Tattooed as Trouble by J.L. Hammer
Series: Vegas Vixens #3
Also in this series: Nothing but Trouble
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on February 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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For Raegan "Rae" Storm, the trouble in her life is as permanent as the tattoo stamped on her shoulder. After witnessing a double murder, she becomes the target of a bloodthirsty mafia and enters the Witness Protection Program in exchange for her testimony. With her life on the line, the last thing she expects is to lose her heart to the mysterious, handsome Quinn Bronson, the U.S. Marshal protecting her.
Driven by honor and his commitment to his job, Bronson rescues Rae from threats time and time again, but fighting off hit men is easier than ignoring his attraction for the one woman he should never desire: the witness. As danger presses in on Bronson and Rae, neither knows whom they can trust, and their forbidden love could be what destroys them.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Tattooed as Trouble was a long book. Ok, maybe it just felt long since I found myself skimming here and there to get to the good parts.
Rae witnesses a murder while committing a B&E helping her brother. As if the situation is not bad enough, the police now are also considering them as the prime suspects of taking out two members of the mafia. Her only way to prove their innocence is letting them know what she heard during the exchange, and that is the location of one of their drug warehouses and the identity of the real perpetrator of the killings: a Federal Judge. With a gigantic price on her head, she has no other choice than to go into Witness Protection until she can testify and then disappear.
Unfortunately for her, her parents became famous after getting into a shootout with the DEA while they were raiding their commune, and the stigma of her last name has followed her ever since… even if she had had nothing to do with her parents and their way of life for years by that time.
Bronson is the Marshal in charge of Rae’s safety, and not only does she come from a criminal family but she physically reminds him of his former fiancée (now convicted felon), in other words, Bronson is highly against the spark of attraction he feels at the sight of her.
Tattooed as Trouble is the suspenseful story of Bronson trying to keep Rae safe from the numerous attempts on her life. One close call after the other forces them to be in close quarters together. Alone. With adrenaline running high… yeah, I would have loved all this to signify they have crazy monkey sex all the time. Woefully this does not happen. Bronson is an extremely honorable fellow, and this means he won’t get mixed up with a witness under his protection.
This also meant every time his will power crumbled and they kissed, became close or even after they finally have sex, he immediately turns into a judgmental ass-wipe who blurts hurtful things just to put distance between them. This got to the point where it became ridiculous. How many times can he do the exact same thing without meriting a swift castration by the heroine? I got over his issue early enough for this to become a bother. I understood his stance and problems but enough is enough.
Rae was a rock, practically rolling with the punches since her ordeal began. And while I admired how she managed to still function after everything, her willingness to forgive all of Bronson’s assholeness ended up exasperating me.
So, I liked the story well enough to get to the end of it, but I skimmed quite a bit and I felt it dragged in places. It could have been a bit more condensed and still packed all the action it did. Maybe if Bronson hadn’t had a will of titanium bathed in iron this story would have been a little more fun to read.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 just ok Stars
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