by Mandy Baxter
Series: U.S. Marshals #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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With a rock-hard body and steel blue eyes, Mason Decker is about to become the U.S. Marshals’ newest recruit. But one last undercover job with a straitlaced attorney will test him to his limits . . .
Charlotte Cahill intends to take down an infamous diamond smuggler on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—and she intends to do it by the book. That won’t be easy with the cocky new temporary deputy on her task force. Mason Decker feels like trouble, especially when his cool gaze wanders across her hot body . . .
After his time as a Customs officer, Decker has enough experience hanging out with criminals to know that working undercover means following your instincts, not the rules. It doesn’t take long for him to lock horns with Cahill. But when the sexy assistant U.S. attorney is accidentally dragged out of her orderly world and into the turn-on-a-dime tension of Decker’s deceptive games, she’ll find that nothing is as seductive as playing a new role . . .
Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter is the fifth novel in the U.S. Marshals romantic suspense series. Baxter melted my kindle and delivered an intense undercover op as Charlie and Decker work to take down a dangerous faction. To do so Decker has to betray blood. Intense, sexy and addictive, Locked and Loaded was the best U. S. Marshals novel to date.
Caffeinated dates with Locked and Loaded
- First Date: Mason Decker a Customs officer for the US Border Patrol has applied repeatedly for a position within the U.S. Marshals. When he is called into their offices, he is worried he’ll be told not to apply again. Instead, he is offered a chance to prove himself but it will cost him. Charlotte Cahill is leading the task force for his assignment. Their target is an infamous diamond smuggler. Charlotte (Charlie) is a control freak and wants things played by the book. Decker knows the players and to succeed they will need to do things his way. Oh boy I see these two butting heads. Things get REALLY interesting when Charlie accidentally places herself undercover as Decker’s partner. Between the sizzling chemistry and headstrong attitudes, we are in for one heck of a ride.
- Second date: The case is interesting as Decker personally knows the players and to get into their good graces they will need to prove themselves. Charlie is strong, confident and needs to be in control. Decker admires that, but also worries she will blow the case or worse come to harm. Their contact is a strong, charismatic character. He’s cocky and yet one cannot help but like him.The dynamics of his relationship to Decker was intense and added an element I enjoyed. I loved the back and forth banter between Decker and Charlie. We can feel the attraction building between them and Kieran their contact creates extra tension. When these two collide, it’s explosive, sweet and incredibly heated. I loved the back and forth as we got to know the characters, learn about their history and discover their weaknesses.
- Third date: Baxter delivers lots of heated, sexy time for this couple and allows the reader to witness them becoming connected beyond the physical. I was worried the case would suffer but Baxter provides obstacles, intense action scenes and a twist that kept me flipping the pages before delivering a stellar ending. While the romance begins with lust and moves quickly, Baxter gives us a realistic ending that made me smile.
Fans of heated romantic suspense will enjoy Locked and Loaded. All of the books in the U.S. Marshals series will work as standalone.
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