Tuesday, July 12, 2016

His to Protect by Stacey Lynn

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.

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

What a great story! Domestic abuse is difficult to write well and this author manages to write about a strong, resilient woman without ever minimising the damage that has been done to her. Such a strong woman needs a special partner and Declan, the hulking owner of The Fireside Grill, is a perfect gentle giant.

As this evolves into a series, I am really enjoying the recurring characters and the sense of community in these stories. I enjoyed Trina and Declan’s story more than the first book, and I loved watching Trina grow into herself with Declan’s constant encouragement. Declan’s own broken heart and his experience of rejection makes him easy to love.

I’m not sure I loved the subplot involving Trina’s ex-husband. After finishing the story and sitting with it for a couple of days, I’m still not sure how much of the drama was necessary and how much any of it added to the book.

There is more romance than sex in this story, but the connection between Trina and Declan is hot and the sex is relatively angst free considering Trina’s abusive background.

I enjoyed seeing Trina accepted into Blue’s group of women and I really like the way the last chapter leads straight into the next story (though I don’t like having to wait for the next one!).

I really enjoyed this book, there was a love story with very tragic undertones. The author handled the domestic abuse aspects very well. Declan is just a big teddy bear that had his heart broken before, so he is scared to put himself back out there.

Trina is broken in so many ways. Escaping her violent husband and running into the kind Declan is too hard for her at some points. It’s actually heartbreaking to read when her fear is at peak level.

I really loved the story between the two of them and how they help heal each other.

Also Available in the Fireside Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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For reviews & more info, check out our His to Love post.

Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of His to Protect (Fireside #2) by Stacey Lynn to read and review.

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