It was more than another blind date . . .
PROTECTED BY LOVE
Montana Heat #0.5
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.
Jennifer Ryan has been an auto-read for me since a friend recommended her to me a few years back. More than once her unforgettable stories have grabbed my full attention with the perfect blend of suspense, humor and romance. Her latest is a novella, PROTECTED BY LOVE and one of my favorite Ryan stories yet.
Caden is a DEA agent who has missed the blind date he's agreed to go on, not once, but twice because of an important case he and his brother were working on. Somehow, his almost date agrees to give him one more chance and Caden is sure glad she did. Mia is reluctant to try again, but her aunt convinces her to give Caden one more shot. She dresses to kill in order to show him what he missed. Both are surprised at the immediate zing that passes through them and the date goes better than expected. They both have more in common than they thought which includes a matching playfully snarky sense of humor. And then there is the electricity in their first kiss...
Which is followed by them both being kidnapped and thrown into a van by a revenge seeking drug thug who wants info on a man involved in Caden's latest case. Caden can't reveal the info because the man was undercover and his own brother. Time is of the essence as the drug dealer is not rational and only thinking of revenge.
Caden and Mia survive the night through teamwork. Mia bravely thinks on her feet and keeps her cool. Neither she or Caden give up on each other through the ordeal. While they are in a sticky situation, their strong new connection as well as an ironically zany sense of humor sees them through the danger. The story is fast paced and filled with fun and witty banter. What started out as a blind date from hell ends up with the promise of a wonderful happily-ever-after. Pick this story up!
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.