Review: Mine to Protect by Kennedy L. Mitchell

mine to protectTitle: Mine to Protect

Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Park Ranger Alta Johnson

The hero: Marine/FBI consultant Cas Mathews

The blurb: A standalone, romantic thriller novel where obsession is the name of the game.

Recruited to the FBI Cas Mathews has one focus – catch the killer. That’s until officer Alta Johnson shoves her way on to the team, making him fantasize about the delicious curves she hides beneath her park ranger uniform. Alta’s natural beauty catches his immediate attention, but the strength behind her fierce gaze is what holds him captive – demanding he learns more about her.

As the team grows close, the serial killer shifts focus putting them all in danger. Cas should walk away before their sizzling attraction distracts him and gets them both killed. But as the threat pushes Cas and Alta closer, the temptation turns too hot for either to resist.

With their focus diverted the threat zeroes in, catching everyone off guard. Figuring out the players in the killer’s cat and mouse game is key to Alta’s survival. Cas swore he would protect her but with the clues carefully hidden, can he figure it out before Alta disappears for good?

Mine to Protect is a standalone, romantic thriller novel based in the beautiful mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This romantic suspense story is an intelligent, intoxicating, slow burn romance with two protagonists whose broken hearts are perfect for each other and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Alta ‘Birdie’ Johnson is a park ranger. Ten years previously, she was held captive for three days by a mentally unstable man who sexually assaulted her. Since then, she can’t bear being touched by anyone. She hasn’t been intimate with a man. She suffers from PTSD and OCD, and the only soul sh trusts is her German Shepherd, Benny.

When women start going missing from the park she protects, the FBI arrives in the form of agent Chandler Peters and military man Cas Mathews. They once served together, so they’ve been friends for years and have that kind of camaraderie you’d expect of long-standing friends. Cas also has a dark past, and he knows that no woman would ever be able to put up with his PTSD and the nightmares he suffers daily.

What neither Cas nor Alta expect is to find their soulmate and know it from the start. It doesn’t take long before they recognise what they have found in each other, but the physical side of their romance needs to go slowly, for Alta. Cas doesn’t rush her, being able to understand PTSD himself.

When the killer targets Alta, Cas is determined to find out who he is and put a stop to it once and for all. But can he protect her from the killer who seems to be one step ahead of them? Will Alta find her worst nightmare come true and she’s taken again?

Cas and Alta’s relationship is unlike any other romance I’ve ever read, and it was just delicious to see bloom. I loved that they both knew their limitations, but were able to see the good in each other, that their souls recognised a kindred spirit. I so enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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