While investigating a murder at Rikki Allen’s house, detective Blain Kent realizes the victim looks a lot like Rikki. Could the secretive widow have been the target? He wants answers, but Rikki is unusually cagey. When the killer comes after Rikki at a safe location, Blain finally gets the truth out of her: she’s the daughter of Franco Alvanetti—the notorious crime kingpin. A by-the-book former marine, Blain has made it his life mission to put the Alvanetti family out of business. Yet he has to trust Rikki to protect her from a killer who wants her dead by Christmas.
Harlequin Love Inspired | Oct 2015
I continue to be impressed with the Love Inspired Suspense line of books. For such relatively short books, the authors do a fabulous job of packing them full of action and romance! Her Holiday Protector falls right in line.
Blain and Rikki have an amazing chemistry. I very much enjoyed watching them banter and bicker and fall in love – all while trying to keep Rikki alive, of course, because someone IS trying to kill her. The family dynamics added a nice depth of emotion to the story as well, amid the suspense-induced tension. In fact, one of the characters (I can’t say which one or I’ll spoil things) really grew on me as the book progressed! I’m actually wondering/hoping if maybe this person will get his/her own story eventually.
The only fault I can find with Her Holiday Protector is that sometimes there was just so much going on that it got a bit overwhelming. Especially when you factor in the shorter length of a Love Inspired novel. And maybe part of it strayed a teensy bit over into the “farfetched” range. But hey, this is fiction, after all, and a little “farfetched” in a suspense novel never hurt anyone. Except maybe the characters 😉
Bottom Line: The suspense will keep you riveted, the romance will leave you grinning, and the characters will have you wanting more time with them. A nice, quick read that certainly doesn’t sacrifice on quality, Her Holiday Protector is perfect for fans of romantic suspense.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
About the Author:
Lenora Worth has written over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.