Detective Hale Crandall dashes into a burning building to save a little boy and ends up in the hospital. He returns home a little worse for wear and learns the boy he saved, Skip, is going to be his new neighbor because Connie, the ex-wife of Hale's best friend, is adopting him. Despite their complicated connection, Hale falls in love with Connie, but is he ready to be a dad? Daddy Protector (3), by Jacqueline Diamond, is a sweet book with likable characters. Hale is the perfect match for Connie, and their history adds depth to their romance.