Series: Bad Boys of X-Ops #2
Author: Rie Warren
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Date of release: April 25, 2016
Fight to win
Fight to survive
Fight to love?
Let’s face it. I’ve got a bad rep with the ladies. I’m a rough-talking, smooth-loving, international playboy—yeah right, whatever—and an X-Ops specialist. Sure, I’m hiding a secret or two. Who isn’t? That’s the least of my concerns when I’m called in to lead an infiltrate-and-retrieve mission.
I’ve got my head in the game—the one firmly attached to my shoulders. An American embassy overseas is under siege, and I’m expecting to rescue the ambassador and his daughter, a stereotypical geeky damsel in distress, Matilda Lawless.
Caught in the crossfire between explosive danger and wild desire, I’m in for the shock of my life.
I’m not looking for any man to save me. I’m pretty damn capable of taking care of myself, thank you very much. I have a successful career and was practically born and bred on a gun range, even if I can’t bake a perfect biscuit to save my life like a good southern woman should.
But there’s just something about that hardcore operative called Justice. He’s haunted and lonely, and I know that pain inside and out. It doesn’t hurt one little bit he’s been blessed with more than his fair share of good looks, plus a body that would make any red-blooded woman drool.
Barricaded inside the embassy, under my father’s shrewd eyes, I intend to have Justice no matter how many times he says he’s not good enough. I see the way he watches me. With dirty, sexy, hungry lust.
Fighting is what Justice does. Now I need him to fight for me.
Warning: Graphic sex, graphic action, graphic language. Triple X caution.
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TSRBR's Overall Rating: 4 Rockin’ ★★★★
I have never read Rie Warren before her book, Justice; the Bad Boys of X-Ops Book II should have been a good indicator that it was part of a series. I picked this book solely based on the awesome cover. Although I have not read the others in the series, it was a stand-alone of sorts; the characters cross-over from book to book and her other series characters are referenced in this book, but I did not feel like I was being left out on anything.
When we meet Justice, the X-Ops team is at headquarters debriefing from what went down in book 1 and we learn immediately that Justice is a manwhore, "I had a really bad f---ing luck with the ladies, an even worse reputation for getting my c-ck off at inappropriate times." He's an alpha male with an attitude and potty-mouth, whose seen too much with his time in the military. His mission is to save Matilda (Tilly) and her father from some American hating terrorists on their soil. The first thing that strikes him when he meets our heroine, Tilly, he thinks "How the woman looked good enough to eat, damn well good enough to bed, in the middle of a crisis, I had no idea." he realizes that he can't have her and goes about being a jerk, but he finds that he likes her despite how he's treating her. They do get together and rescue happens and it seems to be going good and he realizes that he would die for her and that's when everything goes FUBAR.
This story is 4 stars in my book. It's a fast paced book that follows a lot of rough around the edges military men and the women that can help smooth their edges out. I love how Justice is not changing himself for Tilly, sometimes in the love stories you met this sexy as all heck ALPHA male and then he meets the love of his life and he changes into this pussy cat that just rolls over for this girl. That is not this book, while he bends for Tilly, he is still the same guy that we meet at the beginning of the story and fall in love with throughout the book. There is no insta-love per se, but more of an attraction that neither can deny and it develops into more as they talk and interact. I loved the back story that we got in the beginning of the book, so that even though I've never read the rest of the books, I go the gist of what happened previously. There are two things stopping this book from be a 5-star book for me: POV and he backs down. This story is completely told from Justice's POV and I feel like I missed out on part of the story (just what Tilly is thinking or feeling). I would read about the situation and then I would immediately want to know about it from Tilly's point of view and it just wasn't there. There is this part towards the end of the book where Justice does something completely against the character that we've gotten to know and inside I was screaming the entire time that he wouldn't do that. He quickly corrects that, but if I were Tilly I wouldn't have let him back through the door, but he does redeem himself.
Although this was the first book that I read by Ms. Warren it will not be the last and I plan on reading the first series and the first book in this series.~Reviewer Mellony C.
REVIEWS FOR RIE WARREN
"Ms. Warren's writing never fails to entertain with her odd and unusual alpha characters, smart and feisty females, humorous interchanges, and passionate and sensual love stories. Her writing is smooth, involving, touching, naughty, full of invectives, and sizzling hot." ~Amazon Reviewer
About Walker, Bad Boys of X-Ops #1
"I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, twists & turns, passion, sexual tension, explosive action, and heartbreak." Renee Entress's Blog
"Jade was one of, if not my favorite, heroines ever!! She was a complete badass and everything that I have been waiting for in a heroine. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, and I have." Amazon reviewer
CAROLINA BAD BOYS—THE ORIGINAL BAD BOYS
Stone, Book One
Ride, the novella from within Stone, Book 1.5
Love, Book Two
Steele, Book Three
BAD BOYS OF RETRIBUTION MC
Complete series—Carolina Bad Boys spinoff
Hunter, Book One
Kinkaid, Book Two
Bo, Book Three
Coletrane, Book Four
BAD BOYS OF X-OPS
Back to back, spring-summer 2016
Walker, Book One
Justice, Book Two
Storm, Book Three
“I think you’d best get some rest, Matilda.” My voice came out low but razor sharp, my words blunt and unmuffled.
If I had to be an asshole to her to maintain the necessary distance I would, because the suddenness of wanting her so damn much was painful.
And stupid beyond belief.
“Tsk.” She waltzed into the room all bare, tan legs and warm, soft scent.
Her fingers flicked at my forehead, and I reared back in surprise.
“Tilly, Ah told you. Only my grandmother has ever called me Matilda, and she’s so stiff I think she was molded into the apron she put on after she got married in 1948. I am not a Matilda.”
First of all, I couldn’t believe she’d flicked me. Me! A goddamn ex-marine and special operative.
And second, a grin crept up one side of my mouth, but I swallowed down the laugh that wanted to follow.
“What’s that?” Tilly pointed at the notebook resting in my lap.
“Uh.” Fuck. I’d completely forgotten about the damn thing. “Nothing.” I quickly rolled it up and stashed it in my pocket. “Bullshit on pages. Gonna make a bonfire out of it later.”
I pulled out a throwing star I always flipped back and forth between my fingers. It flashed like lightning, throwing sparks of light across the room.
A much more manly pursuit.
Jesus. I am losing it.
Maybe I need some sleep after all.
Tilly plopped right down beside me with upraised legs, leaning the back of her head against the wall. “God, but it’s hot in here.”
Plucking at her shirt that ballooned before settling back against the firm round hills of her tits, she rolled her head toward me. “Justin, right?”
I met her eyes for a moment to see the twinkle in her irises.
“Justice.” I growled.
“Justice? Hmm. Justice what?”
“I’m not giving out that information.” I made my frown as formidable as ever, but I could tell she didn’t give a shit.
She leaned close enough her warm breath caressed my ear. “Who would I tell?”
“Chase . . . Justice Chase.” The words tumbled from my mouth.
She clapped a hand over her mouth to withhold a giggle. “Well, that’s not so bad, is it? Imagine if it was Chase Justice.”
“It’s not that.” Maybe a little. “No one’s supposed to know . . . who I really am.”
“Lawless and Justice, huh?” Her hand found my forearm, and her fingers squeezed the steel cable muscles. “Sounds like an outlaw movie. The next big blockbuster. I promise to keep your secret, Justice Chase.”
Spunky Tilly somehow lifted all the fatigue from my body, and I aimed a feral grin at her.
Her eyelashes fluttered. Her smile became a softer curve of her lips.
Her fingers traced all the way down to my wrist where a pulse pounded a heavy beat before she skimmed her hand to my thigh and down to the floor between us.
She made my body thump and my blood race. She made sensations fire like a network of heat to the center of my groin.
Maybe it was just the day, the night, the adrenaline rush that hadn't worn off and probably wouldn't. The same thing happened with every op—unleashed energy I usually slaked afterward by fucking. Fucking hard. Randomly. Anonymously.
Here there was no one to screw. Except Tilly.
There was no escaping her presence either, and, man, did I want to fuck the living daylights out of her.
I lifted one knee and casually—oh so casually—crossed a forearm over it so my hand nearly dangled in my lap, obscuring my growing hard-on from view.
“You should stay in your quarters, Matilda.” My voice sounded like gravel, and I shifted again.
“Is that a direct order, sir?”
Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command. Her latest endeavor, the Carolina Bad Boys series, is fun, hot, and southern-sexy.
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.
You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website https://www.riewarren.com.