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Mine to Protect

(Protection #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  171 reviews
A standalone, romantic thriller novel where obsession is the name of the game.

Recruited to the FBI Cas Mathews has one focus - catch the killer. That's until officer Alta Johnson shoves her way on to the team, making him fantasize about the delicious curves she hides beneath her park ranger uniform. Alta’s natural beauty catches his immediate attention, but the strength
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 354 pages
Published July 3rd 2019 by Kennedy L. Mitchell Books (first published April 8th 2019)
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
description 4.5 Stars

This author is genuinely one of my favorites. First, she is a complete sweetheart of a person, second; she is an incredibility good writer. Pretty much every book of hers I have read so far I've loved, and this book was no different. This was a fantastic read.

So the deets...this was a very well-written book. It was fairly well paced. It never bored me nor did I ever feel the need to skim. However, it was also SUPER SLOW BURN in the sex department. <--- I am generally not a fan of supe
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

This was a really enjoyable read and caught my attention instantly with its initial dramatic opening scene.
A standalone novel told in dual POV this was an easy read that really sold itself.
"Mine To Protect" was a romantic suspense featuring Alta/Birdie Johnson a Park Ranger and Sergent Cas Mathews.
Cas along with his FBI partner Agent Chandler Peters are investigating a series of female abductions that have now spread to Birdies Neck of the woods.
Alta, Birdie to her friends or Lady to Cas has a
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

From the first story I read by this author I was hooked! Character development, engaging story lines, mystery, suspense and so many facets of life in all its shades. Ugliness, goodness and everything in between can be found in these 'get lost in reading' pages. It’s all laid bare in emotional and suspenseful stories that I can’t get enough of. Cas and Alta/Birdie’s story was just what I expected it would be and so much more….

Cas and Birdie were survivors, each functional (sort of), wi
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Mine to Protect by Kennedy L. Mitchell is the story of Cas Mathews and Alta Johnson.
Cas is a FBI agent working with his partner Chandler to solve the mystery of females are being abducted. This leads him to Alta neck of the woods where she is a Park Ranger and where their case is leading them. Alta has her reason for being somewhat scared of what has been happening to the is hitting close to home. Cas is unsure and not use to the feelings that Alta is bring out in him this protective
This author CAN write. I already read some of her books and really writing is great, what I was careful of was if this one was safe cause they aren't always for me (celibate after meeting), so I went into this blind and glad to say it was safe.
And again with superb writing.

Hero and heroine had great chemistry, they didn't rush into relationship which I was glad for but it was slowly build although both felt attraction toward each other since beginning.
Something else I love about this author is t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This story lord have mercy this story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time wanting no needing to know what happened next. You want to talk about suspense and just when I thought I had the person I was totally wrong. Then I kept reading late into the night because I just could not get enough and I needed to know who the bad guy was and why.

Cas is out to solve a case when he runs into the sexy officer Alta. Things change very quickly because he is determined to solve the case and so is Al
This is a Romantic Suspense/Thriller, and this is the first book in the Protection series. The suspense and romance is a good mix in this book. The main characters both have their own issues, and they fall in love with each other super fast. I do think they fit together well. The side characters was not a big part of this book. I did guess some of the twist, but I still could not stop reading this book. I do not think the big twist at the ending was super great. I really enjoyed this book. The m ...more
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For my first Kennedy Mitchell story, I have to say I enjoyed this story greatly. The story had depth, the characters are strong, and the sexual chemistry is off the charts. However, Kennedy keeps the story going while maintaining the characters sexual tension on the sideline. It is like watching a tv show where you know the two leading figures are going to do it, but you don't know when it will happen.

Alta has many issues going on from her past and does not get close to people quickly. Howe
Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mine to Protect is a stand-alone novel by Kennedy L. Mitchell. To be honest, for the first 4 chapters the book and I didn't click, so I pushed it aside, but once I picked it again, I found myself enjoying it a lot. The pace was very good for a suspense novel and I liked the identity of the villain. This is the first book I read from this author and I have to have that I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the writing and the characters were very likable and interesting. The only problem I had, is ...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I haven't read any of this author's books, but when I read the synopsis for this book, it sounded exactly like my kind of read! I love romantic suspense books, so I signed up to review this one for the Release Day Blitz! I started reading my ARC of this book as soon as I received it and I was really excited! After reading this book, I can say that I really enjoyed it! I was intrigued by the plot in the first few chapters and I didn't want to put it down until I had finished it! I loved there was ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
4.5 stars rounding up to 5 stars.
I enjoy a good suspenseful romance and this fit in the category perfectly.
Alta has been learning to deal with her past and although her ways may not be considered ideal she has found a life for herself as a park ranger.
Cas is darkness and mystery but being drawn to Alta makes everything a little lighter.
I love them together because they don't change for each other, it's more about acceptance of themselves and each other.
The story is exciting and twisty and k
Kaity B
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

Honestly this was a good book, I did feel like there were some parts that didn't flow right or jumped ahead that didn't work in the moment.

I love Cas and Benny and Alta aka Lady.

Overall a great romantic suspense book, can't wait to read Chandlers Book!!
Lisa Anne
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cas, former special ops, and Alta, a National Park Service Ranger, work together on a case of women missing from national parks. They are both broken in their own ways, but drawn together because of it. There's a bit of insta-love. The plot contains some good twists.

Trigger: sexual assault.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Kennedy L Mitchell's new novel Mine to Protect with get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping.

Alta Johnson is a park ranger who lives her day to day always on watch and always expecting the worst. A traumatic experience has left her unable to stand being touched and always prepared for the worst to happen. When the second woman in weeks has disappeared with no evidence in sight she finds herself working alongside Agent Peters and Sergeant
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like romantic suspense, then look no further than Kennedy L. Mitchell! Finding Fate was one of my favorite books of 2018, and I already know that Mine to Protect will be a top favorite for 2019!! She writes the sexiest alpha heroes, and plots that lure you in from the beginning and keep you up all night, and this one was no different.

Cas Matthews is the beautifully broken hero in this story - and he made an impression from the moment he stepped on the page. He is big. He is broody. And h
This is not my first read & review by this amazing author! I have been looking forward to this for ever! I am also grateful and exited I got to read this early & experience the story.

AND what a story guys! The beginning had me on my toes and asking myself, OH NO WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. This being a Romantic Suspense story, I was so ready. they happen to be a favorite of mine.

Alta is a park ranger, a woman who is a little skittish. A woman that owns a big mean looking German Shepard that happens t
Caitlin Audet
Alta Lady Johnson has lived in a constant state of fear for the last ten years. Being stalked, drugged, kidnapped, and raped has kept her in a state of paranoia and always looking over her shoulder, especially after leaving home to live in the mountains and work for a state park. Everyday Alta just tries to survive and sticking to her non-routine is the only way to get through a day. But what started as a missing hiker turns into something more, the FBI is called in to handle the investigation. ...more
She's a Lip Biter
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I always enjoy a romantic suspense story and this one really had me guessing until the end which is wonderful.

Cas Mathews meets Alta Johnson when being called on to investigate missing women in the Rocky Mountains where she is a police park ranger. The chemistry between the two of them is immediate and sparking intense feelings, ones of need and safety too.

Although the topic of their investigation is serious there is a good sense of humour added to the story, especial
Rhonda Ziglar
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 PROTECTION STARS!! I loved this book so much!! I was on the edge of my seat all the way through Alta and Cas's story. Their story had all the feels, suspense, learning how to live again and sexiness. I highly recommend this book, the author words flow like a river....PERFECTION. ...more
Up All Night With Books
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Review by Leah
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Ok, I am a sucker for the broken and hot men in uniform and this one has both. Mine to Protect by Kennedy L. Mitchell is the perfect balance of suspense, thriller and a dash of romance. This is one of the books that you will think you have figured out and then, in the end, you are shaking your head trying to figure out what happened and how in the world did you miss that.

This is also about that one person, no matter what your pas
G (heartbooked)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Tell me one thing about you. One thing so I’ll stop feeling so damn stupid obsessing over a woman I don’t even know.” - Ladies and gentlemen, Cas Mathews!! Possessive. Broody. Killer. Dark. Saviour, Hero or Villain - depending on what lenses you’re using to see him...

Kennedy is always spot on when it comes to her Romantic Suspense. And so with ‘Mine to Protect’, there’s enough suspense to keep you flipping the pages.... enough angst to have you feeling antsy all over... enough interactions t
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)

Mine to Protect has me feeling intoxicated. It was so alluring and suspenseful. I was hooked from the the very first page. This is my first book by Kennedy Mitchell and she should be applauded. I was blown away by her magnetic writing and sensual characters.

Alta Johnson, Birdie to a select few, is a park police officer. Animals are her passion and she would do anything to protect them. Alta has been through a traumatic event that has left her emotionally scarred. She has built walls around
Joy Novel Thoughts
Mine to Protect by Kennedy L Mitchell is one heck of a romantic suspense novel. From the beginning things are intense and a little on the creepy side, but if you love suspense you will be sucked right into it!

Both of our main characters, Alta and Cas, have had rough pasts, which is what really brings them together so well. They were opposites in so many ways, but their broken pieces worked so well together that just fit.

I have been binge watching Criminal Minds on Netflix, and reading Mine to
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
Wow! This was so unexpected!!! My 1st read by Kennedy Mitchell and it was amazing. I loved the suspense, the Alpha Male holy shit Agent Matthews!!!

Alta is a ranger in Colorado, she has her well trained Shepherd who is her everything! We discover Alta has been through some rough trauma in her life and has been rediscovering herself in a new job and state for some time now. An emergency has everyone in the department concerned and has required outside assistance.

Agent M
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I absolutely loved reading this book. I was totally invested in this thriller/romance story all the way through until the very end. This author has developed a fantastic storyline with compelling characters that held my attention through every page.

I really enjoyed engaging with these two characters, their backgrounds were so interesting, as were their personalities. Even though Birdie has been hurt in the past she is still a strong woman dealing with the aftermath of her experience as well as
Ga Books LoverX
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and spellbinding, this book makes you crave more-- in the story and in the steam!

Cas and Alta are absolutely perfect for each other and I love how these two that do not seem to mix are absolutely what the other needs. Cas in his gruff, damaged demeanor as well as Alta in her equally damaged but kind-hearted self.

The story line is out of this freaking world great and the author does an amazing job of focusing on an abductor that is focusing his time on state parks as well as the growi
Kennedy Mitchell
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Narrowing my eyes, I crouched directly in front of her, inching closer until her back pressed against the brick hearth. Inches from her nose, I inhaled each of her shaky breaths, savoring the heated fear that pulsed off her as her eyes darkened with lust. She needed to be scared of me, to run in the opposite direction.
Still I dared another inch closer, hoping she’d push me off, praying she wouldn’t.
I slid a hand around the hot skin of her delicate neck.
“I don’t know how to be gentle, Lady,” I gr
I pretty much fell in love with this Kennedy L. Mitchell novel from the start. Alta Johnson, park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, is a shell of her former self-- hiding from demons in her past when she starts investigating missing women. Cas Matthews, former military man, working on special assignment with the FBI has one purpose-- catch the killer, but when he meets Alta, his focus starts to shift. These two start off as professional, but the attraction is quick and strong, and Alta is ...more
Kennedy L Mitchell brings you Suspense, drama and a swoon worthy hero in Mine to protect.

This book had me flipping through the pages trying to discover what was going to happen, the amount of suspense and mystery was on point to keep me hooked.

The chemistry between Birdie and Cas was hot and I loved how possessive and alpha Cas was.

I 100% recommend this book if you love romantic suspense.
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Kennedy lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, 8-year-old son, and two Goldendoodles. A bookworm at heart Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed, or by the campfire, with an​ unputdownable book. Her novels are stuffed full of humorous banter, the edge of your seat suspense, and enough steam for a great facial. If you like your heroines strong yet vulnerable and sexy, tattooed heroes who can't keep thei ...more

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