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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Montana Heat - Protected by Love" (Jennifer Ryan) ★★★★ VIRTUAL TOUR with GIVEAWAY!!


Protected by Love
Montana Heat #0.5
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing June 20, 2017
Avon Impulse


It was more than another blind date . . .

It was DEA Agent Caden Cooke’s third chance to impress beautiful chef Mia Martin. He’d already stood her up twice, and was shocked she was even giving him another chance. For Caden, taking down the bad guys is important, but Mia’s made it clear there’s no excuse for his bad behavior. So he’s vowed to make it worth her while with an apology he’s cooked up just for her.

From the moment they meet, it’s clear this isn’t just another fix up. The sparks flying between them are undeniable; the tension is electric. Then, suddenly, the best moments of their lives turn treacherous when a drug dealer set on revenge puts their lives in danger. And Mia and Caden quickly realize they will do anything to protect the other—and live for the love neither of them expected.


He really wanted to kiss her.
“You’re worried about work.”
He scanned the quiet street and the light traffic this time of night. He didn’t think Marco stupid enough to stay in the city. Too many cops out looking for him. He wondered if someone was watching his place, waiting for him to come home.
“Work is always on my mind, but right now, there’s only one thing I’m thinking about.” He closed the distance between them and slipped his free hand around her back, the ends of her hair brushing his hand, and pulled her close. He stared down into her surprised eyes and smiled. “You promised me a good-night kiss.”
Her hand came up and rested on his chest. “Yes, I did. I’m a woman of my word.”
“I’m counting on that.”
He leaned down. She rose up to meet him in the middle. Their lips touched, and fire shot through him with a swift need that burned and consumed every thought in his head but one: Hold on to her. He pulled her closer, changed the angle of the kiss, and took it deeper, sweeping his tongue across her soft lips and diving deep when she sighed and let him in.

This novella is a wonderful introduction to Ms. Ryan's new series.  While we did meet the characters in a previous work, I love that they are now getting their own stories.  Caden and Mia are terrific characters.  I really liked Mia - she's strong and independent yet underneath, she really yearns to be loved and protected.  Caden is a rough and tough DEA agent who has his own hangups but, again, deep down, just wants love.  I liked the pace of their relationship, even with the couple of hangups (which made me smile).  There is action as well, which was well balanced with the love story.  The only drawback for me was that this is a novella - I really wanted more and more of Caden and Mia.  Ms. Ryan's writing style is fluid and easy to follow as well.  I highly recommend this one if you enjoy romance with some danger and suspense thrown in.  (received ARC for honest review)


Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted series and the McBride series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances, featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Fransisco Bay Area with her husband, three children.

When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.



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