatiana a bag with some food which she quickly eats and throws the bag away, he figures she must be starving. So for the next year he leaves bags of food, vitamins and more for her. He continues to watch her whenever he has spare time, in the mornings from the deli across the street and from the darkened street some nights after his fights.
The book is told in dual POV by two narrators. Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden do the narration and both do a terrific job. Tatiana is Russian and Maxine does a good eastern European accent, not perfect but I thought it was good and Joe Arden is one of my favorite male narrators. I just like his voice.
The book picks up fairly early when Tatiana finally realizes that her father is capable of killing her if she stays. Though when she goes looking for Jagger, she doesn’t find him. She meets someone who becomes a friend, though he turns out to be Jagger’s enemy. I enjoyed the story.
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