He’s always protected me since I was eight years old, the neglected girl he took off the street and raised as his own. Laszlo can feel what music needs instinctively. He can tell what I need.
My world shattered the night of my eighteenth birthday and he still hasn’t forgiven me for what I did. I’m not asking him to love me, touch me, take me to bed. What I want goes deeper than that and I have to say this out loud because it’s one thing that music won’t be able to tell him.
I want what only Laszlo can give me. I want to be his protégé again. And this time, I’m going to be so good for him.
So I am sitting here trying to type this review of The Protégé, and I am not sure what to say. On one hand, I liked the premise of the book and was intrigued but on the other hand the whole daddy thing for some reason bothered me when normally is doesn’t. Let me make it clear the characters are NOT related in any way, but Lazslo was Isabeau’s unofficial guardian for years and I think it is because she was eight when she came into his care that I am having an issue with. Before anyone starts freaking out nothing sexual in any way happens when she is underage.
Lazslo and Isabeau are conductor and protégé. Lazslo has trained Isabeau on her cello since she came into his care, talent that was natural bloomed with direction. When Isabeau on her eighteenth birthday comes on to Lazslo things do not turn out as she had hoped. Three years later she returns and asks to be his protégé once more, as well as maybe more. I had a hard time finding a connection between these two beyond music. Lazslo can come across as cold at times and Isabeau is still childish in some of her actions. Add into the equation Lazslo’s dominate side and her submissive you would have thought I would have loved it, but when she calls him daddy, which again, I usually don’t have a problem with but for some reason I do in this book, it in a sense ruined what could have been a hot scene.
I really wish I had liked The Protégé more than I did, the potential was there but it just fell flat for me more than once. As always what didn’t work for me may work for you so form your own opinions.
There's nothing Brianna Hale likes more than a large, stern alpha male with a super-protective and caring streak, and when she's not writing about them she can usually be found with a book, a cocktail, planning her next trip to a beautiful location or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.