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Series: SWAT Generation 2.0 #9
on September 8, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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He should’ve never left his house. He should’ve stayed at home. He has a legitimate excuse—he’s running a fever and he’s fairly sure he’s developing pneumonia. He should have called in sick…but he doesn’t.
He goes to work, because his team is relying on him.
First, he has to sign about eight thousand calendars—all from women who purchased said calendars to benefit the Fallen Officer fundraiser. And when he’s done with that, he has to endure a television interview along with the rest of the SWAT team seeing as they made national news with their ‘Hot SWAT’ calendar that’s sold a million copies to women all over the world.
Needless to say, when Samuel Adams walks into the pharmacy hours later, he only has one thing on his mind. Ibuprofen.
Sadly, he never gets to the Ibuprofen. Mostly because before he gets there, he finds a junkie waving a gun around threatening to kill anybody that moves.
He’s running a fever. That has to be the reason that the girl in the corner begins cursing up a storm and drawing the junkie’s attention. Has to be.
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I really liked this one! Part of what I loved is that the female main character was a romance author, I loved all her research, both Googling, visiting places like Alaska, and then getting help from her new friend, Sammy. Hastings is our main character’s name, and it was a little fun when Sammy gave her the nickname of Hasty, because it was the same name as a character in another book I read recently.
Now Hastings has Tourette Syndrome, a mild form of it, but it was definitely an interesting way to learn more about something that really most people only know a few things about. It seemed like she had pretty much done so many things with her life, gone to school to become a nurse, and there were other things I forget now, but she also was a successful romance author, and she was kind of the landlord for the “Cop Row” of townhomes that so many of the characters in other books in this series live in.
Another thing I often like about this author’s books is that you can have characters that have good home lives and still get the drama in the story. As someone who grew up with a pretty good life, it is nice to sometimes see my own type of family in stories. The drama for these characters really came from the people around them, and so that was definitely something that kept me from being too irritated with anything like I often am in romance stories. Not that Sammy and Hastings didn’t occasionally get a little stubborn, but they were able to figure things out much quicker than just putting things off for the sake of drama.
The end of the book is very sad, even if there does turn out to be an HEA when it is all said and done. Another great book from Lani Lynn Vale. It actually even inspired me to really get back to writing my own romance books and to just do it and see how it goes. There were some parts where Hastings talked about not having a real editor before she published and now I know I have to think of those things too!
About the Author:
Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.