HOT, Protection Mode!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 236 pages
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.
*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*
Declan James is the owner of the Fireside Grill. His dreams were to open the restaurant, have a happy wife and live happily ever after. Those dreams came crashing down when his wife took off and broke all trust within Declan for any other woman. Trying to move on and keep his restaurant in business is what keeps his head up high. One thing he needs to do is try to catch this person that keeps coming in the alley and making a mess.
Trina Wilson decides after one too many trips to the ER that it is time to leave her abusive husband. When the time is right she gets her dog and her car and makes a run for it. Trina knows that her husband will be looking for her since he is the senator’s son and wouldn’t want something getting out to the public. Trina runs into this hunk of a man in the alley while she is trying to feed her dog some dinner.
Declan instantly feels drawn to protect Trina the minute he meets her. He can tell she has been abused and is running from something. Since she does not know anyone in town Declan offers to help her by giving her a place to stay. Once he learns why and who she is running from he decides to help her with anything that she needs. One thing they did not count on was falling in love with each other.
This is the second book in the Fireside series. I loved the first one and this one is no different. You have no choice but to fall in love with these characters. They have such big hearts for each other and everyone that they love. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the series takes us!
My Favorite Moment: I really love this entire series so far!
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