Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Ruthless Bastard by Stacey Kennedy

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy delivers a riveting story about a former army ranger who will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves.

He has what it takes to protect her from everyone... except himself.

Bar owner Kinsley Knight knows exactly what she wants: Rhett West. How could she resist over six feet of hard, trained physical perfection? Never mind that she's been in love with the guy since high school, or that she's the "kid sister" of his best friend. Never mind that one unforgettably intense and heated night they shared—and the unexpected consequences. Because Kinsley's determined to have Rhett... and she'll do anything to prove they're meant to be.

But Rhett can't afford to get distracted by the mind-blowingly hot night he spent with Kinsley, or the insatiable hunger he still feels for her. She's off-limits. Especially now that Rhett's been investigating the members of a vicious biker gang who have invaded his town, and they're intent on putting Kinsley out of business—permanently. Suddenly, all of Rhett's protective instincts have taken over. Because no one threatens Kinsley on his watch. Not now. Not ever. And Rhett's ruthless enough to protect Kinsley no matter the cost. Even if it means risking his heart...

Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Kinsley and Rhett have known each other forever almost. He is her brother's best friend and she has loved him since she was a teenager.

Rhett is an ex-Army ranger, which he thought he would spend his life serving his country until the unthinkable happened and now he is back home in Snowy Creek, Maine. Kinsley owns the bar Whiskey Blues and after one night with Rhett at her brother's wedding, they have something to talk about. But Rhett is avoiding her calls.

When she finally gets a chance to talk to him, it happens to be around everyone, and it is not how she wanted to talk. Rhett doesn't know how to handle the news, but he will do all he can to protect her. So when her bar is broken into, Rhett's protectiveness is in overdrive and he realizes his feelings for Kinsley.

Can Rhett keep Kinsley safe? Will Kinsley help him see that they can have a future together? Will he be able to protect her in the end?

I have loved this series and I think that Rhett and Kinsley are my favorites so far. Their story is filled with intrigue, suspense, past pain, lust, and a love to last. So grab this series, and I hope you enjoy it too.

This is the third book in the series, and I would say that you will benefit from having read them in order, as the characters and storylines we have met before are key to the development of this story. That said, you do get enough guidance as to issues, if you want to jump straight in!

Kinsley and Rhett have known each other and been close forever, but when he left to join the military, she had to accept that her crush had no future. When he came back injured, out of the Rangers, but clearly a darker man than when he left, she still loves him, but cannot see a way to make him happy. She tries her best to be cheeky, to tease and tempt him, but he instead develops a terrible hook-up habit, which just hurts. Then he drops his guard just long enough for them to have one night of passion, before he locks himself down again... amazingly though, the reader is still hopeful because though he sounds like he is well named in the title, actually Kinsley clearly sees another side to him.

One of the loveliest and funniest parts of this book is when Kinsley unknowingly reveals a huge secret in front of all her friends and family who are hiding in her house ready to celebrate her birthday... This was such a perfect plot device as it just removed all the issues of non-communication in a very dramatic but brilliant way.

As Rhett comes to terms with that secret, suddenly Kinsley's bar is under attack, and more disturbingly, Kinsley herself. As the police (her brother, father. and Rhett) investigate what is happening, the danger gets more serious, finally bringing Rhett to the realisation of what really is important to him.

I really thought this was a great story, and as well as building on the previous two, for me, it was my most favourite story of them all.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Kinsley and Rhett have known each other for years. With Kinsley having a major crush on Rhett for years, when she has a chance to be with him at a wedding, she jumps at it. Rhett has noticed Kinsley for years but knows that he's not good enough for her.

After they hook up, Kinsley knows that nothing will ever be the same again. But what neither of them knew was just how much their lives would change. Rhett starts to reevaluate his reasoning for always wanting to be alone. His life made sense when he was in the military, but now, nothing seems to make sense anymore. Kinsley will have to adjust her view on what her happily ever after looks like too.

With a threat nobody saw coming, love on the line, and each character having to find themselves, Rhett will fight to save what he didn't know he was missing and Kinsley will have to hold on to her love for Rhett, despite the circumstances.

Also Available in the Dangerous Love Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Naughty Stranger post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Wicked Sinner post.

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than forty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love… in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ruthless Bastard (Dangerous Love #3) by Stacey Kennedy to read and review.

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