Storm (Bad Boys of X-Ops #3) by Rie Warren #mf #review @RieWrites


Desire . . . Trust?

I’m headed back to the Blood Legion MC in New Orleans, my old stomping grounds. Guns. Thugs. Broads. Cocaine nightmares. A Mexican cartel, cracker coke runners, and now there’s a new international threat in town.

Blaize Carmichael is my only partner in this op. Blaize. As a biker babe. Jeeesus. I’ve had a bone for her from day one when she walked into headquarters—haughty, superior, and always in charge.

There’s a goddamn good chance we’ll get made, played, and put in the grave as government-issue traitors. But I can’t help it—I love to get rough, raw, dirty, and dominant with her.

No more yes ma’am, no ma’am. Blaize is about to find out I don’t always takes orders as issued.

I can’t stand the way Storm calls me woman or cher or sexy. As soon as we’re back in DC, I’m going to wipe that infuriating wicked smirk right off his dangerously handsome face.

I’m always prepared for every scenario. I’ve built my career on complete professionalism in and out of the field. But when Storm comes at me with wild animal lust—when he opens up to me—when he opens me up, I can’t say no.

I don’t want to.

We’re in danger every single day we stay in NOLA. There is no way we can make it out alive. Not together. Not this time.

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Storm was IN-TENSE!!! I love that Warren’s alpha males aren’t afraid to let the women they love know what they mean to them and Storm is no different. The undercover op infiltrating the Blood Legion MC gives Storm not only the chance to tell Blaize how he feels, but also gives him more than one opportunity to show it. While the promise of a THEM gives Storm the incentive he needs to insure they make it out alive, there were several touch-and-go moments when I was wondering if he was going to succeed or if the one-percenters were going to win.


Even though it isn’t entirely necessary that you read Walker and Justice first, I do recommend it because they not only give you a chance to understand the team dynamics and the apparent treachery that is threatening the team, but they also give you a chance to see the fire that has been building between Storm and Blaize since the first book. While Blaize is the H.B.I.C. at work and maintains a professional distance from Storm, on the undercover op, she’s posing as Storm’s old lady and that means he’s in charge, at least when they’re in public… well, in theory anyway. Yeah, Blaize isn’t good at playing the part of an obedient old lady, despite her claims that she understood the MC hierarchy. Fortunately for them both, Storm enjoys a challenge and has a reputation for it, so the other members of the MC seem to accept her sass, albeit begrudgingly. But as they get closer to their end goal, obtaining the information they need to shut down the Blood Legion MC for good, things heat up – between Blaize and Storm, between Storm and the MC, and between the MC and the people they’re doing business with. When it all comes to a head and Storm realizes he’s been played, and the chances of survival for him and/or Blaize are rapidly diminishing, I was white knuckling my Kindle so hard I’m surprised I didn’t leave dent marks in it. As a reader of quite a few of Warren’s novels, I’m used to the high-action, high-risk maneuvers her characters often face, but Blaize’s situation was even more extreme than I expected, even in light of what she had already faced during the op.


Because the sparks have been flying between Blaize and Storm for two books already, the speed at which things develop between them in Storm will only feel rushed to those readers who skipped Walker and Justice. For those readers who’ve been with the series since book one, it’ll likely feel like a FINALLY!!! moment. Being in close quarters and under constant fear of being discovered merely serves to increase the tension between them. As expected, Warren delivers on the steam when Storm finally scales the wall between them. I really liked how the author dealt with an extremely traumatic experience from Blaize’s past and integrated it within the events of their present mission. It makes Blaize’s accomplishments even more impressive and gave Storm yet another reason to respect her. There are a few things I cannot discuss at all for fear of spoiling the book for others, but I can say that I absolutely loved it when Storm took his guests home to meet his mamere. She was a total hoot. I cannot wait to read Bane to find out what’s going to happen between him and Baby Spy, and discover who’s behind the team’s close calls.


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Oh Storm! I have patiently waited for his story and it was worth every minute. Storm’s past is resurrected and Blaize, aka Boss Lady, goes undercover with him in a MC gang to take them down. Storm was part of said gang back in the day and goes back to take back his place of VP with Blaize as his old lady. The two have to act as lovers, which is not a problem for Storm. He’s had it bad for the boss ever since she joined the X-Ops team as their leader. But, it doesn’t take Blaize long to give in to her own passion for the sexy biker/Op and their pretend relationship turns into the real thing.

Of course it would not be a Rie Warren book without a lot of turmoil and hiccups along the way. There is suspense, fighting, violence, and lots of hot, sweaty, sex. As much as I was looking forward to Storm’s story, I was afraid the MC angle was going to be boring and tough to pull off. But, not only did it work, it showed so much of Storm’s past, how he got to where he is today, and why he is the way he is. We were also introduced to some of his family members and seeing his love/responsibility for them made me love him so much more.

As always, Ms. Warren wrote an amazing story with a tease of what is to come in the next installment of this series. I have and always will enjoy her writing and storytelling abilities.


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