Fighting Chance by Victoria Paige
Series: Misty Grove #1
Published by Self-published on September 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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One small town.
One dead sheriff.
A town with secrets.
Newly appointed sheriff Trent Stone is investigating the murder of his predecessor. This leads him to Misty Grove, a town lined with innocent diners and general stores, but his gut instinct tells him that nothing is what it seems.
It doesn’t help that his first encounter with one of its citizens is at the end of her shotgun.
A beautiful hellion.
Cassandra Reed is unlike any woman he has ever met. She’s tough and sassy, yet her eyes hold a vulnerability that calls to his protective side. Trent’s dedication to his job has always caused the demise of his previous relationships, so what is it about Cassie now that compels him to risk it all, especially when she has made it clear she doesn’t need his protection?
When Cassie brushes off injuries from a suspicious incident, Trent’s need to serve and protect deepens into an alarming obsession over a woman who challenges his every instinct of self-preservation. Staying away from her is not an option, and he will be damned if he lets Cassie deny the growing attraction between them.
But when the town’s secrets are revealed, he discovers he’s in over his head. As a mere sheriff, the menace that looms over Misty Grove is way above his pay grade. Before the threat can rip away the woman who has come to mean everything to him, Trent will have to make a tough decision. One that will give him and Cassie a fighting chance at a future together.
*Strong sexual content and language. Can be read as a standalone, but may leave questions about secondary characters who will become the protagonists in upcoming books.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Fighting Chance is the beginning of a new series by Ms. Paige, whose capacity of giving us full-on action and suspense expertly mixed with hot possessive romance and fantastic banter is legendary. Or at least it is in my experience.
Trent is set as acting sheriff and sent to investigate the demise of the previous one. What he believed would be a somewhat clean cut situation rapidly changes when he meets Cassie, one of Misty Groves’ inhabitants. While being on the wrong end of a shotgun has never been what he considered sexy, he can’t deny that the sassy woman aiming it at him now has his sparked his attention. Unfortunately for him, Cassie is not your run of the mill ranch woman, and soon her secrets and those of the town start to weave a complicated web around the job he was sent to do.
Cassie has learnt to keep her distance from outsiders. Her family and those in her small town have enough worries on their own to bring more people into it. Unfortunately for her, when the new sheriff sets his sights on her, there’s not all that much she can do about it. And when suspicious and dangerous things seem to start focusing on her, Trent’s protective possessiveness kicks into high gear.
“In case I didn’t make myself clear, hellcat, after the shit that went down today.” Trent gave her a long look before continuing. “You’re mine.”
Trent was the epitome of alpha male: kick ass, bossy and totally hot. He decided Cassie was special early on, and nothing would keep him away from her or claiming her as his own, not even Cassie’s bullheadedness.
“You’re possessive, overly protective, and have a hell of a dominant streak. You’ve got a temper, and I seem to be the fuse that sets it off. We clash often because I’m stubborn, and as you know, I have a problem with authority. Yet you accept me as I am. It goes both ways. Don’t be afraid of showing me who you are.”
Cassie’s reticence stemmed from the way she grew up, and what she was made to become early on in life. Although decided to have somewhat of a normal life, there are certain things you just can’t ignore. Especially when your past keeps coming to fuck with your present. The fact that she was totally bad-ass and could kick serious butt was a cherry on top of a very protective, loyal and (deep down) caring woman.
While I found the action, suspense and intrigue to be spot on and it kept me turning the pages, their insta-attraction didn’t quite click for me. And though I liked them as a couple and how their relationship unfolded I was never totally sold on the idea. So, whereas the hotness level of their sextivities was off the charts, a tiny part of me never fully engaged.
“I need more privacy than a wall when I fuck you, and I’d prefer your moans of pleasure would be solely for my ears. I’m possessive like that.”
Fighting Chance was an excellent beginning to this new series, and I love how Ms. Paige got to intertwine characters from her previous series, especially The Admiral, which is quite frankly the most intriguing mofo ever written. I can’t wait to get to read the stories of all these new and exciting characters from small Misty Grove.
3.5 “Full-on Kick-ass Action” Stars
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