Blog Tour Review – Center Mass (Code-11 SWAT Series #1) by Lani Lynn Vale

Please call the SWAT Team! I am in danger from fainting from the hotness that is Luke!!! ~ Ashley, Guilty Pleasures

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Title: Center Mass
Series: Code-11 KPD SWAT #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Luke Roberts came to the small lazy town of Kilgore, Texas with one thing on his mind: Forgetting. He wanted to forget why he left. Forget those emerald green eyes that haunted his dreams. And forget how it felt to have his heart ripped out of his chest by a woman who didn’t like the fact that he had a child. It was something he’d been doing a damn fine job of doing, too. Until Reese smashed through every one of his defenses, and made him feel again.
Reese Doherty was just trying to do the best for her little girl. So she moved to the little boomtown nearly an hour from where she grew up to be the school nurse for Kilgore’s littlest people. That’s where she met him. The SWAT officer and the man that would change her life forever. The sexy man who liked to drive fast, and live life like it should be lived. He drove her crazy, and became something she could barely live without.
But Luke was a hero. A man used to risking his life to make the world a safer place. Something Reese had to decide whether she could handle or not. Preferably before her and her daughter became too attached.
Just when she’s ready to give him her whole heart, her world takes a huge hit, and everything she thought she knew wasn’t as it seemed.
Luke wasn’t a quitter, though. Damn far from it, and he’d prove to her that he’d be there when the dust settled. Whether she wanted him to be or not.

Review copy provided for an honest review
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So happy to have started this series from the beginning. Center Mass is a great introduction to purestdelightawardthese new characters and The Hereos of Dixie Warden MC series. Luke is a single dad of a little girl who is on the SWAT team. The interaction between him and his daughter was super sweet. Reese is a single parent as well and the school nurse at his daughter’s school. These two both put their attraction to each other aside to concentrate on their kids but it doesn’t last very long. Reese is very wary of being a relationship after what happened with her daughter’s father. Luke acts like he can take a leave or relationship until Reese decides to leave it. Only then and the danger that follows Reese does he realized he needs to get his act together. I was glad when Reese made the decision of either all or nothing with Luke. She was looking out for herself and her daughter.

I like the first book in a series because it introduces you to secondary characters that you look forward to seeing again. Center Mass does this with the other police officers on the SWAT team.

They are all yummy! I can’t wait to see more from this group.

Overall, a purest delight from a great author whose voice gets better with each series.

4.5stars4.5 Stars
She sat back in her chair, a smile on
her face.  “So you used her for sex?”
I shook my head.  “No.
That’s not what I said.”
“Oh?” She asked.  “Then what did you mean?”
“It means that I was having fun.  She was an amusement, one that might have
turned into something more in time, but wore out her welcome when she told me
she didn’t like my child,” I said coldly.
I wouldn’t have said it as coldly if I
hadn’t seen Lydia stand up in the mirror above Reese’s head.  Just having her anywhere near me set my skin
to crawling.  Just as it’d done when I’d
left her.
I saw her flinch and turn around, as
did Reese, who gave me a sympathetic look.
“You’ve got this twitch…right above
your eye,” she said, a grin playing at the corner of her lip.  “I think I really like you.  I didn’t think anyone could be as mean as I
“Are you done yet, or are you just
going to play with that straw with your talented tongue some more?”  I asked, exasperated.
She winked.
“What,” she asked, licking the straw
completely before sucking it into her mouth.
“Does this bother you?”
She was playing with fire.
“You know,” I said, standing
slowly.  “I’ve had one hell of a
week.  I’m running on fumes, and you’re
getting really close to pushing my last button.”
She stood too, taking the half eaten
milkshake with her.
“And what button’s that?” She asked
over her shoulder.
I took in the view of her backside.  The tight black pants that molded to her ass
perfectly.  Her long hair that just
brushed the top of her butt… just begging for me to sink my fingers into it.  A handhold I could pull while I fucked her
hard from behind.
“I’m not an easy man.” I said softly
behind her.  “I’m rough.  I have a kid. My job’s demanding and I won’t
be able to devote a lot of time to you.”
She snorted.  “I’m not an easy woman.  I’m emotional.  I have baggage.  I’m loud.
My kid requires a lot of my attention.
And I PMS once a month.”
In one swift move, I pinned her up
against the side of my cruiser.
Her body went limp, and her fingers
went to my shirt, clutching it in her fists.
My mouth slammed down on hers.  Weeks of sexual frustration coming out into the
She tasted like vanilla ice cream.
Soft and smooth, and oh, so sweet.
“You’re so fucking sexy,” I said
against her lips.  “When I get you into my
bed, I won’t let you up for air for weeks.”
She grinned, pulling in the air I’d
just exhaled before saying, “We have kids.
You’ve got until ten A.M.  Tops.”
I leaned forward.  “That’s enough time…for now.”
I’m a married
mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a
handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced
three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the
world, Texas.













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