Backlash by Karyn Good

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  • What he's sworn to protect, she's willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...

    When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won't happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him--a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.

    Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven't lessened over the years.

    Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it's too late--or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 244
    Word Count: 66162
    978-1-61217-156-2 Digital
    978-1-61217-155-5 Paperback


    “We have to work together, Chase.”

    Right. Against one of the most vicious gangs in the country. He caught sight of her pretty pink toenails peeking out from under her blanket. Him and the pretty little small town teacher up against Raphael Tessier. Maybe the bad guys would die laughing.

    He meant to back away. To leave. Before her clean scent began absorbing into his skin. But with Lily, things never quite worked out the way he planned. Good intention turned into forward movement. Until they were chest-to-chest and hip-to-hip.

    “Chase, be reasonable.”Reasonable? He could smell her. Her breasts pressed against his chest with every breath. He’d left reasonable so far behind he’d need a map to find it.

    Then it was too late anyway. He needed to know if she tasted the same. Felt the same. And she was right there. In front of him. All he had to do was bend his head. Just a fraction of a movement and his self-imposed exile would end.

    And he was only human.

    So he tipped his head and put his mouth on hers. Ran the tip of his tongue over her bottom lip and got a yes to question number one.

    His hands did a slow glide up her arms, over her shoulders to her face. He gently tilted her head and waited. Waited for the slight parting of her lips, the invitation to enter. When it came, it almost brought him to his knees.

    He dove in like a man who’d been too long in the desert and she was his first taste of water in years. He needed his tongue in her mouth, tasting, savoring. He needed the warmth pulsing through his system to burn forever.




My Review:
This was an absolutely fabulous book. While the story wasn't necessarily anything really new (i.e. bad boy falls in love as a teenager, but leaves his love so that he doesn't hurt her in the long run), I thoroughly enjoyed this version of it and was highly entertained by reading this book!

Chase grew up the abused son of an alcoholic father. One night when he was 18, he left without a trace and without a word to his girlfriend, Lily. She was heartbroken and never understood what happened. Now Lily is a teacher. Leaving school, she comes upon 3 men threatening and beating her 13 yo student. When she stands up for him, she becomes a target until a man comes roaring into the parking lot and scares her attackers away. That man is Chase whom she hasn't seen in 10 years.

Now Chase is a police officer working for a special task force and he's hot on the tail of a gang when they lead him right to Lily. Now she's completely embroiled in the danger of his case.

I loved Lily. She's scared to death, but still maintains her feistiness and crazy courage in the face of maniacal gang members and a really irate, although incredibly sexy, ex-boyfriend. I liked how she never backed down from Chase even when her heart was breaking and her legs were shaking. She's tough and deserves his love. They're a good mix, whether he realizes or not. And, damn, I wanted to shake him and his stubbornness because he's so wrong about him and Lily working. He doesn't see himself as a good man because he saw how his father abused his mother whom he supposedly loved.

Add to that, this book is fabulous on the suspense side. Lots of high-stakes danger, really evil bad guys (super-creepy spider tattoo guy), and it kept me guessing how the author was going to resolve it all till the very end. Overall this was a fabulous book and definitely one that reminds me why I LOVE to read! Perfect entertainment and escape!

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