Series: Dirty Eleven #1
Published by Harlequin on October 1, 2014
He's her weapon of choice...
Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole "Shank" Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late.
Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real.
FIRST DATE: I do like the bad boys. But I don’t usually go for bad boys with felony records, especially ones in Sons of Anarchy-style motorcycle clubs (don’t call them a gang. They get testy). Still, there’s just something about a hot man on a motorcycle that revs my engines (did I tell you I’m a sucker for puns? I just can’t help it.) so I had to make a date with Cole. We first meet Cole in Mia’s office. He’s just agreed to play rat for the DA in exchange for early release, and she’s counciling him with the intention of using him to track down and take out her husband’s killers. It’s a twisted situation, as she intends to seduce him and, well, he’s just out of Chino after a four-year stint so he’ll take it, if she offers. And then she gets to know him and changes her mind. I’m still on the fence with Cole aka “Shank” (on account of him shanking a rapist with a broken bottle. Hello, anger issues.).
SECOND DATE: After a very long dry spell, Mia’s testing all her limits and boundaries and Cole’s more than happy to accommodate her. And, day-am. He certainly knows his way around the female body and is more than willing to spank her, tie her up and have a threesome with a stripper. (Hey, it’s just another day in BadBoyLand, right?) But as they’re getting to know one another biblically, they also get to know each other as people and, as it happens in romance novels, they fall in love. Unfortunately, there are other forces at play such as a rival gang, meth dealers, a laser-focused cop who’ll do just about anything to get his man, Cole’s uncle who runs the motorcycle club, and Mia’s husband’s killers. Odds are stacked against this couple.
THIRD DATE: Even though the smexytimes between Cole and Mia are wildly hot, I’m still not sold on the HEA. It could be my prejudice against a two-time felon who still believes he’s an outsider, someone who can’t live within society’s confines, who still sees himself as a “one-percenter” (a member of a gang that runs outside the law, unlike the 99% of gangs who are just weekend riders and/or law-abiding citizens). It could be that I have a hard time believing someone like Mia, who’s always been law-abiding, who’s always been upper middle class, who’s always been a professional, could fall for someone so completely her opposite. Despite my reservations, the couple does get their happily ever after in a rather believable way. It’s a satisfying end to my walk on the wild side.
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