Today we are celebrating the blog tour of the new, romantic suspense title from Kaylea Cross. LETHAL PROTECTOR is available now! Be sure to ADD THE BOOK TO YOUR TBR PILE and follow Kaylea for exclusive updates about the book and the Rifle Creek series.
Lethal Protector by Kaylea Cross
Available Now | Rifle Creek Series, #3
She unknowingly threatens his control.
Single mom Tala Baldwin is no stranger to sacrifice. After losing her leg while serving her country, she’s now training to become a competitive biathlete. With her daughter off to college, she’s able to shoot for her dream of making the national masters team. Even her Christmas break in Rifle Creek doesn’t slow her down. She’s asked her trusted friend Braxton to help her train—all while trying to pretend she doesn’t ache for him. Braxton was there for her during the darkest day of her life and he’s been there for her since…but only as a friend. In fact, he seems more determined than ever to hold her at arm’s length—until a deadly blizzard traps them in the mountains with a wanted killer hot on their trail. Now Tala once again finds her life in his hands as they face the lethal threats together.
Now he’s at his breaking point.
Sgt. Braxton Hillard is a master sniper, renowned for his ability to operate without emotion. Except with Tala. She’s all he’s ever wanted—but can’t have. For four long years, he’s kept his distance. She’s way too good for him and she would realize that if he ever made a move. But the attraction between them is too powerful to deny, and once she makes it clear she wants him, he can’t keep his distance any longer. As they fight to survive in the mountains, all bets are off. Braxton is ready to sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves—even his own life.
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NICUnurse’s Review of Lethal Protector by Kaylea Cross
Lethal Protector is book three in Kaylea Cross’s Rifle Creek series. As a long-time fan of her writing, this book did not disappoint. It can be read as a stand-alone title, but as a series junkie, I always recommend reading the entire series in order. Her Rifle Creek series is only three books, so it’s not a huge investment of time or money, but it is so worth both!
NICUnurse’s Rating: It feels like I’ve been waiting for Braxton and Tala’s story forever, so I was more than excited to dive into this book. With tantalizing glimpses into each of these characters in the previous books, my anticipation level was at an all-time high, and I was not disappointed by any stretch of the imagination. And I honestly don’t think she could have done these two main characters any better justice than she did. Both Tala and Braxton are heroes in their own right. They’ve overcome so many obstacles separately. But put them together, and they were a force to be reckoned with and no match for this villain, no matter what he (or nature) threw at them. Braxton and Tala complemented each other so well, and I’m glad they both figured that out eventually.
Lethal Protector was hands down one of my favorites of Kaylea Cross’s books to date. Maybe it’s because I’d waited for what seemed like forever for this book, but I think it’s more because I don’t think a story has ever fit any of her characters better than this one fit Tala and Braxton. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve never felt like she’s done her characters in any of her books any injustice. But this was just so much more. It was a bit of a slow burn between these two, and neither one was pushy with the other even once their feelings for each other were out in the open. They were honest with each other, and despite all of her feelings toward Braxton, Tala was unwilling to compromise what she wanted for her future. I would have been more than disappointed in her if she had. I’m honestly sad to see this series end because I genuinely fell in love with the entire cast of characters and would love to see Rylee get her own book in the future.
Kaylea Cross is at the top of my 1-click author list and one of my top go-to romantic suspense authors for a reason: she writes such wonderful characters and does suspense so, so well, no matter what world she’s creating. I’ve read and re-read so many of her books since I found her and will continue to do so. You can’t go wrong with any of her books, in my humble opinion. And each series she’s written is more than worth your time and money invested into it. And the Rifle Creek series is no exception. But if you have to pick just one book in this series to read, this would be the one to choose!
I give Lethal Protector by Kaylea Cross 5 out of 5 propellers!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast, and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.
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