by Jodi Linton
Series: Deputy Laney Briggs, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Rating: 5 stars
He’s gunning for her heart, but aiming for her body.
Wherever deputy Laney Briggs goes, trouble always follows behind—except when Laney is the trouble. Right now, Laney is on the hunt for her not-so-bright cousin, who is wanted for gunsmuggling. But there’s a sexy, hot-assed Texas Ranger on the same case, and Laney would bet her britches (and everything else she’s wearing) that Gunner Wilson knows something she doesn’t. It just requires a bit of sexy espionage…
Gunner knows all too well just how damned distracting Laney and her little red cowboy boots can be. The pure, unadulterated want between them has never been stronger and Gunner can’t resist making her crazy. But even as she gives into every carnal craving for Gunner, Laney is determined to get her answers, one mind-meltingly hot night at a time. The only question is whether she’ll be ready for the truth…
I had one hand toying with the hem of his snug black T-shirt, my hips grinding into his Wranglers. The way that zipper fly was bulging against my thigh almost made me forget I was on the attack. “You can tell me. I've always been good at keeping secrets.”
Gunner looked pained. “Again, it’s privileged information, Laney.” He leaned in closer, grazing his five o’clock shadow along my chin. “Damn you smell good,” he said, sucking in some air. “Buy the lavender soap at the Piggly Mart again?”
I hooked my thumbs in his belt loops and tugged, pulling him into me. “Why are you all of a sudden acting so serious?”
He always did have a hard-on for the slutty-bimbo type.A low, throaty groan tore from his chest when he dipped his mouth toward mine. My lips parted, welcoming him home. I felt his tongue skim my teeth, and then he swallowed my moan with a hungry kiss. Aw hell, he tasted like homemade vanilla ice cream, a little too sweet, but so sinfully delicious. Maybe I hadn't completely thought this through, because the way he was kissing me torched any comeback as a raging wildfire of pure undignified lust burst throughout my entire body. On a long, hard caress, he forced the tender embrace deeper and pulled my tongue into a tantalizing dance with his. Savoring the moment, he wrapped both arms tighter around my waist, and wasted no time to teach me each one of his smooth moves.
And damn, did I want to be schooled.
Gunner broke the body-aching kiss, and before I could say “more” his mouth touched my earlobe, and then he whispered, “Word has it that Wyatt might be in deep with Manny Sanchez.”
“Manny Sanchez?” I asked, surprised.
“That’s right.” He continued working his mouth along my neck, which might as well have been between my legs. I’d gone from bitch to horny in about five seconds flat.
I feathered my lips across his stubbled chin, inhaling the richness of his aftershave as I said softly, “Who’d have thought.”
Laney Briggs has a family issue that’s getting in the way of her doing her job. Gunner Wilson seems to have a love/hate relationship with Laney. Our author has written this book as if it was a stand-alone. But it’s my hope that you will read all the books in this great series – it’s the best way to learn whom these characters are.
I have to say that one thing I love about this author is how she’s developing her female character. She’s someone that you can picture living in the town she’s trying to protect and she doesn’t take any bull shit from any man. I love how Laney describes those she comes in contact with or knows. You can also see the attitude and I don’t think I would like her any other way.
Another man in Laney’s life is Luke Wagner and he seems to be something of a mystery. Will they – won’t they? Whom will she choose? It’s one of the things that make this book a great page-turner. There are times that I want to yell at Laney about some of her choices – just shows how well this author knows how to capture her reader’s attention. Laney’s mother is an interesting character. If I had to compare her to someone, I immediately think of Grandma Helen from Sixteen Candles.
Something else that keeps Jodi’s readers coming back for more is the mystery that surrounds Gunner. Because the reader sees him through Laney’s eyes we don’t know the whole story. But what we don’t know or can’t figure out is one of the reasons to looking forward to the next book.
Another way that this author holds her reader’s attention is that she doesn’t end the suspense too early. She also has the perfect ending – it leaves you with questions and wanting more. The bad news is that I couldn’t find any indication as to when the next book is coming out and what the title might be. So that means you will have plenty of time to read the books that you may have missed.
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