Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommend to Other?: Yes
ABOUT: If you can’t stand the heat, don’t fall for a firefighter…
Fire Chief Lincoln Reed is known for his heroics in the fire department and in the bedroom. Life is a never-ending good time. Until she lands in the middle of the accident scene he’s working…and then his backyard. Too bad she’s immune to flirty first responders.
Flight trauma surgeon Mackenzie O’Neil is on a crash course with burnout. She’s got a scar on her face and a shake in her hands. A temporary job as a small-town family physician is just the prescription. She’ll learn to meditate. Sleep more. Take up gardening.
She definitely won’t take her shirtless, firefighting neighbor’s hot body for a test drive.
But Linc and his tattoos are very persuasive. What’s a harmless little adrenaline-fueled fling between neighbors? It’s all naked fun and games until the shadows from Mack’s past find their way into her present. Can Linc be her hero when she needs him the most or will their scars ruin everything?
One thing is certain: Someone is going to get burned.
My Review: Protecting What’s Mine was such a darling small town romance with so many feels and lovable main characters.
I like small town romances because of the sense of community in them and how everyone has each other’s back (though sometimes too involved in their well-intentioned ways). There’s a lot of colorful characters who reside in the town of Benevolence (because of course that’s what’s it called). It was hard to keep track of who’s related to who or how one knows another, so I just gave up early and kept on reading (ahaha).
One thing that drew me to this story was the fact that both MCs were first responders/essential workers. For me, it was a rare thing to see in a romance novel or any book for that matter.
I’m glad the author gives us a full, raw view into what it’s like for Mack and Linc to do their jobs – the intensity, the adrenaline, the danger, the fear. It clearly demonstrated why Mack and Linc do what they do and how much their professions mean to them. Besides their instant attraction, they share a deeper bond that those outside such professions wouldn’t fully understand.
I like Mack and Linc together. They’re definitely now one of my favorite romance couples. There’s a lot of light-hearted moments between them and with other characters, but also some steamy, romantic moments as well. All in all they are perfect for each other.
Protecting What’s Mine was an engrossing read that I didn’t want to end. I loved every moment of the story, especially Linc’s dog, Sunshine, and all his nieces and nephews. Also, how loved, needed, and included everyone made Mack feel.
This is only the second book I’ve read by Lucy Score and I can say wholeheartedly that she is now one of my new favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more delightful contemporary romances by her.