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Protecting Anna

(Lucky Strike Lovers #2)

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A snowstorm brought them together, but her past might tear them apart…

Bartender Ryan Carlisle is ready to leave his playboy days behind. He used to believe commitment was something to be wary of but watching his best friend fall in love and get engaged has him starting to think differently. His path to finding love won’t be easy, since the first and only woman to stir his
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Published August 13th 2020
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Protecting Anna is the second is the Lucky Strike Lovers series. I did not read the first book and never felt lost reading this one. Although it does have me wanting to go meet Jake in the first.
Anna ends up at Ryans pub the night she runs away from an abusive relationship. There is an instant connection between the two and Anna ends up working at the pub. The two quickly develop a friendship that develops in to a pretty hot and intense relationship. The two overcome their past together through
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Andrea
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Swoon. Julia Jarrett has done it again with her second novel, Protecting Anna. She has given me butterflies galore. The book started out quite heavy but quickly eased into this heartwarming love story between a woman running from her troubled past and a man unsure if he can change his. I am a sucker for instant love and boy, did Julia deliver. I loved Ryan from book one, Loving Callie. Cocky alpha with a big heart? Um, yes, please. And he did not disappoint in this book. So sweet, protecti ...more
Marnie
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh-so Romantic

Congratulations to Julia Jarrett on her second book, that was every bit as romantic as her first one, Loving Callie was. They are books one and two in her Lucky Strike series, and while they are both stand-a-lones, there is much to be gained by reading Loving Callie first, and meeting the great group of characters that that you will fall in love with. I think that her writing leans towards insta-love and the romantic detail of the ‘feelings’ that our characters have, making this bo
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Becky Burrier
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A chance encounter on a cold winter’s night lead to a deep all-encompassing love that will forever change the lives of Ryan and Anna.
Ryan known for his playboy ways and his avoidance of any kind of relationship is struck hard with the realization that there is one person who is meant for you.
Anna carries with her baggage and feels like she is damaged goods. She is afraid to move forward paralyzed by her choices of the past. Once in Ryan’s orbit she is drawn to the safety of his arms and the pr
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Ashley Jasper
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Sports romance with a little bit of suspense, yes please! That being said, I found the sports and suspense aspects of Protecting Anna to be lacking. However, that doesn't mean it was all bad. Heck, the opening alone had me rooting for Anna.

I liked both leading characters. Anna was strong and brave. Even with her vulnerability, she was a fighter and I commend her for getting herself out of a bad situation. Thank goodness she found herself in Ryan's bar. That stormy night changed everything for b
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Leah
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A chance meeting between two people creates a love match they never saw coming. Ryan and Anna meet one snowy night when she is seeking refuge in the Lucky Strike Bar. What follows is a story that builds up between two people destined to be together. Anna is running away from a bad situation, and Ryan finally sees that he wants long term. These two are wonderful together, they bring each other up with support and friendship while navigating the trials of falling in love and being scared of the ou ...more
Christine F.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Protecting Anna”—Julia Jarrett [4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️] This is book two in the Lucky Strike Lovers series and although this can be read as a stand-alone, I highly suggest reading the first book, “Loving Callie” as you’ll get introduced to other main characters and some background. Anna is trying desperately to escape her past in California, not even contemplating how she can ever have a normal relationship again. Back in her old hometown, she goes into the Lucky Strike Pub, desperate for a safe esca ...more
Carolina
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderful second book to the Lucky Strikes Lovers Series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first.

Anna is escaping an abusive relationship and finds sanctuary in the home she inherits from her Aunt. When first arriving in Portland she enters the Lucky Strikes bar where she meets Ryan. Ryan is a notorious playboy and bartender/part-owner at Lucky Strikes. The two have an immediate connection.

Ryan goes into protective mode, which surprises himself. Throughout the book, he struggles with th
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Jennifer Pierson
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ryan is a part owner of the Luck Strikes bar, and actually is a bartender as well. It's served him well with the ladies, as he's a playboy who never plans to have a relationship and makes it known to the women he hooks up with.  One night, a snowstorm brings a woman into the bar, and new feelings of protectiveness overtakes him.  Anna is that woman who is running from her past which was a nightmare after she picked the wrong man, however, she reached deep down to find the courage to run, so as f ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in this series and is Ryan and Anna’s story. Ryan is a bartender come owner of a pub and is a self-proclaimed playboy. Anna is escaping an abusive relationship, where the man of her dreams became the man of her nightmares and goes into the pub for safety. There is an instant connection between Ryan and Anna, and he struggles with himself for the intense feeling and the need to keep her safe. This is a well written story which is a good 2nd chance love story which I recommend ...more
MyDogAteMyBookReview
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this one even more than the first one (sorry Jake 😂) but I’m just such a sucker for a couple that get stuck together for the night! I love it when people are forced to share a space, especially because of a snowstorm 😍

Anna is trying to run from her past and she’s not looking for another man but Ryan is her safe place. I adore Ryan, I love a man who’s protective and will do anything to keep the woman he loves safe.

While Julia writes an instant attraction/lust and insta love isn’t my thi
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Eden Rayna
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone deserves their HEA!

This second book in the Lucky Strike series is about playboy Ryan and survivor Anna. While the insta attraction was a little hard to wrap my head around for these two characters, their story grew on me as they revealed more about themselves. This is a *steamy* read and makes me want to take a trial to Portland to see if the bar scene is really this hot!
Charlotte Isaac
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-books
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put book down once I started. I had to know what will happen. This book had some shocking moments.

I loved Ryan and Anna together, they hit it off from beginning when Anna walked into the pub. Ryan helps Anna a lot before they give into the chemistry.

I can't wait for more.
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Erin Knuth
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another foray into the Lucky Strike Pub world!

This time we get to see playboy Ryan transform into an attentive, loving protector with Anna, a gentle newcomer on the run. Their instant connection runs deep (and then HOT!) Also super fun? Glimpses into Callie and Jake from Loving Callie!

Can't wait for more in this series - that epilogue has got me salivating ;-)
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Courtney
I had high hopes for this book as it is one of my favorite tropes, heroine running from a dangerous past and finding love in a protective hero. While I did enjoy reading this story, overall it ended up falling a little flat for me.
Chris Wheary
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet contemporary romance

Ryan and Anna's story was a heartwarming, sweet romance with a great hea ending - just as it should be! I'm really looking forward to reading Reagan and Chase's story next!
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Daphne Drake
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a sweet romance Protecting Anna is a great choice. It starts on a heavy note but things shift and you get to see instant chemistry flare up between two great characters. This story continued to show that with the right person (or people) in your life anything is possible.
JudyAnnLovesBooks
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it


Sexy, lady’s man Ryan, is into hookups and one night stands. As co-owner of a successful bar, The Lucky Strike, he is living every single man’s dream. It’s the perfect job for him because he doesn’t do relationships, never has, never will, he’s upfront and honest about it and has never strayed the course. Until her.

Anna is broken. Love has not treated her kindly. The man of her dreams turned out to be the man of her nightmares and she was left a shadow of her former self because of it. Manipulat
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Erica (_speedereader_)
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed the Lucky Strike Lovers series so far! Anna, a woman running from a bad relationship, finds solace in the Lucky Strike bar when she steps off her bus from California. Her aunt has recently passed away and has left her house to Anna in a time of much needed refuge. When she gets into town, she certainly doesn't expect to find Ryan - an anti-relationship bartender and co-owner of Lucky Strike.

Something about Anna draws Ryan in immediately and he feels the need to spend all o
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Fiona
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable and sweet love story. Having fled from an unsavory relationship, Anna finds love, comfort, safety, and passion with Ryan. Jarrett does a great job of detailing their love story, the ups and downs as they learn to trust each other, sharing their past and tentatively taking steps toward a future together. Anna, believes she is weak, but she is an incredibly strong, caring, and beautiful woman. Ryan is afraid he takes after his father in more than just his looks, but in realit ...more
Cheri
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna escaped from a brutal life. She'd been given a chance at the cost of her last family member. Her gran left her a home. Now all she needed was a job. Warming up after her long bus ride put her in a pub to get the hot drink and ended up with a job. And more.

Ryan was tending bar on the slow night she walked in and captured his attention. He was a one-night-stand kind of guy. His experience of relationships taints his confidence of finding a future for himself.

Their beginning became more. He ma
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Amber
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the four book Lucky Strike series. Fleeing an abusive relationship Anna ends up back in her home time alone and jobless. Ryan is working as a bartender at the Lucky Strike pub during a snowstorm when Anna blows in. Both Anna and Ryan have a past they are trying to move on from. Can they move on together?

Anna is so strong in this book and Ryan is a complete sweetheart. I absolutely love their story. This book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger leading into book three of
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Caroline O'Sullivan
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.


This book is number 2 in the lucky strike series, it can be read as a stand alone but I definitely recommend reading Loving Callie first to meet some of the other characters. 


In this book we meet newcomer Anna and of course the sexy bartender ryan that we met in book 1.


Ryan was an absolute playboy in Loving Callie but in this book we get to see a whole other side to him as well as learn about why he acts the way that he does. Thi
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Kelly Kay
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series keeps getting better. Loved Anna. And Ryan is a wonderful pivot from the domineering Billionaires I've been reading lately. A small-town romance that reads like a sweeping epic. Totally worth your time & money. ...more
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