Thursday, October 13, 2016

Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter

Title: Locked and Loaded
Author: Mandy Baxter
My Rating: B+

Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Series: US Marshals #5
Main Characters: Charlie and Decker
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Zebra
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
With a rock-hard body and steel blue eyes, Mason Decker is about to become the U.S. Marshals’ newest recruit. But one last undercover job with a straitlaced attorney will test him to his limits . . . 
 
Charlotte Cahill intends to take down an infamous diamond smuggler on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—and she intends to do it by the book.  That won’t be easy with the cocky new temporary deputy on her task force. Mason Decker feels like trouble, especially when his cool gaze wanders across her hot body . . .
 
After his time as a Customs officer, Decker has enough experience hanging out with criminals to know that working undercover means following your instincts, not the rules. It doesn’t take long for him to lock horns with Cahill. But when the sexy assistant U.S. attorney is accidentally dragged out of her orderly world and into the turn-on-a-dime tension of Decker’s deceptive games, she’ll find that nothing is as seductive as playing a new role . . . 

My Review:
I've enjoyed this entire series. This book had a slightly different feel to it, but that definitely wasn't a bad thing...in fact, I really liked the twists and turns in this one. 

Decker is not a US Marshal yet, but he wants to be. That's been his goal from the moment he became a law enforcement officer, but he's been passed over multiple times...because he's part of one of the most notorious crime families. At the beginning of this book, he's offered his dream...a slot at US Marshal school. He just has to use his criminal brother to bring down a new crime syndicate. No problem for this guy who's spent most of his career working undercover...but it's his brother. There's some loyalty at test there. 

Charlie is the US District Attorney in charge of this task force. She doesn't know anything about Decker, most especially if she can trust him. So when he makes an unexpected move, she barges in...putting herself in the midst of the undercover operation...something that she's not trained to do at all. But now they're stuck together in a very dangerous situation. 

I really did enjoy the whole setup for this one. The tension between Decker and Charlie felt very real...and when they eventually give into it, dang...they are sexy together. Those scenes were absolutely sizzling. Then there's all the intrigue and action of the case they're working. I loved all that tension.

And I can't talk about this book without talking about Kiernan. I know he's not a US Marshal...but I want him to get a story, too. He's such a tragic character and my heart broke for the glimpses we got of his true emotion. I want him to have some happy in his life. Please...

Note: This is a series I continue to buy in print just because the covers are so dang gorgeous. Did you take a good look at that cover? OMG, it's absolute perfection.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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