Locked and Loaded

Locked and Loaded

by Mandy Baxter

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Locked and Loaded by Mandy Baxter

With a rock-hard body and steel blue eyes, Mason Decker is about to become the U.S. Marshals’ newest recruit. But one last undercover job with a straitlaced attorney will test him to his limits . . .
 
Charlotte Cahill intends to take down an infamous diamond smuggler on the FBI’s Most Wanted list—and she intends to do it by the book.  That won’t be easy with the cocky new temporary deputy on her task force. Mason Decker feels like trouble, especially when his cool gaze wanders across her hot body . . .
 
After his time as a Customs officer, Decker has enough experience hanging out with criminals to know that working undercover means following your instincts, not the rules. It doesn’t take long for him to lock horns with Cahill. But when the sexy assistant U.S. attorney is accidentally dragged out of her orderly world and into the turn-on-a-dime tension of Decker’s deceptive games, she’ll find that nothing is as seductive as playing a new role . . . 
Praise for Mandy Baxter’s U.S. Marshals series

“A little bit of suspense and a whole lot of passion make this the perfect read for adventurous romance fans.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
 
“Fast-paced and full of heat, this is romantic suspense done right!”—Julie Ann Walker
 
“The perfect mix of steam and on‑the‑edge‑of‑your‑seat suspense. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Tracey Garvis Graves
 
“Page‑turning, rip‑roaring action.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420141078
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: A US Marshals Novel Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 644,971
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mandy Baxter is a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. She lives in rural Idaho with her family. For more about Mandy, visit mandy-baxter.com.

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Locked and Loaded 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## STELLAR. Another amazing read by Mandy Baxter. I feel bad because I sound like a broken record when it comes to reviewing this series. Wow. I loved this installment. It had everything I love in a book. It was fun, exciting, suspenseful & sexy. Boy, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Once again Mandy writes a captivating story with a strong, capable, beautiful heroine. Doormats need not apply. And many thanks to Ms. Baxter for not writing Mason as a manwhore. He was so HOT with his green eyes....yummy. I have already all the others in the series twice and I'll be reading this one again as well. NOTE TO AUTHOR: As long as you're writing, I'm buying!
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Cahill (Charlie) is pretty much always locked and loaded when it comes to fighting for justice. With her U.S. District Attorney laser like focus locked on following the cast in stone rules and loaded with determination to always get her man, aka the bad guys, she isn’t one to back away from a fight/getting the job done. When Mason Decker steps into her line of fire, we soon realize he’s another completely different type of crime fighting lethal weapon. These two immediately don’t see eye to eye, folks. I had to admire Charlie’s “no one messes with my case” reaction when she finds out Mason, right off the bat, seems to be going rogue. She may be all about following the plan but Mason’s sure quick to think on his feet. Working undercover for so long has given him a sixth sense to know when to lie and just go with it. A trait Charlie soon has to acquire when she’s forced to go undercover, as well. Yeah, that was a rather big stretch of the imagination, but what the heck, I shrugged my shoulders and went with it. You see, when Charlie’s attempt to rein Mason in backfires, she gets pulled into a web of deception being created to catch a thief, Kieran, Mason’s estranged, basically a brother to him, diamond smuggler. He’s being used, along with Mason’s criminal manipulative, mastermind incarcerated father, to catch a much bigger fish, a newly formed “can’t touch them, because we can’t find them” cartel known as Faction Five. With surprising twists and turns and a dramatic turncoat life-threatening showdown, the author did a great job of keeping me fully engaged, despite the crime drama aspect usually taking center stage. That’s saying something, folks, because I’m usually all about the romantic plot only. What was the passion meter on this one? Well, at 25% Mason and Charlie start to realize their attraction to one another, but they aren’t intimate until almost 60%. Let me just say, it was pretty lengthy and off the charts steamy! All that tension and pent up chemistry definitely got unleashed. Btw, here’s fair warning, the author uses smexy terms and lusty language in those heated scenes. It’s definitely for mature 18 years and older readers only. Well, I’m going to end my review here, my fellow romance book-loving friends. I’m afraid if I don’t I’ll accidentally give away too many spoilers. Here’s to hoping what I did say has been insightful enough to help you decide if this well-written, cloak and dagger, romance suspense novel is right for you. I definitely thoroughly enjoyed it and now want to read all the books in this series. (Review based on NetGalley ARC received in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.)
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This book is part of Ms Baxter’s series, US Marshals. It is a standalone, so no worries about not being able to follow the plot. The story centers around Mason Decker, who recently resigned his post with CBP (Customs and Boarder Patrol) where he was doing undercover work. He joined law enforcement for the sole reason of becoming a US Marshal, but twice has been denied. Likely because of his family’s affiliations. He is contacted by the US Marshal’s deputy , to work an undercover operation with the incentive that he might be considered for the job. The head of the task force is ADA Charlotte (Charlie) Cahill. To say that these two lock horns, is putting it mildly. But at the same time , sparks fly between them. They both go undercover and that’s when the plot literally thickens. You will find suspense, bad guys, discover that in addition to the black and white of circumstances there are grays, that family can be a blessing or a curse, loyalties will be questioned, that the heart and the head are not always in agreement, and that love might just has to be fought for in order for redemption to occur. An excellent story, and Ms Baxter is definitely a great storyteller. This was my first experience reading one of her books, but it won’t be the last one. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story. Mason is a good man with a bad family behind him. His dream job is dangled in front of him to help find out who is behind the new syndicate starting up. Meeting Charlie changes his outlook on his future. Charlie is a determined woman trying to prove herself to her father and stay in charge of her team. Situations become more dangerous as the couple go undercover, and they find comfort in each others arms. The journey to understanding their feelings kept me reading this book. I look forward to reading more of this series. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
From the moment Mason Decker meets his new partner Charlotte Cahill he knows they are going to butt heads at every turn they take, she is the kind of gal that follows the rule book to the letter to get the job done, and he is more of a rule bender. But he wants this job and wants to prove himself to the other Marshals, but he also knows he is going to have to make some compromises in order to get it... one of them being dealing with the determined and oh so sexy Charlie! Their first mission is to take down a diamond smuggler, and it sounds like a mission they can totally handle... until Mason realizes this mission hits a little close to home! Charlotte Cahill is a confident and determined woman, who likes order and always follows the rules, where as her new partner is more of risk taker and rule breaker and it drives her absolutely crazy. She needs to feel in control of her environment and with Mason around he is constantly testing her reserve, and pushing her to step out of the carefully planned comfort zone. In order for them to catch the diamond smuggler they are chasing, she knows they need to play by the rules, but Mason doesn't see things that way and is pushing her to take a walk on the wild side, and relinquish her control. As much as it scares her to let go, she begins to see that Mason just might be right... and once she finally lets go she begins to see a side of herself that she never knew existed, a sexy side she wants to use to her advantage!! Once again Ms. Baxter has truly amazed me with her literary talents, just when I think I have found a favorite in this series, she turns it up a notch and exceeds my expectations all over again!! This series has been one of my favorite literary discoveries, and each new addition continues to surprise me, thrill me, and have me swooning from start to finish!! I have to say Mason may just be my favorite U.S. Marshal to date, the minute he waltzed onto the page he had me at his mercy and completely captivated by his every word. His cocky and domineering personality, risk taking nature, smooth and sultry one liners, and alluring man in uniform sex appeal lured me in and had me falling hard for him...and had me dedicating a permanent spot in my heart for him!! Loved every minute of his story!!! If you have not had the opportunity to meet Ms. Baxter's Marshal's yet I HIGHLY recommend that you remedy that VERY SOON, because not only are you missing out on some exceptional reading, but also the opportunity to me some of the sexiest alpha's ever to grace the pages of a book!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Kensington-Zebra Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Action, suspense, and a steamy romance are all included on the pages of this fantastic book. This one grabbed my attention from the very first page and kept me glued to the pages all the way through. Charlie and Decker are incredible characters and their snarky banter and steamy hot sexy times made for an incredible read. Mason Decker has been biding his time knowing that he will once again be turned down by the Marshall Service due to his family connections. Have the country's most notorious con artist as a father doesn't really help one's law enforcement career. Suddenly he's called in to assist on an undercover job with a permanent Marshall position dangled as bait. The catch - he has to use his father and his connections as well as probably send the one man he's ever thought of as a brother to jail. Something doesn't feel quite right but he agrees to the deal. Charlotte "Charlie" Cahill is heading up the task force Decker is assigned to. It takes about two minutes for these two headstrong people to lock horns over how the investigation is going to be run. When Decker tries to go rogue, Charlie is there to step in. Only she may have step into something she can't quite handle and it means she will be spending a lot of time, up close and personal time, with Decker. Will either escape unscathed?? One of the best in the series so far. Each book can be read standalone so grab this one and give it a try. I highly recommend it.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Fast paced romantic suspense at its best! Charlie is a tough as nails assistant federal prosecutor running a task force into a crime group. She makes no secret that she doesn't want Mason, a former CBP agent, on the task force. Mason is a lone wolf that doesn't play well with others - he's also the sexiest man she's ever seen. Before long, Charlie finds herself in the midst of the action....her careful plan to lead the task force nothing but a memory. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last - I've added her to my must read authors' list. While this book is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Mason Dexter and Charlotte “Charlie” Cahill both have dreams they have not fulfilled. Mason’s desire is to become a U. S. Marshall and prove that he is nothing like his notorious father - a jailed smuggler or ill repute. His application has been turned down several times when he is offered another undercover job but this time with the lure of a reward he cannot refuse – one that could make his elusive dream come true. Charlie has been trying to prove to her father that she can make it to the top in law but not the type of law he wanted her to pursue – the field of law she has chosen is one that puts criminals out of business for good and does not bring in nearly as much money as her father would like. Both on the same multi organization task force they begin to pursue Faction Five and in so doing are supposed to be part of the same team – and this is not always easy to remember for either of them. With ups and downs, bad guys and good, evil in unexpected places, a family member or two making appearances, chemistry to deal with and a twist at the end this is a fast-paced, steamy romance that kept me turning pages till I reached the end. Is it believable - perhaps not. Is it fun – yes. Do you have to read the previous books in the series – no. Is it something new and different – not really. Did I enjoy it – yes. Will you enjoy it – you just might. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. (3.5 stars)