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Love and Protect

(Heroes of Evers, Texas #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,303 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Laura Kensington is a desperate woman. She knows that if she doesn't flee, not only is her life in danger, so is the life of her unborn child. With everything to lose, she flees to Evers, Texas with a new identity, taking refuge on the ranch of Cade Bishop, a man who firmly believes in second chances. Drawn to Cade, Laura finds comfort in his passion and his love, yet she ...more
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Published December 29th 2015 by SilverHart Publishing
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Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
While it was a sweet story -- and I appreciated that the couple took time with the relationship; understandable since the heroine is a victim of domestic abuse -- but I didn't enjoy the storytelling that had multiple POVs, including from the villain, the dead husband's brother, and the private investigators. Why would I need to know what the PIs were thinking anyway?!? And I thought the romance itself didn't have that much spark.

My favorite scenes were all involving the animals -- the cat birthi
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The world is a great big dumpster fire right now and it’s got me all depressed. So when I picked up Love and Protect by Lori Ryan I was just hoping for a decent romantic suspense read–what I got was a surprisingly comforting, healing book that brought tears to my eyes.

I mean, it’s still a romantic suspense so there is some violence–this isn’t a comfort read the way a traditional Regency is. Also trigger warning for discussions of domestic violence and ra
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start to series. Interested to see how the next book goes with the Sheriff
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-arcs
Well-written, deeply emotional and suspenseful…

This is the first book in the Heroes of Evers, Texas series that can be read as a stand-alone.

All Laura Kensington has known in life is abuse, from her father and then the wealthy man she married who was supposed to be her savior. In a twist of fate, just as she was putting plans into action to escape her abusive husband she’s informed he’s died of a heart attack. For just a few moments she lets herself believe she’s free until her mother-in-law att
Candy Laine
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Living in the shadow of abuse, the main protagonist of the book Laura, has had a tough life. When she gets married she simply exchanges her father's abuse for her husband's. The predator continues to prey and she remains a victim, till he dies. Now she finally has a chance to reclaim her life, but she is in a very vulnerable state. Pregnant, no friends to turn to and a mother in law out to get her pound of flesh, Laura runs and hides on a ranch. That's where she meets the protector of a kind she ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this 1st book's story line. I loved the action in this story. I loved the hot & steamy scenes. I loved Laura's character. I loved Laura's strength in this story. My heart broke for Laura for the abuse she suffered. I loved Justin's character. My heart broke for Justin. I loved all the Bishops. I loved the ending. Awesome job Ms. Ryan. ...more
Late To Romance
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This one wasn’t for me. Twenty-five year pregnant old Laura finds herself unexpectedly a widow when her abusive husband dies of a heart attack. Fearful that her husband’s family will seek custody of her unborn child, Laura accepts the help of a sympathetic doctor and flees to a remote farm, where she meets the gentle Cade, who just happens to have a way with abused animals…. Oh dear.
I didn’t find the story authentic, I was bored by the alternate chapters with her husband’s business partner tryin
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laura and Cade what an awesome story, thrilling a sweet to the very end, I'm looking forward to visiting Evers again soon ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
pregnant, on the run from MIL who wants baby
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Reina Torres
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late to the party, but I’m here to stay

Kept me up way past my bedtime! Cant wait to read more from this series! All the feels and more!
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-suspense
This is the 2nd book I have read from this author if you have ready any of her work you know why she is a bestselling author not only in the NY Times but in USA Today. Two things this author brings to her books is a thrilling read full of passion and a page turner you will not want to put down. Ms. Ryan knows how to hold her readers attention as she fills her pages with wonderful thrilling plots. "Love and Protect is the first one in this series once you put the book down you can't wait for the ...more
Kathryn A. Cardona
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Lots of good reading here. The book starts with a bang and only gets better with every chapter. Very good
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Laura Kennsington planned to leave her abusive husband, especially when she learned she's pregnant, but he died of a heart attack before she could. She was relieved when he died believing she was safe. She didn't factor in her wealthy mother-in-law trying to take her baby away from her. A doctor she had been seeing for years helps her get away by sending her to a ranch in Texas. She changes her name and appearance but the Kennsington family is famous so the people in the small town of Evers reco ...more
Kimberly Perry
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW –Love and Protect (Heroes of Evers, Texas Book 1) by Lori Ryan

Wow ~ absolutely wonderful! Love and Protect is an incredibly well written story about a broken woman who has hidden her private agony and anguish and must resolve the painful issues and replace her vulnerability with strength in order to explore a life where she can learn to trust again.

Lori has tackled the sensitive issues at the core of the story with warmth and depth while making the reader feel the pain and fear that Laura
I really enjoyed this book! I read the original version of this story Ever Hopeful when it first came out and I was thrilled to get an ARC of this version from the author for a review (all views expressed here are my own and I was not compensated for my review or required to leave a positive review) I liked this story in its original incarnation but I loved this rewrite. This one is a little steamier and that was just like the whipped cream and cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae, it's great wit ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura felt nothing but relief when she was told that her abusive husband had died of a heart attack. She couldn’t relax yet though. Her mother-in-law will come after her if only to get her unborn baby, the only link to her son. Laura had no choice but to run. The kindly ER doctor sent her to his friends in Texas to stay on their ranch. It was a wonderful place to heal, be safe, not to mention get to know Cade Bishop. Cade, a man who was amazing with hurting animals, and not to mention what he wa ...more
Book Snob Sue
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was my first book by this author, but won’t be my last. Such a sweet read. Laura is on the run, from her deceased husbands family, trying to protect her unborn baby. I know, I know, for all of you that don’t like the deceased spouse books, but here’s the thing, her husband beat and abused her he’s null and void for me. She didn’t love him, she was scared of him, so in Sue’s world...he just doesn’t count. Anyway, the doctor that knew about the abuse helps her and sh ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
his book kept me engaged from the very first page. I was holding my breath waiting for Laura's husband to show up, and that was in the first few pages. There was just enough tension, as you wait for Laura to decide if she is going to take refuge on the ranch, and a sigh of relief when she does. I loved the way Cade approached Laura, but I can understand where she thought he felt that she was just another rescue case. Laura slowly blossomed with the help of Cade, his family, Josh, and the people ...more
Donna Porter
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura Kensington was getting a plan of escape together when she found out her husband had died from a heart attack. She had taken years of abuse and she was pregnant and she wanted to protect her unborn child. She went to the hospital to ID his body and ran into her mother in law who tried to take her from the hospital. The Doctor with her knew her from treating her before that she was afraid and he said she had to stay two days in the hospital to make sure the baby was alright. Josh got Laura a ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laura is married to a wealthy, abusive, sadistic man. She is planning on running away and getting a new identity when police show up to her door to tell her her husband died of a heart attack. Her relief is short lived when she hears her mother in law state she is going to take the baby she is carrying as soon as it is born to raise because she Laura is unfit and a danger to herself and others. With the help of the ER doctor that has treated her many times she is sent to a ranch in Texas to live ...more
Bette Hansen
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!! It was a great read before but with the current revisions it is outstanding. Laura Kensington is pregnant, scared, and on the run. While her abusive husband may be dead, his family poses the biggest threat of all. Luckily she finds a sanctuary in Evers, Texas on the ranch of Cade Bishop. The attraction between the two is intense but can she trust another man? Can she trust that this man wants her for her or is she simply another rescue?

This is one everyone should have on their m
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the updated version of Ever Hopeful, a little steamier in this version. Loved the characters of Laura and Cade. Laura is afraid to be hopeful due to her past abusive relationship and Cade needs to have the feeling of protection of Laura. This is a book that you will not be able to put down, until you know Laura is safe once again.
I can't wait to return to Evers Texas! I received his book from the author for an honest review.
Amber R Polk
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read-list
The book was well-written and easy to read with a fantastic cast of three dimensional characters. Laura's reactions to situations felt real, causing me to choke up a few times. I loved Cade and how he was with her. The flow of the book was perfect for what was going on around them.
Wish I had time to write a more thorough review, but I already bought the second book and want to get started. :)
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

This is the first book I've read by Lori Ryan and I will definitely look for others. I loved how the story of Cade and Laura developed. And I aso loved to see Red's bond with both Cade and Laura. I am a dog lover so to see how Cade helped restore Reds faith in people was heartwarming.
Opinionated and Brutally Honest Reviews
It has been a long time since I have given a 5 star review but I really loved this book. It wasn't too unbelievable. Cade was a little too good to be true along with her reaction to him. You would of thought she would of had a harder time adjusting to him. The town people were a little much but I think it helped counteract the sadness. I would definitely read again. ...more
Sue Stewart
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story
it is actually the same story I already read called "Ever Hopeful"
A new cover and name doesn't make it a new book and that should have been revealed.
I ended up returning and getting my money back!
charmaine White
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really Really Good

Lori Ryan has hit it just right with this story.It grabs you right from the beginning and won't let you go.
Phyllis Halstead
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love and Protect

A very well written book. A story of abuse, healing, mystery, and love. I would highly recommend it. It is a very good book. Phyllis
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“So, believe in that. Believe in my charmed life. Believe that I always get whatever I want. Because I want you in my life, Laura. For as long as you want to stay. When you’re too scared to believe in anything else, you can believe in that.” (Cade to Laura)” 0 likes
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