WAR by Isabel Lucero


My father was the leader of a protection racket; a criminal group that uses violence to ensure our clients won’t be harmed or robbed, and that their businesses will remain protected. What we do isn’t legal, but it’s the way we’ve lived for many years now.

Memphis Reed—my father—was formidable. He was a man people both respected and feared. He taught me everything he knew, and when he died I was left in charge.

Before his death, a battle was brewing on the streets. Lies were told, deceptions were made, and people were killed. People we thought we knew changed, relationships and friendships were torn apart, and loyalties were questioned. After his death, a full on war is raging, and Roman Rios—a man we now know we can’t trust—wants to move in on our business.

With me now being the leader of nine men, it’s up to me to protect them from Roman and his own crew of ruthless criminals. I’ll do whatever’s necessary to keep my business my own and protect everything my father worked for. Even if I have to go up against Xavier Delgado. Roman’s number two. A man with no heart and a black soul. A man Roman trained to be as vicious and cold-blooded as he is. A man who once upon a time I thought I was in love with.

Yes, I’m a she. My name is Chevelley Reed, and all’s fair in love and war.

*Due to language and content, this book is intended for mature audiences only*

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Release - March 14, 2015
Genre - Romantic Suspense/Second Chance
Heroine POV - 1st person
Heat - 3 out of 5
Format - ebook copy provided by the author
Length - 251 pages

So. Much. Potential!

★★★✩✩

I loved Xavier. Without getting inside his head, he was the one shining, glistening, beautiful moment in this book. He was everything and any scene that didn't involve him didn't hold my attention. Just sayin'. The author did a fantastic job of bringing this bad boy to life and I only wanted more and more and more of him. I'm so greedy and I would have given just about anything to get his perspective.

I love strong and fierce female characters, especially when they're cast in roles more common for men. I love when they can take that role and make it their bitch, smashing through gender stereotypes, and creating their own unique take on it. It was easy to imagine Chevelley doing all of this and more. The situation was ripe for it. She was raised by a father who didn't shelter her from the life he was leading. She was aware of the ins and outs of the protection game and when he passed she became the de facto leader. I was ready to see her thrive and own it. I could picture it so well. Unfortunately, that's not what happened here. Chevelley was no leader. Surrounded by a group of alpha men, her bark was much louder than her bite. She allowed her emotions to rule her and made questionable decisions. I would not follow her into battle.

This may not have been the huge winner I was counting on, but I enjoyed this author's writing style. She's new-to-me and from this introduction, I can tell she will keep me entertained. I will definitely be reading more from her. This is one of her earlier stories and while it was good, I can only assume that it gets better from here.

About the Author
Isabel Lucero is a bestselling author, finding joy in giving readers books for every mood.

Born in a small town in New Mexico, Isabel was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband's career in the Air Force. Her and her husband have three kids and two dogs together, and currently reside in Delaware. When Isabel isn't on mommy duty or writing her next book, she can be found reading, or in the nearest Target buying things she doesn't need.

Isabel loves connecting with her readers and fans of books in general. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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