Genres: Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Hot Cops, Menage
Alternate POV’s (Mostly H/h with a few paragraghs here and there from secondary characters)
Chloe Tisdale is a fun-loving woman with a crappy job, no current prospects for romance, and the apparent inability to listen to instructions from demanding men. After a run-in with a creepy stalker, she heads for Imminence, Montana to hide out and party with her wild, foul-mouthed cousin. Conveniently for Chloe, her cousin’s husband just happens to be the Sheriff of Bounty County. Unfortunately for Chloe, however, one of the Sheriff’s deputies is the easy-on-the-eyes-but-incredibly-bossy Justin Hunt, who broke Chloe’s heart into a thousand pieces just one year earlier. And unfortunately for everyone in Bounty County, Chloe’s stalker follows her to Imminence. Despite dealing with commitment issues, when Justin learns of the danger that Chloe is in, he immediately steps in to protect her. Will sparks fly again? Will Justin learn to love? Can Chloe ever forgive him?
This book has a high heat index, contains adult themes, and is suitable only for 18+.
Ride-along is the first in the Bounty County series; each book in the series is stand-alone with an HEA ending, but characters and story lines for future books may be introduced, so the series is meant to be read in order.
4.5 Stars!!!! to “Ride-along” by author Maren Lee!
First I’m going to assume that this is the first book by this author as I haven’t seen any other books listed on Goodreads. That being said, I loved it! The writing was well done. Maren’s characters were sexy and witty with realistic and sometimes outrageous dialogue. I laughed often at some of the things that came out of there mouths. Filters? Nope! The pace of the story was fairly steady with just a bit of a drag in the beginning pages. There was suspense going on throughout the entire book in the way of a psychopathic stalker. Our couple, Justin and Chloe, had a lot of alone time drawing them emotionally closer despite the fact they insisted on keeping things casual. In fact, they were rarely apart. I would have liked a break from their togetherness now and then, hoping for more stalker action which basically stayed in the background until the last 20% or so of the book. Hey, not complaining, just stating. But when that plot headed to its turning point? I couldn’t sit still! Wow! As I read I became frantic and panicked as badly as Justin. And that was bad! I loved seeing Justin’s reaction to the danger Chloe was in. He was a mess. And if I doubted his love for Chloe, his reactions totally proved me wrong. Truthfully this was my favorite part of the book and that says a lot because I loved “Ride-along!” Have I read this trope before? Yes, many times. However this book was hands down the best I’ve read in a while. I know we all have that author where their style appeals to each of us. And we don’t all have the same opinions. But Maren Lee had me enthralled. That being said, you may be wondering why I only awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars? There were quite a few editing errors. 😦 There were enough that my reading paused several time to re-read sentences interrupting the flow. So that’s my only complaint.
Chloe Tisdale was a likable character. She was intelligent, sexy, impulsive and had no problems saying things that would have most of us blushing. However, she was a bit immature a times. Chloe did a poor job with taking her own safety seriously and as a result she made some poor choices. Chloe and Justin had history. One year prior he broke her heart. Crushed it! I wish Chloe would have made Justin work a little harder for her attention. I love a groveling Hero.
Justin was written well. OMG, he was a hot cop with a perfect physic and such a dirty talker. What a panty melter! From the first pages I knew he was book boyfriend material. Okay. Now I have to admit to one tiny thing about him that had me occasionally frowning. I like dominance in my heroes but Justin was downright bossy sometimes.
Justin and Chloe took insta-lust to sexy, sensual level. They could not keep their hands off each other. It may have started as lust but there was a base for more and I loved watching their lust turn into love. Especially with Justin.
There were secondary characters that I loved. As a matter of fact, I believe Jake and Lane’s story is in the works. Yea!
Maren, if you ever read this review, I’d like to ask you if there is a possibility for a prequel? I would love to read Sierra and Brandon’s story. I loved those two. Sierra is outrageous!
I definitely have this author on my watch list!