3 Star Review · Dana Hoffman

ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Defender by Gina Azzi (reviewed by Dana)



I’m not sure if I actually loved this story or loved the idea of it!! I am a complete sucker for a good single dad romance. I loved James and how he put his kids first. Bella was nice and all, but I am not even gonna lie when I’m telling you that she came off a little off in parts. And while I understood her trauma, I just felt like she was latching on to James and his kids as a replacement for what she lost and for what she wanted out of life. Their relationship started strong, but then there wasn’t much development, so when they hit a couple of rough patches, I thought their emotions were a little too all over the place for where their relationship actually stood. It all felt a little disjointed and like it was missing parts.

Reviewed by Dana Hoffman

 Release Date: August 5

As Boston's most eligible nanny, I'm nurturing, trustworthy, and professional. Until my one-night stand turns out to be my new boss. 

Hawks defenseman James Ryan is Boston's most eligible single-dad. He's solemn, gorgeous, and an incredible father. But I'm drawn to him for other reasons. 

James's eyes reflect the same grief and hurt I'm drowning in. His twins struggle with the same pain that once destroyed me. Living with the Ryan family and caring for James's twins are both a salve and a curse. 

Soon, what made us click one summer night over whiskey is wreaking havoc on our commitment to remain professional. Our friendship blossoms into something more. Something searching, healing, and unbelievably complicated. 

Falling in love with Milly and Mason Ryan is easy. Falling in love with their father is something I never saw coming.  

If I give my heart to James, will he put it back together? Or will I end up more shattered than I already am? 

The Defender is a deeply emotional, single dad romance, with sensitive subject matter.

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Meet Gina Azzi

I’m Gina Azzi, a book-obsessed, coffee-drinking, globetrotting, mama of soon-to-be three! I write sweet with a dash of spicy New Adult and Contemporary Romance full of good men putting in work to win the hearts of even better women.

A total Jersey girl at heart, I struggle with insatiable wanderlust and currently reside in Ontario, Canada with my family. 


When I’m not dreaming up storylines or writing all the words, you can find me hanging with my littles, attempting to bake, or planning my next adventure.


Connect with me on social media or at ginaazziauthor@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!


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