Also by this author: His to Love (Fireside, #1)
His to Protect (Fireside, #2) by Stacey Lynn
Published by Loveswept on July 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Although His to Protect can be read as a standalone, we do first meet Declan in His to Love. We didn’t really get to know him and there was always something about him that made me want more. So I was excited when I saw that he was getting his own book.
Trina Wilson has packed up and left her abusive husband. She has hardly any money but has a plan to get as far away from him as possible. When she makes a stop in Detroit, she thought she would be there for just a few days until she moved on. That is until Declan finds her rummaging through his bar’s dumpsters in order for her to get food for her dog. He immediately takes an interest in helping her. Will she accept his help or will she continue on with her plan to run as far away from her husband, leaving behind the new man that wants to protect her?
I liked the fact that Trina worked hard to be independent and wouldn’t allow herself to be sucked back into her husband’s lies. Although she has been running from him, it takes guts to make the first step to get away. When Declan offers his help, she’s semi-reluctant because of her past. She definitely had an internal battle between accepting help and doing it alone.
I adored Declan. He knows exactly what he wants and he works hard to achieve it. He’s loyal and extremely patient. His protectiveness over Trina seems to actually be exactly what she needs to heal and move on. He puts her before anything else and allows her to process life events on her on time and in her own way. He’s just your overall great guy with a big heart.
I also like the fact that everyone in this book is just one big supportive group of people who love and protect each other. The group is pretty eclectic yet they all click together.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and was happy to get Declan’s story. The epilogue did set us up for the next book and I’ve been hoping we might get more Aidan and Chelsea. If you are looking for an overall sweet, swoon worthy guy who will do everything to protect the things most important to him, then this book is for you.