Guarding the Single Mother - Leslie North

Guarding the Single Mother

By Leslie North

  • Release Date: 2021-06-16
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4
From 488 Ratings


Retired Navy SEAL, Clint Backwater, enjoys his solitary life as owner of the Ask Questions Later gun range. It's the kind of place you find because you know a guy. So when Leila Ortiz, a petite woman with a "baby on board" sticker on the back of her car—and an 18-month-old boy in her arms—shows up at the range, panicked and desperate for a gun, he knows something is wrong. Having grown up in the foster system, Clint has seen what happens when you let yourself get too invested—things get messy, people leave. He made himself a promise to never get emotionally involved again, but the former SEAL in him feels the tug to help this woman and her child.

Leila's ex-husband is being released from prison early on good behavior and she found out too late. He was supposed to serve five years, not two, and Leila is unprepared to protect herself and her son. She promised him they'd never run again—they've made a nice life for themselves and the last thing she wants to do is leave it all behind. 

When Clint refuses to give Leila a gun without lessons, she agrees to return to the range to learn. At first, Leila won't say why she's so desperate for protection, but when the threats from her ex escalate, it becomes clear what she's afraid of.  

Clint is a loner. Always has been, always will be. So when Leila and her little son enter his life, it hits him—hard— maybe being alone isn't what he needs. Still, having his solitary life disrupted when he invites the little family into his home is a bit tougher to take than he thought. With Leila and her son in danger, though, he'll do whatever it takes to keep them safe—even putting up with stray toys and changing a nappy or two. 

But the biggest danger might be to his heart, when it starts to look like the safest thing for Leila and her baby might be to leave her problems—and her budding relationship with Clint—behind.


  • Review

    By My Passion Is Reading
    The book was boring and predictable.
  • Guarding The Single Mother

    By Book Worm Plus
    Short little novella. Very fast read.
  • Guarding the Single Mother

    By sbsbrinson
    Sweet and sexy with real elements of danger! But a brave SEAL shows her how love can save a family.
  • Enjoyable Novella

    By Anne42Jane
    This was an enjoyable read. Both Clint and Leila were interesting characters and they made a cute couple. This is a novella and the author did a good job of getting us to root for the two of them rather quickly. All in all a good book and I would read more by this author.
  • S

    By Happy in DSM
    Sick of the single mom stories
  • Awesome

    By alianbanana
    Loved this gives me hope as single mom