Thursday, June 30, 2016

#Review: Brazen by Avery Flynn - 3.5 Wine Glasses

29867404Title: BRAZEN
Series: B-Squad #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Format: Kindle, 154 Pages
Published: Avery Flynn (June 7, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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…

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. 

Linda's Thoughts:
Beauty, brains and a brazen attitude, she was everything he'd never realized he was looking for until he'd found her.

BRAZEN is an exciting and ultra sexy romance featuring the private security team which formed in the MacKenzie World novella, BULLET PROOF. Taz Hazard's and Bianca Sutherland's story is first up in this series' debut; They fell in love in BULLET PROOF, but rough waters are in store for the couple as Taz's ex-wife arrives on the scene just in time to blow-up Taz's and Bianca's happily-ever-after with the news that she and Taz were never divorced and, in the process, throw a super snag into a time-critical team mission.

Bianca is understandably upset since Taz had never mentioned to her that he had been married and, even more grievous,  that he still had a wife. The team's mission is personal and very important to Bianca as they are in pursuit of a lead to finding Gidget, her kidnapped friend, and the terrorists holding Gidget. Adding further complications, the feds are also involved because the same terrorists have developed a dangerous mind-controlling drug, Genie's Wish, which, if publicly released, would have serious, mind-boggling consequences for the world. The team's plans require that Taz and Bianca work closely together posing as newlyweds. There's no time to replace Taz with someone else, but it is questionable if Taz and Bianca can still work together at all.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read teeming with action and hotness:

Bianca knew how to surround herself with some dangerous-looking, well-built studs - each of whom had an ass you could bounce a quarter off of and get back perfect change.

Bianca swallowed past the biter chunks of broken heart clogging her throat. “I’m not going to kill him.”
From her listening post, Vivi shot her a wicked grin. “Would have been my first plan of action.”
“Whacking someone is always your first idea,” Lexie said, her laptop screen giving her green highlights an otherworldly glow.
“True.” Vivi shrugged her deceptively small shoulders, a snarky grin curling her blood-red lips. “That’s what makes me so damn charming.”

Desire - hot, wet and undeniable - unfolded in her belly even as her temper flared. "You don't own me."
"I know that," he said, reaching out and tugging her close so that their bodies melded together, his hand splayed across her lower back, searing her skin. "But what you need to realize is that you own me - body and soul."

If you have not read BULLET PROOF, know that Avery fills in the basics of what you will need to know about the couple's history in BRAZEN. That said, I'm glad I read BULLET PROOF first as I developed an affinity with the couple there and Avery couldn't include every wicked thing from their past! (AND there are some very wicked things!) BULLET PROOF is a very entertaining quick read - so, if you have the time, you may want to dive into it first, so you don't miss a minute of Taz's and Bianca's beginnings.

The angst and tension through-out the book mandated that this book be read in one sitting and Avery's storytelling skills have left me excited to read the next books in this series. Luckily, two more installments are scheduled to be released this year! Next up is BANG coming summer 2016. BANG will be Taz's ex-wife's story and how she tangles and gets naughty with freelance investigator Camacho. Then, get ready for Marko's story, BOLD, in late 2016. I would recommend this series to fans of steamy romantic suspense!!!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Bullet Proof: A MacKenzie Family Novella (Book # 0.5)
Brazen (Book #1)
Bang (Book #2)... coming Summer 2016
Bold (Book #3)... coming late 2016

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