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Theirs to Protect: a Reverse Harem Romance

Narrated by: Smokey St. Clair
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In a world where there’s only one woman for every 12 men, a lottery is the chance for five lucky men to win the prize of a lifetime… her hand in marriage. 

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason. He doesn’t need a woman.  

There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90 percent of the female population.  

He has his job as the head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.  

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.  

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. Feisty. That’s the word for her.  

She might be just the woman to handle a rough, brutal man like him.  

Sharing her with four other men is a small price to pay. 

In fact, the closer they all grow, the more Nix realizes he might finally have again what he lost so long ago - a real family.  

But when Audrey’s life is endangered, will Nix be able to save the woman he’s just learned how to love?

©2018 Stasia Black (P)2018 Stasia Black

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  • bookbruin
  • 03-06-2018

Sexy and Entertaining!

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This book was a lot of firsts for me. My first reverse harem romance. My first book by Stasia Black. My first audio narrated by Smokey St. Clair. Honestly, I was very pleasantly surprised. The book was a sexy, entertaining, and easy read/listen that kept me wanting more.

The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where there is only 1 woman for every 12 men. The story revolves around Audrey and her 5 husbands. Yes, there's some Stockholm syndrome and the story was fairly predictable, but I still found it enjoyable. It was crazy hot and has definitely made me want to read more reverse harem books, but I will admit that there's some logistical parts with 1 woman having sex with 5 men that had me cringing a bit. I actually liked all of Audrey's husbands, but Matteo's story is the one that stuck with me the most. There were definitely some heartbreaking moments in this book. The pacing of the story was good, though some aspects of the story moved/resolved quickly, especially the ending. Overall, I enjoyed this one and the epilogue (from a surprise point of view!) set up the next book perfectly.

I thought the narrator did a great job giving each character a distinct voice and I didn't have a hard time figuring out who was speaking. I think the only odd thing about the narration was his pronunciation of the word "bravado". Overall though, I thought Smokey St. Clair did an amazing job and look forward to listening to more of his titles.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 29-05-2018

Wow what smoking Hot book!

Wonderful start to a new series! I can’t wait to listen to more in this series.
This author has a wonderful imagination.
I got totally sucked into this book right from the very beginning. An the narrator did an awesome job.

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  • Daniella Williams
  • 06-06-2018

An Unexpected and We'll Written Dystopian Romance

This romance is an unexpected treat, with a more thoughtful plot, and deeper characters than I'd been expecting. Audrey, is a strong woman, even when it isn't to her advantage. It's a rough hand life deals her, but she does her best. The plot isn't the easiest, but there's a real clarity around the situation. RH romances can be tricky, but the author gives Mateo, Danny, Graham, Clark and Nix distinct personalities that I came to love. I certainly have a favorite, and enjoyed every turn we encountered along the way. I was very pleasantly surprised by one bonus scene we get at the end of the story, but I won't say more than that. This book is amazing from start to finish, but just trust love, even in the harder pieces. This is a voluntary review of a copy gifted my the author. Also, the narrator does a fantastic job.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 01-06-2018

Dystopian Reverse Harem

Dystopian future where a virus has killed most of the female population. Audrey is captured and integrated into a town where she is forced to marry Five husbands. At first she rebels; then she learns to appreciate each of her husbands. It isn’t long before Audrey finds out how very precarious life can be, both inside and outside her town. There is some graphic sex with her husbands.
St Clair’s narration fits the story, but I was surprised that Smokey is male, not female.

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  • JulieM
  • 26-05-2018

A reverse harem romance

This story is set in a near post-apocalyptic future where women are only 10% of the population. Society is in shambles, and against her will Audrey finds herself in a new community and immediately raffled off to be the bride of 5 different men. She is understandably upset about this. Her view from her set of experiences doesn’t paint this in any possibly good light. She suspects abuse of power, and later finds it in a different woman’s marriage.

One thing the story has going for it is that the characters are distinct. That helps with getting to know Audrey’s five husbands. Phoenix “Nix” Hale is the big and scarred head of security and the leader within his new clan. Clark is the sexy one. Matteo is the damaged one from having been in sexual slavery who connects with Audrey first. Danny is the enthusiastic oaf who has a big heart. Graham is the nerdy guy who might be autistic, but his need to count doesn’t seem to bother Audrey.

Beside the general societal disarray, Audrey has a problem when another woman’s husband threatens to rape her and to kill her husbands. She’s and acts that way most of the book. The question is whether she’ll try to carry the burden to protect her husbands on her own or to open up and share with them so they can all deal with it together.

The narrator’s performance was mostly good. I thought it an interesting but ultimately good choice to pick a male narrator. He uses different voices for each husband and makes them sound as distinct as they are in personality. The only problem I noticed was he doesn’t pronounce the word “bravado” correctly. It wouldn’t have been so noticeable if the author hadn’t used the word so often in the text.

In this book, even though it’s told in third person, every chapter is introduced with its POV character. That is a silly thing for the author to do when it is clearly obvious from the text whose point of view it is. Even with the six different people it could be, it’s still obvious to the reader who’s in focus. I really wish indie writers would stop doing things like that and trust their readers to have some level of intelligence.

One of my usual peeves in contemporary romance is the epilogue where some big event has happened. For example, if the couple was only dating at the end of the story, it epilogues to the wedding. Or if they were married, it goes to the birth of he first child. I live for books that decide NOT to do that because I need variety.

The epilogue for this book is not that kind of epilogue, and I actually enjoyed it very much. It gave me a satisfying end I didn’t expect but needed. It also sets up future stories for this world/series. I am curious enough to follow the next installment whenever it comes.

Bottom line: Like in many romances there is a person being quiet about a problem that only later becomes a bigger problem because it wasn’t shared within the relationship. If lack of communication is one of your reader peeves, then you might opt out of this. Otherwise, feel free to give this one a try. It has interesting world building, distinct characters, and seems to make the reverse harem work, at least for the main characters.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 26-09-2018

Interesting twist on reverse harems

I'm not typically one to read post apocalyptic books, but this one really intrigued me. I enjoyed the story behind the sexual content and look forward to continuing the series.

The narration was good, Smokey St. Clair did a great job.

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  • G C
  • 07-06-2018

HOT!!!

What a sexy book (Hot), I loved it. The plot puts a new twist on harem books! Because of a virus, the result is 1 woman for every 12 men. Audrey ends up with 5 husbands. This author gives you great detail with her character builds. A job well done! I loved that the narrator was male because he gave that extra flair to the book. I will definitely be reading any other books she introduces in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Claire
  • 16-06-2018

Better than I expected

I had mixed feeling about this book. The idea of getting five husbands through a lottery was intriguing, the fact that the women had no choice left me wondering if it would fit my idea of consent, often these stories leave me feeling uneasy, but not this one.

There's lots more that's right about this book, the writing is well done, the characters are beautifully developed and so realistic they feel like they could wank off the page and the five guys are not all these perfect male specimens that leave you rolling your eyes and thinking 'yeah right', they're real with quirks, they have problems from their pasts, and they're not perfect.

The story has tension and conflict between the characters, there's lots of sparks and the intimate scenes are hot (there's a fair few of them), all in all I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to book two.

The narration is well done, the character voices are recognizable and the delivery does a good job of conveying emotion and tension.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • merryXgirl
  • 11-12-2018

Great story!

This had me on the edge of my seat. I lived the characters and the dynamics of this new world.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 27-11-2018

Apocalypse Killing 90% of Women, and War

Wow, this book is pure entertainment! A man made virus kills off most women and bombs destroy life as known for the rest of the world.
Poor to no communication leaves many hiding in bunkers or trying to establish some sort of community...some good and some evil with slave trade and selling women.
Audrey and her brother Charlie have been hidden on a bunker for 20 years until their safety is compromised and they must leave.
Here is where the action, questions as to survival and the unknown as to whoever you are exposed has good or evil intent.
Multiple partners stories can be dicey on how they are handled but I true
y enjoyed this one..there is certainly plenty of hot scenes.. it the men are different..each has a story and the adaptation to the holocaust situation is dealt with in a very interesting manner.
I became emotionally involved with the characters..so it in my mind is very well written..plus I love some of the humor...clever lines that are tossed in from time to time.
The narrator was fantastic, except for the women’s voices...he could try less hard to sound feminine..he does an excellent job otherwise and it actually detracts from his performance..
Stasis Black is becoming an automatic credit or purchase author for me!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review