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.
Praise for His to Protect
“Stunning characters and a bright, refreshing voice drew me in on the first page. I didn’t want to put it down!”—New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor
“There’s just something about a damsel in distress that gets me every time. Add in a strong woman and a dog? I’m done! I loved this book!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker
“His to Protect will have you on the edge of your seat the entire read. I swooned one moment and held my breath the next. Stacey Lynn will leave you wanting more—so much more!”—New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott
“If you’re looking for a hero who might be a little rough around the edges but has a heart of gold, then Declan is definitely your guy. His to Protect is a great read!”—USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan
The passionate novels in Stacey Lynn’s Fireside series can be read together or separately:
HIS TO LOVE | HIS TO PROTECT | HIS TO CHERISH | HIS TO SEDUCE
And don’t miss her steamy Crazy Love series:
FAKE WIFE | KNOCKED UP
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The second in the Fireside series (after His to Love) pulls in characters from the first book and ends with a cliff-hanger that sets up the love story of the next, in the process creating a strong sense of the Detroit neighborhood community that supports the characters. Declan Moore, the owner of the Fireside Grill, is instantly drawn to protect the woman he finds feeding her dog out of his restaurant's dumpster. Trina Wilson, running from her powerful and abusive husband, is reluctant to trust any man, but she can't resist the offer of a hot meal and a bed to sleep in. Trina's husband is still looking for her, though, and as Declan and Trina get closer, Trina gets more anxious about staying in Detroit, all too close to the home she fled in Kentucky. The alternating points of view create windows into the characters' motivations, and the reader will be gripped by Trina's fear of her husband and Declan's compassion and anger on her behalf. The final showdown feels a bit contrived, but the personalities and prose shine through the formula.
Loved this story! It's about a woman who becomes brave enough to leave her abusive husband. I truly felt the fear and anxiety that Trina was experiencing. Declan was just awesome. His patience and caring had me swooning. Both had bad marriages, but together they healed each other in the best way. The suspense of what was going to happen with Trina's husband kept me on my toes. The outcome was so scary. Couldn't put this book down! I was gifted this Arc for an honest review.
Not worth it 👎🙅🏻♀️🙅🏻♀️🙅🏻♀️👎👎👎🙄😤😤😤😤👎👎
Stacey Lynn did a great job of writing about an abused woman learning to let her walls down while the big overprotective guy does everything he can to show her not all men are like her abusive husband. Declan was very protective and even possessive with Trina but not in a way that would scare off an abuse victim. Everything about Declan draws you in. The way he treats Trina yet still carry his own hurt and bitterness from a failed marriage just makes you want to swoon and be the one to show him love. Trina, despite the abuse she suffered is very strong and caring and showed Declan that not all women are like his ex-wife. They were the perfect fit for each other. I enjoyed the side characters and look forward to reading Tyson's, Aiden's and David's story.
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.