This one had me at the title. Admit it - you stopped too and maybe you've even checked it out online already.
But is it a story you're planning to actually read. Answer - yes.
Rowdy Yates owns a bar with a troubled past. Trouble is not something in which Rowdy is unacquainted. He's learned to be a protector the hard way and - as we all know - old habits are hard to break.
Rowdy's protective instincts get turned up to 11 when he gives his bartender, Avery Mullins, a ride home one night and sees the sketchy neighborhood where she lives. There's no doubt he's attracted to Avery but this information kicks his protective instincts into high gear. Just a few evenings later Rowdy rescues a child from its parent when it becomes obvious to Rowdy that he's seeing himself at a younger age.
How does all of this become a romance? Well, it doesn't take many pages to read how much Rowdy and Avery are attracted to one another - especially when we learn that he asks her out every day. Then, with his protective instincts on full alert, Rowdy moves to push harder to learn just what it is that Avery is hiding.
While we know there's something Avery is hiding and we know she'd be better off telling Rowdy, she has her reasons. We just need to wait it out until everyone figures out why they need and with whom they can get it.