When Lauren Mackillop’s shady business partner gambles away her small business, she heads home to Surrender in Calamity Valley, Texas, to lick her wounds and plan her next move. But she walks straight into another battle to thwart a development company’s scheme to take over their charming Texas haven. Determined to safeguard her town, her senses are on alert when the sexy stranger she flirted with while briefly stranded at LAX turns up as the new owner of the saloon. Something’s going on, and this time, Lauren isn’t going to give in without a fight.
Mark Sterrett has trouble on his heels and more on the way. To protect his family’s reputation from ruin he’s been tasked with ensuring this land deal goes through. But he’s up against more than he bargained for. Making his life more complicated, he’s drawn to the intriguing and enticing Lauren and as their attraction simmers and the threat to the town heightens, Mark wonders if he can get through the next two weeks with his conscience and his heart intact.
Titles in the Calamity Valley series include — Lone Star Hero – Lone Star Protector –
Title: Lone Star Protector
Series: Calamity Valley #2
Author: Jeannie Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
LONE STAR PROTECTOR is full of quirky characters, a great story, a touch of the paranormal in the form of a curse and some abilities, two people who obviously are meant for each other but start out hiding behind half-truths… and so many secondary characters that you’ll fall in love with along the way. In fact, I suspect that you’ll fall in love with the entire population of this very small town, Surrender (besides the bad guys) in short order.
The cover description pretty much tells you what you need to know to pick this one up… but the best parts are the residents of the town who will fight, squabble and disagree among themselves but will bond together to protect their town, their community in every way possible. I think I loved the residents as much as I did the main couple in this romance.
Lauren and Mark each have their secret agendas which make the sizzle between them a bit uncomfortable since they seem to be working at cross-purposes. Watching them work their way through the half-truths, the mistrust and eventually banding together to take down the bad guys was a fun journey. I enjoyed LONE STAR PROTECTOR and if you love small town romances with a touch of paranormal and some bad guys to thwart then you’ll want to pick this one up real soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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