Early Review: Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter

Posted September 16, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review: Locked and Loaded by Mandy BaxterLocked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter
Series: U.S. Marshals #5
Published by Zebra on September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Charlotte Cahill intends to take down an infamous diamond smuggler on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—and she intends to do it by the book. That won’t be easy with the cocky new temporary deputy on her task force. Mason Decker feels like trouble, especially when his cool gaze wanders across her hot body . . .

After his time as a Customs officer, Decker has enough experience hanging out with criminals to know that working undercover means following your instincts, not the rules. It doesn’t take long for him to lock horns with Cahill. But when the sexy assistant U.S. attorney is accidentally dragged out of her orderly world and into the turn-on-a-dime tension of Decker’s deceptive games, she’ll find that nothing is as seductive as playing a new role . . .

Mandy Baxter’s U.S. Marshals series is one that continues to keep me up past my bedtime!

While reading Locked and Loaded I found myself thinking about Charlie and Mason while I was away from my e-reader. Seriously, when I was at work I wondered what they were up to on my Kindle. At school and couldn’t focus on the professors because again I wondered what these fictional characters were going to do next. That is a sign of a great book!

So what made me obsess over Locked and Loaded?

  • Charlie and Mason’s chemistry was on point! Not just their sexual tense but their banter was great.
  • Just enough of danger to make me wonder if they would both come out of it unharmed.
  • Watching a law enforcement alpha guy and goodie-two-shoes lawyer woman play ‘bad’ guys as they work as con artists to solve a case.
  • A great secondary character that’s on the wrong side of the law.

What’s not fun about a cop and lawyer going undercover as diamond smugglers to catch the bad guys?

Throw in the fact that the lawyer, Charlie wasn’t supposed to be a part of the undercover part and it adds to tense between her and Mason as they find a way to work together without choke the other person. Then of course over the week they spend together working on their angle for the case that tension turns into the sexual kind. As the temperature rises between the two so does the danger. Mason has a connection to some bad people through is family. That’s where Mason’s “brother” Keane comes in.

Keane is a great secondary character and I found myself invest in him as much as Charlie and Mason. I’m hoping that he will get his own book. I think with the love the right woman, Keane could be tempted to leave the life of crime.

Mandy Baxter fully entertains with her voice and character in Locked and Loaded. If you haven’t tried this series yet, feel free to jump into Locked and Loaded as it can easily be read as a stand alone.


About Mandy Baxter

Mandy Baxter lives in rural Idaho. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshiper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

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Overall: four-stars
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4 responses to “Early Review: Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter

    • I enjoyed the last one but it felt a little different that the other books in the series. I enjoy Baxter and her UUF writing under Bonilla. I need to try her PNR books under the name Kate Baxter.