BEAUTY AND THE BADGE (Charlotte’s Cove #1) by Ella Fox
Release Date: November 12th
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After being held up at gunpoint, Ashley Colton realizes that life in the big city isn’t for her. She decides to take the biggest risk of her life and move to Charlotte’s Cove, the small seaside sanctuary where she’s vacationed every summer since childhood.
Everything falls perfectly into place until her first day of work, where she meets her new boss Tyler Jameson, the chief of police. The chemistry between Ashley and Tyler is instant and powerful, but for reasons of their own, both are cautious about jumping in.
When a woman from Tyler’s past surfaces, Ashley retreats, making Tyler realize that if he’s going to show Ashley she’s the only one who has his attention, then he needs to stop being hesitant and put everything on the line.
Is the badge powerful enough to win the beauty who holds his heart?
He lets out a hiss of breath, and I tense up. Crap. He’s not going to listen to me.
“Never mind. Let’s forget—”
“Stop doing that. I don’t want you to shut me out or avoid me or treat me like someone you don’t want to know,” he says, his voice rough.
My head comes up in surprise, and my eyes fly to meet his. When they do, I see he’s staring at me imploringly. The message he seems to be sending, quite intently, is don’t run away.
“I don’t want to piss you off,” I blurt.
“Babe. Please. Stop hiding. It’s fucking killing me.”
His words—specifically the use of the word babe—cause my pulse rate to quicken. He looks frustrated as hell, which somehow makes him even hotter. God, my hormones around this man are all over the place.
“Ashley,” he rumbles, his voice low. “Talk.”
I close my eyes for a few seconds to gather my thoughts—and to cut off my line of sight to him so I don’t combust. I need my wits about me for this.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.
Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.
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*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review ***
It was a really great first installment. And I can’t wait to read more. Ashley was looking for a fresh start and decided to come back to her grandparents’ home town. Little did she know by coming back she was going to meet the handsome and sweet chief of police who was a little bit intense from the first time.
Yes, it was insta connection but well written, and I really enjoyed their story. Ashley had finally found her place far from all the busy life and the city, where she felt like she didn’t belong.
Charlotte Cove was her home and she had a chance to start over without any trouble… that what she thought.
As the police chief officer, Tyler has to be a model for this community, to protect the ones in need and to fight injustice. In this small town where people know everything about you, keeping his interest at bay when it comes to the sweet Ashley was impossible. But his last choices proved him wrong and he has to make sure that his instant connection was more than physical.
I adored Ashley and Tyler. First, because she was totally off balance with that guy and not believing that he was interested. I was afraid this side would have been more emphasized and making like she was a damsel in distress but hopefully it wasn’t. Second they took things slow and getting to know each other, with some meddling from their friends and it was kind of adorable. He was wary with women due this past experiences but he couldn’t help to be around, powerfully attracted and not very subtle about it.
When Tyler’s past threaten to destroy all his chances with Ashley and mostly a future, he’ll have to show her how much she means to him. I adored how thoughtful he was, so passionate and sweet, le freaking sigh…
I appreciated how the characters went from sweet to smoking hot in a few seconds. I can’t wait for the other stories to come because the author managed to write some interesting supportive characters.
A delightful slow burn romance combined with a hint of suspense. The small town charm is definitely working!