Wednesday, December 14, 2016

3.5 Wine Glass #Review for Bang by Avery Flynn

30762512Title: BANG
Series: B-Squad #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Format: Kindle, 192 Pages
Published: Avery Flynn (September 12, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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.

Linda's  Thoughts:
"Things so seldom go exactly the way we plan."

Bang by Avery Flynn is the second book in her B-Squad series and an intriguing read.  As with Bulletproof, the prequel, and Brazen, Bang is hot and steamy with plenty of sizzle and sass. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with the B-Squad gang with their family-like dynamics. The bantering between the characters is a hoot - wicked, yummy and rife with witty snark. This is the story of two complete opposites - opportunist Tamara Post and private investigator Isaac Camacho.

The story picks up where Brazen left off with Tamara on the run from her brother-in-law's henchmen. It’s a rough road, but Tamara finally comes to realize that she cannot keep Essie, her niece, out of her twisted dad's clutches without help. And the B-Squad is there for her with stalwart Isaac leading the fray. Now, it’s a race for Tamara and Isaac to get to her niece before her father grabs her.

Tamara was first introduced in Brazen. It was not a favorable entrance. She’s Taz’s ex-wife and a thorn in his side. She almost ruined his relationship Bianca. She is a combo of a hot body and a cold attitude. The team has forgiven her for her previous actions, but she’s still a rude, conniving shrew. Avery pulls off an admirable and somewhat successful recharacterization of Tamara by unmasking her past and explaining why and how she became such a nasty person. As the story progresses, readers are treated to a primer on behind the scenes at beauty pageants and baton twirling.

Isaac is a freelancer with the B-Squad. He doesn’t always play well with others and prefers to work as a lone wolf. Isaac is quite likeable and he’s taken with Tamara. He loves her ice queen demeanor and that she’s trouble personified with a fanatic cult leader hot on her trail. Adding her to his long list of problems is not the smartest thing he’s ever done. Regardless, he’s got it bad for her and is determined to protect her no matter how many times she insults him, pushes him away and insists that their night together was a one-time meaningless thing. (Stupid, stupid woman!!!!)

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from B-Squad:

This was going to be like hunting black cats at midnight on a moonless night.

"Just dinner?"
If there was a God in heaven, no was the answer to that.
"Whatever else is up to you and that little voice inside you telling you to jump my bones like a trampoline, darlin'."
This time she did roll her eyes. "How charming."
"Trust me, my charm isn't what the ladies love most about me."

She pushed a finger against his shoulder, pushing him so he was flat on his back on the bed. "Now behave yourself and I'll show you how much fun I can be."

He'd been going out with his right hand for so long they were practically common law spouses.

Even though this is the second book in Avery’s B-Squad series, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone, if that is your preference as it has a self-contained plot and romance. Actually, if you haven’t read Brazen, you will come in to this story without a preconceived notion regarding Tamara – which would not be a bad thing.

I always enjoy Avery’s books. They’re fresh, emotional and entertaining. Avery has described the B-Squad as Charlie’s Angels meets the A-Team meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The books each feature feisty heroines and alpha guys. They are fun and steamy romantic suspense with lots of banter. While I, personally, never did really connect with Tamara – that doesn’t mean that another reader wouldn’t. I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this installment and I look forward to reading Blade which will be released this coming Spring!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Bulletproof (Prequel)
Brazen (Book #1)
Bang (Book #2)
Blade (Book # 2.5) - Coming March 2017
Bold (Book #3)

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