Review: Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey!

We are really excited to be pimping this book.

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REVIEW: Secret Maneuvers (Ex Ops, #1) by Jessie Lane

Secret Maneuvers (Ex Ops, #1)Secret Maneuvers by Jessie Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Description: 

Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever… unless fate steps in with a second chance.

One ‘dear John’ letter haunts Bobby Baker’s every living moment. It’s the letter he stupidly wrote to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he left to join the Army. The letter that he told her that he wasn’t so sure if they were ready for forever yet. But before he can let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, are nothing but a mistake, she up and disappears from the small Georgia town they were both raised in.

Fifteen years later, Belle unknowingly walks back into Bobby’s life when her job as an ATF Agent forces her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever is involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico.

Bobby will use this mission to try and soothe Belle’s hurt feelings while proving to her that their love is still meant for forever. He’ll use every dirty trick he’s learned since he joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. But Belle’s not making it easy as she keeps him at arm’s length in the hopes that mistakes of her own never come to light.

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Reviews: Secret Maneuvers (Ex Ops #1) by Jessie Lane

Book Description:

Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever… unless fate steps in with a second chance.

One ‘dear John’ letter haunts Bobby Baker’s every living moment. It’s the letter he stupidly wrote to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he left to join the Army. The letter that he told her that he wasn’t so sure if they were ready for forever yet. But before he can let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, are nothing but a mistake, she up and disappears from the small Georgia town they were both raised in.

Fifteen years later, Belle unknowingly walks back into Bobby’s life when her job as an ATF Agent forces her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever is involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico.

Bobby will use this mission to try and soothe Belle’s hurt feelings while proving to her that their love is still meant for forever. He’ll use every dirty trick he’s learned since he joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. But Belle’s not making it easy as she keeps him at arm’s length in the hopes that mistakes of her own never come to light.

My first Jessie Lane book was Big Bad Bite and I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with this author’s style and knew immediately she (they) were one (two) to look out for. I knew that I would have to read more and soon. When I saw that Secret Maneuvers was released I pounced on it. I had actually planned to read a different book with a friend but this one was literally screaming at me. It doesn’t happen often that I come across a book that I just have to read immediately. SM was one that did. So I got it and started it and stayed up until 6 am reading. Alas my poor eyeballs just couldn’t keep up so I had to put it down and finish later that day. (you know, at a more reasonable hour! ;)) What an emotionally (gripping) charged, action packed, sexy, heart-wrenching, gut clenching, edge of your seat, can’t put it down book! I seriously loved this book! There is not one bad thing to say about it. Other than I want more, of course! 🙂 The writing was once again superb! The story was one that reached out and grabbed a hold of me and would not let go. I absolutely loved it. The characters were so well written and developed I felt connected to them! Belle and Bobby had a love that is so sweet and heartwarming it just makes you want to find that for yourself.

You’re my everything, my fucking essence. I cease to exist unless I’m with you. ~ Bobby

Belle endured such a craptastic childhood but was able to find her prince. But then that prince made one monumental mistake that changed their course drastically. There were secrets and lies and heartbreak. There was suspense and drama and steam. Oh my, the steam! But watching their reunion unfold was amazing. Would they make it work after all? Or would all those secrets and resentments hold them back from each other? There is so much I want to say about this book, but I fear I would start to run off at the mouth er.. keyboard and spoil it for other readers, so I’ll leave it short and sweet. I loved everything about this book. The plot was sound, and while Belle’s ‘big secret’ was one I had a strong feeling about from almost the beginning, it wasn’t one of those things where you get irritated because it’s so obvious. I enjoyed the dialogue immensely! I have to mention that because I’ve read several books lately that had robot sounding dialogue and that drives me crazy! The way the characters interacted in SM was so realistic it was like a movie in my head. I was very happy about that! The supporting characters were so great that I was instantly interested in stories for them all! I really can’t wait for the next in this series and hopefully after that Declan will have his book! I need Decaln’s book! LMAO!! Declan and the shop vac!!! 

“I didn’t care what direction we were facing; horizontal, vertical, hanging halfway off the bed, or tied up in pretzel knots, as long as I got to bury my cock in her within the next breath I took…. I started a rhythm so fast that she was forced to curl her hands over the side of the mattress and try to hold on, or find herself literally fucked over the side of the bed inch by inch.”

 

Here’s a gif I found that was too perfect for the smexy scene above not to share. But be warned, it is most definitely NSFW  😉