Sworn to Protect by Diana Gardin Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Sworn to Protect by Diana Gardin Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Sworn to Protect by Diana Gardin Review, Excerpt and GiveawaySworn to Protect by Diana Gardin
Series: Rescue Ops #1
Published by Forever Yours on June 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Military, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Goodreads four-stars

To keep her safe, he'll have to uncover all her secrets...
Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I'd see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left town-and me--without a backward glance. But now she's back, with a haunted look in her eyes and a feisty attitude that didn't exist when we were teenagers. Seeing this grown-up--and sexy--Rayne is something I wasn't prepared for... and it's bringing up feelings I'd thought I'd buried years ago.
Although I want to demand answers from Rayne, working on black ops at Night Eagle Security has taught me that it's sometimes better to keep my mouth shut. So when I catch her hiding a photo of a little boy, I'm curious. When I see her jump as her phone rings, I'm concerned. But the second I notice a car following her home, I know she's hiding something. Something dangerous. And while I may not know why she left or why she's back, if there's someone out there Rayne is afraid of, I'll make damn sure that threat is eliminated.

Rating~ 3.75- 4 stars

I quite enjoyed this one!

This was my first book by Diana Girdin and certainly won’t be the last!

What’s is about:  Rayne Alexander left her hometown and her family behind at 17, pregnant and alone. Betrayed by her family, the guy she loved and his family she was devastated. But all isn’t as it seems since Jeremy Teague had no idea that Rayne was even pregnant, he thought that she no longer loved him and didn’t want to be with him but he never got over her. Now Rayne is back, working at the security company and meeting Jeremy after all these years is a shock. To Jeremy not only does Rayne seem very afraid but seems to be also hiding something, a secret that will change Jeremy’s life.

This is second chance romance about high school sweethearts that circumstances and family separated.

I really Jeremy and Rayne together, thrown in the fact that they both never got over each other even when they felt the other had betrayed them it made me adore them. They also had great chemistry and that Jeremy felt protective of Rayne even though they hadn’t seen each other in years. Rayne was quite a strong woman, not only because of what she did when she was 17 but taking care of her son, Decker and then again having to relocate because of her boss. She really loved her son and was willing to do anything for him. Jeremy after the shock of finding out he’s father, he was also lovely, while he wasn’t happy that he had lost so many years of his son’s life, he understood why Rayne did what she did. Also, Rayne and Jeremy’s son was so cutteee.

This is light suspense book, with the bad guy trying to find Rayne before she tells someone what she saw and seems to have developed a creepy obsession over Rayne. The light suspense element allowed Rayne and Jeremy to be reunited and develop their relationship. The writing is engaging even if the story line is not completely new.

Overall I really liked the couple, the story was done well, it’s a great read for anyone looking for a light romantic suspense book and with a adorable HEA it leaves the reader smiling!  

Even when I tell it not to, my body reacts to Rayne. Every time she pulls her lip between her teeth. Every time her midnight blue eyes meet mine and smolder with some unseen emotion. Every single time I see a peek of the perky breasts that were really nice in high school, but are just spectacular now.

And I’m having a more difficult time every day hiding the way my stomach clenches when she checks her phone with that look of fear on her face.

It’s at one of these times that I don’t fight the pull and stalk toward her desk.

Snatching the phone from her hand, I read the text that put the disturbed expression in her eyes.

“Jeremy! What the fuck?”

Ignoring her pissed-off shout, my eyes narrow and my teeth clamp shut when I read the words on her screen.

You can’t hide forever. I will find you. And I will take what’s mine.

Rage explodes inside me. Glancing around the lobby, where people are acting like they’re not listening to us, but who are clearly paying attention, I grasp her by the elbow and tow her and the phone down the hallway and into the lounge.

Tossing her phone onto a countertop, I spin her around until she’s pressed against the nearest wall. I cage her in with my arms, leaning forward while taking deep breaths to try and control my temper.

“Tell me about that text, Rayne. Tell me now.” The words are gritted out through my teeth.

“It’s none of your—”

“Dammit, Rayne! If you tell me it’s none of my business I’m probably gonna break something. I know that I shouldn’t care, shouldn’t want to know. But I do! Okay?

If someone is threatening you like this, then I need to know about it. I just do.

She clamps her mouth shut, staring back at me with stubborn fear in her eyes.

While I’m watching, a lone tear escapes and rolls down her cheek. She’s too mulish to wipe it away, so it just keeps falling while I trace its track with my gaze.

“Fuck me.” The curse is muttered from me while I use a thumb to wipe the tear away.

“Rayne…I know it’s been a long time. You don’t know the man I am now. But there’s no way in hell I can watch you keep getting these texts—see the fear in your eyes when you read them—and not do something about it. You’re working in an office full of guys that can take out whoever this is. But you have to trust me enough to let me help you.”

She sniffs. “I don’t trust anyone, Jer.”

Jer. The nickname rocks me, sending me reeling into the past where her plump lips would utter that name on a sigh while I kissed the sweetest spot in the world—the hollow right above her collarbone.

Blinking, I shake off the image and dip my head a little. “I know. What I don’t know is why. What happened to you?”

Her mouth stays firmly closed.

“You think I’m gonna let this go, Rayne?”

She just stares up at me, a war going on in her eyes. It’s like she wants to tell me what’s happening, but something inside won’t let her. She doesn’t want me to get close.

I’m suddenly aware of the fact that we’re only inches apart. I can smell her. The fresh, slightly sweet scent of something floral washes over me, mixed with the hint of spice that is just Rayne.

“I just want to help you,” I whisper, before letting my thumb roam over her soft skin.

One hand is still braced against the wall while my thumb sweeps a path across her cheekbone, and even though I’m fighting the lust bubbling up inside me, my cock swells in my jeans. Taunting me. Forcing me to think about what she’d look like now if she were lying naked under me. All that gorgeous black hair splayed out on the pillows, my name falling from her lips while I please her.

Whether I’m willing to admit it or not, that’s still a deep, dark desire inside me.

Pleasing her. And I don’t want to just please her. No, I want to possess her, to own her.

Because a long time ago, I did. But she slipped through my fingers, and I was left wondering how the hell I lost her.

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About Diana Gardin

Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She’s also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.