Protecting Tanner Hollow – Lynette Eason – Tanner Hollow #1-4 – Revell – Published 5 November 2019
Nolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth’s sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.
When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father’s campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .
Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help–but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.
When Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he’s met only once before–and has never been able to forget–he finds himself falling for her. But he’ll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they’re to have a future together.
Protecting Tanner Hollow is a collection of four novellas. Fast-paced and with plenty of romance, these four suspense novellas will have readers as eager to know who the bad guys are as they will be eager for a happy ever after ending.
The first story, Lethal Homecoming, follows Kallie Ainsworth as she returns home after six years away. After her mother remarried, Kallie faced physical and verbal abuse from her harsh step-father and only his death has her brave enough to return. But his death is not an innocent as it seems and before Kallie has even stepped foot inside her family home, someone is trying to kill her. With the help of an old flame, Detective Nolan Tanner vows to keep Kallie safe as they try to find the person behind it all. Simple story, unfortunately, this was my least favourite of the four novellas. So, if you too didn’t enjoy this first one, keep reading, as they all get significantly better.
When Jason Tanner pulls a body from a burning house, he didn’t expect to be drawn into a murder cover up. Lillian is on the run from the man she saw kill a woman. But with the evidence hidden and bodies piling up, she knows she needs help to prove the murder happened and that she is not crazy. Jason and Lilly make a great team and when romance blooms during the course of their investigation neither wants to deny its pull. This was a good story. Despite the romance basically being instalove, the suspense is great and has lots of twists, even during the short course of the story.
Honor McBride is on the run form the man who wants to kill her and hold one of her five kids hostage. After the death of her abusive husband, she thought she might finally be free from a life of fear. But now, with limited funds, only a run-down house to her name and five small children to protect, she has little choice but to accept the help offered by the townspeople of Tanner Hollow. Eli stopped to help the Honor with a flat tire. As he comes to know her and her children a little more, he wants to do what he can to protect them. Eli and Honor share a past of hurts. As they face the shadow that looms over them, they forge a romantic bond. I enjoyed the start of their relationship, loved Honor’s five kids and the trust and joy they start to build with Eli. The suspense is also exciting – Honor is hiding a lot of secrets.
Claire Montgomery is a supervisor in the forensic department. Her job keeps her busy – if a little lonely. When Detective Derek St John (readers will know Derek from Eason’s Blue Justice series) visits an old friend, he is on hand to respond to Claire’s call for help when someone attempts to kill her. Derek and Claire reunite as they work to find her would-be killer. This was my favourite of the four stories. Not only because of the familiar faces, but it just has a great blend of suspense and romance, and with the shared history, none of it felt rushed or squeezed into the plot line.
These four novellas are connected by the same setting and cast of characters, with different main characters for each novella. Each novella just kept getting better. If you are looking for a quick read, but something that will still have you on the edge of your seat, Protecting Tanner Hollow is the perfect book for you.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: Christian – suspense.
Themes: Murder, romance, family, relationships, police, detective, abuse, abusive relationships.
Published: 5 November 2019 by Revell
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 384 pages.