She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .
Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.
But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!
This book is good for a lot of laughs. Max is gleefully, unrepentantly violent. It troubles her not at all. And she is not afraid to use every tool in the box, which leads to some funny stuff.
She’s investigating a human trafficking ring when she meets Ze – who has no idea he’s a shifter – and is working with the military to take down the same ring. Things go a bit sideways, and she ends up bringing him home after his skull gets cracked in a shootout.
Ze has no idea about the shifter world and keeps finding himself waking up on top of their China cabinet – because it’s the highest spot in the house. He thinks Max is crazy until Berg and his siblings walk through the house – as bears. Then he has to admit that maybe they aren’t entirely out of their minds, but he might be. Through the story, he slowly discovers more about his nature and explores it – including a wild race with a couple of cheetahs to see just how fast he can go and a serious violation of the Pride’s territory (on accident). Oh, and there was the cub nibbling incident . . . Oops.
We get a better look into Max and what makes her tick and I don’t think she’s a sociopath, but I do think if you aren’t one of her people, you’re about as important as a cockroach to her. She’ll stab you without a second thought. And I love that she cultivated that smile just to freak people out. Really, no other reason.
Their father is really in fine form for this book. He inspires a swear fest from Charlie such as this sailor’s daughter has never heard. And that is saying something. The twins are causing mayhem as well. We get to spend some lovely time with their family from overseas, which starts to drive all three of them nuts. And Max’s mother makes a prison break and wants her daughter to tour the world with her stealing stuff and living it up. And let’s not forget the upcoming basketball tournament and Charlie’s meltdown for thinking she’s a horrible sister.
This is still a largely action story with a bit of romance thrown in. I like it. It doesn’t all have to be about feelings and stuff. Gleeful violence is fun, too.
Definitely, an adult read between the language, steamy content, and violence. I highly recommend it. If you would like to start at the beginning, read Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston you can find this book on Amazon as Amazon Associate I earn on qualifying purchases.
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