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Posted February 27, 2015
Jeff is a firefighter and Lisa has her own ad agency. Lisa can't bring herself to delegate the workload so she is overwhelmed by the various projects she is trying to complete. Jeff is so shy he won't even talk to a woman which is quite a problem when his friends set up dates for him.
Both Lisa and Jeff were battling their pasts. Lisa thinks having someone in her life would just make matters worse. Jeff became a firefighter to try to make up for causing his house to burn down; killing his brother and father - when he was 17. They both have issues to overcome but with help from each other and God, they can do it.
When they get together and fall in love, Lisa has a hard time accepting Jeff's dangerous job. Jeff helps Lisa see that her staff are competent and would do a good job if she would just give them a chance.
The characters are unusual in To Serve & Protect. Lisa is so demanding of perfection (which she didn't get from anyone) that she was hard to like some times. With Jeff's guidance, she did come around and became a nicer person. I found it hard to believe that a firefighter could be as shy as Jeff was, since they have the image of being so brave and fearless.
This book had me feeling so many emotions that I was surprised that it was such an easy read. At times I felt anger, sadness, love and tenderness. It was very well written but I thought it took a bit too long to find out what Jeff's problem was. I would like to have learned about this earlier in the story. I loved the details on firefighters and their families. It made me realize how dangerous their jobs are and the angst their families face daily.
If you like Christian romances, you'll love this book.
Posted April 19, 2014
I hardly ever rate a book a 5 Star, but this book certainly deserves it. We don't realize what the people go through to protect and serve us. This book shows what they go through at work and at home.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2013
This was this first book that I have read from Ms. Stallings. I was asked to read it and write a review so here goes.
I felt like I knew the characters on first name basis. I knew that Ms. Stallings was a Christian but the book was steamy and still clean.
It was a lot of fun. I immediately read the next one in this series. It was just as good as the first one. She is a fun author.
I will read more of her books.
Posted May 18, 2012
This is another great read by Staci Stallings! Staci works magic in her ability to weave a story that keeps you interested from page one. You can always be certain that her stories will be inspiring as well as entertaining. There is romance of the purest and sweetest kind. There is enough suspense to keep you up late at night because you can't put the book down until you see what happens next. And, then there is always that important ingredient that makes her books special. She shows how we need to quit going through life on our own power and learn to trust that God will hold us up. If I could, I would give this book 10 stars! Truly an extraordinary book that I will read more than once and will recommended to everyone I see.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
Owner of her own successful company, self sufficient, no emotional ties, Lisa’s life is safe. She’s worked hard to get here and that’s the way she wants it.
Jeff’s life has been all about fulfilling his destiny by becoming a firefighter. He’s met his goal, found good friends and is now settling into his new job. He’s worked hard to get here and this is the way he wants it.
To Protect and Serve is Lisa’s story. Afraid to put her emotions on the line or risk her heart being broken, she pours herself into her fledgling advertising company only to find that her life still lacks meaning and purpose. The more control she gains over her life and work, the more stressful things become for her. Shouldn’t it work the other way around?
To Protect and Serve is also the story of Jeff. Allowing the past to make demands on his future, Jeff searches to fill the void in his heart by becoming a firefighter. Putting his life at risk to save others is an everyday occurrence. He is good at what he does and feels a sense of accomplishment in it. Why then, does the emptiness inside him only seem to grow, gripping his mind in a search to fill it with something as yet unknown?
What happens when these two lives heading entirely different directions collide one night, sending their motivations and ambitions hurtling into places they have never dared to venture before now? Can Lisa allow her heart to run free long enough to see where it takes her? Will Jeff let his job succeed in extinguishing the spark that threatens to catch his emotions on fire? Can they find faith along the way?
As you have come to expect from Staci Stallings, emotions run rampant through her characters, expertly captured into the written word. To Protect and Serve will hold you prisoner to its pages until the final one is turned. Prepare to cry, laugh, wish, love and maybe even cry again as you become enveloped in the hopes and feelings of Lisa and Jeff. You will find yourself encouraging them along the pathways of their lives, nudging them to find the right direction, perhaps daring them to chase the dreams long hidden in their hearts.
Staci Stallings has woven reality into fiction in a powerful way. To Protect and Serve truly honors those who protect and serve us every day. You will definitely enjoy this behind the scenes glimpse of the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
Posted May 19, 2012
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