Hers to Protect: A Clean Romance

Hers to Protect: A Clean Romance

by Catherine Lanigan

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488039720
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: Shores of Indian Lake , #11
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 454,972
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Despite being told by her college creative-writing professor that she had "no writing talent whatsoever", Catherine Lanigan has been writing novels for over 35 years. Her bestselling romances have been translated into 27 languages. She is the author of the Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. She can be found on Twitter @cathlanigan, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.  www.catherinelanigan.com.

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Hers to Protect: A Clean Romance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BrittanyMc 13 hours ago
Hers to Protect was a really good story. This was the first book that I have read by this author, and now I look forward to reading more of her books in the future! Although this story is the eleventh in a series, I had no trouble stepping in and enjoying the setting and the characters. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would like Josh Stevens very much. He seemed very cocky toward the beginning of the book, as he reacted to being arrested by the heroine of the story, Violet Hawks. However, I quickly began to like Josh as I learned his back story and saw that his behavior was a bit of a protection mechanism. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Josh and Violet and the line they had to walk between attraction and Violet’s duty to her job. I didn’t always agree with the decisions they made, but I still anxiously turned the pages to see how things would work out for them. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 2 days ago
Hers To Protect was truly a heartwarming story of two souls that needed to find that special someone to love as both were carrying hurts from childhood and trying to excel in their current job positions. They both were using their jobs to fulfill the emptiness inside of them that their jobs could not. Violet, a police officer, and Josh a famous race car driver have a very memorable first meeting that had me smiling. I was definitely on Violet’s side as she pulls Josh over for speeding and felt rather bad for her as she was just trying to do her job and it seemed no one took her seriously because she was young and a woman. What plays out in this story is a beautiful friendship and romance of two people that have some serious trust issues and a bit of pride on both of their sides; especially when it comes to judging each other. This book has a bit of suspense as well, that adds more friction between these two, not like they needed that but it certainly keeps the plot moving at a quick pace. This is a first time read for me by this author and I enjoyed her writing style and look forward to reading more of her work. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
LynnB888 5 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! Sweet romance with a hint of intrigue! With a return trip to the Shores of Indian Lake series by Catherine Lanigan, we are always sure to find ourselves enmeshed into the heart of the small town culture very quickly. The supporting characters are always familiar with much loved updates on some of our favorites being weaved into the current story, and each new edition brings us a new couple to fall in love with. Violet & Josh were very easy to connect with. She is eager to do her job, and he's living the life people can only dream of, but still has a heart that's partially back in that life that wasn't so easy. They are faced with adversity, but attraction wins out when they can't resist starting a relationship even though they are at odds and keeping secrets. The intrigue was spot on, the relationship heartfelt and overall I loved their story! Rookie cop Violet Hawks takes her job seriously, so when she apprehends a dangerously fast speeder in her hometown of Indian Lake, Indiana and he gives her flack, she doesn't hesitate to cuff him and take him in ... no matter who he is! Infamous race car driver Josh Stevens eventually admits he was in the wrong, but he doesn't have to like the fact that the pretty cop took his ego down a notch when she threw him in the slammer! Taking some mandatory downtime finds Josh returning to the small town that he's determined to win over after his little skirmish with the law ... but let's admit it, it's his arresting officer that he's really interested in wooing!
Andrea_C 7 days ago
This is the second book that I have read in the Shores of Indian Lake series. I will say that you definitely do not need to read the other books in the series to appreciate this title. The story, while it alludes to the other couples that have come together in this town, really focuses on the current couple and their path to making things work out, if meant to be. Characters continue to weave their way throughout all of these stories for familiarity, but it is not essential to know their entire backstory for this one to make sense. That being said, I have a feeling that the rest of those books would be worth checking out, as I really liked this one, almost better than the last one I read. Violet and Josh both have something to prove. Violet is the rookie cop who wants to make a big splash, but always thought she would have the opportunity to do so in a larger city. She is still making rookie mistakes, but has an innate sense of how to be a great investigator and cop. Josh is the star race car driver who was brought up in the foster care system and wants to show the world that he is a great human being in addition to being a star driver. They also share the pain of losing a parent at a young, tender age. Violet lost her father and Josh lost both of his parents. Of course the two of them have friction, especially after Violet busts Josh for doing 200 mph on the back country roads. And then there is that matter of Josh's former connection to a known drug lord whom Violet is investigating. In spite of her investigation, she cannot help but be drawn to him because she can see beyond his celebrity persona into the man he is deep inside. And he is able to look past her uniform to see the kind and loving woman within who just wants to make the world a better place. There is just a hint of a thriller story in here, which is fun in a romance. And they have a slow burning flame that is kindled and nurtured throughout the story. I like reading books sometimes that are all about the relationship and not so much about jumping into bed together. It was a great way to pass a rainy Sunday and I am definitely going to keep on reading more books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
onemused 20 days ago
Although HERS TO PROTECT is classified as heartwarming, it also has some light suspense elements which are a cherry on top of a slow-building, delicious romance. Violet is a young officer on the police force who has recently been given a big case- she is to take down a big drug dealer who has been rather elusive thus far. She knows he has a fast sports car, and though she is on a stake-out, when she sees one speeding past at over 200 mph, she pulls it over. It turns out to be Josh Stevens, a race car driver, who thinks he shouldn't get a ticket. Violet knows how important laws are and the safety issues with such reckless driving. When he is combative, she arrests him, following the letter of the law. After that, Violet continues on her case but also keeps running into Josh- and as they get to know each other better, they begin to fall in love. With some passionate kisses and slow build, this romance pulls you in and makes you believe in a couple that at first seemed impossible. The addition of the case Violet is working on adds some interesting elements to the book. Violet has a lot of integrity and believes in doing her job well- she's a great and admirable character all around. As such, we later find out about potential conflicts with her case, and it was interesting to see how it all built. Although the romance is certainly front and center, this adds an extra element to the book, along with the dangerous car racing for Josh, that keeps the plot moving quickly and with some light suspense. As a heartwarming romance, you won't find more than kisses in the book, so it is very clean. I would recommend for fans of slow-building romance, enemies turned lovers, and fans of light romantic suspense (as a secondary plot). Please note that I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own.