Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pretty Reckless (A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel) by Jodi Linton with Giveaway & Review

Pretty Reckless
by: Jodi Linton
Release Date: 3/24
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless, but she’s turned herself around—she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.

Laney will be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf and her chance at a quiet, contented life. His seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido is only outdone by her constant urge to butt heads with him. But when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help.

Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but Laney has always been pretty reckless…

Tagline:  She’s dead-set on giving one bullheaded cowboy the boot.

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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was a fantastic, funny, yet intense book. I loved getting to know Laney Briggs a little bit. I loved her town, it's small and everyone knows everyone. Small town life, that's how it goes. Laney is set to get married to Nathan, the sweet veterinarian in town. Laney starts getting notes warning her off, and she's confused at first. Then when the investigation starts Gunner Wilson, Texas Ranger comes back to town. Hot, sexy, confident and he wants Laney back, and he's not hiding that fact from anyone. They have to work together to solve the case. It's not easy on either Laney or Gunner, but he's relentless. Then there's Luke, another hot cowboy, who's got money and has tried many times to pay off Laney's fiance to leave her alone. That's just the start. There are so many things that happen. Jodi wove a complex story with danger, intrigue, love, lies, bitchy parents, betrayal, sexy cowboys, a past that's still not over, and everything else that's going on. The ending surprised me, and that's a good thing. I couldn't put this down once I started it. I'm looking forward to more books with Laney and Gunner (hopefully). 

Author Bio:
Jodi Linton grew up across the street from a cow pasture, where she was more likely to be seen selling Kool-Aid in a Dixie cup at ten cents a pop, or inviting neighbors over to watch one of her plays staged on her father’s Bass boat.  

In 2001, she traded in the rednecks, cowboys, and mesquite trees of her hometown to chase destiny out west. After a few years of mucking it around with the roughnecks, dust storms, and droughts, she decided to dust off her boots and head home. With a History degree in one hand and a marriage license in the other, she followed her husband in 2006 to central Texas the heartland, fabulous Austin.

After settling into the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two kids, she joined the Austin Romance Writers of America, and signed with The Belcastro Agency.  Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

Twitter: @JodiLinton1

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