Review: Overprotected

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens was released in the U.S. on February 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, though at time of this post it is less expensive in both formats at Amazon.

Published by Grove Creek Publishing the paperback is 252 pages.

Goodreads description:

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


Most girls would take comfort in the knowledge that they are being protected. That they are shielded from the evils of the world. That their parents love them so much that they want to make sure that no harm would ever come to them. And that Daddy would do anything for his little Princess.

But sometimes that protection can become a burden. The comforting embrace can become a noose and protection can quickly cross that fine line to overprotection.

Ashlyn Adair yearns for freedom. Trapped in her gilded cage on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with her every move watched, she only wants to be able to assert her independence and make her own choices.

No longer the little girl who basked in the glow of Daddy’s affection, she wants to be seen as the young woman she has become – someone able to take care of herself, someone who can be trusted to make the right decisions.

But Daddy is not ready to let go. And when Ashlyn’s current bodyguard fails in his duties, he finds someone who he thinks can keep her in line – her childhood tormenter, Colin Brennen. The boy that she hates and fears. A boy that Daddy knows will protect her but will never be anything more than the hired help.

With the need for freedom so strong and with a lifetime of caged emotions, Ashlyn can turn to the only person that Daddy lets into her life. Colin.


Overprotected is yet another brilliantly torturous standalone novel by author Jennifer Laurens. Ashlyn Adair is a girl on the verge of adulthood who is still treated like a young child. Smothered by her father’s overwhelming need to keep her safe after a childhood trauma, his protection verges on obsession and Ashlyn is finally reaching the end of her patience.

A vain attempt at getting rid of her bodyguard only results in his replacement with her childhood enemy, Colin. But as much as she despises him, Colin is not the creepy, infatuated protector that Stuart was. His good looks and easy charm soon begin to stir up feelings that she has bottled inside, and her fear of him is quickly erased as it is replaced by something more.

Overprotected shows us that no matter what the level of captivity, the spirit’s desire for freedom cannot be quashed. And that even with moments of hopelessness and despair, the heart can still find love and joy and understanding and forgiveness.

Jennifer Laurens has done an exceptional job in developing her characters and story. Ashlyn’s plight is very believable and readers will be able to really connect with many of the things she’s going through. And Colin is more than just the focus of her affection, but is someone who is on her side, listens to her, understands her and sees her as her own person and not just the prized possession her parents showcase.

The author’s writing, as always, has such beauty and flow. Her passages are crafted in such a way as to create amazingly vivid pictures in the mind, pull you deeply into the characters situation and tug at your heart when they suffer.

Just two of the stunning passages – I’ve left one off as it’s a spoiler:

His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.

Colin’s brief touch at my shoulder was assuring. What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn?

For anyone who has yet to read a book by this author, either Overprotected or A Season of Eden are the perfect books to start with. But the Heavenly trilogy should not be missed.

And while Overprotected is in part about the love story, it’s not the sole focus, as is the case with some of the author’s other works. But it is just as wonderfully emotionally tormenting as all the rest.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

Jennifer Laurens has a fan for life in me. I can’t imagine not loving anything she writes. The writing never gets stale, the emotion never gets old and the torment never stops coming.

I never feel like I’m reading something repetitive when I read her books. Nothing feels formulaic as can sometimes be the case when reading angst-ridden love stories. I get sucked in every time and suffer anew.

I really sympathized with Ashlyn in this story. Sympathized, but not pitied as she is not a pathetic character. Her life to the outside world was very different than the one she lived behind closed doors. Her only outlet and freedom was with her music – the only boundary her mother and father wouldn’t cross.

I went from happy, to sad, to a nail-biting mess at various points during the story.

And although I tend to cringe when people over the age of thirteen refer to their father as “Daddy” I did not cringe once here.

This is a definite must read. It is quick but will absorb all your attention so you won’t even know how much time has passed. And you won’t want to put it down. I didn’t.


To read an excerpt from chapter one, click here to visit the blogsite for Overprotected.

Book trailer for Overprotected:

(And yes this song is totally haunting. If you watch this on YouTube you’ll see contact info for the artist and she’ll send you the song.)

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