Thursday, June 9, 2016

Brazen by @AveryFlynn - New Release, Review, and Giveaway @Barclay_PR

by Avery Flynn
Series: B-Squad, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Falling in love is the easy part, staying together…now that’s the biggest challenge of all.

Everything is finally working out for Bianca Sutherland and Taz Hazard. They’re in love and running B-Squad Security and Investigations. They’ve planned the perfect operation to take down the dangerous drug kingpin who’s kidnapped one of Bianca’s best friends. Then Taz’s wife—who was supposed to be his ex-wife—shows up on the eve of the big rescue mission and threatens to blow up his and Bianca’s happily ever after.

The last thing Bianca wants after the revelation that Taz might still be married is to have to spend time with her former live-in boyfriend who never told her he’d ever been married in the first place. But it’s too late to change plans. To save her friend, she has to swallow her hurt and go undercover with Taz as a newlywed couple at an exclusive resort. The only thing Taz wants is Bianca and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her back. But when it’s his life on the line, will it be too late for him to show her that his past is over and she’s the only woman for his future…

     Even fully clothed, Bianca’s body ached from the sweet torment of touching him. She couldn’t get enough. She had to taste him everywhere.
     Somehow over the blood rushing in her ears, she heard the elevator ping. Fuck. It was the only entrance to the loft and no one ever thought to call ahead first. Of course, if they were on the approved list, all they had to do was punch in the code and scan their thumbprint to get in. The approved list was short—only Taz’s brothers and her girls—but right now everyone was working around the clock on the mission to bring Gidget home.
     The number two above the elevator doors lit up.
     And that’s what happened when you lived on the third floor of the building that housed the Devil’s Dip Gym on the first floor and the B-Squad Investigation and Security headquarters on the second—you never left work behind.
She broke the kiss. “If that’s one of your brothers for something stupid, I’m going to shoot them.”
     “Not if I get to my gun first.” He released his hold on her ass, letting her body slide against his before her feet touched the floor, and then grabbed his towel and tied it around his waist.
     Bianca spun around just as the elevator doors parted. Because of the loft’s open layout, there weren’t any walls between the bedroom area and the elevator on the opposite side of the loft, so she had an unobstructed view of the woman who strutted on four-inch heels out of the elevator and into the living room. Blindingly beautiful with long, blonde, artfully waved hair and a face that would make fashion photographers weep with joy, she wore a calf-length trench coat.
     “Honey, I’m home,” the woman called out as she took off her sunglasses, revealing her murderously cold blue eyes.
     Bianca went for her SIG SAUER on the nightstand next to the bed. Taz grabbed her arm, stopping her before she could take a step. His fingers bit into her flesh and pain shot up her limb.
     “Taz,” she called out, wincing.
     But he didn’t react. All of his attention was focused solely on the woman.
     “What the fuck are you doing here?” he asked, his voice vibrating with fury.
     “Is that any way to talk to your wife?” The woman smirked. “You know, I’ve missed you, Honey Bear.”
     His hold slackened just as the earth shook beneath Bianca’s feet and she stumbled back.
     “Your wife?” She reached out, holding on to the dresser to steady her stance, the hurt squeezing her lungs keeping her from passing out in shock. She and Taz had been together for six months and he was married. “How long have you been married?”
     The woman admired the rock on her ring finger. “Five years next Tuesday.”
     Bianca was damn glad Taz had stopped her earlier from getting her gun, because otherwise she couldn’t guarantee she wouldn’t have shot him right in the center of his cold, black heart.

This was a fast-paced read with a few twists and turns that had me reading this story in one sitting. I just love stories with a strong heroine, and Avery Flynn gives us not just one, but a whole B-Squad full of strong heroines which makes me one happy reader!

I really love how Bianca and all the women of the B-Squad can hold their own. They are a strong group of very diverse women who have each other’s back and complement each other with their skill sets. Their shared history has forged a bond between them that run deeps and there is no doubt that they will do whatever it takes to protect each other. So it’s no surprise that when Bianca comes face to face with Taz’s past – in the form of his wife…or maybe ex-wife depending on if she filed the divorce papers or not – that her girls are ready, willing, and able to help Bianca through her hurt and pain.

The story itself is a bit edgy – between the strain between Bianca and Taz because of his “wife” showing up and the team’s desperation to not only save their friend Gidget but also stop the distribution of a very dangerous drug, you could feel the tension throughout the entire book.

One thing that did bother me about the story was having Taz’s wife/ex-wife’s tag along on the mission they went on to save Gidget/stop the drug distribution. Seemed odd that they would just bring her along when she has no experience/training, and then when they allow her to get involved in their mission it just seemed a bit out of place.

Overall, this was a solid start to what looks like a fun series filled with some sassy-mouthed, strong heroines! I’m looking forward to see what’s up next for the B-Squad.

Also in the Series

Brazen is a stand alone novel and the first full novel in the B-Squad series. However, if you want to find out how Taz and Bianca met, check out Bulletproof, a novella set in Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Security world.

Book #0.5: Bulletproof

Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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