Review: Escape To You & Protected By Love by Jennifer Ryan

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Review: Escape To You  & Protected By Love by Jennifer Ryan

Escape to You

Series: Montana Heat #1
by Jennifer Ryan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A Montana man always protects the woman he loves

He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.

No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn’t destroyed his sense of honor.

As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can’t help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger’s undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe…

Addictive

I am not sure how to classify Jennifer Ryan’s books.  I read most of her Montana Men series.  And now she’s started this spin-off, Montana Heat.  Delving into the law enforcement side, out in the country of Montana, her books are one third suspense, one third action, and one third HOT romance.  To say that this first full novel in the new series is intense is an understatement.  This book is GOOD!

Beck/Trigger doesn’t know who he is right now.  Just having come out of being undercover for the DEA, he’s holed up in his isolated Montana ranch recovering from a gun shot wound.  In his mind, he’s “Trigger”, the cranky drug runner hiding from his family.  On a particularly cold, snowy night, he finds a young child out by his barn hiding.  When the child runs off to where a young woman is laying unconscious, the child trying to protect her with a stick (*tears*), Trigger recognizes her as the famous missing movie star.  From there, everything changes for both Trigger/Beck and Ashley Swan, who has been missing for over a year.

This story…  I can’t tell you, was soooo good!  Yeah, yeah, like you’ll take my word for it.  It’s just that Ms. Ryan has a way with taking words and twisting them into phrases that really pull at my heart and then snap it back hard so it hurts… a lot!!  Toss in a child and this was soooo bittersweet.

The pacing of the story was pretty good.  There were some slow parts, at least for me.  But nothing too distracting.  Heck, you probably wouldn’t even notice it.

Not a lot of time was spent dwelling on “getting the bad guy”.  You knew who the creep was and he paid for his sins.  Oh, it did take a while and you were never sure how it would happen.  And honestly, I never thought it would end like it did.  But it was a fabulous ending!  Ms. Ryan did not wimp out on her ending.  Yay for redemption!!!  Get some!!

Oh, wait, that’s not right…  but it is fiction 🙂

 

A fantastic way to try out Jennifer Ryan’s writing is to check out her introductory novella to the Montana Heat series, Protected by Love.

 

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Review: Escape To You  & Protected By Love by Jennifer Ryan

Protected by Love

Series: Montana Heat #0.5
by Jennifer Ryan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 191
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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It was more than another blind date . . .

It was DEA Agent Caden Cooke’s third chance to impress beautiful chef Mia Martin. He’d already stood her up twice, and was shocked she was even giving him another chance. For Caden, taking down the bad guys is important, but Mia’s made it clear there’s no excuse for his bad behavior. So he’s vowed to make it worth her while with an apology he’s cooked up just for her.

From the moment they meet, it’s clear this isn’t just another fix up. The sparks flying between them are undeniable; the tension is electric. Then, suddenly, the best moments of their lives turn treacherous when a drug dealer set on revenge puts their lives in danger. And Mia and Caden quickly realize they will do anything to protect the other—and live for the love neither of them expected.

 

Addictive

 

What’s the best thing about novellas????  That’s right, they are short introductions to an author’s style of writing.  And Protected by Love is an outstanding introduction to Jennifer Ryan’s writing!

Why?

Let me tell you why:

  1. This story is only 191 pages long so it can read in a day.  That’s less commitment than to a cake you bring home from a store.  Well, not at my house but you get the idea…
  2. Starting off with an intense DEA raid, the story quickly turns fun and quirky when we meet Caden and Mia’s aunts trying to set them up.  It’s been tough because Caden keeps standing Mia up at the last minute.  His work keeps interrupting.  But this time, he has a plan and gifts.  Too bad other people have different plans for them tonight 😉
  3. The Kindle eBook is only $1.99 – not bad if you’re cheap… like my husband (OOHHHHHHHHH!)   Well, he did marry me so…
  4. Girl surprises boy – I can’t give anything away with that one, I just love when it happens.
  5. Happy Ever After… do I need to say more?

Even though I read this novella before I read Escape to You, you don’t necessarily HAVE TO read it.  But they do mention Caden and Mia in book one so… there’s that.  This novella isn’t quite as good as Escape to You (IMHO) but if you’re looking for something quick and cheap, here you go 🙂

 

About Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and The Montana Men Series. Jennifer writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

 

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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