Literally…Stripping Her Defenses by Jessie Lane

Posted November 7, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Literally…Stripping Her Defenses by Jessie LaneStripping Her Defenses by Jessie Lane
Series: Ex Ops #2
Published by CreateSpace on October 31, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
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He can’t change the scars on her body…
but fate will give him a second chance to mend the scars he put on her heart.

Riley Sullivan and the Ex Ops Team are headed to Miami undercover… as bikers. Following up a lead, the men will perform their investigation acting as members of the Regulators Motorcycle Club with the club’s permission. Surrounded by hardcore bikers and investigating missing strippers, Riley finds the last person he ever expected to see again—his ex-wife.

Kara Sullivan left the man she loved after a tragic accident cost them their unborn son. After years of therapy, she’s come to grips with the loss and has re-emerged from the pain a brand new person. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to face the man who inadvertently broke her heart, and who she’s hurt in return.

Riley has never stopped loving her and he never will. He’s ready to fix their marriage and move on with their lives, however Kara’s reluctance to renew their relationship isn’t their only problem. Danger lurks just around the corner… and there’s a chance she could disappear permanently.



Quick summary
Kara Sullivan was happy in her marriage to Riley for the first time in quite some time. She was pregnant with their first child and her Navy SEAL was going to be home with her for her school graduation and the baby’s birth. Everything changed overnight when he volunteered for an assignment, she got involved in a tragic accident and they lost their son. Kara decided her marriage was over, divorced Riley and disappeared.


The issues
Kara suffered from some serious body issues and while married tried to be the perfect “June Cleaver” wife. Riley’s way of handling his obsessive wife was to choose career over home, away for months at a time. Both contributed to the problems in their marriage but he never got over Kara and reluctantly let her go. Eight years later, he runs into her in the most unlikeliest of places…a strip club!


What I loved about this story
My emotions were all over the place! I experienced Kara’s pain as she tried so hard to be the perfect wife and lost everything dear to her. I was first angry with Riley but then got his deep-seated guilt for not being there for Kara when she needed him most. When he discovers Kara at the strip club during an undercover operation, I couldn’t even imagine the emotional turmoil he felt as he had to watch her perform, helplessly. After all of that, it was inspiring to see how Kara emerged through all this tragedy and find herself, as unconventional as it was. And, Riley and Kara’s new romance was sexy and erotic. There are some scenes that are on fire!


The bottom line
This story is quite the emotional ride, punching you again and again with highs and lows, humor and despair. Riley and Kara are a passionate couple and that’s never at issue. I enjoyed experiencing their individual transformations that brought them back together. It was a rough ride but one I loved taking.

About Jessie Lane

Jessie Lane is the best selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

Jessie writes Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance & Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

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