Title: His To Protect
Author: Stacey Lynn
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fireside Novel #2
Main Characters: Declan and Trina
Release Date: July 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This is one of those books going into it that you, as the reader, pretty much knows what you're going to get. The details are all there in the description...an abused wife on the run who needs saving and the alpha male that steps into to do the job.
What did surprise me in this book is that the big, alpha male needed a little bit of saving, too. I liked that aspect of the story and just how strong Trina really is. Although the set-up might seem like she's a weak character, she's really not. The moment she could get out, she did (i.e. there were extenuating circumstances to why she stayed with her abusive husband...not just that he brainwashed and secluded her).
I did really like the story line with the bar and how Trina helps to save it. I also really enjoyed Trina and Declan together on the page. Stacey Lynn writes a page-turning book that flows really nicely and is easy to get caught up in. No, there were no huge surprises to the story and that did affect how much I stayed engaged (the book took me a couple of days to get through), but overall I enjoyed it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.