Friday, August 18, 2017

3.5 stars-- Cocked & Loaded by Desiree Holt

*I read this one ages ago and it's been sitting in my drafts folder for like 2, 3 years. lol Figured it was time to post it. 

Erotica with a side of danger and suspense. Woohoo! Two of my favorite things to get my heart racing. <winks> Cocked & Loaded was my first from Holt and it was a pretty good time full of sexy suspense and a second chance romance. I do love those.

Zane and Jamie. Goodness. Yall. There's some mad hate going on at the start. Yeah. They'd not parted on the best of terms years earlier and ah they let each other have it. Ha! I had a really good time watching this couple squirm and the spark and flare between them was pretty impressive, too.

Under all their hostilities there's an undeniable chemistry and a love that never really went away. I enjoyed watching what was supposed to be a revenge fuck ::snort:: turn into a new romance. Seeing them fight the attraction and their feelings and finally letting go and embracing what they really wanted...each other.
"For a guy who says he wants to be in control and likes his sex rough, you're turning into quite the attentive teddy bear," she teased, her fingertips caressing the line of his jaw.

"Actually a grizzly," he joked. "But I'm stifling my growl until you get over your injuries."
The sexy times. Alright. They were steamy. The man loves his toys and has no problem pushing boundaries. Gotta love that. There's definitely not a dull moment with Zane. Whew. Now, some of the word choices didn't quite work for me, though. Some of the dirty talk if someone actually said to me I would totally bust into a fit of giggles and a 'dude, really?' but leaving those moments out it's a steamy read with some great moments. Oh and there was a weird cleaning inside her hooha and I was like NOOO!!! what are you doing?! 

Anywho. There's a decent bit of suspense. While the mystery was fairly easy to piece together it was still entertaining watching them figure out what's going on in this little Texas town where danger and odd behaviors seem to be springing up everywhere. It's a fairly dark subject of human trafficking but between the romance brewing and humor added in with Jamie's friend Kat--she was awesome and very say it like it is-- it kept the read from being too heavy.

For a sexy good time Holt is one I'll reach for again. I liked her humor and loved her characters and their struggles. Definitely looking forward to checking out her backlist in the very near future.
When Jamie Randall kicked the dust of Amen, Texas from her heels, she swore neither the town nor the bad boy she'd given her virginity to would ever see her again. Yet here she is, returning under a cloud of disgrace, not a penny to her name or a soul to welcome her--least of all the sheriff.

Jamie Randall-a decade hadn't lessened the bitter taste of her name. Zane Cameron had only been good enough for sultry summer sex. But the local hell-raiser is the sheriff now and determined to run her hot little body off the worthless piece of land her father left her and right out of his sleepy little town. Just as soon as he scratches a twelve-year-old itch.

Explosive passion changes Zane's mind, but before they can explore their feelings, strange events threaten Jamie and it becomes obvious someone else wants her out of the way. Dirty money, cold-blooded murder, and deadly secrets interfere with Zane's plans to convince Jamie to give him a second chance.

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