Protective by K.E. Osborn

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I always felt different.

Like I never quite fit.

The moment I found the club, it felt like home, even though it was 1600 miles from Jersey.

As the joint SAA for the Houston Defiance MC, my job is to be protective. Keep my brothers at the club safe—be the first line of defense against those who seek to do us harm.

But what happens when those who defend suddenly need protection?

She upholds the law—the club lives by their own.

Never a good mix.

The pull to her is volcanic, seismic, earth shattering.

But there’s darkness surrounding her.

An evil lurking in the shadows.

With an already high enemy count, more mount up every day.

But maybe we can’t see the danger rumbling just below the surface.

When it erupts, all hope might be lost.

When all else fails, will Defiance rise through the ash?

From USA Today Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the highly anticipated fifth book in the Houston Defiance MC Series.

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• MY REVIEW •

Osborn has created another couple in the Houston Defiance MC who sizzles with chemistry. Their romance was angsty with a whole lot of slow-burn build-up that I was instantly anxious to see play out!

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This is the fifth book in the series and I am just as hooked in the Houston Defiance MC as I was when I read the first book. Texas’ and Fin’s relationship was a gradual build-up long before their story was told in Protective.

It’s a sweet, somewhat of a friends-to-lovers story with Texas surprisingly being the biggest sweetheart from all the guys from the MC. I loved that he had the image of an all out brawny alpha, yet had the biggest heart. 😍 It was refreshing to see an alpha type hero who wasn’t pushy. And Fin stayed true to how she’s been portrayed in the previous books—determined, independent, with a fierce attitude!

The first half of the book was well-paced as Texas’ and Fin’s budding relationship gradually heated up, but the story quickly takes on a faster pace in the second half as situations start to amp up around them. Whilst I felt like there was an organic progression in Texas’ and Fin’s relationship, there was an overload of events that transpired in the book that, in my opinion, made the overall story busy. A lot of things happen in this book, some of which flowed naturally with the current situation that Texas, Fin and the MC found themselves in, but others just seemed like they came out of nowhere.

The first half of the book totally hooked me in and I was loving the little banters and moments between Texas and Fin. But putting aside their romance, I felt like the storyline split into different directions along the way leaving the second half of the book underwhelming. Situation after situation popped up only for it to be just as quickly resolved that I was having difficulty connecting with all. It lost the flow along with some of the swooniness from Texas’ and Fin’s relationship as it felt like they were put on the back burner whilst the MC dealt with said issues.

This story however, broaches on one particular topic, that in all honestly I never realized existed, and I admire Osborn for putting some light to a matter that may not be familiar to other readers either. The characters in this series all have their demons, tragic pasts, and issues they deal with on the daily. With Texas, you see the struggles he’s been dealing with for most of his life and how it affects him as a person.

What I like about Texas and Fin as a couple is there’s a sweet balance in their dynamic. They’re complete opposites, yet they connected with each other effortlessly and it didn’t come off stilted. The support, love, care, and admiration they have for one another is evident, long before anything romantic happened. So, when the time came when they decided to take a chance on their relationship, it felt believable.

Besides the romance in the forefront, like the previous books in this series, the addition of the secondary characters heightened the world-building and overall experience of the story. The comradery, family-like dynamic within the MC is one of my highlights. There’s a genuine brotherhood amongst these fictional characters that truly made me feel emotionally invested in them all.

(One secondary character in particular stood out and if it wasn’t for his added comic relief and all around cheery personality, I don’t think this story would be the same). 🙌

Whilst you can technically read each book as standalone, there are lingering storylines in the background that interconnect these books. I would recommend you start from the beginning of the series to really grasp the entirety of their world, although Osborn does a thorough job of giving you the gist of each couple so you’re up to scratch with everyone’s stories so far without having reading any of the previous books beforehand.

There’s equal parts romance to the MC elements. If you enjoy the angst of slow burn romances, then you’re in for a treat with Texas and Fin as they keep you on tenterhooks. If you haven’t read any of Osborn’s MC books, I should point out there can be some dark elements. Her stories (at least within this series) contain matters that may be triggering for some readers. Please note, Protective includes triggers such as graphic violence, displays of intimidation resulting in death threats and stalking, and domestic abuse (displaying the emotional and mental affects it has to those who’ve experienced it). It contains strong mature themes and sexual content intended for readers 18+ only.

Protective is a rollercoaster ride with a lot of twists and turns. It’s unpredictable and at times can be eccentric. Some plotlines I found realistic, whilst at other times a little out there. What I did find consistent and comforting where the relationships (and what I always look forward to seeing from each book in this series). For the most part, the atmosphere of the story was grim and edgy, but Osborn included some well placed light-hearted moments to break up some of the tension. You’re on the edge of your seat from the get-go, and whilst the second half wasn’t what I had expected in terms of plot lines, I still found the overall experience of reading this book enjoyable.

If you’ve read the previous books in the series, then this one is not to be missed, especially since Texas and Fin seemed like a long time coming. It’s suspenseful, action-packed, and like the others, will keep you reading until the end!

And speaking on the ending…. *eep!* 🙊

Osborn’s writing is so favourable! From the books I’ve read so far of hers, not a single one has failed in keeping me intrigued. I’m down for her characters, the stories she comes up with, and the developments. They’re complex and yes, they can be gritty at times, but she has striking characters who are relatable, and her stories are hearty romantic suspense that keeps you guessing. I love that whilst their great swoon-worthy escapism, there’s always substance in her romance stories.

All the books in the Houston Defiance are must reads, and Protective is a great addition to this ever-expanding MC. I’m looking forward to reading the next one!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to K.E. Osborn and The Next Step PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Protective? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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Read my reviews for The Houston Defiance MC

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Book One: Explosive by K.E. Osborn

Book Two: Addictive by K.E. Osborn

Book Three: Fugitive by K.E. Osborn

Book Four: Impulsive by K.E. Osborn


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Impulsive by K.E. Osborn

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Oakley captured my attention.

From the very first second.

The moment she sassed me, even though I was wearing my club cut, I knew she had fire in her soul.

As the tech man for the Houston Defiance MC, it’s my job to know everything. To always be ahead of the game. To outwit, outmatch, and outmaneuver our enemies at every turn. They may be smart, but I’m smarter.

Finding out this firecracker has ties to a rival MC catches me off guard.

And my first instinct is to protect her.   Damn the consequences.

Taking her under my wing is impulsive, reckless, electrifying.

And I’m more than aware of the repercussions.

But what if she is not who she says she is?

Those close to me loathe the idea of us, and they’re becoming more of an issue.

But things are not always as they seem.

With new threats comes chaos and danger at every turn.

But perhaps the war lies closer to home than even we realize.

From International Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the highly anticipated fourth book in the Houston Defiance MC Series.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Ooh-wee!! 👏👏👏👏 It’s official… Neon has stolen my heart! Move over alpha-holes… *singsong voice* hot nerd alert! Whoever said nerds aren’t cool have clearly not met Neon. And they need to!

This is the fourth book in the Houston Defiance MC but I gotta say it now, I truly recommend you read the previous books first before delving into this one. Not only will you get the entire world-building experience, you’ll see the different dynamics and relationships between not only the previous couples but with the brothers of the MC. There’s a ton of history especially between Neon and his President/ childhood best friend Zero and some of the issues that occur in this storyline is connected to their past. You won’t get the intensity and the magnitude of the problems they’ve gone (and still currently going through) just by reading this book alone. But for readers who haven’t read the previous books or not willing to read them first prior to this one, Osborn does do a good job at making sure you’re caught up with everyone’s situations.

I’m an avid MC romance reader and I’ve read heaps of them throughout the years, but I find that unless the Motorcycle Club as a whole is POC, then the majority of these book series’ lacked diversity in characters. I’m excited to see Osborn has incorporated more diverse characters into the Houston Defiance MC by having both her leading characters have mixed heritage.

For a reader who is also a POC (person of colour), I truly gravitate towards any character who may have similarities to my appearance, even the smallest physical trait such as a heroine having dark hair and tanned skin instantly gets my attention, and that’s what Osborn has done when she introduced Oakley into this series. It didn’t hurt that she had a lot of the same interests as me. Oakley is a biker chick who not only has a love of bikes but fast cars too. She’s sassy and stubborn but is also somewhat of guys gal as well.

Neon is the club’s tech whiz. He is brains, brawn and all heart. I’ve loved both Zero and Kevlar (with Wraith a close third) after reading their stories, but the more books I read in this series the more I was interested in reading about Neon because he always seemed like a sweet person with a tortured soul. He goes through a lot in his story constantly being relied on by others, and although his a biker in 1%er motorcycle club, in comparison to his brothers, he oozes gentlemanly vibes (most of the time). Impulsive soothe my craving for him! Neon is exactly how I pictured him to be and I was hooked from start to finish!

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Neon and Oakley are likable characters and there’s plenty of swoon-worthy moments between them. But like the previous couples in this series, they go through a rollercoaster of emotions and a handful of roadblocks throughout. I may not have liked their attitudes or agreed with their actions in every situation that they faced but I could sympathize with their reasonings. But also, just like the previous books in this series, you can still count on a great amount of romance (HEA included), a steady storyline, and MC elements!

But please note this story in particular contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as violence, kidnapping, attempted rape, and mental and psychological disorders. Some scenes are detailed and graphic— please take into consideration before starting this book.

There’s an amazing cast of secondary characters included, albeit most of them are MC brothers but they never fail at providing some lighthearted comic relief when needed.

Since Oakley is a professional racer, I was hoping to see more of what she can do on the track, but I’m glad her talents weren’t completely wasted with Osborn including some entertaining moments here and there. And despite the seriousness of Oakley’s, Neon’s and the club’s current position, the story isn’t overly dark or gritty as other MC romances out there. It still however includes adult themes, so readers 18+ only!

You can’t really have an MC story without having some drama thrown in, and this one was a constant drama-filled story where one thing after another happened. Its storytelling has great pacing and told from first person dual points of view. I loved seeing Neon finally have his story told and for him to land the perfect girl for him. Putting aside the romance, this story opened doors for a few possible plotlines in upcoming books and I’m eager to see where the series is heading in the future.

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Was the storyline predictable? Did it have any plot twists? To that I have to say yes and no. Yes, there were some things I had inklings about that did end up occurring… but it also had plot twists mixed in, if you get my drift. Osborn teases you with potentials and when the time’s right, not only does she drop it but she adds another layer that you didn’t see coming on top of it. Just when you think you know which direction it’s headed, something else happens that keeps you on your toes.

Overall, another superb addition to the Houston Defiance MC family! Not only do I recommend this book, I recommend the entire series. Every story and couple is different, dealing with their own issues, but throughout it all the brothers all have each other’s backs. Each one has a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine that catches their attention, and a story that’s dripping with suspense! As an MC romance reader I can tell you now, this feeds one’s craving!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you K.E. Osborn, The Next Step PR, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚

🔔 Interested in reading Impulsive? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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🏍 Read my reviews for The Houston Defiance MC

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🧡 Book One: Explosive by K.E. Osborn

💙 Book Two: Addictive by K.E. Osborn

💜 Book Three: Fugitive by K.E. Osborn


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Fugitive by K.E. Osborn

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The club took me in.

Even though I was a cop.

The moment I handed in my badge, I knew becoming an outlaw would change my life forever.

As an ex-cop turned biker, my job is to stay loyal. To the club and my brothers. That is my sole purpose. Even though the reason I joined is no longer with us.

Losing love is hard, but life must go on.

Especially for my kids.

Even if they’re just out of reach.

Now I’m a fugitive, an outlaw, a ghost.

But I’ve run into someone I didn’t see coming.

A ray of pure sunshine.

Just when I’d given up on family, now I’m ready to stand and fight.

But perhaps the battle is not where I think it lies.

Maybe my ray of sunshine will warm my life.

Or maybe the darkness surrounding her will freeze me to my very soul.

** From International Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the highly anticipated third book in the Houston Defiance MC Series. **

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• MY REVIEW •

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Ooo-wee! Kevlar’s book did not disappoint. Cop turned biker?! Yeah you know there’s going to be an interesting story there. 

The first two books in the series gave little snippets here and there of Kevlar being an ex-cop and leaving it all behind for his wife, and to join the Houston Defiance MC. This story delves into detail not only with how that all came about but what’s gone down since becoming a biker.

I kid you not, not even three pages in and Kevlar’s story made me tear up. Totally unexpected. But it sucked in me in deep. Right off the bat it focused more on his personal story than the MC — which I normally would be bummed about, but I adored how different this book is to the previous two that were more on the darker side. Maybe it’s because Kevlar came from a policing background, unlike Zero and Wraith who both had a harder upbringing, who knows? But whatever it is, it’s giving Kevlar that protective, badass outer shell with an oh-so deliciously, ooey-gooey sweet as sin center personality! As much as I love Zero, I can’t deny Kevlar is a more level-headed and balanced person. 😅     

Let’s do a rundown of Kevlar real quick, shall we?

  • Ex-cop turned Biker: ✔
  • Single Dad: ✔
  • Kindhearted: ✔
  • Protective Alpha: ✔
  • Thoughtful: ✔
  • Loyal as they come: ✔

I absolutely enjoyed reading the hell out of this book as a whole, but there are certain things either said or done that I didn’t completely agree. All very minor. It’s no way a deal breaker or even something that has put me off said characters involved. Believe me this book is just as riveting, just as nail-biting as its predecessors. I actually think I might love it more than Explosive. Eeep. 🙈🤫

Such a character driven storyline, and one full of growth. I truly appreciate Osborn for pacing Kevlar when it came to his feelings, to moving forward, and giving him time to sort out his emotions in regards to Em and Jovie. It made it all the more authentic. A beautifully told story of love, finding peace, and new beginnings. You instantly feel connected to Kevlar. He’s relatively open about his thoughts and apprehensions. It’s one of the reasons why he’s just a little different from the rest of the brothers in the MC. He may put up a tough front when needed but he can switch it off just as easily and simply be a man who’s heartbroken, a little lost, and who can admit that he wants a change but doesn’t know if or how he can achieve it.    

From all the couples that have been paired so far in this series, Kevlar and Jovie are by far the most harmonious and dare I say, whose journey is soothing to the soul to read about. There’s just something so calming about their relationship that had me feeling so at ease whenever they were together. Jovie couldn’t have been more perfectly suited for Kevlar and his family.   

Combine that with the most understanding and supportive secondary characters who are Kevlar’s in-laws and Jovie’s bestie Savanah that just assisted in making their budding relationship as effortless as possible (putting aside Kevlar’s own hang ups, of course).

Honorary mention to Kevlar’s children too. Not gonna lie, I haven’t read many books that included children I didn’t find annoying as hell. 🙉😅 His however, were adorable as fuck. They’re young, mischievous but it’s obvious they were raised with manners. Hallelujah!   

Well paced. Told from dual points of view. Yeah okay, a few predictable plot points but the suspenseful atmosphere is steady throughout with plot twists that WERE surprising to see — which may or may not provide a segue to future storylines. Nevertheless, the possibilities are exciting to think about! 🤩

There’s an obvious dynamic between the families in this story— not only within the Houston Defiance MC, but with Kevlar’s own. You can see the significant difference between the two worlds Kevlar is connected to that was never intended to mesh together… that is, until all hell breaks loose and common ground is found.

*happy sigh* A completely gripping MC romance story full of depth and such heart. Not only has Osborn created such a vivid world that’s expanding with each new book, she’s included relatable, imperfect characters you can’t help but love and root for. It’s become one of my favourite second-chance romance books to date! Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I still highly recommend you read the previous books first to get the full picture of their world.   

An amazing addition to the Houston Defiance MC. Already looking forward to reading the next one!  

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you to K.E. Osborn and The Next Step PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

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Read my reviews for The Houston Defiance MC series!

Book One: Explosive by K.E. Osborn

Book Two: Addictive by K.E. Osborn


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Hope you enjoyed my review! Happy reading, guys. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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