Title: Protected by Love (Montana Heat, #0.5)
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~192 pages
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
A blind date that blossomed into lasting relationship, meddling queer aunts, and a dose of actions involving guns and explosions. That’s the gist of what Jennifer Ryan‘s Protected by Love have in store for the reader.
I hemmed and hawed what to say about this book as it wasn’t the better pick I have. Not a total fail, as the female character was quite a kick ass. But boy, the (supposedly) hero was just …I had issue with him. Big time. For a seemingly seasoned DEA agent, Caden didn’t sound that good. Perhaps I should just accept how apt the title is because Mia did seem to run to Caden’s rescue. A lot. Not that I dislike a strong female character in a book, but I don’t feel like male character compliment her well enough. What I saw here pegged Caden as lax and very unlucky fed.
Romance wise, it was so rushed and instant, even taking into account the adrenaline-fueled experience Mia and Caden went through. That said, I had to give brownie point to Caden for his effort at wooing Mia. The man was thoughtful, I give him that. But in general, I wasn’t too impressed with the romance element of the story.
Protected by Love is a prequel to the new Montana Heat series that features federal agents as the heroes of the story. It was told from multiple POVs, and for a novella it’s erratic-paced and got quite a busy thread. Personally, this novella wasn’t a solid piece and somehow felt more like a stepping stone to the first full novel of the series. Too bad, really. Mia’s strong character deserved more than this.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.