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Review: His to Protect (Fireside #2) by Stacey Lynn

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A warm home for broken hearts, the Fireside Grill serves up hope and healing in equal measure. Stacey Lynn’s sensual, deeply emotional series heats up as a jaded restaurateur falls hard for a woman who’s hiding from a damaged past.

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.

My Review

His to Protect is a wonderful addition to The Fireside series. This was a quick and easy read for me. His to Protect follows the story of Declan and Trina and is told from dual points of view. When we first meet up with Trina, she is on the road with her dog. She wants nothing more than to escape her past. The last thing she expected was Declan. Declan has been working hard to save his restaurant and has sworn off women. But, when he comes across Trina, there is just something about her. She’s afraid and on her own. She brings out a protective side in Declan that he didn’t know existed. Despite Declan’s past, he can’t help but offer Trina help. And when Trina’s past catches up with her, having Declan by her side proves to be the smartest thing that she’s ever done.

His to Protect was a quick, but intriguing read. I really enjoyed the story-line and fell in love with the characters instantly. I was drawn to Trina and her past. Her past was difficult and all I wanted was for her to find some happiness. I adored Declan. I loved how protective he was with Trina. I liked how he took care of her and never pressured her for more; even when he laid out all of his feelings for her. The connection between the two of them was pretty instant, but worked well with the story. I loved their chemistry and couldn’t wait to see how things would play out with them.

His to Protect had a great mix of suspense, intrigue, romance and a few good twists along the way. And even though this book does wrap up Declan and Trina’s story, it does also set up the next book in the series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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