Saturday, June 7, 2014


Protecting Lyndley (US Marshal Series #1) 
by Amanda Bennett 

My name is Lyndley, or Sarah I suppose, depending on who you ask. My once amazing dream of a life had all been taken away from me one tragic night. A night that I wouldn’t soon forget. I knew my job was a dangerous one, but it never crossed my mind that one day it could all just disappear right before my eyes. Now I was trapped in a never-ending nightmare and living a life that was no longer my own. At least I wasn’t completely alone, but Ky Wakely was the kind of man that made you wish you were. Sure he was easy on the eyes, but everything else about that man drove me utterly insane. I suppose every dream comes with a price, but when it’s your life, was it a price I was willing to pay? 

3 Smooches

I was super excited to read this book … It was my first Amanda Bennett read and after meeting her at a book signing and falling in love with her sweetness I was anxious to explore her work.

Because of her job, Lyndley Caverly winds up the target of some very bad people. She goes into witness protection where she is in the care of US Marshall Ky Wakely. There is an immediate attraction but Ky resists the pull he feels for her because it is, afterall, his job to protect her. Well, he lasts for about five minutes anyway and thus begins the never-ending hot / cold treatment from Ky. Poor Lyndley. I don’t mean to bad mouth Ky because, honestly Lyndley isn’t much better. As far as their relationship goes, she is really immature towards him.

There were several things I enjoyed about the book. Overall, the storyline was refreshing. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming! Despite the hot & cold and immaturity, Ky and Lyndley shared some tender moments that touched my heart.

There were also a few things that didn’t work for me and it brought on a whole discussion between me and my book besties about fiction … when do you let things slide because you are reading fiction and when you don’t. It may have just been me but several facets of the story just didn’t work. Nothing major but when you add them all up, I struggled overall with the book. For example, Ky and Lyndley are located by the bad people so they move to an isolated farm house to hide out. When they are told the bad people found them again and they might be out in the woods surrounding the house, what do Ky and Lyndley do? They run upstairs, have sex, and then go to sleep. Run and have sex … I’m okay with that but skip the nap … there’s bad people in the woods!

Overall, the book was okay. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the instances of “that would never happen” didn’t occur so often. You should give it a chance though … everyone reads a book differently! = )


I never imagined my life turning out the way it had thus far. Life can be a tricky road to navigate. Unfortunately, I had to find that out the hard way. I never took for granted the things I had or the people that completed my life, until the day I was forced to abandon everything.

I wish I could tell you that I was at least happy to be alive and well, but I would be lying. I missed my family and friends terribly, but to keep them safe this was what had to be done, for now. At least I wasn’t alone in the situation, but I almost think being alone would be better than the hell I was currently living in.

Amanda currently lives in Utah with her many men (her husband, two little boys, and two dogs). She is an avid San Francisco 49ers and Dexter fan. In high school she developed a love for writing and storytelling, and in the past couple years has made it her passion as she just released her ninth book. 

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