By Stacey Lynn
Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.
After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.
HIS TO PROTECT was a story that drew me in and did not let go. It was a real page turner and I would have stayed up all night reading it, if not for my Kindle battery dying.
I loved both Trina and Declan, but it was definitely Trina who stole the show. She had the strength to flee from her abusive husband. She had the brains to cover her tracks as well as she possibly could. She had the courage to put her life in Declan’s hands despite having trust issues with men. Simply put, she was a pretty amazing woman. Declan is a natural protector, but not in a stifling or controlling way. He did whatever he could to help Trina, but he was more than happy for her to do her own thing, to make her own friends, and to find herself again.
HIS TO PROTECT is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first book, HIS TO LOVE, and I had no problem jumping into the series from the second book. It comes with a HEA for Declan and Trina, but the epilogue also opened the door for the third book, HIS TO CHERISH, which I already have ready to go on my Kindle.
His to Protect (Fireside # 2)
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