Rating: 4.5 stars
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Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Flaming, Missouri is the perfect place for police officer Marc Warren to heal his battered heart after a broken marriage. The tourist town is an easy beat and he finds sanctuary in his beautiful cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks. So when Grant “Good Time” Taylor shows interest, Marc is in no hurry to let Flaming’s resident bad boy rock his boat.
Grant has no interest in dating locals. Tourists are plentiful and don’t want more than he’s willing to give. But a bar bet turns personal when Marc hands him a humiliating public rejection. If Grant wants to get under the mysterious officer’s skin, he’ll have to offer more than a temporary port.
The small town rumor mill gets a jumpstart as Marc and Grant realize what they’ve been missing all along—each other. But not everyone is happy for them. Someone will stop at nothing to sink the budding relationship. Can Marc and Grant overcome their fears to fight for each other, or is their happiness destined to drown?
Award winning authors AJ Rose and Kate Aaron have teamed up to welcome you to Flaming, MO, a cozy thriller series with feel-good themes, charismatic characters, and a small town with a big heart.
Review: Marc’s cheating ex of a husband may have made him a little wary of jumping into another relationship, but meaningless one-night stands were really not his thing. Until his heart had finished healing, Marc was good with the benefits arrangement he had with his friend, Dustin, and his job as a police officer in the small town of Flaming, Missouri kept him busy and fulfilled. Although Flaming’s resident bad boy, who just happened to be the son of his boss, the Chief of Police, sure was proving to be a tempting distraction. And maybe after two years since his divorce and subsequent move to Flaming, Marc’s heart is more ready to love again than he thinks. If he get out of his own way enough to let it.
Grant has a bit of a reputation, but he’s always been upfront with his partners about what he’s willing to give. Relationships are just not for him, so Grant mostly chooses his bedmates amongst the tourists that flood Flaming regularly. He definitely has no interest in taking up with a resident of the small town, never mind with Marc, no matter how hot the police officer may be. Not even when being shot down in flames by Marc serves to pique his interest, rather than quell it. His heart might not agree with him, though.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. Both Marc and Grant were endearing, interesting and very real people, and their romance was lovely.
Even though Marc and Grant’s romance was low on angst, the methods that were used to advance the story were well balanced and believable.
With good writing and well developed characters, I found Loose Lips & Relationships a great read that was near impossible to put down. And with a little tease of who may be the focus in the next book, I’m looking forward to meeting more residents of Flaming, Missouri.