Protecting her isn’t an option. It’s a requirement.
Badger finally got Rosie in his bed, but in order to keep her there, he has to figure out how to save her life.
After her drug-running husband gets himself killed, Rosie Santini figures Phoenix is a fine place to get a fresh start. Deuce’s strip club isn’t too fresh, but the money’s easy. As she works the pole, the only gaze she can’t ignore belongs to the club’s head bouncer, Badger Baxter. But Rosie’s seen her fair share of tall, dark, and dangerous, and no way is she heading down that road. Not even for a hot hunk of muscle like Badger.
When he’s not bounty hunting, Badger runs security at Deuce’s. Rosie should be just another piece of fresh meat in the club’s stable of pole jockeys, but all her sexy parts add up to a ride Badger would like to test drive. Trouble is, Badger likes his women submissive, but not broken. She’s definitely got baggage he wants no part of. But when her husband’s killer shows up looking for stolen cash, she fits naturally under his protection—and it isn’t long before she’s hooked deep into his heart.
So deep, losing her now would make him bleed in more ways than one.
Warning: This book contains violent situations due to physical altercations and gunfire. Be on the look out for D/s sexual play, which may cause drooling and might have you reaching for the nearest man or battery operated boyfriend.
Wow! What a sexy, steamy story that kept me reading from the first page. After the death of her husband, Rose drives across the country and ends up in Phoenix. She’s broke and in desperate need of a job. After being turned down for several jobs, she arrives at a strip club and reluctantly takes a job stripping. She’s not new to the profession but it’s not one she wanted to go back to.
Badger is the head of security for the club as well as a bounty hunter. He has a rule about not dating strippers. They are all baggage and drama that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with. But when Rose walks in, she momentarily makes his resolve waver. He watches her, he can’t help it because something about her is different. Rose thinks Badger hates her but she feels safe when he watches her.
Seriously, I really liked this story. The buildup between Badger and Rose was exquisite. The descriptions of Rose’s strip teases were sexy and provocative. Badger was always a growly bear when she was nearby, fighting with himself and Evie (one of the clubs owners) who was playing match maker. When they finally crossed the line to lovers, Badger was all alpha male, hot and rough. The sex scenes had me fanning myself, mercy. There is a small bit of domestic discipline that added a rougher spice than a simple spanking.
There was one section close to the end where Rose persisted on lying to Badger, which he suspected. Then her deception deepened and it really pissed me off because there wasn’t a reason for it. Rose acknowledges she didn’t know why she did it. The situation she found herself in with Alvario was one she created when she refused to go to the police. In many ways she tied Badger’s hands, limiting his ability to help her. When she got impatient with the situation she suddenly turned stupid. People make mistakes, I get that but she deceived him and then seduces him. I had to skim that part because I wanted to thump her a couple of times. By the end, my ire with her lessened, and she did a couple of things to redeem herself. I’m not sure how believable it is that the police backed off after the final confrontation. It seemed much too convenient.
All in all, I would recommend Stripped Bounty. If the author wrote a couple more books in this world, I would definitely read them without looking the blurb first. I would love a story about Wolf or Rig. Yeeessss.