Series: Detroit After Dark #2
on April 18th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Alpha Male, Romantic Suspense
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My name is Macy Kowalski. I'm a registered nurse, a pharmaceutical scientist, a founding member of the Detroit Police Department's barely-legal Shadow Squad, and a walking case study in 21st century man problems.
I like things calm and orderly. I have a soft spot for people, so I spend my days developing a formula to help cancer patients escape their suffering. My research has caught the eye of some dangerous members of the self-medicating community, and now I have to make sure my plans aren't polluted by unsavory people who'd rather destroy me, my friends, and my city.
By night I have a part-time partner and full-time guardian, Detective Jonas Rafe, fellow member of the Shadow Squad. He is as volatile and unpredictable as anything I've ever dealt with in a lab. I'm smart enough to protect myself when handling chemicals, but I'm still learning when it comes to him. He's sweet when his mouth is closed, but there's no way to prepare for when it opens. In time, his actions speak louder than his words, and though I vowed to never put my trust in another cop, he makes me want to take chances.
He's the law, and he wants to protect me. They all do. But I'm neither as fragile nor as pure as he wants me to be. I'm a nerd with a gun fetish. I'm tired of observing, and it's time for me to be in on the action. When he finds out what I've been up to in Detroit after dark, our relationship is tested, loyalties are divided, and lives are put in jeopardy.
When our team is under fire, Jonas will finally see the real me. When he does, will he see what he wants to see, or will he be the one who finally breaks me?
My name is Macy Kowalski. I am a brawler.
Wow! She does it again! K.S. Adkins delivers one badass story. She quickly turns out to be a favorite author of mine. Her writing style is so different to anything IÔÇÖve ever read before. Not holding any punches; her stories are honest, raw and sometimes downright heartbreaking. Her straightforward way of writing her stories and the fact that she is not making any excuses for it or her characters is very refreshing.
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖve never met anyone who can give you a compliment and an insult in the same sentence.ÔÇØ ÔÇô Macy
ÔÇÿBrawlerÔÇÖ is the second installment of the Detroit after Dark series and after reading the first one I couldnÔÇÖt wait to read MacyÔÇÖs story. Macy is a nurse and pharmaceutical scientist who developed a drug to help cancer patients, but ends up being misused by criminals in connection with human trafficking. The fact that these people desperately want the drug puts her in harmÔÇÖs way because she is the only person who knows the formula. And this is where Jason comes into the picture; the person to protect her and keep her safe.
ÔÇ£HeÔÇÖs the most confused, infuriating, caring, beautiful, real man IÔÇÖve ever met.ÔÇØ ~ Macy
Now, Jason is a species all of his own. For him itÔÇÖs love at first sight with Macy, but he is unable to put it into words. Actually, he is incapable of talking to her, which makes for some hilarious conversations, as well as some very infuriating ones. He is trying however, which makes him that more endearing. Regardless of his inability to communicate with the love of his life, his actions speak volumes when it comes to his feelings. In this case, the old saying that actions speak louder than words sure is true.
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖve waited my whole life for you. Never has anyone loved me like you do, and no one will ever love you like I do.ÔÇØ ~Macy
Their relationship, however, is filled with misunderstandings, which makes for quite a few frustrating instances where I would have loved to knock some sense into both of them, but mostly Jonas. And just when I thought all that bullshit is behind them, and they finally have it figured out; tragedy strikes and their world shatters into a million pieces. Yet, it is inspiring how they find their way back to each other and come out of a devastating situation stronger than before.
Even though this book showed a lot of improvement when it comes to the writing, it still falls a little short for me compared to VenessaÔÇÖs and RoganÔÇÖs story. It focused a little too much on MacyÔÇÖs and JonasÔÇÖ personal story and their back and forth. I would have loved to read more about the unknown enemy we kept hearing about.
Overall, I love this book. K.S. Adkins impressed me all over again. Her raw and gritty writing style is not only refreshing but also addicting. The book has drawn me in on page one and not let go; it made me laugh, cry and wanting to throw my kindle, sometimes even all three emotions at once. I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves badass heroines, who donÔÇÖt take shit from anyone and their alphas.
~Review by Anja
(Previously published by TBE)