Author: Stacey Lynn
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: A warm home for broken hearts, the Fireside Grill serves up hope and healing in equal measure. Stacey Lynn’s sensual, deeply emotional series heats up as a jaded restaurateur falls hard for a woman who’s hiding from a damaged past.
Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.
After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.
Review: I really liked the first novel in this series and really wanted to read Declan’s story. Stacey Lynn is great at setting up suspenseful romantic situations where the two main characters learn and grow through meeting each other, and this book was no exception.
Trina first appears in the book running away from her abusive husband and landing in Detroit. Her dog Boomer was hungry, and the best way to feed him while they were on the run to Canada was by searching through the dumpsters behind the restaurants near her hotel. She’s got very little money to make it on and dog food wasn’t in her budget.
Declan is trying to figure out what’s getting into his dumpsters. Every night he goes out to a big mess, and this night he’s determined to catch whatever it is. When he comes across a large dog and his owner, a beautiful woman with bruises on her face, he realizes it’s more than he was planning on. But he can’t help but want to protect this fragile woman who’s obviously been injured by some man and has a boatload of trouble on her tail.
He’s been burned, but is this woman the one who’ll be different?
Trina had made bad choices about men in the past that cost her dearly. Should she trust her instincts about Declan out should she keep running?
Great romantic suspense with characters who’ve faced heartache in the past and deserve to find a new love. Thanks!