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Protective Love (Hidden Secrets Book 1) by [Belden, P. J.]
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Length: 341 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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**Due to sexual content, language and violence, this book is only suitable for ages 18 and up.**

Everyone has secrets… How far would you go to keep them hidden?
Kayla Williams knew all about secrets. She’s been burying it for the past sixteen years – and continues to do so. Though her parents and siblings were great, she’d torn herself away from them. She felt trashy, a waste. But more importantly, she doesn’t want harm coming to them.
Jason Gold was a family man. His parents were everything to him. But too many times he’d been taken advantage of because of his big heart. So he’d hardened that soft heart and pushed away the thoughts of having his own family.
When the Williams clan threw a graduation party, neither Kayla nor Jason knew how it would change them. Will Kayla trust a man again after all she has gone through? Will Jason let go of all the hard layers to protect the one woman who could complete him?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1JCVWM
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching suspense that's a heartwarming love story! 28 September 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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**I would recommend this book to readers at least 18 yrs due to violence and mature themes.

Kayla Williams is a survivor. For years, Kayla has been sexually assaulted repeatedly. She constantly feels scared and completely alone. She blames and hates herself for not being able to fight hard enough to save herself. She long ago distanced herself from her loving family and continues to push them away. She believes that if she told anyone about the attacks it would not only put her life in danger, but she’d be endangering whomever she told.

Jason Gold is a police detective. He is a loner except for his friendship with his partner Nate Lane. Jason has been betrayed and hurt in his past. His trust, especially with women, was lost. He doesn’t want a relationship with anyone.

Kayla is a veterinarian with her own clinic. Her work is a refuge from the fear that plagues her days and nightmares that force her to relive her attacks every night. She won’t let anyone get close to her. She recoils from any physical contact. That is, until she literally falls into Jason’s arms as she’s leaving a party at her parents’ home. Jason is just arriving at the Williams’ home when he catches Kayla to save her from falling. As he holds her he feels drawn to her. When she’s safely set down and he looks into her eyes he sees fear and pain, and he wants to protect her. Little does he know that he soon will have that opportunity, and that both of their lives will be forever changed.

P.J. Belden did an amazing job of creating a heartwarmingly beautiful love story within the context of the dark and heartwrenching world of the heroine being sexually abused. The author has done an incredible job of tempering the horrific while in no way minimizing the seriousness of the issue. Yet while Kayla’s world is darkened by the abuse, and scenes of abuse are in the present and in her nightmares, I did not have a sense of oppressive darkness being the setting for the book.

I believe that a greater portion of the book focuses on the beautiful love story of Kayla and Jason. I love that Kayla lets Jason hold her to comfort her. I love that Jason is the one who can bring Kayla out of a nightmare or episode of fear. I love how Jason makes Kayla laugh, both with and at him. I love how Jason reminds Kayla of what an incredible woman she is. I love how Jason’s love awakens Kayla’s heart to love and very gradually, her body to desire. And I love, love, love how romantic Jason is as shown in his sweet words to her, the lovely things he does for her, and OMG Jason sure can write a sweet note!

The path to securing Kayla’s safety has unexpected twists and developments which kept me riveted to the story. I don’t usually read any suspense. I am, though, a sucker for a story with a hero championing the vulnerable. So I really loved that Kayla truly comes into her own as a woman while she is surrounded by Jason’s PROTECTIVE LOVE.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely emotional and heartbreaking 7 July 2014
By Mcrecy - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very emotional book. There was so much violence and abuse in this book, but the story would not be the same without it. The abuse scenes were so well written and so descriptive, I felt like I was either right there witnessing it, or it was happening to me. Kayla had the most horrible, life-altering things happen to her throughout the entire book. It literally broke my heart to read it all. It was also amazing to read how she coped and remained strong and independent. Yes she felt alone, depressed at times, and wanted to give up at times, but that is only expected with what she went through. Most people would have given up years earlier. I just wish she would have told her family and let them help her and save her instead of shutting them out. The Williams' family was a wonderful group. They all loved Kayla immensely, and knew something was wrong, but did not know how to help. Jason could not have come into her life at a better time. He was so loving and patient with her. I loved how he picked up on her signals, and did not push her. I really loved his explanation of love at first sight. His natural instinct to protect was so perfect for the situation. Nate was a wonderful, supportive friend to Jason. The ending was exactly perfect. This book does not have a cliffhanger, but it does resume in the next book which is Carson's.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching read that you will love 15 September 2013
By Kia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a heart wrenching story about how sometimes even if you know someone and live with them on a daily bases you truly may not know them. Some people hide things so well family can't even see the pain that your suffering before its to late. This story will make you feel so sorry for kayla and what she has been through and what she has done to keep it from her family. Until enough is enough and she tries to fight past her fears and get her life back you will be on edge wanting to find out what is too happen next and will she ever find true happiness. Don't want to give anything away so all I want to say is read it and if find out for yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! 26 August 2013
By ShannyGaffney - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is so raw and intense, brace yourself. The fear Kayla relives every day & the nightmares every night. Your heart will ache for her, I cried for her. She is a very strong woman to keep going on living through all this. Kayla finds Jason, her saving grace. Jason helps her to take back her life. This is amazing story, you need to read it!
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 31 May 2014
By Fiisty44 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was weary about reading a book about such a horrible topic. I felt such pain and compassion for Kay. Belden wrote with such truth and emotion. Be strong, get help and there will be a happily ever after! Now for book 2!

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