Reread Friday | Protection by S.A. Reid


Since we had a prison theme on this month’s list post, I figured I’d reread  Protection by S.A. Reid. This story gets me every time I read it, and it’s been a few times now. It doesn’t have the same punch as it did the first time, since I now know what will happen, but man 😢

Protection comes with trigger warnings that should be taken seriously. There is a graphic rape scene in the prison showers, and people die in this book. 

It’s a prison in the 1930s.

So it’s graphic, it’s violent, it’s tragic, and it has me sobbing every time. 

I just hopped on Goodreads to see when it was first published – 2011, and I think I might have read it for the first time when it was brand new, so a long time ago.

The next step was Amazon, but there I couldn’t find it. I had a moment of despair, but then I realised it was listed under T. Baggins, which is S.A. Reid’s alter ego.

If you’re in the mood for historical, check this one out. If you’re looking for a prison romance, check this one out. If you want your heart ripped out, check this one out 😆

But I’m serious about the trigger warnings – brutal rape, violence, death. 


Book cover Protection by S.A. ReidWhen Gabriel MacKenna enters Wentworth Prison in 1931, he promises himself two things: never to be buggered and never to turn prison queer. Tough, smart, and ruthless in a fight, he quickly makes a name for himself inside. But Gabriel is serving two life sentences. And life is a very long time.

Enter Joey Cooper. Trained at Oxford as a physician, the young doctor is innocent of prison culture and too handsome for his own good. Joey cannot hope to survive Wentworth without protection. And protection is just what Gabriel MacKenna offers. At a price…

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