Sunny Shelly’s Review: Protecting You, by Claire Kingsley

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Title: Protecting You
Author: Claire Kingsley
Release Date: May 21, 2020

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One night brings them together. Another night tears them apart.

Grace Miles misses her easy friendship with Asher, but growing up means growing apart. And really, how could he fall for her when they spent their childhood getting muddy in the creek and splitting sticks of gum?

But this summer, something feels different. If Grace didn’t know better, she’d think Asher was flirting with her. Those dark eyes, hard body, and wicked smile make her insides swirl and her heart dare to hope for things she’s convinced herself she’ll never have.

Falling for your best friend shouldn’t be complicated, but for Asher Bailey, loving Grace is anything but simple. The road to romance isn’t smooth thanks to his pack of wild brothers who are protective of the girl next door, a take-no-sass grandmother, a small town where gossip is a spectator sport, and a feud that spans generations.

But Asher realizes his feelings are too big to ignore. Loving her isn’t the risk. Losing her would be.

And one night, one kiss, changes everything.

Finally admitting their feelings is the beginning of their happily ever after. Until their fairy tale love story is tragically interrupted, and neither of them will ever be the same.

Author’s note: Lifelong soulmates, ridiculous pranks, brother shenanigans, and a feuding town. Protecting You is the Bailey Brothers series origin story. Be there when it begins and fall in love with this wild band of unruly brothers. The series is meant to be read in order, and Grace and Asher’s story concludes in Fighting for Us.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Protecting You is a kick-ass start to the Bailey Brothers series by one of my favorite authors. It is the origin story of Grace Miles and Asher Bailey — and HOLY SMOKES, is it all kinds of small-town goodness.

The light-bulb moment when Asher realizes that he’s in love with Grace was one of my favorites; it’s pure simplicity made it so beautiful. These two experience so many firsts together, and they so easily slip into a wonderful romance after being friends for so long.

I have been a Claire Kingsley reader for a long time, so I was well-acquainted with Grace Miles thanks to the Miles Family series. I already knew the basics of Grace’s relationship with Asher. But reading how they were best friends as kids, fell in love as young adults and then were ripped apart in a tragic moment where he was protecting her was nothing I was prepared for. Everything about these two was just pure and sweet. They have such a deep, soul-crushing love. So when tragedy strikes and Asher turns his back on Grace — to protect himself as much as her — it was just heartbreaking!

I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. I stayed up way too late at night reading it to get to that heartbreaking cliffhanger ending, and then jumped right into Book #2 Fighting For Us (which is the conclusion to Asher and Grace’s story) the next morning because I NEEDED MORE!!

While Protecting You is the origin story for Asher and Grace, we also get to know the rest of the Bailey brothers — and they are a handful. Their Gram is a saint! I can’t wait to see what CK brings next in this series.


I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Claire Kingsley is an Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of sexy, heartfelt contemporary romance and romantic comedies. She writes books with sassy, quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and lots of big feels.
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