Real love is worth every risk . . . 
  
Ex-Air Force pilot Andy Whitcomb loves nothing more than the wide blue skies, but when a helicopter crash fighting forest fires in California leaves her injured and shaken, she’s ready to return home to the peace of Wind River Ranch. The good news is, there’s a chance for her to fly helos for the county sheriff’s department. The bad news? The person in charge is none other than Dev Mitchell, an ex-Army Black Hawk pilot—and the rugged, sharp-eyed man Andy has never forgotten after five days together running from the Taliban after a nerve-wracking near-miss in Afghanistan. 
 
Dev can’t believe his eyes when Andy walks into the interview. She’s as strong and sexy as he remembers, and every bit qualified for the job, which she clearly wants. Unfortunately, if he’s going to be her boss, their relationship has to remain strictly professional—a regret Dev fights to keep hidden as they begin to work together. But when a chance encounter with violent drug traffickers forces them into survival mode, both of them will fight to hold on to the connection they can’t ignore—and the chance of a future together.

Titles in the Wind River Valley series include — Wind River Wrangler – Wind River Rancher – Wind River Cowboy – Wrangler’s Challenge – Lone Rider – Wind River Lawman – Kassie’s Cowboy (#6.5) – Home to Wind River – Wind River Protector – 

Title:  Wind River Protector
Series:  Wind River Valley #8
Author:  Lindsay McKenna
Genre:  Romantic Suspense, Modern Western Romance
Published:  July 30, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4.5 stars

You know, I’ve never met a Lindsay McKenna book that I didn’t like.  Sure, some I’ve loved to pieces and cried happy tears over, and others I’ve simply enjoyed continuing on with the series so I liked them for different reasons, and that is true for any author that a reader has followed for years and years.

The same can be said for WIND RIVER PROTECTOR, I loved it for the couple and that it moves (or lets me go back to) the series that I’ve loved a bit further ahead.  I cannot imagine the fear that Dev and Andy went through in Afganistan – but I can live through that fear, the adrenalin rush, the not knowing if this is the last moment on earth or not through Ms. McKenna’s words — and that is what makes her an amazing storyteller.  The ability to have me believing, experiencing something I had not in my real life.  I get that inclusion into her worlds every time I pick up one of her books, and that is why I return to her work time after time.

When Andy returns home seeking peace and a re-centering of her life priorities she’s hoping to fly once again with the sheriff’s department.  She hadn’t expected to run into Dev again – or for her reactions to him be just as strong as they were the last time she saw him.

Dev’s thoughts also went back to those days of desperately trying to stay alive while they worked their way to safety when Andy showed up to interview for the pilot position.  She’s certainly qualified, and he would like nothing more than to have her on the team.  Yet that also means that any attraction he has felt or does still feel for her has to be set aside.  Something he’s going to have to deal with.

All bets are off though when danger finds them once again and the reality of the moment becomes stronger than concern over what others think about them.  They’re going to have to depend on each other once again, and this time the stakes are even higher for it’s not only their lives but their future together at risk.

I was easily caught up in WIND RIVER PROTECTOR and enjoyed Andy and Dev’s romance very much.  I loved running into old friends from the series, meeting a new set of secondary characters and simply being back in the Wind River Valley world.  If you love Romance, some Suspense, and a really good story that will keep you flipping pages, then I’d not hesitate to recommend this one to any Romantic Suspense reader.

*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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