Their relationship isn’t real…But his feelings for her are!

Detective Jack Talbott has devoted his life to ending police corruption. His latest target is Liv Hylton, the ex-wife of a dirty cop.

She’s also the woman he’s secretly loved for years. To get close to her, Jack’s going undercover as her boyfriend. But when the evidence points to Liv’s innocence and a threat to her safety, he’ll do anything to protect her. Even risk his career.

Titles in the Home to Eagle’s Rest series include – Her Lawman Protector – Falling for the Cowboy Dad – The Lawman’s Baby – Her Triplets’ Mistletoe Dad –

Title:  Her Lawman Protector
Series:  Home to Eagle’s Rest #1
Author:  Patricia Johns
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  October 2, 2018
Publisher:  Harlequin Heartwarming
My Rating:  4 stars

HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR is a little bit of many things – a slow-burning romance, a fake relationship, a suspenseful mystery, and an all-around intriguing story.  And it was also a book that I wanted to set aside several times during the first half.  Not because of the usual reasons for setting aside a book but because I was so annoyed at Jack’s lying to Liv.  I get he was undercover and that involves lies, but it rankled so much that I almost stopped reading a story that became so much more, and one that I’m very glad I did hang in there with until the ending.  (I’m also glad that this ended well for me as a reader since I had already purchased the remainder of this series before finishing the first one – an unusual step for me)

Because this story has the feel of a Romantic Suspense in many ways I don’t want to say much about the actual story.  There is a real danger to Liv, there are also betrayals that she (and I) didn’t see coming so to give too much away would spoil this for the reader who is thinking of picking up this book.

Once I set aside my irritation at Jack’s necessary lies in the line of duty, I enjoyed HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR very much.  There is some world building, I expect that in the first story.  We’re introduced to the small town of Eagle’s Rest and Liv’s very large family.  I’m looking forward to learning more about this town, especially with the reveals that this story gave me.

In my opinion, this is a story you might have to be patient with for a bit.  Let it and the characters seep into your curiosity and you’ll find a suspenseful, enjoyable Romance that lays the groundwork for a series that I’m looking forward to reading.  I enjoyed myself, and if you love a good Mystery or Romance then I believe you will, too.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription – although I have purchased the rest of the series.

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