The Book


THE PROTECTOR, a 2009 Lambda Literary Awards finalist:

Soren Buchanan feels trapped by his relationship with the dangerous and sexy Jolina Miciano, a relationship his controlling father, crime boss James Buchanan, does not want Soren to end. Unwilling to be a pawn in his father’s games, Soren decides to stop seeing Jolina. Bloodied and bruised for his defiance, Soren flees to the FBI for help.

Mason Ward, security specialist and former US Army Ranger, lives a quiet life on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. Despite his lack of companionship, Mason believes he is living the life he’s always wanted. Then a job comes Mason’s way that will turn his life upside down: hide Soren Buchanan.

Protecting Soren should be easy enough for the experienced Mason, but Soren is young, seductive, and not entirely forthcoming about the trouble following him. Soon Mason fights not only his growing attraction to the young man but thugs sent to bring Soren Buchanan home … dead or alive.


Praise for my debut novel: 

“The Protector delivers engaging characters, a fast-moving plot, and some very steamy love scenes. NL Gassert has crafted an exciting and entertaining romance that builds suspense and erotic tension with every turn of the page. Take it to bed … and plan on staying up.”
—Charles Casillo, author of The Fame Game

“Sexy, sizzling—and sweet! NL Gassert manages to combine the tenderness of first love with thrilling action in The Protector. The tropical setting on Guam is fresh and beautifully evoked, and the engaging characters of Mason and Soren will keep readers turning the pages, rooting for these lovers against tropical storms and terrorist agents.”
—Neil Plakcy, author of the Mahu series

“Gassert delivers taut action and intriguing characters in a lush, exotic setting that really sets this book apart—a promising debut!”
—MJ Pearson, author of Discreet Young Gentleman

“Literary chef Gassert serves up a delectable nine-course meal of murder, mayhem, money-laundering, terrorism, temptation, brutalilty, bisexuality, scandel and sadistical father-son abuse.”
—William Maltese, author of the Stud Draqual mystery series


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