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Posted May 29, 2014
Another wonderful book by Liz Johnson! This author really knows how to write books that I love to read! I first met these two main characters when I read SEAL Under Siege (which actually comes after A Promise to Protect). I enjoyed that book so much that I knew I needed to read this one, too, and see how they got together!
The hero of A Promise to Protect is Matt Waterstone, a Navy SEAL. He is obviously a strong male lead, but the author is also able to write him as a strong character who has vulnerability stemming from his upbringing. And I love that he is a strong Christian man. Ashley Sawyer, the female lead in this book, is no weak female, either. She is a strong and capable woman who has overcome violence in her past and is now helping other women escape abusive situations.
I love books where the characters knew each other earlier in life, and when they meet again years later, one or both of them wake up to the fact that the other person is pretty amazing! That is the case with this book and it just works so well. Ashley is not the little teenage girl Matt used to know years earlier when he would visit with his best friend, Ashley’s older brother. The relationship that develops between these two is just so sweet. Loved it from start to finish!
Posted February 9, 2013
A Promise to Protect by Liz Johnson is a story about a who woman is attacked and stalked by an unknown assailant. Ashley Sawyer runs a shelter for abused women and she is devoted to what she does. When someone attacks her, her brother's friend Matt, takes it upon himself to protect her and try to find out who is after her. In the process he starts to fall for her but thinks that her brother will not find him good enough for Ashley so he keeps his growing feelings to himself. He made a promise to protect so he tries to put these feelings on the back burner. Ashley on the other hand is resistant at first to accept Matt's help but she also starts to have feelings for him. This story is filled with suspense as the person/s after her continue to torment her. The main characters are very likable and the story line is one that could happen to any woman. Liz Johnson's story's are sweet without being sappy and still keep the element of suspense. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2012
Reviewed by: Jennifer McGee
I received this novel as a Goodreads giveaway. I've read other books from the "Love Inspired" novels, and I've been pretty pleased over all. This one didn't really draw me in as much as some of the other books had.
The plot was interesting, but something felt really unrealistic the whole time. I didn't buy into the lead male role in the story. It almost seems like he was written in too feminine a manner, though I know that the author was trying to convey that he is deeply caring and sensitive -- it still just came across as fake, like make you want to barf fake for lack of a better way to put it.
I will absolutely pick up more books from this publishing company, particularly ones from this line of novels, though I may not be as quick to grab another one by this author.
Posted November 29, 2012
"Tristan is the closest thing I have to a brother. He's worried about you, and so am I. Let me help."
Fear flicked through Ashley's eyes as she whispered, "Someone almost ran me over."
"Tristan said something about a letter," Matt pressed.
Ashley nodded. "When I got home that day, there was an anonymous note saying that someone wanted hsi property back."
His gut clenched. What kind of jerk threatened a bettered women's shelter? "Listen, I'm in town for a few days. Let me look into things."
She smiled up at him. "Thanks, but I got the note more than a week ago. If there was any danger, something else would have happened by now."
As they reached her car, her smile died. He didn't have to ask if she still thought the threat had passed as she took in the smashed windshield of her coupe. Tucked under a wiper blade, the person responsible for the mess had left a clear message.
If I don't get what's mine, you'll get what's yours. (pg. 18).
In the latest suspense romance novel from Liz Johnson, A Promise to Protect involves Matt Waterstone, a Navy SEAL who is recovering from an injury who takes on an investigation and protection of his best friend's sister, Ashley is almost run over. Since she took over helping women find safety and refuge at Lil's Place, a battered women's shelter this is her first time that the threat levels for her personal safety have taken on a different meaning.
It seems that helping a young Asian woman, named Joy seems to be the only link in helping both Matt and Ashley uncover who is behind a string of increasingly violent threats against Ashley. While she thinks its no more threatening than ex-boyfriends or husbands she has dealt with in the past, these threats are now involving the personal safety of the women and children in the shelter unless Ashley returns Joy. Even the local small town police don't seem to have enough resources to help locate the person responsible and when a lady who aided Joy turns up missing, Ashley and Matt know that this threat is personal and it won't stop until Joy is returned or Ashley is made to pay for her intervention.
I received A Promise To Protect compliments of Liz Johnson and Harlequin's Love Inspired Series for my honest review. This is perfect to take along in your purse to read anywhere, but trust me once you get started, you'll be hooked until you reach the final page. Liz does just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat with enough suspense to keep you frantically turning pages hoping to find out just what happens, both to solving the threat to Ashley and to seeing if the romantic tension between Matt and Ashley connects with true love for them both. I easily rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion and can't wait for more from Liz in the future. The Love Inspired series from Harlequin is geared to the Christian Romance reader and is one I am certain you will enjoy.
Posted November 24, 2012
Navy SEAL, Matt Waterstone, makes a promise to his best friend of 10 years, fellow Navy Seal, Tristan Sawyer, that he will protect Tristan's younger sister, Ashley, while Tristan is deployed to the middle East. (Matt is home nursing a war wound that required 90 stitches.)
Ashley Sawyer is the director of Lil's Place, a home for abused women and their children. Ashley herself was abused by an ex-boyfriend when she was in college, so she has resolved not to trust men or let herself become vulnerable to them, lest she repeat her painful past.
The drama starts when Ashley helps an abused Asian woman who barely looks fifteen, but claims she is eighteen, get housed in a secret location to escape her abuser. Shortly after this, Ashley receives threatening letters and even a brick to the head warning her to "return what belongs to me or you or one of your women will regret it."
Through the increasing threat, Matt protects Ashley and gradually falls for her. He doesn't feel good enough for her, however, because of his lousy, "foster care" childhood. Ashley is also falling for Matt, which scares her to death because of her history of domestic abuse.
Things reach a climax when Ashley gets kidnapped and Matt uncovers a sinister human trafficking operation going on in the sleepy town.
Ashley and Matt are strong, likeable characters who are battling ghosts from their past that make it hard to be vulnerable and trusting of themselves or others. The plot forces them to face and conquer these obstacles. The book is well-written and has enough drama and emotion to keep you turning the pages.
I recommend it highly as a moving romantic suspense from a Christian perspective.
Posted December 8, 2012
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Posted August 11, 2013
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Posted December 9, 2012
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