Review: Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter

January 01, 2017

Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter
Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals #5) by Mandy Baxter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
U.S. Marshals #5
Release: September 27, 2016
Length: 352 pages

With a rock-hard body and steel blue eyes, Mason Decker is about to become the U.S. Marshals’ newest recruit. But one last undercover job with a straitlaced attorney will test him to his limits . . .

Charlotte Cahill intends to take down an infamous diamond smuggler on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—and she intends to do it by the book. That won’t be easy with the cocky new temporary deputy on her task force. Mason Decker feels like trouble, especially when his cool gaze wanders across her hot body . . .

After his time as a Customs officer, Decker has enough experience hanging out with criminals to know that working undercover means following your instincts, not the rules. It doesn’t take long for him to lock horns with Cahill. But when the sexy assistant U.S. attorney is accidentally dragged out of her orderly world and into the turn-on-a-dime tension of Decker’s deceptive games, she’ll find that nothing is as seductive as playing a new role . . .

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My Review

4.5 stars!! Romantic suspense at its finest!!

Charlie is a federal prosecutor. She's smart, tough, and arrogant while being vulnerable (yeah, I'm not even sure how that works lol). She has been chosen to lead a task force to investigate and take down the Faction Five, a crime syndicate thought to consist of men of power (i.e. federal judge, senator, etc.).

Mason is a former CBP (Customs and Border Protection) agent, dissatisfied with the politics of the system. He bucks authority but desperately wants to be a U.S. Marshall. He finally gets the opportunity but the position hinges on his cooperation with the task force. Unfortunately, it's his background they're more interested in, not his skills, because the lead that they want to go after... Mason's brother, an infamous gem smuggler.

And from the there the story takes a life of its own. It was incredibly interesting, while being fast-paced, sexy, and intense. I strongly recommend it to all romantic suspense lovers.


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