Disorderly Conduct by Rebecca Zanetti

August 18, 2020

"Moments define us," Aiden said softly. "Anna and I shared one. An important one that probably shaped us both in ways you can't imagine. Years later, here we are."

Disorderly Conduct by Rebecca Zanetti

Disorderly Conduct by Rebecca Zanetti

Bullets and Kisses Can Burn

The last person Anna Albertini expects to see in an orange jumpsuit in District Court—a place she SO doesn't belong as a new prosecuting attorney—is Aiden Devlin, the man who’d saved her life when they were kids. For years, she has dreamed about him. Now here he is—his eyes blue, his chest wide, and his hands in cuffs.

Sure, Aiden says he doesn’t want her help, and his ties to a deadly motorcycle club should give her warning. Yes, her new boss is a sexy Italian bad boy who might be using the case to climb to the top. Plus, the detective assigned to the case, with his green eyes and broad shoulders, wants her to stay out of his way.

With so much testosterone surrounding her all of a sudden, most women would find it hard to concentrate. This might be why the case leads Anna to yelp during a spa appointment, fall out of a tree, and chase a naked old man around the courtroom. It’s a good thing Anna learned a long time ago to be her own hero, no matter how fast the bullets fly or the kisses consume.

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Anna Albertini has been a prosecuting attorney for all of one month. When her new boss is taken down by the DEA, she finds herself thrown into situations she was in no way prepared for. One such situation was appearing in District Court and to her surprise, the defendant is none other than the boy who saved her life years ago. How can her savior be the bad guy? And how can she help him in her capacity as an officer of the court?

While not entirely bogged down by a ton of legalese, there wasn't a time during this story that I wasn't reminded that Anna was an attorney. She was young and had that sense of invincibility that most young people have, which allowed her fervent curiosity to grow wings. She put herself in dangerous circumstances, constantly in the crosshairs of the criminals she was investigating, consistently coming to conclusions without all of the facts. She may have been an attorney, but because of her newness, she wasn't a great attorney. But that's to be expected. I remember when I started practicing law. I believed I could do it all too!

Aside from Anna, we meet a ton of characters who bring this small town to life... There's her new boss, Nico, who sounds like a chocolate sundae doused with caramel sauce (YUMMMMM). Then there's the investigating officer, Grant Pierce, who seems like the epitome of a silver fox. Then there's Aiden... the guy with a bit of a savior complex when it comes to Anna. I know there's a lot more to this guy than meets the eye and I'm excited to find out what he's all about. I'm seriously rooting for him. I had a hard time liking Anna for the fact that she was bouncing from one man to another like it was okay, even after sleeping with Aiden. If the hero of the story did this, readers would be in an uproar. It's not right for us to accept this behavior from the heroine. Meeting Anna's family was such a joy because not only are they close, but they are so different and yet so supportive and amazing. Despite the fact that this was a story told entirely from a single perspective (which I don't like), I still found so much to be entertained by. I'd still like to hear from someone else though.

I was promised "a fun, sexy, suspenseful new series" and with DISORDERLY CONDUCT as an introduction, Rebecca Zanetti delivered!

My lungs stopped working. They didn’t hitch, and they didn’t stutter. They just up and froze. So did my feet. I stared at him across the stone walkway, acutely aware of the absence of distance between us. My girlhood fantasies about Aiden Devlin hadn’t prepared me for the reality of his focus as a man. He was predatory and did nothing to hide it.

For the first time, I saw him clearly. And I didn’t know a thing about him. Not really. “You’re trespassing,” I said.

His smile was slow and sure. “Turnabout, fair play, and all o’ that.”

I shivered, and my gaze caught on his mouth. Tingles pricked inside my chest and right down to my abdomen. Butterfly wings of both intrigue and warning. “Rumors fly fast. Are the Lordes running drugs out of the Tranquility Spa?”

He didn’t so much as twitch. “If we were, you’d never find the proof.”

That wasn’t informative in the slightest. Since he was obviously irritated with me, I wasn’t sure how to read into his bravado. Or maybe he was being perfectly honest. “I find it interesting that you’ve already been called with information about your old lady.” Man, I hoped I was using the biker gang lingo correctly. “Especially since there’s an obvious drug connection between the spa and the Lordes.”

“If it were obvious, I’d be in handcuffs,” he rumbled easily. “When somebody asks questions about my boys, claiming to be mine, then anybody with half a brain would give me a call. The chick at the spa has more than half a brain, even if her man doesn’t. Now. We gonna talk about you being mine?”

The archaic language ticked me off. Completely. I told myself that nothing inside me went a little bit gooey and warm at the possessive claim. Nope. I was not that woman and the caveman act didn’t work with me. Regardless of his hard-cut jaw and way too tough-guy body. My slightly quickened breath and weakened knees had everything to do with the disintegrating weather conditions and not the biker defender. Geez. I needed to talk to the shrink again, because lying to other people was understandable. Lying to myself was a huge mistake.

Thunder cracked in the distance, and I jumped. The clouds would be rolling in soon, and as if in warning, the air began to cool. Kicking myself into gear, I strode down the path, up my stairs, and to my door. “I’m investigating a case, Aiden.” I unlocked the door, barely sounding breathless. “If you don’t like it, then start cooperating with me.”

I didn’t hear him move. One second I had the key in the lock, and the next, I was flipped around and pressed against the door, a giant of a man towering over me.

My head snapped back, and I looked up, meeting his gaze directly, even though my heart thundered. “This is not cooperating.” For some reason, I’d always had the ability to think and feel two different things, and often my mouth had a mind of its own, which came in handy when my body was rioting like this. “Back up.”

He moved in. Both hands flattened on the door, and he leaned down, his angled jaw close to mine. “I don’t give a warning twice, Angel. Step off of my case.” The Irish was out full force in his deep voice this time. Intriguing and definitely sexy.

I’m not sure what a Lordes Defender expected when giving a threat, or an order, but he wasn’t going to get it. I levered up on my toes and leaned in closer, my nose nearly touching his. His pupils dilated, and I enjoyed the surprise there. “I’m trying to help you, and if you don’t knock it off, I’ll stop.” Then I planted both hands on his very hard chest. “You don’t want me for an enemy.” I pushed.

To my surprise, he stepped back. Then he studied me, his gaze probing and oh-so-damn blue. “You don’t know me anymore.”

The words, although they’d been said by my sisters as well as myself, still pierced with a truth that shattered the make-believe world I’d created years ago about him. Starring him. “You don’t know me, either,” I whispered. “I don’t need saving now. You do.”

“You keep investigating this case, and you will need saving,” he said evenly, the Irish lilt disappearing again.

“From you?”

“No.” He exhaled, frustration drawing his brows together as he ducked his head and studied his boots. “How can I get through to you?”

I held up a hand. “I get it. You want me to stay away from you.” Even though he was barely more than a stranger now, the idea still hurt.

His head snapped up. “Oh, baby. I’d like you to get as close as you can to me. Just drop your investigation. Let somebody else take those chances, and you stay safe.” Those eyes deepened along with his voice, which now held the low seduction of an Irish brogue. Full and thick with promises of stormy nights and raw passion.

Warmth spread through me like a heated port. There was nothing sexier than a bad boy bent on seduction, and I knew it. “I’m sure sleeping with the prosecutor would help your case. Nice try.” My voice remained shockingly steady.

His cheek creased. “Who said anything about sex?”

“Sweetheart,” I murmured, “I’ve dreamed of sex with you since I was sixteen years old.”

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over forty romantic suspense, dark paranormals, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Upcoming series are: The Blood Brothers, The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome.


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