REVIEW by Ginny: Defending the Duchess (Protecting the Crown, #1) by Rachelle McCalla (@RachelleMcCalla )

He’ll keep her safe—at any cost

Protecting the royal family is Linus Murati’s job. So when the queen’s younger sister is attacked, the devoted Lydian royal guardsman goes into action and saves her life. But this was no random occurrence. Danger has followed Julia Miller across the Atlantic from Seattle. Now Linus has two missions: to keep the maddeningly independent future duchess in his sights at all times, and to catch the culprit who threatens the woman whose trust—and love—he desires above all others.

Defending the Duchess

I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Christian romance. It just lacks a bit of the… err… passion that I enjoy between the leads of a story. It’s not to say the stories aren’t good. Goodness no. It’s just that the characters are a bit too… well… nice.

Typically I like my characters to have a few rougher edges.

Which this story has.

Kind of.

Linus (*gigglesnort*) has a rather rough and tumble history that the story touches on slightly. Julia is, well, okay she’s sweet as pie. The mystery… well that has all the rough kind of edges you might want.

Well, if you prefer your violence more theoretical and less gory that is.

There are ransacked houses, kidnappings, thugs, murder, espionage. All with a delicate balance of grit and… well… not grit. (hey, sometimes even I fail at being eloquent)

And there’s a psalm that I can now probably recite in my sleep.

Oh, and hidden passages. I effin’ love hidden passages.

3 Stars. It was like hot chocolate made with chili powder.

Ginny New 2

Defending the DuchessDEFENDING THE DUCHESS
Protecting the Crown, #1

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