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 is by new-to-me author Stacey Lynn. It is a full-length novel with an HEA and no cheating. The story is told from an alternative first person POV between the main characters. His To Protect is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. (I haven’t read the rest of the series myself and I can’t wait to dive into it now.)
I’ll just state right off the bat that this one is suspenseful. I kept turning the pages, not only for the relationship that was budding between the main characters, but because I was on the edge of my seat and wanted to know what was doing to happen. The writing in that regard is cleverly done and I don’t think I actually set this one down. Book devoured.
The characters themselves have depth. They both have backgrounds that have shaped them and made them stronger. Declan is protective, and it’s not something he has to think about. It’s obviously ingrained in him. Trina is strong, that’s the best way I can put it. She’s had life thrown at her, picked herself up and got on with it. I should mention that these two also have some pretty fun chemistry.
I loved the co-characters and the group of friends. Even the dog in this book has so much personality. I also love love loved how the author spun it so that the end, while an HEA, is sort of a cliffy. It really does lead into the next book and at this point, I really want that next book.
One thing to make note of. This book may cause triggers for some, so proceed with caution. You can likely guess from the synopsis what they may stem from. Aside from that, there are no worries.
Overall a 4.5 star read for me. I am extremely excited about the rest of the books in the series and can’t wait until I have time to sit down and dive into them.