Review: The Cowboy and the Cop by Christine Wenger



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I just looked at the cover and decided I wanted to read The Cowboy and the Cop. I haven’t read the author previously, and while this didn’t work completely for me, it was entertaining enough that I would read her again. Things kind of fell off the rails during the investigation into the cattle rustling, when there was just too much going on, making the plot hard to swallow.

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Review: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle


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Once I saw the cover for Run to Ground, I knew I had to read it.  I mean, look at that shepherd.  That happy K9, with his happy wolfish grin.  Viggy, sadly, was not quite so carefree in the story.  Both Viggy and his handler, Theo, are battling PTSD, and it puts them both in danger many times. I can’t understand why that sad, traumatized dog was expected to effectively do his job, when what he really needed, as well as Theo, was intense therapy.  It distressed me that both of them were suffering, and their department did not, or would not, see their compromised emotions.

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Review: Irresistible Force by D D Ayres

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Review:

I don’t usually read romantic suspense because the heroine is usually put into a dire, life-threatening situation, and sometimes that just stresses me out.  I ventured outside of my comfort zone because Irresistible Force features a K-9 dog.  I wasn’t sure how big a part the dog would play in the story, but anything with the word “dog” pretty  much gets my attention.  I’m so glad I picked this up!  While there are several uncomfortable scenes for our heroine, Shay, she thinks well under pressure and refuses to allow herself to be a victim.  It helped that James, her police officer love interest, is brave, kind, and understanding, and oh, yeah, Bogart the dog puts all of his training to the test to save Shay from danger.  Thank goodness!

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Spotlight and Giveawway – Against the Wall by Andie Devaux

 

AGAINST THE WALL

Andie Devaux

BLURB: When she sees red and blue lights flashing in her rearview mirror, Michelle Thomas fears her day is ruined. Sexy Officer Drake lets her go with a warning, but when she runs into him at a bar later that day, it feels a little like fate.

Michelle isn’t interested in fate. She has two weeks until she starts grad school so she’s looking for one thing: fun. A no-holds-barred good time. What she doesn’t want is a relationship—that’s a distraction she can’t afford.

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Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey

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Review:

I’m just a little torn about Staking His Claim.  I loved the set up – Lucy’s big brother has asked his buddy, Matt, to pick her and her friend up and drive them to NYC.  When Sasha blows her off to cuddle up with her boyfriend, Lucy’s resigned to going solo – until she sees Matt.  She impulsively lies and tells Matt that she’s Sasha, and that Lucy has headed off with her boyfriend.  She knows that Matt would never put the moves on her if he knew who she really was, and she’s dying to get to know Matt better.  When his car breaks down, forcing them to check into a motel, they give into their attraction for each other, and Lucy realizes, with a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach, that she’s made a terrible mistake.  She really likes Matt, and he brings out a wild side of her she didn’t know she possessed.  Once Matt realizes that he’s been duped, though, she knows that he’ll never forgive her.

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Review and Giveaway–Asking for Trouble by Tessa Bailey

 

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Review:

In a short time, Tessa Bailey has become a favorite author.  I always get a happy tingle when she has a new release.   While not all of the elements work for me, the romances are hot, hot, hot, the character interaction keeps me engaged in the story, and the dialog is snappy and amusing.   Like today’s anticipated Thanksgiving feast,  I devoured Asking for Trouble, enjoying this guilty pleasure.

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Review: Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

 

 

 

 

Title:  Officer Off Limits

Author:  Tessa Bailey

 

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From Amazon:

 

His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?


Review:

Tessa Bailey’s books just keep getting better and better!  I really enjoyed Officer Off Limits, and found the mix of sensuality and humor very agreeable.  The only reason this story worked for me, though, is because the heroine is so strong.  The first chapter has her getting dumped by her intended two weeks before their wedding, and she starts out restrained and, while not quite timid, certainly not forceful.  She gets a measure of satisfaction by ordering the most expensive bottle of champagne and charging it to his tab, but this is peanuts compared to getting dumped in a restaurant.  Two weeks before their wedding.  What a jerk!

When Story’s father suffers from a heart attack, she flies from CA to NYC in an attempt to patch up their rocky relationship.  She meets a sexy guy in the waiting room, and doesn’t know whether to be relieved to learn that he’s her father’s partner, instead of a psycho stalker with strong opinions about snack foods.  Hostage negotiators for the NYPD, both men are tough, no nonsense men.  Daniel takes it one step further.  Bounced between foster homes when he was a child, he has developed a wall around his emotions that even the most skilled mountain climber would not be able to scale.  A traumatic experience when he was sixteen changed his life forever,  leaving him mentally scarred and even more wary of relationships.  To compensate for what he perceives as his greatest weakness, he is a full-on, raging alpha.  Dear, me! This guy puts on one heck of a front – he hops from bed to bed, never staying with the same woman longer than it takes to get his clothes back on.  He has no close relationships, and keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Daniel came across as such a jerk at the beginning of the book.  He is attracted to Story and makes no secret that he wants to get to know her tan lines better.  When she rebuffs him in the waiting room, she only piques his interest.  Even learning that she’s Jack’s daughter, and that his mentor will flay him alive if he tries any funny business, isn’t enough to get him to back down.  Like a blood hound, once Daniel’s on the scent, it’s hard get him to focus on anything else.  He thinks a quick hook up with Story will get his mind back on work, but the silly alpha is confused.  Story isn’t like the rest of the women he’s known, and after her disastrous engagement, she wants to call some of the shots.  So not what the demanding Daniel is accustomed to.

As I stated previously, if Story has been even one notch more submissive, Officer Off Limits would not have worked for me.  Daniel is so dominating, and I will admit that alpha-jerks are not my favorite hero types.  But with Story’s developing confidence, the two play off each other well.  The author had me believing that jaded Daniel was so enamored with Story that he couldn’t think of anything else. That he was willing to risk Jack’s wrath to spend just one more minute with Story.  As their relationship deepens, he begins to learn to trust again, and Story slowly draws out his tender side.  I was so convinced that he was maturing and and growing emotionally.  This was one couple, with their quirks and hang ups, that I wanted to find their HEA.  Even the admission from Jack that he had been meddling in their relationship didn’t lessen my enthusiasm for this couple.

Like in my last review of a Tessa Bailey book, while I would normally suggest tossing this in your beach bag for a summer read, instead I recommend settling down with a few ice packs and cold beverages.  This is a scorching read, and with temps hovering in the upper 80s, I’m fearful you will get heat stoke if you read this while lounging outside in the sun.

Grade:  B+/A-

Review copy provided by publisher

Spotlight: Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey and Giveaway!

Tessa Bailey, one of my new favorite authors, has a new book releasing today!  To celebrate, Tessa and Entangled Publishing are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!  Read about the book and enter for your chance to win!

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

Title: Officer Off Limits (Line of Duty #3)

Author: Tessa Bailey

Release Date: June 10, 2013

Imprint: Brazen

Synopsis:

His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?”

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