Wednesday, February 25, 2015

review || ONE KISS MORE { blog tour }

One Kiss More by Mandy Baxter

Publisher: Kensington Books (2/24/2015)
Series: U.S. Marshals, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours / NetGalley
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Rating: ★★★★1/2

Rough, tough and by the book, he's most criminals' worst nightmare. Until the girl of his dreams is caught on the other side. . .

Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn't help her convince the law--not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she'll have to distract him somehow--it may as well be with a stolen kiss.

Landon gets why Emma isn't saying all she knows. What he doesn't understand is why he's putting his reputation, his case, and his badge on the line for a gorgeous person of interest. Much as he'd love to, he can't let Emma play him. The stakes are higher than either of them can guess. The only way to survive is to trust their instincts. But their instincts want more than one kiss. . .

about Mandy || Mandy Baxter is a part time pet wrangler, a full time sun worshipper, 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. She lives in rural Idaho with her family.

{ review } .
These two... oooh, these two.

Emma's sassy and puts on a really (I do mean really) good show. When Landon comes knocking down her door, she's all smart-aleck words and sassy hip-cocking. But the moment he walks away, after a really good man-appreciating look of course, her heart goes into overdrive and she's shaking.

Landon would never be able to tell that the smartass he's been following, one way or another, for the last six years really has a bit of a scared streak to her. He'd never guess that she's hiding things... other than her desire to save her father, that is.

Landon and the other US Marshals have been trying to take down Ruiz for the last six or so years. The man is dying and has escaped from his confines; Landon tries to use the fact that he needs proper medical care to try and get Emma to slip and say something about her father's whereabouts, but the girl is smarter than that.

...she's computer-hacking smart, to be honest. She's one bright cookie, who hides behind the 'celebutante' facade that the public wants to see from her. She is, after all, famous for being famous.

It was rather interesting to watch these two circle one another. Both were attracted to the other. She would never dare to act on her attraction because he's partly responsible for her father's arrest. He wouldn't dream of acting on the attraction because she's a celebrity, bratty, and, of course, the daughter of the man they've been trying to take in.

But oh, when jealousy rears it's ugly head...

Why, of course it leads to a hot kiss and even hotter feelings... 

Kissing Emma was a free fall from six hundred feet. An unparalleled rush.

And of course, then, because we're dealing with Emma and Landon, the hot, crazy feelings lead to bitter, bitter cold when Landon is brought back to the present and realizes that they may be caught. And, again of course, being a man, he doesn't do a very good job of soothing Emma. Rather, he doesn't do it at all.

The voice in his earpiece was as effective at cooling his lust as a dunk in a pool of ice cubes. It probably wouldn't do much to advance his career if Morgan found him up here with Emma wrapped around him like a boa constrictor. How in the hell would he explain himself? I was just grilling her for information and she tripped and fell on my cock. Right. That'd work.

"Emma." His voice was thick and lazy. He cleared his throat as he guided her leg from his hip. "Listen to me, I need you to go back down to the club. Don't stop to talk to anyone. Blend in with the crowd, head for the exit, and go home. Do you understand?"

Emma's brow knitted. She straightened her clothes as though ashamed, and Landon's stomach bottomed out. He'd fucked up and she was suffering the emotional fallout because of it...

Eventually he gets it right though.

I think, besides watching Landon make a complete ass of himself and try to fix things, my favorite part was watching Emma slowly come undone, trusting Landon to see the true, real her. The Emma in sweats and baggy shirts, undone, is a better version than the famous one. Mainly because she's more comfortable in that role, and it's obvious. 

This was my first US MARSHALS book, but I'd love to go back and read ONE NIGHT MORE. I enjoyed Galen and Landon's friendship and would love to see not only more or it, but watch that man fall for Harper.

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