A snowstorm brought them together, but her past might tear them apart...
Bartender Ryan Carlisle is ready to leave his playboy days behind. He used to believe commitment was something to be wary of but watching his best friend fall in love and get engaged has him starting to think differently. His path to finding love won’t be easy, since the first and only woman to stir his protective instincts and make him dream of forever, is
running scared and looking for a place to start over.
When Anna Thorn comes into his pub, desperate for a safe harbor, the last thing either of them expects is the thrill of instant attraction. They’re both trying to move on from their past and find happiness in their future. Together, they must learn to trust, and ultimately, to love.
As Anna’s past catches up to her, their relationship – and her life – will be thrown into jeopardy.
3 Heart Review by Ashley
Sports romance with a little bit of suspense, yes please! That being said, I found the sports and suspense aspects of Protecting Anna to be lacking. However, that doesn't mean it was all bad. Heck, the opening alone had me rooting for Anna.
I liked both leading characters. Anna was strong and brave. Even with her vulnerability, she was a fighter and I commend her for getting herself out of a bad situation. Thank goodness she found herself in Ryan's bar. That stormy night changed everything for both of them. The connection was instantaneous. But more than that, there was a comfort level, a sense of safety and calm that came over them when they were together.
I liked that Ryan gave Anna a safe place to share her demons but also pushed her to move forward from that pain. In turn, she gave Ryan something he had never had before, hope for a lasting and meaningful relationship.
Overall, I found Protecting Anna ok. I wanted more of the 'showdown' between Anna and her ex. There was a lot of build up for it, I knew it was coming, and then just like that it was over with no real consequence. My favorite thing was seeing Anna blossom and grow, come out of her shell in the nurturing and loving environment she found at Lucky Strike. She followed her dreams and her heart and it brought her nothing but happiness and love.
About the Author
Julia Jarrett is a busy mother of two boys, a happy wife to her real-life book boyfriend and the owner of a rescue dog. She has a passion for writing contemporary romance novels that are full of relatable heroines and the men who fall in love with them. If she isn't writing or chasing kids, she's most likely drinking tea, reading a book and dreaming of a sunny vacation.