Thursday, November 1, 2018

Release Blitz & Reviews - Protecting Her Heart - Samantha Lind

Title: Protecting Her Heart
Series: Indianapolis Eagles #4
Author: Samantha Lind
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Cover Design: Jersey Girl Design

Photo: CJC Photography

Models: Lauren Summer & Daniel Rengering

Release Date: November 1, 2018


I believed
in the fairytale.
The Happily-Ever-After.
The “till
death do us part” fantasy little girls grow up believing in.
for me, my happy ending was divorce, and learning to find myself all over
I was done
with men and relationships, or so I thought, until a stubborn hockey player was
determined to show me what love could really be.
But could I
fall for the fairytale a second time, and trust that he would protect my heart?

From the
moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she was made for me.
She was
broken and I was determined to put her back together again.
I was here
to prove she could have that fairytale love story after all.  
To show her
someone else can protect her heart and love her unconditionally.
Now I just
have to convince her that someone is me.

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Jennifer's Review:

Warning! You will need tissues! Protecting her Heart…. What can I say about it? It wrecked me emotionally. This book made me shed tears, which is a high compliment because it takes a lot to make me tear up. This story is just… well great. 

I liked the plot of this book. The title itself says that this main female has to protect her heart for a reason. Reading the blurb and finding out our girl is divorced just showed me that I was right. The plot of this story was brilliant and written very well. I liked how the author took these characters on a journey and was not afraid to make it a rough one.

Laura is a tough cookie. She has this exterior that is like armor. I liked seeing her strong side, but I loved seeing her vulnerable side. This woman is what I think of when I see strong women. There is always some softer center waiting to be uncovered. Then you have Mark. He is such a great character. I liked how he didn’t shy away from Laura. Instead, he wanted to help her mend her broken heart. That was a big aww moment for me when I realized how sweet he really is.

The heat in this book is good. These characters have chemistry, that is for sure. I liked how these two interacted with each other. It was realistic, but it also added onto the foundation of their relationship and made their heat even better.

The writing style of this story is good. I liked the pace of the story. It was steady. This story is told from a dual point of view. The characters were written well. I liked checking in with the team. I also liked the conflict in the story.

Overall, this is a great story. It made me cry, but it touched my heart. Have tissues handy for this one. The only way you are not crying a little is if you are heartless. I would recommend this book to others.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Erin's Review:

Protecting her Heart is book four in the Indianapolis Eagles series, about a NHL hockey team. While part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. This was a good read, though nothing that sucked me in or made me really want to keep reading; or need to read the rest of the series.

Laura is our lady in love, and ready for a second chance at love after a failed marriage. She's a believer in happily ever after, but hasn't had the opportunity to experience it yet. Mark has been waiting for the right person to share his life with.

Both characters were good. In small, common, everyday ways, they were good people. Laura is a woman working in a man's world; but she doesn't let that get to her. She's strong in her work ethic and a kind person. At the beginning of the book when we meet her, she's coming out of a crappy marriage. So she takes her time to rediscover herself and her passions and puts off Mark's advances. As a new trade to the Eagles franchise, Mark is eager to find his place in the team, and find a place that makes it feels like home. He's hoping Indianapolis will be that place. Meeting Laura on day one seems like a good start, despite Laura's reticence. I think my favorite part of both characters is their big hearts; they work to make others comfortable and happy.

The book starts off a bit boring heat wise. Yes, Mark likes Laura, and Laura has some feelings for Mark...but she puts him off, and months go by, then years. Part of me understands her slow actions, but I like a bit more speed in my romance novels. Mark is a gentleman, and waits; Laura's feelings for Mark remain after time. So when dating finally starts, there is chemistry and the sparks do fly. They are generous lovers and courteous to each other.

I love hockey romance, but this book was hard to keep reading. It was a very slow start, both romance wise and hockey wise. I wasn't pulled into the characters lives at all, nor the hockey drama that is usually found in this trope. The writing was well done, with good character descriptions and dialogue. I especially loved the care given to the Make a Wish idea, which was my favorite part of the book, and was what kept me reading the book.

I feel a little blah about this book. Nothing stood out as a reason to keep reading, or to read the beginning of the series or read the forthcoming books. It was a little too good, too much went right for the characters, without a huge amount of strife for them personally. There wasn't a big climax for Laura and Mark to get through, at least for me.

Favorite Quotes:

“You can't keep all the boys away from me. Well, actually, please keep the boys away. I just want a man in my life. No boys needed at this point.”

“I'll treasure every moment I get with you.”

Star Ratings:

Plot = 3/5
Characters = 4/5 
Heat = 3/5 
Writing Style = 3/5 
Overall Rating = 3/5

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Author Bio

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey, and listening to country music. 

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