Protected by Love
Montana Heat #0.5
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing June 20, 2017
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.
I'm completely enamored with this novella, the action-packed, explosive start of the new series that had me holding my breath with anticipation and swooning over the incredible, charming, kickass hero and heroine! This is going to be an awesome series!
DEA Agent Caden Cooke is as alpha as they come, a protective and capable leader who is tough when needed. He takes care of those he cares for, his family high up on the list of his priorities. He has been submerged in his job and is ready for a change. He has an adorable romantic side, that won my heart over and came a bit as a surprise.
Mia Martin can hold her own in a fight. She is smart, beautiful, independent, with kindness and inner strength that are admirable. Together Mia and Caden set off some serious spark. They fit together, like two parts of a whole. It is palpable how much they like each other, enjoy the company and have fun when in each other's presence.
For a novella, the author has managed to pack the pages with lots of story, character development, and depth. All the secondary characters contributed to the plot development and setting up the stage for the new series. The hero and heroine have one heck of a first date, but they are more than survivors, they are fighters, and not giving up. The feelings they have for each other might seem like they are developing fast and furiously, yet the circumstances make it believable and enjoyable to see them fall so hard and completely. The wonder and amazement of their own feelings and about the other's existence are delightful, the timing and spacing of the storyline absolutely perfect.
Lots of action, danger, uncertainty, and deadly maneuvers that kept me on my toes while at the same time utterly and completely falling for the characters and swooning over their passion filled, ardent start of a something beautiful and amazing, and hoping they stay alive long enough to enjoy the budding relationship and feelings developing between them...
Absolutely fantastic, this is going to be a one klick series for me!
~ Five Spoons
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.
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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