Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Hers to Protect by Catherine Lanigan

Posted May 22, 2019 by meezcarrie in Catherine Lanigan, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 13 Comments

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about the book

SERIES: Shores of Indian Lake #11
GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2019
PAGES: 384

She’s sworn to protect…

But does that include a speeding celebrity?

Violet Hawks is a by-the-books police officer—so when she catches a man speeding, she arrests him. Only, the man is famous race car driver Josh Stevens.

To make amends, Josh launches a charm campaign, and it works on the small town…and on Violet. But when Josh is connected to an investigation, Violet begins to wonder—can she trust her instincts when her heart is involved?

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Other Books In This Series

“This is where true love ignites and remains for a lifetime.”

I love visiting the shores of Indian Lake through Catherine Lanigan’s long-running series! But don’t worry if you haven’t read all the books (or even one) – they all work well as stand alones, including the newest installment Hers to Protect.

Violet and Josh have a unique meet-cute… I mean it’s not every romance that begins when the heroine (a rookie police officer) arrests the hero (a famous race car driver) for driving over 200 mph and resisting arrest. This creates an instant tension between them, as you might imagine, and that in turn leads to some delicious, toe-curling kisses later on in their story.

If you have been following this series for any length of time, you’ll be delighted to see many familiar faces who, at this point, feel like dear friends. Catching up on their lives is always fun as they pop in and out of the plot without taking away from Violet and Josh’s story. And as it plays out in the context of the community project they are working on with many of those familiar faces I just mentioned, we get an organic peek into their backstories – helping us understand both Violet and Josh on a deeper level even as they do the same with each other.

I didn’t always agree with their choices, nor how quickly they made assumptions about each other. But their relationship is a bit like the races that Josh is famous for – sometimes the roughest start leads to the sweetest victory and the deepest emotions. Not to mention the speed at which it appears they abandon their dislike and rush headlong into kisses and more romantic feelings. Never fear though, the author doesn’t make it too easy on them. There are some more (figurative) hairpin curves and wipeouts in store before that finish line comes into view. What a sweet finish it is too!

Bottom Line: Brimming with the strength of community and the power of love, Hers to Protect is another fun and rewarding visit to Indian Lake thanks to the talented pen of Catherine Lanigan. The characters are layered and vivid, allowing readers to experience the full range of emotion while discovering their stories and cheering them on once they’ve fully taken up residence in reader hearts. Easy to become absorbed in even for those who are making their first trip to Indian Lake, this novel is perfect for fans of small town romance that’s clean and well-written!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HER TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for


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13 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Hers to Protect by Catherine Lanigan

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Love the cover! And it sounds like a wonderful book! I’ll have to check out the Hallmark show. Thanks for the review!

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Hers to Protect” by Catherine Lanigan. Sounds like a wonderful book and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

    Love small town romances! Maybe it’s because we live in a small town and I can relate to a lot of the situations. Seems to me like the people are more believable and friendlier in the small town settings in books. Kind of where everyone knows everyone type thing and willing to help one another. 🙂

  3. Martha Troxel

    You got me interested when you wrote about their toe curling kisses!?Honestly, there are other things that sound good about this book: small town, police officer, race car driver, and twists and turns before a HEA ending.

  4. Cassandra D

    I really like the cover.
    I will be tuning in to watch Heart’s Desire premiering as Sweetest Heart on Hallmark.

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