Release Date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Whisky Girls Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
He can’t change the scars on her body…
but fate will give him a second chance to mend the scars he put on her heart.
Riley Sullivan and the Ex Ops Team are headed to Miami undercover… as bikers. Following up a lead, the men will perform their investigation acting as members of the Regulators Motorcycle Club with the club’s permission. Surrounded by hardcore bikers and investigating missing strippers, Riley finds the last person he ever expected to see again—his ex-wife.
Kara Sullivan left the man she loved after a tragic accident cost them their unborn son. After years of therapy, she’s come to grips with the loss and has re-emerged from the pain a brand new person. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to face the man who inadvertently broke her heart, and who she’s hurt in return.
Riley has never stopped loving her and he never will. He’s ready to fix their marriage and move on with their lives, however Kara’s reluctance to renew their relationship isn’t their only problem. Danger lurks just around the corner… and there’s a chance she could disappear permanently.
First off, how frickin' hot is that cover? I mean to me it looks more like a vanity shot than the anything but heck, that's some man candy that's ogle worthy. And a personal note to Melissa of Lily Element, his mips look normal don't you think so?
Amazon has a little disclaimer or what-not for STRIPPING HER DEFENSES by Jessie Lane and it goes: second chance romance with a hint of romantic suspense. I thought I'd mention this just to set your expectations although I hoped that it was as suspenseful and thrilling as the first one but as I do love second chance romances I can't complain much.
Kara and Riley Sullivan were HS sweethearts, got married and tried to live happily ever after. But "growing up" took its toll on the young couple and they drifted apart and eventually separated. Fast forward to eight years later and apparently their separation didn't douse their passion for each other, their response is very primal and similar to how Supes react when their beast sees its mate. It's that intense and as I have romanticized the idea of The Mate in my head, naturally this made me squee.
JLane didn't skimp on the hotness level in STRIPPING HER DEFENSES and things moved along swiftly for the reunited couple. Now I prefer angst-free romances and although Kara and Riley's internal pondering proved that they felt sorry for how things went down and all that still I was expecting a hearty rehash between them. The emotional conflict felt rushed and I guess we're to take for granted that they've suffered enough therefore there's no need for heart to hearts and all that. I get that part but said reconciliation to me lacked a certain level of catharsis.
STRIPPING HER DEFENSES was a cool sequel, it has a few stereotypes but not too corny to make my eyes roll if you know what I mean. I still wished the action part of the story was stronger just to support that portion of the novel involving cartels, MC's, and white slavery. It would've been a good contrast to the strong romance.
On the upside, STRIPPING HER DEFENSES provided a nice set-up for JLane and Chelsea Camaron upcoming MC series that they co-wrote called Regulators MC, the first book ICE comes out next month, 12.8.14. It's a loose crossover between this series, X-Ops, and Camaron's MC series, Hellions. It should be interesting what kind of craziness these two came up with and I'll be first in line to check it out.
Jessie Lane is the best selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series.
She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Jessie writes Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance & Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
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