A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley was a rollercoaster ride that started from page one. With secrets to protect and a town seemingly falling apart, Sheriff Ben Logan and Dr. Leigh Somerall have a lot going on in their lives. Leigh and her family’s lives are being threatened and the last person she wants to turn to is Ben, but she is not sure who else to trust. She is especially leery when there was no closure for either of them from their romance 9 years past. Ben, as acting sheriff since his father was shot, is trying to protect Leigh and prove to himself and others that he can do this job. This was a tight, gripping novel that had the past colliding with the present and that affected the day to day challenges of both our hero and heroine. The author managed to keep this reader quickly turning the pages at the twists, turns, and surprises that popped up throughout the story. I was guessing who the bad guy was till the very end. This was my first Patricia Bradley read and I look forward to more of her storytelling. I received my copy from Revell, however the opinions expressed are my own.