Title: Coup De Grace
Series: Code 11-KDP SWAT, Book 7
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Release Date: November 4, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Uniform, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Michael was that guy.
The one that everyone was cautious of. Maybe it was the tattoos. Maybe it was the way he gave off a ‘don’t screw with me’ vibe. Maybe it was because he just told them to leave him the hell alone.
Regardless, people gave him his space.
He was screwed up, and everyone knew it.
He got tattoos because he liked the pain. He was standoffish. He didn’t have many friends outside of work. And the only thing he had going for him was that he was a good cop.
Everyone wondered about him, but no one asked.
The only one that didn’t treat him as if he was screwed up was Nikki Pena, a woman that he couldn’t have.
Nikki was that girl.
The one that everyone loved.
The one girl that he’d destroy if he let her have her way. What did she want?
But, he couldn’t give her him. She didn’t deserve what it would take to be with him.
So Michael would suffer in silence…or so he thought.
The woman who loved him had different ideas.
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coup de grâce1. a death blow, especially one delivered mercifully to end suffering.2. any finishing or decisive stroke."coup-de-grace." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 04 Nov. 2015. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coup-de-grace>.
Despite seeming to have everything and to have it all together, Michael was very much alone. Yes, he has family (sort of when it came to his "beloved" ex). Yes, he has friends who have his back through thick and thin. And, yes, he even has a woman who loves him. But he suffers from bi-polar depression and ADD, both he's kept under control with meds for most of his life, and he feels he can't be everything Nikki deserves because of them. He also refuses to have children because he doesn't want them suffering like he does.
Trouble is, he made that decision without asking Nikki. If he had, he would've known she wanted him regardless.
Maybe it's the fact that she's a nurse and has seen it all. Maybe it's the fact that Michael is the only man her heart longs for and her body aches for. Maybe it's the fact that the time they had before was just a taste of the greatness they could always. I think it was all three. Well, plus Nikki's determined and willing to do whatever it takes to show Michael they belong together despite his past.
As far as events go, it wasn't any surprise that Nikki wound up pregnant and struggled with telling Michael. It wasn't. What was a surprise was what it took for Michael to step up to the plate and accept it. In the background, behind the explosiveness of their relationship, a killer is on the loose taking the lives of cops, their pregnant wives, and any children they may already have. In an effort to draw the killer out, Michael agrees to go undercover with the Feds, never realizing how it would look or affect Nikki should she find out.
Which she did and it wasn't pretty. But Michael came through, showing his true colors when it mattered most. Under the muscles, tattoos, and loner persona beat the heart of a man who could not, in good conscience, be with another woman even if it was pretend. Just like Nikki, his heart beat and his body longed only for one person. Despite the danger he knew they might face by being together with the killer still on the loose, he manned up and did it anyway. And nothing ever felt more right.
I liked this story. It was fast and the characters were in sync with one another. I like that there was an outside force (the killer) pushing Michael to be exactly what he was capable of being to and for Nikki. I also like that Nikki didn't let him go, even though I thought she did somewhere near the end. Her fierce heart and tenacity made her the coup de grâce to Michael's past. And with it finally laid to rest, the future never looked better.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.