Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review - Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy by Jodi Linton

Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy
by Jodi Linton
Series: Deputy Laney Briggs, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2014

A thrilling suspense from Entangled’s Ignite imprint…

Some cowboys are worth getting dirty for.

In her latest adventure, sassy Deputy Laney Briggs discovers the local high school football coach passed out under the stadium bleachers wearing nothing but a smile…and his wife’s lingerie.

Things really start to get wild when she runs into the smoking hot Federal Marshal, Colt Larsen, snooping around the Granger’s house. Quicker than a cold snap comes and goes in Texas, Laney finds herself up to her eyeballs in a case involving a ruthless motorcycle gang, a Mexican drug cartel, a kidnapping, and a shoot-out to rival the O.K. Corral.

In over their heads, Laney calls in the big guns—her very own Texas Ranger, Gunner Wilson, who’s ready to fulfill every last one of her desires. But as things heat up between them, the stakes get higher than ever, and Gunner’s help may not be enough for Laney to get out alive…

“I’ll be damned.” He smiled. “You’re the Laney Briggs.”

I shrugged. “And your point is?”

“It just all makes perfect sense why you shot at me tonight, that’s all.”
Laney is back and sassier than ever! This time we find Laney face to face with a feisty Federal Marshal Colt Larsen, who just may have more than a professional interest in the latest case Laney has found herself in the middle of. And the fact that Gunner is out of town isn't helping – all that frustration that Laney has pent up is locked and loaded right at Colt Larsen, which makes for some tense times! When things start to escalate, Gunner may be the only one who can help Laney and Colt bring the bad guys to justice without be collateral damage themselves.

This book had a bit of everything that I love – a lot of mystery, a ton of sass, a heap of suspense, and some real hot steamy times! After we left Laney at the end of Pretty Reckless, it was easy to think she would be setting off on a journey to her own happy ever after, but life is never that simple, especially in the town of Pistol Rock. Laney is still fighting to find peace within herself, and although Gunner has helped to ground her, she still wrestles with her own personal demons. She’s a bit volatile – just ask Colt Larsen about that – and she’s still trying to come to terms with her feelings towards Gunner.
Gunner had many traits. He could be relaxing to be around. He could be bullheaded. He could be demanding. But most of all, he was my addiction.
And I was obsessed. I had always been obsessed.
And maybe true addiction never fades.
Maybe everything I’d ever wanted or needed was right here…right now.
One of the things I like best about this series is that even though Laney and Gunner seem to belong together, there is still something that leaves an air of uncertainty around things. Unlike a lot of books where you just know two characters are meant to be together even if they don’t see it themselves, there is just something about Laney that leaves you wondering just where she’ll end up…which makes me very excited to read the next book since I’m not really sure what kind of trouble Laney will find herself in or just how things are going to turn out for her and Gunner. Things are hot and steamy between the two, but sometimes I feel like the tenderness beneath it all is running a step or two behind…we’ll just have to see what’s in store for them!

There weren't a lot of appearances by some of the characters we got to know in Pretty Reckless, but we do get to spend a dinner with Laney’s parents…they are so not up for any “Parent of the Year” awards! We also get a look at Laney’s cousin Wyatt (a bit of a closer look than Laney would have liked!), and of course we get to spend some time with Elroy during the case. I just love these colorful characters and they really come to life on the page.

And I’d be remiss if I didn't at lease mention that Federal Marshal who showed up in town. Colt Larsen may be sexy as all get out, but he’s got some serious secrets he’s keeping…and I for one hope we get to find out what they are at some point!

I really enjoyed this installment of the Deputy Laney Briggs series, my only complaint would be that it was a novella which means it was too short and I just want more, but of course that’s just me being greedy! This is certainly not your typical cowboy love story, but it’s so easy to fall in love with Laney and the gang from Pistol Rock.

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

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