Janine Kane was born and raised around the arctic plains of northern Minnesota. As a child she dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, but her plan changed a few years later when, during an excavation of her sister’s belongings, she uncovered a treasure of Harlequin Romance books and found her true calling.
She spent almost a decade in the medical field, but her heart ached to write. She finally surrendered and several years later, she has carved a niche for herself in her favorite genre. Janine’s passion for depicting strong and capable heroines is evident in the novels she has published. Her most recent release is the first installment in the Hard to Handle trilogy, “Fierce Protector”. Look for the second installment, “Fierce Defender,” late 2014.
Janine makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and two furry feline friends; Mish and Mash. When Janine isn’t breathing life into her characters, she is reading her favorite author’s newest release, cheering for her beloved Minnesota Twins, or hiking the nature trails along the shores of gorgeous Lake Superior.
Ex-Navy SEAL, Zachary Norcross, is a wounded man. Not only is he recovering from injuries suffered in an explosion on a frigid mountain in Afghanistan that killed his comrade, he's also struggling to get over the shock of his wife leaving him for another man. Following his discharge, Zack settles back in his rural Texas hometown where he begins to put the shattered pieces of his life back together.
Evaline Montgomery is a woman on the run from a dark past. She pulled up stakes in the dead of night, leaving Chicago and a world of danger and suspicion behind her for good. Eva doesn't stop until she reaches Texas, where she stays with childhood friends in the hopes of making a fresh start once and for all.
Things are off to a good start after Eva accepts a job making pastries at the local cafe. Zack is settling in, too, painstakingly restoring his family's estate to its former glory when he's not training and competing in the local MMA circuit. When Zack and Eva are introduced by mutual friends, they form an immediate connection and the sparks kindle a heat they can't deny.
Complications arise just as their relationship is starting to flourish. Eva is tracked down by the blackmailer she was running from. She may be able to turn him away, but this time he isn't alone and the situation is too dangerous for her to handle on her own. He's been followed by mobsters who won't take no for an answer, and they don't take prisoners.
Zack will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even if it means putting himself in the crossfire. He refuses to lose the one person who has given him a glimpse of hope for a future and who has restored his faith in the process.
In this action-packed romantic thriller, Fierce Protector races toward a cataclysmic end where Zack must face ruthless gangs, dirty cops and his own darkest fears if he is to protect this stunning, precious woman.