Justice for Mackenzie by Susan Stoker
Series: Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1
Published by Self-published on August 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Daxton Chambers loved being a part of the oldest and most distinguished law enforcement agency in the state of Texas…the Texas Rangers. But whoever was burying women alive in his city of San Antonio was always two steps ahead of him…and he hated it.
Mackenzie Morgan lived what she considered a normal life. She worked at a non-profit agency, hung out with her best friend, had an annoying, but loving, family, was clumsy, had a tendency to ramble when she was nervous…and was still searching for the man to spend the rest of her life with.
Meeting Mack, and finding out just how perfect she was for him, wasn’t a part of Dax’s plan…but he’d be damned if he was going to complain about it. Unfortunately, Dax’s job wasn’t always safe…Both Mack and Dax would find that out the hard way.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I think this is one of those books you don’t have to take too seriously. Justice for Mackenzie was fun, light and slightly OTT in some cases.
Let’s begin with our h, Mackenzie, a 37 year old clutzy babbler and Daxton a h-o-t 46 year old Texas Ranger (yummy). They first see each other at a fundraiser organized by the non-profit organization Mackenzie works for, but nothing happens.
Then Mac is pulled over for speeding by a friend of Dax’s while they are on their way to dinner so when Dax realizes the cute babbler his friend just gave a warning to is the hot woman from that dinner, he gets her number and calls her to ask her out on a date.
The whole book is kind of slow paced and skips over periods of time, like 2 weeks, 1 month, and the likes, where they get to know each other better and settle their relationship. Soon they’re both sure they were meant for each other, and it’s good and bad because a serial killer whose case Daxton is working has fixated on him and that means he has Mackenzie in his sights (psycho threats and all).
Now, I get being clumsy is not something that can be helped, I bang myself against walls and furniture all the time, drop things from time to time, but this woman… she is all thumbs.
Her rumbling went into ridiculous more often than not and was totally unbelievable, but I will say that it had me bursting out laughing at the sheer absurdity of it sometimes.
“You’ll get me, babe. I’ll pump you so full, as soon as I pull away from your tight body, our juices will leak out. When I take you standing up, you’ll feel us dripping down your leg.”
“Oh God, Daxton. That’s so uh…realistic and slightly gross, but honestly, I can’t wait.”.
Daxton… Oh Daxton, you could have been up there in the book boyfriend list… but, alas! My dad used to make me watch “Walker, Texas Ranger” when I was little and me not being from the States that’s pretty much all the info I had on these guys (apologies to any and all real Texas Rangers… I don’t think that show was anything close to reality, now that I’m older). So, as I was saying, I had this whole super tough, bad ass dude in my head. And then he tosses up his lunch when he reads a threat made against Mackenzie… dude! I don’t think Mitch Lawson would do that! Or Brock Lucas, or…well, any other male bad ass alpha character.
Then he apparently suffered from some brain-mouth connection deficiency as he said:
“You’re refreshing, especially compared to my friends and the criminals I talk to day in and day out.”
Oh wait, was that a compliment?
And later on, we get this insight of his…
“She hadn’t been pissed or thrown a hissy fit when a woman, out having drinks with friends, came up to him and gave him her business card and said, “Call me.” Mackenzie had thought it hilarious instead. It was a refreshing change from the last woman Dax had dated, who’d been pissed when another woman had slipped him her phone number while they were out on a date one night.”
Because you know, we women love skanks to come onto our men while they’re on a date with us. SERIOUSLY???!!! At this point, I didn’t know if I wanted to punch him in the face or hit him over the head with something.
Still I enjoyed the story quite a lot, laughed a great deal and overall liked it. There was a lot of name-dropping in the first chapter, where I guess all the next stories from Daxton group of law-enforcement friends will be coming from, that at first was a bit hard to keep up with, but I guess it’ll straighten out when we move farther along in the series.
I do have a really big issue with the author who is either really, really tall for a woman or is surrounded by giants. Mackenzie was 5’4”… and she is constantly saying how she can’t look into people’s eyes. Well, I’m 5’4” and I’m not a midget, I can look quite comfortably into any person’s eyes as long as they’re not freaking gigantic -_-
Rating: 3 Stars
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