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400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world. Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are bet 400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world. Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books. What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed? The Protector is the first book in Elin Peer’s new romantic drama series Men of the North.


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400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world. Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are bet 400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world. Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books. What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed? The Protector is the first book in Elin Peer’s new romantic drama series Men of the North.

30 review for The Protector

  1. 5 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    4 Original Stars First of all, this cover gets ALL the stars. Because you know what? Hubba hubba, my friends. I LOVE me some chisel-y faced Viking-esque hotties, and this cover is my new personal favorite. *licks lips* Sexy cover hotness aside, this was also a really damn good story. This was my first Elin Peer and, I must say, I don't think it will be my last. (Actually, I know it won't be my last, because I'm already 75% through book two). But anyway. I won't rehash the plot, but let's just it's a n 4 Original Stars First of all, this cover gets ALL the stars. Because you know what? Hubba hubba, my friends. I LOVE me some chisel-y faced Viking-esque hotties, and this cover is my new personal favorite. *licks lips* Sexy cover hotness aside, this was also a really damn good story. This was my first Elin Peer and, I must say, I don't think it will be my last. (Actually, I know it won't be my last, because I'm already 75% through book two). But anyway. I won't rehash the plot, but let's just it's a new spin on the ole post-apocalyptic theme. And least, not one I've ever seen done quite this way. I won't get into a discussion of the underlying moral, pacifist vs. non-pacifist, hunter vs. vegan, political themes in this book...that would only get me rant-y on a level you've never seen before and I'd probably lose friends over it. Not that I care about that per se, but I just don't feel like getting into ridiculous arguments about my personal values in the comments section of a review on a fucking romance book. In addition to a solid plot, Peer's world building was also pretty solid. I also really liked the main characters. Sometimes, I really wanted to smack some of them upside the head (how non-pacifist of me, I know), but overall, I really liked the character development and story arc. I've already started the next book in the series, as I mentioned above, and I really think this author and series has the potential to go the distance. Book three isn't out yet, but the author said at the end of this book that she has something like seven books or more planned. So here is hoping it stays, well, good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    Very extraordinary. Interesting. Well written. My feministic brain read ‘women rule the world’ and I was like Well, it wasn’t bad or boring, but it wasn’t what I actually expected. It was more like: Still going to read the next one! Very extraordinary. Interesting. Well written. My feministic brain read ‘women rule the world’ and I was like Well, it wasn’t bad or boring, but it wasn’t what I actually expected. It was more like: Still going to read the next one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Great beginning, I thought it might be promising, even knowing it was romance, not really dystopian. But a few pages in, it didn't simply drop the ball, it started excavating. The world building didn't have much sense, or maybe it wasn't thought out. And honestly it was overboard with sexism. Men are only men if they are brutish otherwise they are sissies, sometimes literally. Yes, the Motherland had its share of problems, mostly that women are fucking stupid. Otherwise there's no explanation fo Great beginning, I thought it might be promising, even knowing it was romance, not really dystopian. But a few pages in, it didn't simply drop the ball, it started excavating. The world building didn't have much sense, or maybe it wasn't thought out. And honestly it was overboard with sexism. Men are only men if they are brutish otherwise they are sissies, sometimes literally. Yes, the Motherland had its share of problems, mostly that women are fucking stupid. Otherwise there's no explanation for the plot. But the Nmen are throw backs. And no, if this is romance and not erotica I want something to see, like love:-) And I'm sorry, unfortunately pollution isn't stopped by a wall, so no way the very limited world building had any base. Twice the pity, because there were many thought provoking ideas that could have been discussed... Anyway, tha nail in the coffin was this is basically NA. Two 30+ that read and behaved as 19 yo. And we're supposed to believe one is a professor, the other one a business man. No way. So characters weren't flat, they were cardboard flat :-) What a waste of time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosebud

    It's been 400 years since the Toxic War (aka WW III) forever changed life on Earth. Splitting into two separate yet distinct factions, the Motherlands & Northlands NMen avoid interaction though there continues to be a need to share resources unique to each region though contact and interaction is severely restricted. The Southern Motherlands follows the five golden rules of no killing, no greed, no borders, no pollution, and equality for all, where individuals serve the community so the communit It's been 400 years since the Toxic War (aka WW III) forever changed life on Earth. Splitting into two separate yet distinct factions, the Motherlands & Northlands NMen avoid interaction though there continues to be a need to share resources unique to each region though contact and interaction is severely restricted. The Southern Motherlands follows the five golden rules of no killing, no greed, no borders, no pollution, and equality for all, where individuals serve the community so the community can support the individual while the Northern NMen survive on brute strength and cunning living off the land as their ancestors did. With such polarizing viewpoints it's hard to believe that there can be any common ground but there is. Professor Christina Sanders is a renowned archeologist college educator whose passion for historical literature has made her one of the best in her field. When her request to explore a potential site is rejected, her fall back is to volunteer for a dangerous archaeological dig located deep in the NMen territory that has been requested by the NMen ruler. The possible results far outweigh any fears Christina has as she prepared for the adventure of her life. Alexander Boulder has served as the right hand of ruler Kahn though there have been times he wishes he could retire to enjoy his wealth and status as highly profitable businessman. Kahn's latest request (though he knows it's a command) is to serve as the protector/bodyguard of a pansy male archaeologist who Kahn has requested to explore a potential historical treasure trove site. Anger turns to amazement when the archeologist turns out to be a young beautiful single female. A female who will be fought over for the privilege of having her as a wife as is tradition. A tradition he personally plans to participate in himself. Too bad the "wife" in question has no idea she's about to be wed with or without her permission. * * * * * The author made a reference at the end of this story to consider this story a meal and the only tip required was a review if the reader enjoyed the meal. Well, here's my tip for the meal. New author/new series that occurs in the far and distant future after an apocalyptic type event changes Earth's landscape and population. The premise being one faction took to mind the direction civilization was headed to when the Toxic War occurred and evolved one way while the other faction evolved in a different way. To prevent contaminating one side from another a physical wall was built so the two would forever be separate though a limited sharing of resources was necessary. I picked this up as an Amazon freebie thinking it had some promise in the blurb but it was the cover that drew me in. While the cover model wasn't the testosterone eye candy I'm used to it was the eyes that really sold it. And with that I got sucked into a very complex, multi-faceted story that blew me away. First of all, the world building could have been more fleshed out with a better degree of development regarding the back story leading up to current events timeline. My opinion was that I didn't fully appreciate Christina's role and apparent naivete in the grand scheme of things. However, my opinion changed as the story line played out as I came to realize the world building was actually more impressive than I realized. Put yourself in the role of the reader hundreds of years in the future seeing the past through the eyes of period archaeologists. Zip drives, fashion trends, cuisine, technology, and such having a whole new meaning and purpose. I totally enjoyed KNOWING what the historical facts were but seeing the different ways futuristic archaeologists might not. That is world building success 101. As for the NMen. They take on the role of antihero type individuals but not. A case for the nature vs nurture debate. Throwing in a female who bucks that system has some sort of effect but whether it's a ripple effect or inclusion into current society norms is something potential readers of this story will find out. As for the romance aspects between the main characters. While I was thrilled that the author did feature adult content romance with graphic intimacy scenes, the scenes were low intensity in erotica and more of a tease and tickle for me though an erotica tag does apply. I include this for readers who have concerns in knowing that info. Over and above that I share no additional comment or reflection on how Christina and Boulder defined their relationship and why Kahn is a bast#rd for his role in the story. Cast of secondary characters added value and depth to the overall story and I decided to continue reading the series by the 50% status as I'm firmly committed to seeing Kahn eat crow and get what's coming to him. Also want to read Archer's story and find out the rest of the story regarding Magni. In other words, this series has promise and I'm looking forward to being a fan of this author if future installments are as complex and engaging as this one was. Personally, I loved this story for its' complex multi facted story line that challenged and entertained me with a glimpse of a dystopian society that pits a matriarchy evolved society against a patriarchy evolved society that has it's differences but can be summarized with vive la différence !!!!!! PS. Did I mention this book is currently free on Amazon.. because it is but for how long I don't know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    Ok, I was looking forward to this one but it just didn't deliver for me. There was nothing really wrong with this it was well written and the future dystopian setting was fascinating but for me, it just fell a bit flat. I also found it really hard to get on board with all the extreme feminism and overt maleness with nothing really in between the two. I also didn't like Christina at all, logically I got why she was the way she was but I still couldn't force myself to like her any more than I did I j Ok, I was looking forward to this one but it just didn't deliver for me. There was nothing really wrong with this it was well written and the future dystopian setting was fascinating but for me, it just fell a bit flat. I also found it really hard to get on board with all the extreme feminism and overt maleness with nothing really in between the two. I also didn't like Christina at all, logically I got why she was the way she was but I still couldn't force myself to like her any more than I did I just found her to be narrow-minded and rather selfish and a massive prudish wuss and I know again understandable considering but I just found her to be so bloody irritating. Boulder/Alexander saved this for me really, without him well I'm not sure I would have finished this one at all. But If I could describe him in one word it would be nice and I was looking for something more than that. So yeh super imaginative idea but this didn't quite work for me. I won't be continuing on with this series. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    I really enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek dystopian romance. It took extreme stereotypes and made fun of them in a sly way by contrasting the past with the future. I enjoyed Christina Sanders being curious enough to step outside her comfort zone and alexander Boulder was a hero who was Willing to endure behaviors he normally made wouldn’t, just to please Christina. They both showed some free thinking outside the norm Of their society. It boggles the mind that in every society there is a selective grou I really enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek dystopian romance. It took extreme stereotypes and made fun of them in a sly way by contrasting the past with the future. I enjoyed Christina Sanders being curious enough to step outside her comfort zone and alexander Boulder was a hero who was Willing to endure behaviors he normally made wouldn’t, just to please Christina. They both showed some free thinking outside the norm Of their society. It boggles the mind that in every society there is a selective group of leads that control access to information and they decide what they think people should know and what they should be doing. While people remain ignorant to their motives, these leaders manipulate everyone for “society’s own good” This book was very entertaining and I chuckled a lot. I can’t wait for book 2

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    I liked it! I didn't know what to expect, but it turned out to be similar to an old fashioned time travel historical romance. The excellent dual narration knocked this story up a whole notch for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raine

    Good world building I like the world building if this series. Where most of the works is inhabited by a majority of women except for what was Canada and Alaska which is I habited by throwback alpha men.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    3 Stars! For a futuristic romance read (which is not my usual gig), this was a pretty good read, the writing was good, the storyline was good, and the Hero was great but, the Heroine got on my nerves quite a bit with her holier than thou attitude. I’m happy to say, once the heroine let loose I liked her much more and the storyline was more enjoyable. I really liked the secondary characters and look forward to reading their books!! 3 Stars! For a futuristic romance read (which is not my usual gig), this was a pretty good read, the writing was good, the storyline was good, and the Hero was great but, the Heroine got on my nerves quite a bit with her holier than thou attitude. I’m happy to say, once the heroine let loose I liked her much more and the storyline was more enjoyable. I really liked the secondary characters and look forward to reading their books!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    2.5 Stars. Was meh. Sadly, I was really into this one for about the first quarter of the books. Then it all started to unravel before my eyes. It felt like one person wrote the first quarter then handed it to someone else who wrote a bit, who then passed it to someone else who finished it. The characters just never felt the same. And I don't mean that they grew as "people" either. I'm not one to DNF a book so I did read it..... took me a bit longer than usual to finish, but I did it! I really wa 2.5 Stars. Was meh. Sadly, I was really into this one for about the first quarter of the books. Then it all started to unravel before my eyes. It felt like one person wrote the first quarter then handed it to someone else who wrote a bit, who then passed it to someone else who finished it. The characters just never felt the same. And I don't mean that they grew as "people" either. I'm not one to DNF a book so I did read it..... took me a bit longer than usual to finish, but I did it! I really was looking forward to other books about these northmen too. I'm bummed. Oh well, just wasn't for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    3 3/4 "Woman vs Man; Man vs Woman" Stars! I really enjoyed this book. It's weird and wonderful and really funny at times. Though I'm not sure if it was supposed to be or not. IMO, a cross between Alexa Riley and Laurann Dohner. Kind of... Anyway, I liked it, but I like weird sometime. Maybe I will come back and write a proper review soon, but for now, it was good and I'll read the next book soon. Happy reading! 3 3/4 "Woman vs Man; Man vs Woman" Stars! I really enjoyed this book. It's weird and wonderful and really funny at times. Though I'm not sure if it was supposed to be or not. IMO, a cross between Alexa Riley and Laurann Dohner. Kind of... Anyway, I liked it, but I like weird sometime. Maybe I will come back and write a proper review soon, but for now, it was good and I'll read the next book soon. Happy reading!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    A unique book of contrasts & exaggerations between the people of two lands that are worlds apart. I was surprised by the eroticism involved, but I guess I shouldn't have been as two very different people explore their attraction. I guess opposites really do attract. Once I settled in, the story flowed well soon becoming addictive. The groundwork for the next book in this series is clearly laid, and I'm interested in seeing where the author takes it. While I found this book to be a bit over-the-t A unique book of contrasts & exaggerations between the people of two lands that are worlds apart. I was surprised by the eroticism involved, but I guess I shouldn't have been as two very different people explore their attraction. I guess opposites really do attract. Once I settled in, the story flowed well soon becoming addictive. The groundwork for the next book in this series is clearly laid, and I'm interested in seeing where the author takes it. While I found this book to be a bit over-the-top on several levels, I'm intrigued enough to read the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Excellent book! This author is super creative and and amazing at world building. Highly recommend

  14. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    4.5 Stars~~ The first 14 pages sounded like a nightmare to me. Too many women. Too much estrogen. No cursing, or sarcasm, everyone is politely frolicking about and minding the butterflies. Greetings where it is customary to hold hands and eye contact for ten freaking seconds. Blurg... Then it caught my attention. An archaeological project to uncover a library in a land full of manly men. Sign. Me. Up. To be fair, the Nmen are on the other end of the spectrum. Crude, violent and filled with 4.5 Stars~~ The first 14 pages sounded like a nightmare to me. Too many women. Too much estrogen. No cursing, or sarcasm, everyone is politely frolicking about and minding the butterflies. Greetings where it is customary to hold hands and eye contact for ten freaking seconds. Blurg... Then it caught my attention. An archaeological project to uncover a library in a land full of manly men. Sign. Me. Up. To be fair, the Nmen are on the other end of the spectrum. Crude, violent and filled with a sense of superiority. Basically, a bunch of sexist assholes. Both sides are flawed. I just kept thinking how annoying men and women have become in this world by separating the feminine from the masculine. Alexander Boulder is assigned to protect the archaeologist coming in from the Motherlands. He just wasn't expecting a woman. A young, beautiful woman named Christina Sanders. Thus the wooing begins, with clashing ideologies. (view spoiler)[Thanks to a bit of deception on the Ruler's part, Christina ends up married to Boulder. (hide spoiler)] Boulder is eager to be with a woman for the first time, and Christina is finding it harder and harder to deny she likes the way he makes her feel. Sex-bots are common in both places, but technically they are both virgins in their 30's. (view spoiler)[The secret about the sex-bots is quite disturbing. The sex-bots in the Northlands keeps the sperm of the Nmen with the strongest traits and freezes it, later to be used to impregnate women in the Motherlands. Few know about this. Rather than coming together and creating a new way to live equally, both sides of the border remain stubborn. The higher ups violate the masses by keeping them uninformed and taking away their choice in the matter. The Toxic War had women thinking men are crazy and that women should be in charge. For all their talk about finding balance in the Motherlands, you'd think they'd realize how important it is to establish equality between men and women. The sterility issue alone proves that the Motherlands need the Northlands, and vice versa. (hide spoiler)] The invasion of privacy.(view spoiler)[It is very creepy that Khan was spying on the couple in their room. Boulder knows he is spying and that he can't do anything to stop the Ruler, so he tries to hide under the covers when getting frisky with Christina. But Khan still saw Christina naked while changing, a bit of them fooling around, and the first time they have sex. He says it was too dark to see much, but still, ick... (hide spoiler)] The Protector is more than a casual steamy story like my usual choices. It's thought-provoking and full of controversies. My jaw literally dropped when certain things get revealed. I guess that's why I loved it so much. Towards the end...(view spoiler)[She regrets going back to the Motherlands when she realizes how much she misses Boulder. She puts in a request to go back, but the council denies it. Meanwhile, Boulder wants her back and sneaks across the border to find her. I can't resist the drama of two people trying to find their way back to each other. (hide spoiler)] Everything gets wrapped up rather quickly and sets up the next story. I would have liked to have an extra chapter or two for this couple, but then again, I always want more when it's time to move along. There is an ongoing struggle for dominance and compromises to work out, so this is just the starting line. I'm excited to see how it plays out through the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    B.E.Love

    mmmm, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand the story was really interesting and the hero was A freaking mazing. But there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way and I had to wait to review this because I just wasn't sure how I would. The heroine wasn't horrible and at times I liked her but then other times she got on my nerves. I get you are from a different world but she was right. He was wrong. And at times I just wanted her to stop and think and say ok let me take a bre mmmm, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand the story was really interesting and the hero was A freaking mazing. But there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way and I had to wait to review this because I just wasn't sure how I would. The heroine wasn't horrible and at times I liked her but then other times she got on my nerves. I get you are from a different world but she was right. He was wrong. And at times I just wanted her to stop and think and say ok let me take a breathe maybe I am not the only one who is right let me listen instead of thinking all these people are wrong wrong wrong and I am right right right. It started to get to be too much. And yes I know there is some from the men too but it wasn't as bad for me and though they had rough edges they wanted to protect the woman they felt were so precious. I also didn't like how often the heroine said she didn't like how the hero looked. That was mean and I was kind of like then why are you with him because I wouldn't want someone to think that of me(someone I'm with). The hero did everything he could for the heroine and again he wasn't perfect but he was willing to do anything of her. There were also some HUGE and I mean huge things glossed over in this book. I actually stopped and was like let me read that again, what? And no one else in the book had my reaction which made me more confused because if some had told me some things that are revealed I would have been furious. These things are also some of the things that make me leery of were this series is going. We all have our things and this is one thing I don't think I will like. There was also a big part of this story not finished(not with the main characters) and maybe book 4(?) will tell us because I looked and it doesn't seem book 2 or 3 does. Now I'm not saying this book was horrible because there were really some things(and not a few) that I loved. The story was really interesting and I loved the way this author writes I was sucked right into this book and didn't want to put it down. But I am really picky about some things and when something starts to bug me, really bug me it's like a dog with a bone for me. I'm glad I read this book I really am but I'm thinking I won't read more with what I am afraid will happen with this series. Plus I saw who the heroine is for book 2 and I wasn't really fond of her. Now after all that I seem to be the only one who feels this way. Everyone else I have talked to has loved this book so take my review with a grain of salt. You may love it like the others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3.5 stars This dystopian-steamy tale is both intruiging and lacking in something. I did enjoy some aspects of this world and tale but I cannot deny that despite the fact that this is fiction, it did make my feminist sensibilities irritated. That said, I do want to read the rest of the series. Clearly I’m confused!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the Men of the North series by Elin Peer. Christina Sanders is an archeologist interested in the Men of the North or Nmen as she refers to them. Men are blamed for the destruction of earth and therefore are no longer allowed positions of power. However, there is a group of men living in the Northlands that ruled their land. Women are not allowed to enter the Northlands but when a site is uncovered that requires an archeologist and no man will volunteer, Christina is allowed to The first book in the Men of the North series by Elin Peer. Christina Sanders is an archeologist interested in the Men of the North or Nmen as she refers to them. Men are blamed for the destruction of earth and therefore are no longer allowed positions of power. However, there is a group of men living in the Northlands that ruled their land. Women are not allowed to enter the Northlands but when a site is uncovered that requires an archeologist and no man will volunteer, Christina is allowed to go. But the Nmen were not expecting a woman and they hurry to find her a "protector". Interesting twist to the futuristic earth plot. The "happy happy joy joy" attitude of Christina put me in mind of the movie, "Demolition Man". People in her world are mostly vegan and don't curse. And go around with words of kindness to all. In her world there are many women and few men. Sex is rare between a real man and woman. They have Sex Bots! The men of the North are hunters and there are few women. Therefore, it makes sense to them to have fighting contests to provide only the strongest of men to mate. Rather barbaric for the future of Earth but this is fiction, so sure, why not? This book can stand alone to a degree. The romance itself is wrapped up but there are elements that are not addressed that will obviously continue in future books. Torn between 3 and 4 stars so I'm giving it 4. The whole concept was intriguing and I will continue this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie A.

    "Why would you ask me to grow a sensitive, fragile body part and not a tough one like a vagina?" If you like a good dystopian romance, you'll probably want to pick this one up! It was a fresh, interesting take on the future after an apocalyptic event. Most of what's left of the world's population lives in the Motherlands, where only women are allowed to lead. Male aggression, pride, dominance, etc is vilified and there is no violence whatsoever. Sounds great on the surface, but of cou "Why would you ask me to grow a sensitive, fragile body part and not a tough one like a vagina?" If you like a good dystopian romance, you'll probably want to pick this one up! It was a fresh, interesting take on the future after an apocalyptic event. Most of what's left of the world's population lives in the Motherlands, where only women are allowed to lead. Male aggression, pride, dominance, etc is vilified and there is no violence whatsoever. Sounds great on the surface, but of course there's more to it than that.... To the North, in what was previously Canada and Alaska, live the Nmen. A male dominated society that sprang up as a place where men who refused to live in the Motherlands went. Women fleeing south and men fleeing north resulted in a skewed male/female ratio, especially in the North. Christina is an archaeologist who agrees to go to the North to help the men excavate a library. Boulder is assigned to protect her. Of course these two completely different characters fall in love. Even though this one didn't turn out to be a deep, thought-provoking examination of male/female relations, it was definitely an entertaining romance novel! The tension between Christina and Boulder was well done and made for some great reading. While I felt Christina was too passive, my buddy reader, Stephanie, very wisely pointed out that she was a pacifist and would need time to adjust her way of thinking. There was some good world-building in this one, and a nice balance of humor, heat, and adventure. This was my first novel by Elin Peer, but it definitely won't be my last!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    I don't read a lot of dystopian but this book sucked me right in. This was the first book in a new series too me "Men of the North" . It was set in the future where women rule the world every where except where Alaska and Canada use to be. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. Christina is looking for adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation i I don't read a lot of dystopian but this book sucked me right in. This was the first book in a new series too me "Men of the North" . It was set in the future where women rule the world every where except where Alaska and Canada use to be. Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. Christina is looking for adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books. Christina is introduced to a small group of strong and intimidating aggressive men who lead the culture of primarily men of the North. Although vastly different in every way imaginable Christina and Boulder the man who is directed to be her protector enjoy learning from each other about the other’s culture and quickly become friends. To be her protector Boulder must also be in a close relationship role and both of them agree to this plan for individual reasons of their own. The sex scenes are ok they both have never been with others. I have read this author before this book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I've had The Protector on my TBR list for forever so when it was the group read I jumped on the chance to finally read it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. I knew within the first couple of chapters that I wasn't going to like it but I didn't want my second book of the New Year on my DNF shelf. Overall the writing wasn't terrible but I didn't like the world this author created. While it could have been really good, I thought the whole thing silly. Christina was very annoying to me and I never lik I've had The Protector on my TBR list for forever so when it was the group read I jumped on the chance to finally read it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. I knew within the first couple of chapters that I wasn't going to like it but I didn't want my second book of the New Year on my DNF shelf. Overall the writing wasn't terrible but I didn't like the world this author created. While it could have been really good, I thought the whole thing silly. Christina was very annoying to me and I never liked her. She is very judgmental, set in her ways and unwilling to accept that her society isn't perfect. Boulder wasn't all that thrilling either. While I loved his protectiveness and I loved how much the men valued their woman since there aren't many. I found many of their ways beyond my time, it's more like before the 1950's. When woman were a warm body, baby makers and housekeepers. I felt like she is seen but not heard. I will not continue this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    . Overall it was OK. I got a wee bit bored here and there and got tired of the 'he' vs 'she' arguments. The first 15 % is pretty much a constant info dump. It's a few hundred years into the future and the status quo is a reversal of how it is today for much of the world. But there's this one place in Canada where the men are still 'manly' and pride themselves on their beards and uncombed hair. It is forbidden for women to venture there unless they are menopausal. ... until a young archaeologist is . Overall it was OK. I got a wee bit bored here and there and got tired of the 'he' vs 'she' arguments. The first 15 % is pretty much a constant info dump. It's a few hundred years into the future and the status quo is a reversal of how it is today for much of the world. But there's this one place in Canada where the men are still 'manly' and pride themselves on their beards and uncombed hair. It is forbidden for women to venture there unless they are menopausal. ... until a young archaeologist is sent there to help unearth an ancient library. For me the humour tended to fall flat. The action was actionless and the world building was conducted through extensive info dumps. But there were some cute moments and I liked the MCs. Safety is good (view spoiler)[He is a virgin... sort of. He's been with sex robots plenty, just not a real flesh and blood woman. She is the same 'sort of' virgin too. No OW/OM stuff. She does sleep with a sex robot while they are apart, but it was only sleeping for comfort and pretending that the robot was Boulder. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    bella farren

    1/5 stars does anybody else sometimes go into a book with zero doubt that they'll love it? all your trusted GR friends seem to love it, the premise is perfect for you and so you're already gearing up for a five star trashy romance time. that was this book for me, and it was five star expectations for about 2.5 seconds and then it was just down hill from there. The setting was strange, the main character was annoying as fuck and the weirdness of it was just TOO MUCH. And I'm usually here for the w 1/5 stars does anybody else sometimes go into a book with zero doubt that they'll love it? all your trusted GR friends seem to love it, the premise is perfect for you and so you're already gearing up for a five star trashy romance time. that was this book for me, and it was five star expectations for about 2.5 seconds and then it was just down hill from there. The setting was strange, the main character was annoying as fuck and the weirdness of it was just TOO MUCH. And I'm usually here for the weirdness, but something about this just didn't jive with me. I just didn't like the story. I love alpha male characters and when it comes to FICTION romance I'm not usually offended or "red flagged" by much, I'm in it for the pure entertainment and it's not necessarily what I'd want irl. But this was way too far in so many aspects, I know it was meant to take everything to max as they were male run and barbaric whatnots, but it just wan't fun to read. Also I read this way earlier in the month and never got around to rating and reviewing it on GR bc I was pissED. So my notes weren't really descriptive, just a lot of expletives and frowny faces, so excuse the lack of details lol

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    The Protector is set in the year 2437 in a post apocalyptic period where after the Toxic War (aka WW3) almost wiped mankind out of existence. Society now exists in division between a positive, censored equality-based futuristic environment predominantly run by women (the Momsies), and another definitively small sect of the world where by man holds control rooted in barbarism, limited censorship and mental/physical strength (The Nmen). The two sects controlling different parts of the world differ The Protector is set in the year 2437 in a post apocalyptic period where after the Toxic War (aka WW3) almost wiped mankind out of existence. Society now exists in division between a positive, censored equality-based futuristic environment predominantly run by women (the Momsies), and another definitively small sect of the world where by man holds control rooted in barbarism, limited censorship and mental/physical strength (The Nmen). The two sects controlling different parts of the world differ on their political opinions and thus rarely interact. Christina Sanders is an archeologist, and taking permission from the council sets off to the Northlands to lead the excavation of a site there which could potentially result in a rich library full of history. There she meets Alexander who is her "Protector". This whole book has an underlying social and political commentary with both main characters have conflicting opinions and make harsh judgements on the other's world, however at the end - their solution and love - is found in compromise. Very original concept. I won't say that I liked the fact that the hero's sperm is stolen to essentially breed what could be hundreds of children without his knowledge. Her fertility wasn't explained either and I was interested in knowing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    There is nothing futuristic about this story!! It tells you it is 400 years in the future but it seems like the women of the times are 70's flower child acting spaced out. They act spacy all peace love and happiness. The men of the North are depicted as breaded huge Viking like barbarians. This does not make for the a futuristic fantasy. I really dislike this type of Audible Narration. There are a female and male narrating the story. But they take turns reading. They both narrate the female voic There is nothing futuristic about this story!! It tells you it is 400 years in the future but it seems like the women of the times are 70's flower child acting spaced out. They act spacy all peace love and happiness. The men of the North are depicted as breaded huge Viking like barbarians. This does not make for the a futuristic fantasy. I really dislike this type of Audible Narration. There are a female and male narrating the story. But they take turns reading. They both narrate the female voice and the males voice. Why Not the female narrator do all the female voice and the Male narrator read all the male voice? This makes more sense and gives a more cohesive narration. The two main characters Boulder and Christina. Just were weird. She was 31 years old and acted like a early teen or someone living in alternate reality. Boulder was Just cursed using fowl language and wanting to fight. The whole story is just Ridiculous a waste of my time. Not My Cup of Tea At All!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

    This was like a Sci-Fi, Alien romance without the aliens. . . So a Sci-Fi romance? Hmmm... no. Like I said, an alien romance without the aliens BUT everything else. The difference between the Men of the North and the dwellers of the Motherland was so vast, they were basically an entirely different species except they too were homo sapiens and shared the same ancestors and history. (This does not make sense in my head so I hope it does in yours. :p) I liked this probably not as much as I expected b This was like a Sci-Fi, Alien romance without the aliens. . . So a Sci-Fi romance? Hmmm... no. Like I said, an alien romance without the aliens BUT everything else. The difference between the Men of the North and the dwellers of the Motherland was so vast, they were basically an entirely different species except they too were homo sapiens and shared the same ancestors and history. (This does not make sense in my head so I hope it does in yours. :p) I liked this probably not as much as I expected but it was nice. Here's the reason for my high expectations. Val raving about a book always makes my ears perk up and take notice. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much. But I think it's because it wasn't as unique or new a plot premise for me. That being said, it was really well done. Loved the world building. Especially loved how the difference between the two civilizations emphasized the importance of balance. Neither communism nor dictatorship is the answer. The answers lie in the grey. Also, let men be men. Excuse your delicate sensibilities but I totally agree with Boulder's opinion about the "Momsie" men. “I’ve met men from your part of the world and they look and act like women.” “So? That’s the modern man for you. They have evolved into caring, emotionally mature beings with no need to classify themselves as a gender,” “That’s just a fancy way of saying that you’re raising your boys to be fucking pussies.” This won't be my last book by Elin Peer but I kinda don't wanna and yet wanna read the next book. I didn't like Khan. At all. But I loved the fights/arguments between him and Pearl. Seeing him so "upset" soothes my heart. xD

  26. 4 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    I've never read anything by this author before, nor had I heard of her before I started getting newsletters from her after entering an online giveaway, so I wasn't sure what to expect from her. I kept meaning to get to the free books that had come with the newsletter, but I hadn't seemed to find the time before this one dropped onto my Kindle. I went into this very hesitant, but wound up very surprised by the end of it! This book was a bit unique for me, as it was a bit of a dystopian romance, so I've never read anything by this author before, nor had I heard of her before I started getting newsletters from her after entering an online giveaway, so I wasn't sure what to expect from her. I kept meaning to get to the free books that had come with the newsletter, but I hadn't seemed to find the time before this one dropped onto my Kindle. I went into this very hesitant, but wound up very surprised by the end of it! This book was a bit unique for me, as it was a bit of a dystopian romance, something that I had previously only found in Young Adult novels. I actually rather enjoyed reading about the societies that had formed after the war. However, I would have liked a bit more of the history of the 400 years in between the war and the book's setting, because while we did get a good amount of detail, I still had questions that were unanswered at the end of the book. Christina was an interesting heroine. I loved that she was a historian and archeologist, and was highly amused that she considered Indiana Jones and Lara Croft her heroes and thought they were actual people that lived during our time! This brought an element of humor to the book that it was otherwise lacking. Christine's views were a bit odd, but I liked watching her adapt and grow in the Northlands. I think Boulder was a good first hero for the series. I liked that he was kind and caring, both of Christina and of any children he may have fathered. While he was a somewhat typical Nman (Northlands Man abbreviation), this showcased his softer side in a way that his reading romance novels could not. I liked the cast of supporting characters a lot. I found it very easy to connect with all the characters overall, and was invested in seeing where some of the other threads would lead, so I am definitely eager to read more of the series! The only other thing that I didn't care for besides the abbreviated history timeline was the fact that one of the plot threads in this story was left unresolved. I'm hoping it will be resolved in the next book. All things considered, this is a quick and engaging read that I found hard to put down, despite having a massive migraine while reading it! I would definitely recommend checking this out!

  27. 4 out of 5

    E.G. Manetti

    Highly rated by a friend, I found this more alternate history/fantasy than scifi. Parts of it are creatively brilliant with the 400-year future world confusing 20th/21st century pop-culture with history. The basic premise of the battle of the sexes was intriguing, but a bit trite. The female dominated territories are so overly sensitive they are stifling while the male-dominated territories thrive on violence, drinking, and minimal grooming. I also had some trouble with idea that Christina - a t Highly rated by a friend, I found this more alternate history/fantasy than scifi. Parts of it are creatively brilliant with the 400-year future world confusing 20th/21st century pop-culture with history. The basic premise of the battle of the sexes was intriguing, but a bit trite. The female dominated territories are so overly sensitive they are stifling while the male-dominated territories thrive on violence, drinking, and minimal grooming. I also had some trouble with idea that Christina - a trained archaeologist - would be so clueless. That said, the conflict in the set-up gave rise to some LOL moments, and the romance between Christina and Boulder both believable and nicely steamy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Mini-Review: I made it about 1/3 into the story before I DNF it. The blurb had potential. There was some promise to the idea of a world that has changed a lot due to whatever events and this is how the world is now. Then I actually had to listen to the poorly cobbled together story with boring characters and awful setting. To top it off, the narrators did not make the story more engaging. The narration made every jarring detail come out to light with no shadows to hide beneath. Maybe if I was fiv Mini-Review: I made it about 1/3 into the story before I DNF it. The blurb had potential. There was some promise to the idea of a world that has changed a lot due to whatever events and this is how the world is now. Then I actually had to listen to the poorly cobbled together story with boring characters and awful setting. To top it off, the narrators did not make the story more engaging. The narration made every jarring detail come out to light with no shadows to hide beneath. Maybe if I was five, I'd believe some of it. Maybe. Nah.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lučka

    3.5* A very interesting story that reminded me of the movie Demolition man. I love that movie, btw. Several (insignificant) things bothered me, but I'll continue with this series as I'm intrigued by the enemies-lovers in the 2nd book. This was my first time reading this author and I liked her writing style. I even teared up a little. Quite enjoyable and a bit different read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chappy

    New to me author...and quite interesting premise. Kind of messed up futuristic dystopian where women have taken over after the 3rd world war. Some "savage" men still live free up in the north but they are not talked about. The women were a little hard to take at first...being so goody-goody with a communist ideology. Christina is a woman of her time and gets quite a shock when she goes up north for an archaeological project. She's thrown together with a wild n-man called Boulder and gets more than New to me author...and quite interesting premise. Kind of messed up futuristic dystopian where women have taken over after the 3rd world war. Some "savage" men still live free up in the north but they are not talked about. The women were a little hard to take at first...being so goody-goody with a communist ideology. Christina is a woman of her time and gets quite a shock when she goes up north for an archaeological project. She's thrown together with a wild n-man called Boulder and gets more than she bargained for. There were some interesting plot twists that surprised me and I'll for sure continue the series.

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