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Mine to Protect

(Protection #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,406 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Fans of Sandra Brown, Susan Stoker, and Britney Sahin will love this riveting standalone romantic thriller.

Former Marine Cas Mathews has one goal - catch the serial killer terrorizing the Rocky Mountain National Park. That's until the sexy ranger Alta Johnson appears to collaborate on the case. Alta's natural beauty catches his immediate attention, but the strength behind
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 354 pages
Published July 3rd 2019 by Kennedy L. Mitchell Books (first published April 8th 2019)
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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
The Sassy Bookworm
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
Elisa Glendenning
DNF @20%

Great premise and enjoyed the prologue but not a fan of insta lust and TSTL heroines.
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion
The Good: I liked the balance between romance and suspense. I liked the overall premise and the author’s voice. I loved the dog! (I have a GS 8mo puppy rn, so I’m a little biased)

The Not-So-Good: The borderline instalove. I felt like I understood their attraction and lust. I also understood that they saw a wounded soul in each other to connect with. I just wanted more to understand how the stronger feelings developed. It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of instalove 🤷
Why do I always discredit romantic suspense? In my mind I am so judgmental in my thinking that if it has good suspense, it can't have good romance. Yet, generally when I pick up a romantic suspense, I am completely enthralled from start to finish. Mine to Protect was entirely next level! It had everything I love about a good romance and everything I love about a good suspense. Even when I thought I had the killer pegged I was completely off base and honestly, I love that. Who wants to figure out ...more
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
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
I adore this book!!! It has a hero, Cas Mathews, who is super alpha and protective without being “too much” of a jerk ;) and a heroine, Alta Johnson, who has been through so much but is trying to be a bada$$ in her own right.

“Every cell in Cas’s body was geared to take care of someone else, and it seemed he’d finally found the person he wanted to take care of. The person who would allow it.

Cas was big, tough, rough around the edges and alpha enough to allow Alta to not always be so strong
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
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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
Alex Perkins
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
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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
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Everyone’s tried to fix me. You’re the only one who noticed me for who I was—scars and all.”

Mine to Protect is a thrilling, romantic suspense novel centering around two broken people who find a home in each other. Cas meets Alta when he’s trying to help solve a serial killer case and he is instantly drawn to her. Alta offers to help with the case even though she is still struggling with her own experience of being stalked ten years prior. As these two work together, they must fight their own
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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
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Kennedy Mitchell book and now I have to go read her entire backlog. Omg this was an amazing romantic suspense novel! It was dark, creepy, thrilling, emotional, and so much more! My heart broke for Alta and I found myself experiencing her anxiety as I read. It was so sad but He’s amazing and so damaged but so perfect for her. Two beautifully broke and damaged people finding each other. I loved this book! It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
Sophie Ruthven
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner

This was a new to me author and one I definitely plan to read more from in the future.
This book will captivate you from cover to cover.
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
Claire Annovazzi
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(audiobook) I was expecting the usual ‘ex-military saves a girl and they fall in love’, but it was more than that. It was closer to a thriller. The suspense was gripping and there was enough twists and action that I was never bored. The little romantic drama was just a bonus.

It was quite gruesome though. Between Alta’s memory of rape and her subsequent paranoia, and the actual investigation–with its depiction of dead bodies–you have to be prepared for a gory and difficult read. Cas also suffers
Aug 29, 2022 rated it liked it
Sergeant Cas Mathews of the United States Parks Police has been given a special assignment. He’s to accompany Agent Chandler Peters of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit to Rocky Mountain State Park in Estes Park, Colorado as police escort while Peters interviews witnesses in a case of two women gone missing in the park. The case strongly resembles a case the FBI had been working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee where ten women, including the FBI investigator, went missing ...more
Elle P. Golden
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing.

I love romantic suspense, and this one was spot on on both fronts (romance and suspense).
It was sexy and thrilling, it was captivating and full of adrenaline, it was emotional and had a lot of action.

The characters were enticing and their backgrounds were solid. I loved their interaction, the respect between them and how they trusted each other so deeply, which didn't come easily for either of them.
They didn't try to fix the other, they embraced each other with everything t
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 Loves Reading
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.
Aug 27, 2022 marked it as to-read
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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
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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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Protection (6 books)
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  • Mine to Guard (Protection #3)
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