Monday, January 12, 2015

Pretty Shameless by Jodi Linton - Release Day and Review

Pretty Shameless
by Jodi Linton
Series: Deputy Laney Briggs, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 12, 2015

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.”

Welcome back to Pistol Rock, Texas where the people are more colorful than the scenery and where sassy-mouthed Deputy Laney Briggs has found herself smack dab in the middle of trouble…again! One would think a town of only 200 would make for a relatively quiet oasis, but Pistol Rock continues to spout forth a well of depravity surrounded by a landscape ripe with the likes of organized crime, drug rings, and sordid other criminal activity. If you are looking for baseball, Mom, and apple pie, you have pulled up to the wrong one horse town.

Laney has always been an interesting character to me. Her tough, sassy-mouthed personality is a great cover to the sensitive and scarred heart she harbors. When you layer on her less than ideal family, namely a mother who makes Joan Crawford look like June Cleaver and a cousin who can’t keep his nose clean, it’s easy to see why Laney is a prickly as she is. Of course her history with her Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson and her best friend Luke Wagner – who of course don’t ever see eye to eye – only add to the many problems that Laney finds herself having to navigate through.

I love the story that Jodi Linton has woven around the town of Pistol Rock. Her characters are colorful and her descriptions of them have you easily painting an image in your mind of what they look like, their mannerisms, and their behaviors. It’s become apparent that she has crafted a mystery that starts in the first book, Pretty Reckless, and will take us through the conclusion of the series, but each book will focus on a separate event that will somehow tie in to her overarching story arc. Even though you won’t need to read the other books in the series to read and enjoy this book, if you do read them you will have more of an understanding about the dynamics between the characters, as well as be treated to some pretty funny “Laneyisms”.

I still find myself struggling with the relationship between Laney and Gunner. There is such an attraction and addiction between the two that I find myself disappointed at times that the focus seems to be only on the sex – which is certainly hot. There were a few honest moments between the two in this book, but I definitely need more from them on an emotional level – I am still trying to feel that connection between the two that the words on the page say is there, but when I tie that in to their actions I come up short in actually feeling it. And although I can certainly appreciate Laney admiring those sexy cowboys she comes in contact with, she really needs to get a handle on that libido of hers, especially if she wants to create a solid foundation for her relationship with Gunner.

My other minor issues surround two things – one being the need for both Gunner and Laney to respect the fact that their jobs force them to keep secrets from one another. I’m a bit surprised at times that Laney doesn't grasp the fact that Gunner can’t disclose information on the investigations he’s working on – even if they do involve her relatives – and think she needs to get a handle on the fact that the nature of their jobs will always have this being the case, but I would like to see more from Gunner reinforcing that fact with her. If they are ever going to make things work, this needs to be addressed. My other issue would be around the amount of metaphors and other “Laneyisms” that got thrown around in this book. Ms. Linton tells a wonderful story that, for me, got bogged down at times with what seemed to me to be too much of this type of phraseology. I love some of the things that come out of Laney’s mouth and shoot through her brain, but feel that in the case of this book there were too many and it became a distraction at times.

All in all this was another great installment in the Deputy Laney Briggs series and has me now waiting for the next book to see where the story will go. I've come to love all these characters and can’t wait to see what trouble Jodi Linton stirs up next for them, especially surrounding my personal favorite Luke (who’s mine by the way, just sayin’!)

Haven't met Laney yet? Then pick up the rest of the series...

Book 1: Pretty Reckless

Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA ~ Amazon AU

Book 1.5: Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy
Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA ~ Amazon AU

Growing up in a small Texas town didn't have many perks, but it allowed for some colorful writing material. After settling down with her family in central Texas, Jodi found her passion: writing kick-ass, southern contemporary romance stories. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.


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