Monday, February 20, 2012

Wild Man - Kristen Ashley

Book Blurb:
While filling her display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up and sees the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. Thirty seconds later, she says yes. But after four months of falling in love, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA Agent investigating the possibility she’s involved in her ex-husband’s drug business

Obviously Tess decides this means it’s over.

But DEA Agent Brock Lucas disagrees. A man on a mission who’s really committed to his job, he’s spent years in the underbelly of Denver with the dregs of society. And spending four months with Tess who’s as sweet as her cupcakes, he seriously enjoyed his job. But during Tess’s interrogation, Brock learns the devastating secret Tess is carrying and he’s determined to be the man who helps her heal as well as take her back as she walks on the wild side.

As wild and sweet mix, they face challenge after challenge of family struggling with history and terminal illness. Not to mention, Tess’s ex-husband, the drug lord and Brock’s ex-wife, who has a very big playbook are scheming to tear them apart.

But Brock Lucas has wild in him and once in his past on the trail of vengeance he let that wild loose, making a mistake that he would have no idea years later will put his sweet Tess in the position to pay his penance.

In My Own Words:
Going about her business as a successful baker and owner of a popular bakers, Tessa likes to greet her customers, but when the door chimes and in walks Jake, she thinks God is being very kind to her that day.  Good looking and a smile that could bring a nun to her knees.  After dating for several months, Tessa finds out that "Jake" isn't really who he says he is and her heart is broken.  As she tries to mend her heart and go on about her life, Brock Lucas (Jake) walks back in to her life and isn't prepared to take no for an answer.  He knew the minute that he laid eyes on her, that she was more to him than an assignment. Now all he has to do is convince Tessa he is the man for her, and she needs to take ANOTHER chance.

Notable Quote:
"Would it piss you off to know that right about now I'm wondering if I walked in here yesterday because I missed my Tess or if it was because I missed her cupcakes?"

We met Slim in Mystery Man, he was the undercover agent that Hawk screwed up the investigation.  I was intrigued by him the moment I knew he was protecting Gwen in Mystery Man.  I was happy to see him get his very own HEA.  I am getting more disappointed in the editing of this series.  There tend to be a lot, as I am trying to overlook them, there seems to be an abundance, which, sadly does take away from the story.  I really liked Slim and Tess' story, they had it coming at them from every angle.  You had an ex-husband that wants his wife back, an ex-wife that makes it her lifes goal to be the biggest pain in the ass around and a family that needs glue to keep them together.  I loved the cast of girl friends, Elvira made me laugh out loud several times.  All in all a pretty good book, but lousy editing.

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