Series: Montana Heat #0.5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also in this series: Escape to You
Also by this author: Everything She Wanted, Stone Cold Cowboy, Her Renegade Rancher, His Cowboy Heart, Escape to You, Restless Rancher
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.
Protected by love is a spin off of sorts from her Montana Men series. In a previous book in the Montana Men series, one of the heroine’s siblings was a drug addict (Sadie and her brother Connor). This spin off focuses on the agents undercover to end the drug operations like Connor’s. Right away you are introduced to Beck (aka Trigger) and Caden. They are brothers who work with the DEA to take down drug lords. The story starts right in the middle of a raid so you really are jumping right into the action!
Mia, the heroine, is a chef who has been stood up 3 times by Caden at this point. His job doesn’t make dating easy, and he swears he will make it up to her (and his aunt who has arranged the set up!). Once they meet-swoon. I loved the connection between these two. Throw in the danger from the angry drug dealer and you have a fast and sexy romantic suspense to kick off the new series. I mean, they are in mortal peril by the end of their first date! There is a bit of the insta-love, but I think when you share an experience like Mia and Caden do, you are deeply bonded. I loved that Mia was a bad ass. She wasn’t like this crazy, trained assassin or anything, but she knows some self defense and she isn’t afraid to use it. It was very well written in terms of believability!
Protected by Love is a quick read to get you set up for the rest of the series. Its perfect for a day at the pool or the beach (if you are lucky enough to be by a beach!) and it delivers everything I loved about Jennifer Ryan’s books!
And, there is really only 1 sex scene so I deem this book SAFE FOR MY MOM! Hi Mom! I think you will like this one-lots of action and likable characters!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: revenge
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone (introduces you to the upcoming series)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no but a lead in to the next book! « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler