Happy Publication Day to Delores Fossen on the publishing of Her Child to Protect. Welcome to my stop on the blog tour. This is one of the offerings from the Harlequin Intrigue line of books for spring 2021. This is the first in a series, Mercy Ridge Lawmen.

Her Child to Protect (Mercy Ridge Lawmen Book 1) by Delores Fossen

Published April 27th 2021 by Harlequin Intrigue

Nothing can stop her…

from saving two lives.

When she arrives at a murder scene, Deputy Della Howell is not pleased to find her recent ex already on the job. She’ll work the case with Sheriff Barrett Logan but will keep the secret she’s certain Barrett isn’t ready for—she’s pregnant with his child. But as the dueling cops investigate, familiar sparks reignite between them…just as they fall prey to a very tenacious killer.

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3.5 Stars:

Her Child to Protect is the first book in the Mercy Ridge Lawmen series which introduces us to the Logan siblings. They are all lawmen, close to each other and angry with their mother for something that happened when they were young. This is Barrett’s story. Barrett and Della had a friends with benefits relationship. She is a police officer in the neighboring community. When she broke off the relationship two months earlier, she did not realize that she was pregnant. In this book, she and Barrett are involved in the same case, forcing them to work together. When the person who killed two men already begins to target them, the case becomes personal.

I enjoyed the character development in this story. Barrett has a lot of baggage which made me shake my head a few times, but he did his job, no matter what his feelings. Della was also a good cop, but has to balance her job and its dangers with protecting her child. There seemed to be a lot of things being shot and blown up with no one being killed which was good, but there was a lot of angst. I did enjoy this story, but there were a couple of things that bothered me First, the cover looks like Della is very pregnant, but at the beginning of the story, no one knew she was pregnant and she was not showing. The second niggle I had was at one point, Alice’s house was set on fire and she was told she couldn’t go back to it, yet later in the story, she is home, sleeping in her bedroom. Just a couple of inconsistencies that bothered me. Overall, this was a fast moving romance story with crime, policing and some family drama. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for the other Logan brothers as well as to see what happens with their relationship with their mother. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at http://www.deloresfossen.com

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