I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: B-Squad #2
Published by Avery Flynn on September 12th 2016
Genres: Military, Suspense, Romance
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Freelance investigator Isaac Camacho has a weakness for bitchy blondes, and no one fits the bill quite like former beauty queen and gold digger Tamara Post. She’s sexy, feisty and on the run from a cult leader.
Complicated women? Oh he loves them almost as much as he loves watching Tamara act like a total ice queen when he knows she burns white hot.
Calculating opportunist Tamara Post never cared what anyone thought about her—except for her sister. But when her sister dies, it’s up to Tamara to hide her teenage niece so the girl’s dictatorial father can’t marry her off to one of his disciples. The last thing Tamara has time for is Isaac—a man who flirts as well as he fills out a pair of worn jeans and whose stubborn determination to help makes it hard to act as if she’s really as cold as she appears.
When the bad guys find her, there’s only one person Tamara can depend on to help keep her alive until her niece is safe. But once the life and death chase is on, it’s not just their lives Tamara and Isaac are risking…but their hearts.
Bang is the second novel in author Avery Flynn’s B-Squad series, about a private investigative team. This second novels picks up where the epilogue of the first novel, Brazen, ended, and finds Tamara Post on the run from her brother-in-law’s henchmen. A former beauty queen, Tamara has a reputation for being an ice-cold bitch, but Isaac Camacho isn’t afraid of her. In fact, difficult blondes are his specialty. So when Tamara realizes her cover is blown, and needs help keeping her niece Essie out of her twisted dad’s clutches, Isaac is the perfect man for the job. The problem is: Tamara just doesn’t know it.
I really enjoyed the suspenseful story, and especially loved how Avery Flynn turned an unlikable character into someone readers could empathize with. In Brazen, Tamara was a torn in her ex-husband Taz’s side, and almost ruined his relationship with Bianca. Once her motives are revealed, readers got the opportunity to learn more about Tamara and her complicated history. Not only that, but readers also get the opportunity to learn more about Isaac, who was a minor character in the first novel.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the way Flynn developed Isaac and Tamara’s relationship. They weren’t an Insta-Couple, but instead slowly found their way together. Even though the attraction always existed, they are dealing with important problems that don’t take a back-burner to their romance. This was wonderful as the storyline had already been set up in the previous novel, and it would have been a shame if it got waylaid while the romance developed. This made the story read as more relatable, and I found it easy to become invested in the story.
I recommend this novel to fans of suspenseful, crime romances with tough guys, and even tougher girls. Avery Flynn delivers the heat, as well as provide enough action to propel the story forward at a steady pace. The characters are complex, and very relatable. The only downside to this novel was that I found the villain to be kind of cookie-cutter, but other than that, I found the book to be quite entertaining. In fact, I can’t wait for the third installment to be released.
It was funny how life turned out.
Settling in on the velvet-covered settee in the Corsair Club’s private party room, she contemplated getting another glass of wine from the open bar.
“Looking for one of these?” The man belonging to the deep bass voice held out a glass of her favorite chardonnay.
Whereas everyone else in the room was dressed in designer suits and glittering cocktail dresses, the tall, dark and handsome man in front of her was in pressed Wranglers, cowboy boots and a crisp white dress shirt. If he’d had a tie or a sports coat on at one time, he’d ditched them a while ago, judging by how his shirtsleeves were rolled halfway up his corded forearms. Not that she noticed that, or had scoped out the way his broad shoulders filled the shirt to perfection, or was tempted to ask him to turn around so she could confirm that his ass looked as good in those jeans as she imagined.
Men were no longer on her to-do list. But wine? Yeah, that she could do.
“Thank you.” She took the glass and drank a sip.
The man sat down beside her, his brawny frame taking up most of the bench she wasn’t already parked on. One of his jeans-clad legs brushed against her bare knee and, for the first time in months, a wave of warm desire had her clenching her thighs together.
Unable to figure out how to inch away to allow for space between them without being obvious about it, she crossed her legs. The move made her emerald-green skirt slide up her thigh a bit more than she was comfortable with under the circumstances. Still, giving him a glimpse of skin was less…unsettling…than actually touching him.
“I don’t think we’ve been properly introduced.” He held out his hand. “I’m Isaac Camacho.”
She knew that name, and now she’d have a face to go with it every time she entered in expense reports. “You work with B-Squad.”
He nodded. “On a come-and-go basis as a freelancer.”
“Why’s that?” From the number of B-Squad clients she’d had to turn away in the past month, Tamara knew the team could use another member.
“I’ve been told I don’t play well with others.”
His grin did something funny to her stomach.
“Now that really is too bad. It’s important to play nice—mostly.” It came out before she could stop it. Damn it. She didn’t flirt. Not anymore. Men had been her drug of choice for too long and she’d sworn off of them.
He leaned in close. “Look, I don’t want to make a scene but we need to get out of here. Now.”
Her heart fluttered. She mentally rolled her eyes at herself. What could she say? Old habits died hard—even when they were oh-so-bad for her. “Why’s that?”
His full lips flattened into a grim line. “There’s a bounty hunter making his way through the front of the restaurant now. He’s got papers on you.”
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