Title: Coup De Grace
Series: Code 11 KPD SWAT #7
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 4, 2015
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.
If you've read my previous reviews of the Code 11-KPD SWAT books, you know I've been jonesing for Michael's story and I am happy to finally have his story, yet sad because it's the end of the series.
If you've read the earlier books (and if you haven't, why the hell not?!), you know that Michael is something of an enigma that we got glimpses of in the previous books. We know the whole "don't f@ck with me" vibe he has, but we get to know the reasons behind that vibe. Now, I'm going to say that I don't know of anyone personally who is wired the way Michael is, so I cannot say if that is indeed how someone would behave given the issues. But I do know that while he didn't talk about it openly, at least he did seek out the help he needed and still continues to seek treatment. So kudos for that part of the story.
Nikki is the perfect match for Michael, and we finally get the reason why their earlier relationship ended so abruptly, even though almost 2 years later they've still got it bad for each other. I liked the fact that they managed to find themselves together again. Now what I didn't like was the suspenseful portion of the story; just because of who the victims were, even though it's fiction, it still made me sad for the innocent victims, and angry because of the suspect's reason for choosing who he chose and the reason he gave for his selections.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but the reason I didn't is because I wanted there to be more to the Joslin story arc, which sounds ridiculous given her personality and treatment of others. I still have unanswered questions about that part of the story (why did she get with Dean)? And for that matter, why did Dean get with Joslin, knowing who she was married to? Sweet mother, that part right there is prime material for Jerry Springer! But the best part (or maybe the insane part?) was the favor that was going to be asked. I mean, who would think that was okay to ask?
Well, this does have a HEA, but I believe the last chapter of the book is my absolute favorite part (minus the crazy anesthesiologist). The whole scene at the hospital was pretty damn funny comedy. And the epilogue wrapped up the series great, I'm just sad that we won't have any more of the KPD SWAT books and their really, really, REALLY hot covers!
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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.