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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 bett 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 bett 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 ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    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. 4 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!

  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 comm 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

    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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kindling 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!

  7. 4 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.

  8. 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 course ther "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!

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julia

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

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 a s 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Umaiya ✨Insignificant September✨

    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

  17. 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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    bella ϟ [ 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ari Reavis

    3.5 stars I was drawn to this by the really cool and new plot. That remained interesting throughout the book, learning the different rules for each country, their ways of life. I liked Boulder a lot more than Christina. She got really annoying after a while and was one of my main problems with the book. But regardless of anything, I kept reading and needing to know how the story would end. Trying to decide whether I'll read book 2 or not.

  22. 5 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber J.

    This was my first time reading Elin Peer but it will not be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the premise of two different "countries" bordered by a wall with very strong opinions about each other which create obstacles that do not really need to be there. We have the hot, hairy and huge alpha men of the north who have very few woman in their country mixing with the soft, innocent and super sweet women of the motherland who have very few men in their country. A great combination for l This was my first time reading Elin Peer but it will not be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the premise of two different "countries" bordered by a wall with very strong opinions about each other which create obstacles that do not really need to be there. We have the hot, hairy and huge alpha men of the north who have very few woman in their country mixing with the soft, innocent and super sweet women of the motherland who have very few men in their country. A great combination for lots of drama and steam sex!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    -S♡

    ★4 Stars! The protector...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicki White

    I waited a few days to post my review after reading this book because I wanted to make sure I had my head on straight and returned back to 2017. This book intrigued me from the day I was privileged to find out about it making. I adore books and authors who write of what ifs, and this one has got to be one of the biggest what ifs out there " What if women became more powerful than men?" I love it. I remember watching back to the future and wondering if 2015 would be like that, well still waiting I waited a few days to post my review after reading this book because I wanted to make sure I had my head on straight and returned back to 2017. This book intrigued me from the day I was privileged to find out about it making. I adore books and authors who write of what ifs, and this one has got to be one of the biggest what ifs out there " What if women became more powerful than men?" I love it. I remember watching back to the future and wondering if 2015 would be like that, well still waiting on hoverboards and self lacing shoes...lol. The great thing about books that take place in future years is that the book may still be around (although I don't think Elin Peer The Protector (Men of the North Book 1 will make the approved list of reading materials) and be open for comparision. We don't know what the future holds so it leaves a very clean slate for Authors and Elin Peer has used that to her fullest advantage. A toxic war breaks out in the year 2057 (Mental note read this book again in 40 years ), and that truly is the start of this amazing adventure. I don't want to give away too much of the back story which Christina Sanders teaches us along with her students. So fast forward to year 2437 where Christina volunteers herself to work in the Northlands. Every good book has rebels who didn't want to follow the pack. Well the Northlands AKA the Nmen (men of the north) are them. For me raising 3 daughters to be independent and free thinking women these men by the description of the council are the type of men I would warn my girls about. Well lets just say, this book is all about perception and whose you choose to follow. Christina and Boulder take us on an adventure that is truly fascinating. You have to very true Alpha trying to prove their viewpoint is right while at the same time trying to understand where the other is coming form on top of trying to figure out why they are curiously attracted to the person in which they have taught does not the correct mindset of thinking. I think my husband said it best after I gave him a brief overview on the book. ( You know it's a good book when my husband who doesn't read anything agrees that the synopsis I gave him was intriguing) Any ways back to what he said. He said " Men and women are not created equal, but neither is more superior than the other." And it was the Ah Ha moment for me. This book captures that perfectly. Men ruled, and destroyed the Earth, but then women ruled and while they made stride it isn't the perfect utopia they made out to seem. I can not wait to read further into this series. This series has it all for. Future timeline, Dystopian, Romance, Battles and a comedic air thrown in. I hope nothing but the best for this series and Elin Peer for the books to follow.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isobel Gibson

    Elin Peer you have done it again. The story was great, raw basic emotions from the Men of the North, v brain implants and wishy washie others. Didn't find the language offensive at all. Part of what the tough males were. Enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristiej

    4.5 out of 5 I noticed this one on for a good price on Book Bub. The price was good, the cover model appealed to the shallow in me and the storyline sounded intriguing so I thought I’d give it a shot. The book takes place 400 in the future. There’s been a devastating third world war that wiped out billions of people and much of the planet is uninhabitable. Civilization as we know it has been changed forever. The dark times have passed however and society has been revamped and is moving on. The bi 4.5 out of 5 I noticed this one on for a good price on Book Bub. The price was good, the cover model appealed to the shallow in me and the storyline sounded intriguing so I thought I’d give it a shot. The book takes place 400 in the future. There’s been a devastating third world war that wiped out billions of people and much of the planet is uninhabitable. Civilization as we know it has been changed forever. The dark times have passed however and society has been revamped and is moving on. The biggest difference is most of the women live in one area and most of the men live in another area and there is a huge border wall that divides them. Men are rough and tumble and definitely alpha while women are calm and practical. They trade with each other on occasion but other than that the two different sides have no interaction with each other. This changes when one of the women, Christina Sanders, a professor and archeologist by trade, crosses the border to excavate a site in the north and she gets to see what men from the north are like and they get to see what a woman from the south is like. The first word to describe this book is, well, fun. It’s cute, it’s quirky, it’s a bit silly and I enjoyed it ever so much. The two sides, men and women, have some real goody ideas about the other side. The women think men kidnap women, hold them against their will and do all kinds of ‘things’ to them. All of their preconceived perceptions are wrong of course though the men of the north are extremely overprotective of the women they do have as they so vastly outnumber the women in the north. The way they choose their wives are hilarious and once they do find a wife of the very few women, sadly the women live rather a stifling life. When she arrives, Christina is assigned a ‘protector, Alexander Boulder. There is a definite attraction between them but their ways of life couldn’t be more different and the last thing Christina wants to do is spend the rest of her life in this upside down society. Or so she thinks. There were many places in this book that had me smiling or chucking at the difference between the sexes. I loved Boulder as he was mostly known as. Though overprotective like the rest of his brothers, it’s truly for Christina’s safety. All things considered, he’s more enlightened than many a ‘Man of the North’ though he does think the Momsies, as the men call the women, are bonkers in a lot of the things they do and think. I found him such a hoot. Christina makes for a great heroine. She’s rather flummoxed when she discovers many of the men’s customs but she manages to adjust. Thank goodness some of the worst she thought she knew about them are just more like urban legends. For example, men are NOT cannibals. She’s an adventurer at heart and the society of the women tends to suppress the more adventuresome so once she breaks through those walls and stereotypes she’s heard about, she adapts wonderfully. I really got on board with this book and have since read the rest that have been published and preordered the one after that hasn’t.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    2.5 stars I've had this one on my TBR list for a little while and my buddy and I finally decided to take the plunge. I'm torn over writing this review because I was immediately sucked in to this story by the blurb, the premise has so much potential to be an epic read, but for me it fell a little short. 400 years in to the future after another devastating world war and the complexion of society is vastly different. Women are in charge...see, potential. Instead, I felt like I was in the middle of a 2.5 stars I've had this one on my TBR list for a little while and my buddy and I finally decided to take the plunge. I'm torn over writing this review because I was immediately sucked in to this story by the blurb, the premise has so much potential to be an epic read, but for me it fell a little short. 400 years in to the future after another devastating world war and the complexion of society is vastly different. Women are in charge...see, potential. Instead, I felt like I was in the middle of a feminist's political soap box, where the woman in society are just brainwashed. I'd like to believe that we could evolve into a more loving and equal society, but not at the expense of free thinking and free will. And if the intent is really more love and equality, then why label all men in the Northlands as barbarians and rapists. Why instill fear? Why teach prejudice? I had an extremely difficult time connecting to the heroine as well, she's an archaeologist and therefore you would assume she's a seeker of truth and has a tendency toward adventure, but instead she's painted as rigid and indoctrinated. Emotionally as well...I just couldn't reconcile the two contradicting aspects of her personality. With all said and done, I thought the book was ok, as I said I thought the premise had potential, but the story ended up being more light romance than epic dystopian, so if dystopian is your goal this is probably not the read for you. Romance lovers will enjoy it. I was looking for both. I very much enjoyed some of the side characters and with 6 books so far in the series, my guess is the author intends to tell us their story. Will I pick up the next in the series? Probably, but these will end up my bridge reads, when I'm looking for something a little lighter.

  29. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Meh... I liked Boulder, our hero but our heroine Christina was awful and I felt like she never redeemed herself. I get this was supposed to be a “women are from Venus men are from mars” type of thing but the sexism on both levels was so ridiculous... It especially drives me crazy when women are so offended with sexism toward them but they are freely sexist towards men. Boulder is our caveman style hero - protect, breed, and don’t let other men talk to to your woman. But Boulder I understand, the Meh... I liked Boulder, our hero but our heroine Christina was awful and I felt like she never redeemed herself. I get this was supposed to be a “women are from Venus men are from mars” type of thing but the sexism on both levels was so ridiculous... It especially drives me crazy when women are so offended with sexism toward them but they are freely sexist towards men. Boulder is our caveman style hero - protect, breed, and don’t let other men talk to to your woman. But Boulder I understand, there are only 100 women to (I believe) 100,000.00 men... So obviously not every man will get to even see a woman on their lifetime let alone marry one. I get their need to protect, cherish and hold on tight. Christina is an archeologist that although she raves about her love for the old times, she so stuck in the current times of women need to rule because men are barbarians mentality. I also couldn’t believe how rude and narrow minded she was always with the “no of course your way is wrong is and my way is always 100% right”.. there was never any budge with her. I almost quit the book when she went on to tell a northern woman, a rare and cherished woman, that she wouldn’t understand because she grew up in that world and wasn’t educated. She even mocks their names. That’s like me going to a small village in Africa and telling them they are ridiculous because there are uneducated and their names are silly because they can never live up to them. And although they fell in love, neither of them really changed or tried to understand one another culture.

  30. 4 out of 5

    India

    Christina is happy living in her female dominated and heavily censored world. She has a great position at the university teaching students history and sometimes she even gets to go on archaeological digs but when the chance appears to participate beyond the border in the male-dominated lands of the Northmen she can’t resist. This isn’t your average romance. Firstly, this book brings more questions than answers regarding feminism, gender roles, and sexuality. Peer shows the readers a unique ‘utopi Christina is happy living in her female dominated and heavily censored world. She has a great position at the university teaching students history and sometimes she even gets to go on archaeological digs but when the chance appears to participate beyond the border in the male-dominated lands of the Northmen she can’t resist. This isn’t your average romance. Firstly, this book brings more questions than answers regarding feminism, gender roles, and sexuality. Peer shows the readers a unique ‘utopian’ world where men have been feminized and removed from any power positions. The consequences of such a world are unravelled slowly. She then goes on to show us how the male-dominated land in the North fares before bringing Christina in. I loved this book and it prompted an emotional response from me as a romance but as a study on gender roles and separated society, I think it has something valuable to say and might do well in the English Literature feminist texts canon.

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