Title: Dangerous Love
Author: Casey Clipper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:March 10, 2015
From Contemporary Romance Author Casey Clipper comes book 3 of The Love Series.
Warning, book 3 of The Love Series is about bad boy extraordinaire Derk Forester. This novel contains strong/foul language, violence, and sex. After all, he works for the mob. No rainbows or kittens in his story. Possibly a puppy. Oh, and no cliffhangers in this series.
Derk Forester is a man who's used to getting what he wants when he wants. He takes, conquers, then saunters away in all aspects of his life - work and play. Years embedded deep in the mob and a sour taste for relationships, he has zero desire to find a permanent partner to make a home with. His carefree lifestyle leaves him with a long list of inconsequential, bed-rocking, no-strings-attached women. A daily life he relishes until he meets...her. The one woman who could alter his world. The one woman he can't get out of his head. The one woman who could bring him to his knees. The one woman who could be used against him.
If it wasn't for bad luck, Mackenzie Hiland would have no luck at all. A cheating husband, shafted by the courts, no money or home, her life is a dismal list of horrible choices and even worse consequences. After acknowledging she needs to change her decision making skills, Mackenzie can't help but to be lured in by the dangerous man, who's taken an interest in her and is blatant in his desire to get her into his bed. Despite the fact she tries to distance herself from Derk, he refuses her rejections. Will Derk become another addition to the long list of regretful decisions she's made? Could Derk possibly be the man that doesn't screw her over? Or will Derk be the one choice that finally takes her to a point of no return?
*Dangerous Love is book 3 of The Love Series. Though this is not a cliffhanger series and the novel can be read as a standalone, you might find it more enjoyable to read the entire series.
**Warning: Not suitable for under 18 yrs of age. Contains strong language, violence, and sex.
Novels in The Love Series:
Book 1 - Silent Love
Book 2 - Unexpected Love
Book 3 - Dangerous Love
Book 4 – (final installment) coming soon!
A few minutes after ten, Derk and Smith sauntered into Cards to find it filled with wall to wall drunks.
"Holy sh*t," Derk spat.
Mackenzie was on top of the bar with Kayla and two other bartenders doing some sort of dance, gyrating to the pulse of the music. He could have sworn he felt his blood pressure spike. F*&k this shit. It was bad enough she just recovered from a concussion from dancing on that cesspool of a bar, but to be on display like a pole dancer. Forget it. Not his girl. She needed to find a goddamn secretary job.
Seeing red, he stormed right up to the bar, shoved drunk bastards out of his way, until he stood below her. It only took a moment for her to catch his eye. A flash of fear lit those beautiful blues. Luckily for her and everyone else nearby, it was the end of the number. She jumped off the bar to a round of applause and went right back to pouring drafts. Conveniently out of arm’s reach. When she approached him, he reached across the bar and yanked her close.
"I don’t like it," he growled. Eyes narrowed, he studied her as she nervously bit her lip. The caveman in him wanted to toss her over his shoulder and cart her the f&%k out of the disease infested place. Buuuut, that would more than likely have her screaming, and the only time he ever wanted to hear her shriek was when he was pounding into that tight body.
F&%k. F*&k. F*&k.
How the hell did he deal with this? He wasn't used to wanting a woman so badly he went all alpha or whatever. It made him feel...exposed, like he was gonna lose his sh@t.
"You realize you don't have a say in what I do for a living," she challenged, her voice unsure.
"You really want to get into it with me, Mac? Do you?" he countered, totally turned on by her defiance.
Shrugging, she looked him dead in the eyes. "Do you really want to get into this debate with me?"
She squared her shoulders and straightened her spine, ready for a battle.
Assaulting her mouth, he kissed her hard, his tongue reaching as far back as it would go. He was so f*&king hot for her, he wanted to take her on the dirty-a** wood bar. Apparently, she was just as hot, because she met him stroke for stroke as their tongues danced violently. He dislodged their lip lock. "Mac, you're mine tonight."
Her eyes glittered excitedly. "You think?"
"You don't have a f*&king choice, M. I'm tired of waiting for you. No more." Derk released his grip on her and reluctantly allowed her to return to her duties. Raking his eyes up and down her fine body, little did she know what she was in for when she clocked out in a couple hours. Waving toward the far end of bar, she let him know where she was stationed for the night. He and Smith muscled their way and not-so-gently escorted two barely twenty-one year old punks off two stools.
Mac quickly slid a beer in front of them, then went about her business. Derk ran a hand through his hair and released a long breath. He picked up his longneck and took a drag, his eyes plastered to Mac. As if she could feel his penetrating gaze upon her, she turned his direction and her cheeks pinked. Snorting, he crooked a finger at her. The minx sauntered over to him and leaned on the bar, teasing him with her perfect breasts.
"You're coming home with me after work," he demanded.
Narrowing her eyes, she said, "Are you asking or telling me?"
About to admit that was a direct order, he clamped his mouth shut.
"Will you?" he asked, with only a hint less demand.
She rolled her eyes which caused Smith to chuckle. A rarity for the man.
"You look tired."
"It's been a sh*tty day," he admitted.
Nodding, as if she sensed that, she relented. "Okay."
"I'll pick you up," he said. "Three?"
"No, midnight. I get off early." She gave him the most awesome wicked smile.
He leaned over into her personal space. "You don't have to work here, you know."
Furrowing her brows. "What do you mean?"
"Just saying." He shrugged.
Sh*t, what the hell was that? Sometimes that brain filter thing shut off on him. Now wasn't the time to spew stupid crap like she could live with him and he'd take care of her.
Beside him, Smith quietly chuckled, again. He'd kick the bastard if he didn't think Smith would retaliate with a bullet to his knee cap.
Derk picked up his beer and downed it, tossed some cash on the bar, then stood to leave. Leaning over, he grabbed Mac at the nape of her neck and pulled her in for a blazing goodbye kiss.
When he had enough of her taste to tie him over until later, he stalked out of the place before he opened his mouth and said more crazy, stupid sh*t.
The Love Series Reviews
Book One: Silent Love
Four years ago, Beth Connors' world was entirely altered. Beth spends her days trying to remain invisible in order to avoid unwanted attention. Each night she sheds grief-filled tears over the former life she once led but will never be able to regain.
When Beth literally runs into him. Doctor Sean Millen. A force of nature. A rock. A reputable heartbreaker, who takes an immediate interest in her, there's no place for her to hide. But Beth's natural instinct to push Sean away to save herself and him from the difficult task of adjusting their lives to her shortcomings is always front and center. Yet, Beth secretly longs for love. Is she strong enough to tear down the walls of her self-imposed prison?
Sean finds himself falling for a woman who is determined to reject his every advance and deny their surprisingly deep connection. Can Sean push past Beth's concrete walls that she refuses to destroy? Or will Beth's shocking revelation of her past prevent them from finding the love they both deserve? Or will a tragic accident pull Sean and Beth apart permanently?
Sean, a doctor and former Navy SEAL, runs in to Beth - quite literally - and an instant attraction forms. Without knowing the difficulties Beth faces in her life, Sean finds himself unable to walk away and works to make sure that Beth knows he is not going to give up on her or them.
Beth's world came to a screeching halt four years earlier. Unable to cope with the trauma from that day, Beth isolated herself in her own little bubble, but when Sean enters her world, she finds it changing for the better.
When the truth comes out about that day, will Beth be able to accept it and keep moving on with Sean or will she be unable to look past it when Sean's cousin turns out to be involved and a hefty reminder of all that Beth lost?
Silent Love is a book filled with angst, hope, and love. Casey Clipper delivers a novel that will have you swooning and snatching Sean up as a book boyfriend. The twists and turns Silent Love is filled with takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Beth and Sean's characters are written so realistically that you can feel Beth's pain and her hope for a future with Sean. Both are so different and yet such a great match for one another. Sean is determined, intelligent, handsome, and a protector. I loved his bond with his brother Ryan. Those boys were the very definition of family. Beth, although vulnerable and unsure, is so strong and Clipper portrays that fact within the character.
Another character who intrigued me was Sean and Ryan's cousin Courtney. I had not read the prequels and The Boss's Love so those will be added to me TBR list.
Silent Love is a great start to this series and I look forward to reading the rest of the books to come.
Book Two: Unexpected Love
From International Best-Selling Contemporary Romance Author Casey Clipper, The Love Series delves into Ryan's story.
Ryan Millen. Notorious playboy. Forever a bachelor. Never one to settle. Loves his one-night-stands. Ryan has loved his single status without any desire to settle down into a permanent relationship. Why would he? To be in a relationship requires work and sacrifice. Why go through all that trouble to make himself miserable just to make a woman happy?
Lynn is struggling to get by day-to-day. Thirty-two years old, she can't find a job in a saturated market. She can no longer afford to pay the bills with her minimum wage job after her ex dumped her while she'd been in middle of nursing school. He walked out on her to "find himself." Now she finds herself on her brother's doorstep, begging for a place to stay so maybe she can find a way to crawl out of the hole she's been swallowed by. Embarrassed by her situation, she vows never to become dependant on a man again.
Ryan's world is turned upside down when one of his one-nighters throws a wrench into his perfect single life. He loses himself not knowing how to handle a situation he never wanted. His life spins out of control, about to lose his job and his mind.
An opportunity crosses Lynn's path that she'd never considered. An opportunity to possibly gain financial independence. An opportunity her brother warns her not to take. An opportunity she can't refuse.
Will Ryan's new world destroy him or can he accept it and move forward with a chance for a life he'd never planned, but if he embraces could open up his heart for an unexpected surprise. Can Lynn save Ryan from himself? Can Lynn allow herself to open up to Ryan and trust again? What happens when they push against the natural draw they have towards one another?
And what happens when Ryan's one-nighter reappears, set out for revenge?
Unexpected Love is the story of Ryan Millen, Sean Millen's brother who was introduced in Silent Love. Ryan Millen, a NICU nurse, is enjoying his life as a bachelor and doting uncle to his nieces-to-be when an unexpected surprise is dropped in his lap.
A firm believer in always wrapping it up, Ryan's unprepared for a woman he can't remember to claim he fathered her child - the one she is trying to put up for adoption. When Sean and Beth talk Ryan into bringing the baby home, Ryan is thrust into the world of single daddy duty with no clue what to do when it's his own child who needs him.
Lynn, Russ' (Courtney's manny) sister, is a nurse who is drowning in debt thanks to her ex and is unable to find a job. When an unexpected opportunity comes her way, she snatches it up in order to help pay her bills.
When the two find themselves no longer unable to deny what lies between them, a wrench is thrown into their way. Will they be able to survive it or will they walk away broken hearted?
Once again Casey Clipper has delivered a captivating book that holds your attention from the very beginning. If you love alpha males or ex-military men, this series is for you! Every male character in Clipper's series comes off as very alpha male and the strong protector types.
Ryan who is thrust into the single daddy role has problems adjusting, but undergoes a tremendous amount of growth from the beginning to the end of the book. Lynn also undergoes some personal growth of her own.
My only complaint is how suddenly Ryan's one night stand reappears and the way the situation is resolved. The same goes with Lynn's ex. It seems that these characters were kind of just thrown in and the story lines were a bit rushed. Other than that, I loved the book and the bits where Sean, Beth, and Courtney were thrown in.
Dangerous Love Review
Derk, the Mob Boss' henchman, is accustomed to getting what he wants, when he wants it. What he wants is Mackenzie, a woman who wouldn't have any luck at all if she didn't have bad luck.
As soon as Derk sees Mackenzie he knows that he wants her in his bed - no strings attached. Derk comes off as too crude and arrogant (hello, alpha male!) to her taste and Mackenzie wants no part of him or what he has to offer.
In an attempt to try a new approach, Derk begins spending time getting to know Mackenzie and realizes he wants her - not as a no strings attached girl, but as a part of his future.
Once she finds out what he does for a living though, will Derk be able to change her mind when she decides she wants no part of that kind of life.
I have to admit, I was unsure if I would like this book as I picked up Dangerous Love. Derk had come off as a rough guy the few times he had been mentioned in the previous books so I didn't know how I would feel about his character and his story.
Once I started reading I was so GLAD that I did. Bad boy Derk actually has a lot to offer for his character. Despite being the resident bad boy, in the mob (the boss' henchman, no less) with a skilled set of unique 'talents', I actually really liked Derk's character once I got to know him. I will admit there were times I wanted to smack some sense in to him especially when he was behaving worse than a caveman. I enjoyed the fact that once he realized how much he wanted Mac in his life, he was willing to do whatever it took to make her realize he wasn't the bad guy he comes across as and that he was more than what he did for a living.
I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series by Casey Clipper. Each book is so captivating and I cannot wait for more.