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Friday, July 25, 2014

Made the Grade: Women Behind the Badge Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 1143 KB | Release Date: July 18, 2014 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Kym Roberts

"Handled By Officer" [Women Behind the Badge Series, Book 1] by Kym Roberts

Author's Book Description : Recruit officer Kiley Gibbons has walked in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life—born two minutes after, she’s five inches shorter with curls gone wild and the exact opposite of her outgoing, athletic sister. But that’s exactly why she’s the one woman who caught Walt Raynham’s eye, and threatens his future in the tactical unit.

Officer Raynham is everything Kiley needs to distract her from the daily grind at the police academy, too bad his drop dead gorgeous body is wearing the uniform of her boss. And when the academy is finally behind her, Kiley must find the strength to walk away from the man she shouldn’t touch.

But when her friend’s death leaves Kiley with two children to raise and a custody battle she just might lose, there’s only one man strong enough to step in and fill the role of her fiancĂ©. Now Kiley’s not sure she wants to resist the temptation Walt causes, and he’s not so sure a family would be such a bad thing. Together, they discover love and an engagement of convenience could be unstoppable force for happily ever-after...until a killer has another idea that may cost them everything they didn’t want.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This novel spans over a period of about three years. It starts out at the academy which is where Kiley and Walt meet, then evolves to how they can deal with their undeniable lust for each other and everything they strive for in their futures too. Yet when tragedy strikes them both and life throws them together for good, will they find that they'll be able to make everything work out for the best or will someone and circumstance come between them?

Through out this novel you can tell that Kiley and Walt are meant for each other. They have an instantaneous connection that is hard for them to resist. While even though their timing is off for a few years fate brings them together in the end.

In truth, I'm surprised at how this novel was laid out. It's not laid out in a bad way, but because of how it's spaced at times I wasn't sure, really, where this novel would lead. Nevertheless, I liked how once they finally come together in the end because once they do it turns into a whorl-wind type of romance for them, while they are in the middle of one major crisis after another.

The only thing that was hard for me to understand was the last chapter. I mean I got the meaning of it by the last few sentences and liked the symbolism, but the way that chapter begins it made me think something completely different which in turn made me a little confused at first.

Overall, though, I really liked this novel and thought it made a good beginning to what seems to be an exciting series.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysterious contemporary romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: Handled By Officer

Book Teaser(s) :
“Recruit Gibbons?”
“Yes, sir!” Her breath hit his cheeks as she yelled with more force than he’d expected.
Walt denied the smile tugging at his mouth. “This is a private conversation between the two of us. Is that understood?”
“Ye—” Her voice faltered. Her eyes focused, perused his entire face as she tried to decide how to answer his question.
He lowered his voice even further. “I called you forward so that your entire squad couldn’t hear us. Okay?”
She nodded, her expression lost in uncertainty.
“Good.” He tried to remain focused on her eyes, but when she bit her lip with apprehension, he couldn’t help but let his gaze stray to the pink, delicate mouth he wanted to devour.
She cleared her throat and forcefully swallowed, bringing Walt back to the present. “No matter what Sgt. McCain says, do not cut your hair,” he ordered.
Walt didn’t let her finish. “It’s a test of your personal strength. Don’t buckle. Is that understood?”
“Yes ... yes, sir,” she stammered as she looked for his lack of sincerity.
Walt made sure all she saw was the serious expression of an officer looking out for her best interest.
“Thank you, sir.” ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kym, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and...a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny.

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired.

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.

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