Pretty Reckless: A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel

Pretty Reckless: A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel

by Jodi Linton

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Pretty Reckless: A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel by Jodi Linton

Folks say I'm reckless. I suppose loading a Texas Ranger in the ass with buckshot in my fit of jealousy earned me more scrutiny than the preacher’s wife at a Sunday potluck.

Now I work as a deputy, and the pistol on my hip is registered. I’m finally moving past all the tongue wagging about my youthful escapades. That is until Gunner Wilson, the object of said target practice, struts his cowboy boots back into town. Now he keeps showing up everywhere with that sexy grin of his.

All I want to do is solve this latest case then kick the cocky, tattooed lawman to the curb. But Gunner has gotten under my skin. And hell, that’s a problem, because I’ve made a new life in Pistol Rock, one that doesn’t include my hotter than hell ex-boyfriend. Except now I need his help…and asking a favor from Gunner might cost me more than just a pair of panties…
The Deputy Laney Briggs series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:
Book #1 - Pretty Reckless
Book #2 - Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy
Book #3 - Talk Dirty to Me, Cowboy
Book #4 - Pretty Shameless
Book #5 - Pretty Lawless

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622665143
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Series: Deputy Laney Briggs
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 535,076
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jodi Linton grew up across the street from a cow pasture, where she was likely to been seen
selling Kool-Aid in a Dixie cup at ten cents a pop, or inviting neighbors over to watch one of her
plays staged on her father's Bass boat. As a voracious reader, she fell in love with mysteries,
especially ones with witty, spunky heroines—which spawned Laney Briggs, a smart-mouthed,
Small Town, Texas deputy sheriff, in constant conflict with her on-again-off-again Texas Ranger

Linton lives in Texas Hill Country with her husband and two kids, and can usually be found
cozied up to her computer, escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing
cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

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Pretty Reckless

A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel

By Jodi Linton, Terese Ramin

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Jodi Linton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-514-3


Maybe it was bad luck or part of the good Lord's divine plan. At any rate, I was one of the unfortunate two hundred that called Pistol Rock, Texas, home. And today was panning out to be less peachy with each wad of doughnut deputy Elroy Sampson shoveled down his grub hole. Ordinarily I would have been smitten with the idea of no work for us law-enforcement types. It just wasn't good for my self-esteem or my waistline to be left with Elroy for an extended period of time. I got up and headed for the pastry box just as the station door burst open and stopped me dead in my lazy tracks.

"Sheriff Dobbs," I greeted him.

"Another shootout at the O.K. Corral ... Any takers?" Dobbs's eyes landed on me.

"Can't you send Elroy this time? You know Luke Wagner's in the middle of that sparring match and would get a kick out of tormenting me. It'd be really shitty to make me take this call."

"I'm a shitty old boss, Laney. Now hurry up, and get out to Arrowhead Range," Dobbs said and straggled over to the empty chair next to Elroy.

I slung my gun into the holster strapped at my waist and stamped toward the door. I stopped, my hand wrapped around the knob, at the sound of Dobbs and Elroy snickering. "What's so funny?"

Dobbs hacked at the floor. "Nothing. We were just wondering, if Wagner calls you 'cutie', are you going to shoot him?"

"Don't hold your breath," I said, pushing through the station door.

I tucked my auburn hair up under my straw cowboy hat and lifted a hand to hide my eyes from the record-breaking May heat. If luck was on my side, then the two guys might have already put an end to the shootout, but I was feeling as desperate as the button holding up Elroy's pants. I got behind the wheel of the '99 Chevy Malibu assigned to me by the department only to discover someone had stuck a purple Post-it on the windshield. I plucked it off and read the message, Watch yourself, bitch. A chill ran down my spine. This was the second weird thing I'd found this week, the first being a bunch of daisies—my favorite flower—mangled and shredded all down my front porch steps. I'd cleaned that up, not thinking much about it since it was the sort of thing kids from the area might do, but now I wasn't so sure.

Puzzled and a little uneasy, I glanced around at the mostly empty street. Then I shrugged, crumpled up the note, and pitched it into the cruiser's backseat. I climbed into the car, thinking that I couldn't allow myself to get wobbly over every dickweed who wanted to play games with me, and gunned it away from the station. The swirling buildup of cow manure floated through the air-conditioner vents. I fought the urge to gag and pressed a heavy foot down on the gas pedal, quickly leaving behind the malodorous remnants of Pistol Rock.

Five minutes later, I turned onto Spoke Road. Two barbed-wired pastures flew by, then Arrowhead Range came into view. I slowly pulled down the drive and prayed the gunfire had stopped. I turned on my siren, alerting them to my approach. The dust from the gravel drive whirled around my windows, making it hard to see. I'd just veered around the corner gate when I heard a shotgun blast. These boys really did think they were cowboys. I slammed on my brakes and put the cruiser in reverse, retreating behind a cactus. Another shot went off. I swung open my door, drew my Glock from the holster around my waist, and perched down in the dirt.

"Deputy Briggs," I shouted.

I heard whispering, then the sound of a shotgun butt hitting the ground.

"Laney, is that you?" Bosley Conrad yelled.

I waved. "Yeah, it's me. Are y'all done?"

"Yep, I suppose we're done," Bosley grumbled.

"I'm gonna need you boys to put down those guns."

"You know you ain't getting my gun, Laney."

"I wasn't thinking about it."

Taking a man's gun in Texas was like castrating him. I stuffed my .9mm into the holster and stepped around the door. Luke Wagner was slumped against a tree, rustling a toothpick around his mouth. A white cowboy hat dipped low over his smoldering deep blue eyes, and a dirt-smeared white T-shirt clung to his wide chest and strong arms. His tight-assed Levi's pretty much had my tall, smooth-talking, and handsome cowboy fantasy all wrapped up into one neat denim package.

Luke pulled off his hat, running a hand through his messy, chin-length blond hair.

"Luke, how you doing?" I tossed him a tight smile, darting my eyes about the barren land. "Mitch wouldn't happen to be around?"

Luke lifted his hat and sent a slick smile back at me.

"Nope." He placed the hat back on his head. "I haven't seen my dad all day."

Bosley spit into the dirt and gestured at Luke. "He poisoned my cattle."

Luke huffed, spit his toothpick onto the ground, and crunched it with the tip of his brown cowboy boot. "You cocksucker," he snarled.

"You spoiled son of a bitch," Bosley spat back and hiked his pants up over his fat roll.

I pushed my way past the village idiots. "Oh ... for heaven's sake, let's go see your cattle."

If Luke being the heir to the Wagner's Four Spurs Ranch wasn't enough reason for these two to go sparring against each other just about each and every day, they had to pull me into the middle of their long, ongoing feud over who held the water rights to the spring that straddled both their ranches. They were constantly accusing each other of this misdeed or that one—and sometimes I was pretty sure it was just to get under their rival's skin. I was sick of it, but being a sheriff's deputy didn't give me a lot of choice about what calls I did or didn't answer.

Fifty acres. That was all I had to trudge across. No problem, except for the endless dirt mounds with goathead stickers attached to every blade of grass. The sun beat down on the nape of my neck. We passed a stock tank where a couple of horses were taking a drink. There were a dozen stalls off to the left, and an iron fence marked the property line where a small spring flowed through Bosley's land. I cursed myself the whole way for having that doughnut earlier. I could feel it sticking to my ribcage as I stomped across the unforgiving land. I looked back over my shoulder. Luke was watching my ass. His blue eyes blazed in the sun's rays, heightening my already frazzled state. "Luke, do you have a problem with me being here?"

"Absolutely not." He grinned crookedly. "You sure beat staring at a cow's ass."

I flipped him the bird and kept walking. Cow turds plastered the burnt grass. I pinched my nose and pressed on. Bosley abruptly stopped. My boots caught on his heels. I wiped the sweat from my forehead, tipped my hat up, and holy shit! At least half a dozen cattle were toppled over dead.

Bosley motioned me closer by flapping his hand in my face. I decided that it was best to stay put.

"I'm fine here," I assured him.

"You see." He went over and kicked a cow head. "Dead."

I wasn't going to argue. I mean, he was the expert and all. "Looks like it to me."

"Well, are you going to arrest the bastard or just stand here and look pretty?" Bosley asked, completely dumbfounded.

The flattery wasn't wasted on me. This morning I had felt sort of frumpy. So there was no harm in accepting the compliment.

"Arrest him for what?" I looked at Luke, who grinned, tipping his hat. "Thanks, Laney, for looking out for me." He threw me an indecent wink, which I ignored. Sure he was a looker, but there was something about him I didn't like. Plus—I fiddled with the engagement ring that was making my fingers itch—I was taken.

Bosley whipped his hat off his head and stroked a wrinkly hand through his thin, silver hair. "You mean to tell me Luke is going to get off scot-free on account of you not knowing what the hell you're doing?"

I threw my hands up in the air. "Sorry." I shrugged. "I can order Nathan to do tests and find out what killed your cows, but beyond that ... there's no evidence Luke did anything. Hell, they mighta gotten into some poison parsley for all we know."

The old man started snorting uncontrollably, turning his face crimson. I watched his nostrils flare as he kicked a pile of dirt in the air, flinging some ants in the process. He was sizing me up with that coldhearted glare. I nervously shuffled to the side—then started. "Holy cow."

"Laney, I thought you knew what a cow looked like," Luke cracked.

"No, there's a hand under that one." I pointed.

Bosley looked utterly shocked at the idea of a dead body on his land. This despite the number of dead cows already lying about.

I wagged a finger at Bosley, ordering, "Don't move a muscle."

"Shit," Bosley wheezed, pointing at the body the hand was attached to. He stared for an ungodly moment, locking eyes on the red bandana mangled beneath a pink pig-inked bicep. "That's Pacey Monroe. Dear Lord." Bosley pressed a shaky palm to his forehead. "You see that pig tattoo on the arm?" His hand waved over the body. "The boy got the tattoo after we won best in show at last year's national pig-calling contest."

Pacey Monroe was Bosley's ranch hand. He had the IQ of a seven year old, but he sure did know how to beef up a cow. I watched the two hotheaded guys take off their hats. They kneeled and gave a silent prayer. I kneeled, also, but there was no way in hell I was taking off my hat. My hair could have quite possibly raised the dead, including Pacey Monroe.

Pulling my cell from the back pocket of my jeans, I dialed the sheriff station. The signal died on the first ring. It was unlike me to leave my walkie-talkie in the cruiser, but I'd been distracted by two big boys thinking they were the Hatfields and McCoys of west Texas.

I glanced at each of them while shoving my cell deep down into my back pocket and said, "I need to call for back up, so don't touch anything."

"Will do, Deputy," Luke said, cocking me a sly grin.

I tugged at the waistline of my jeans and took off in a hot sprint. Sweat dripped from my cheeks, hair matted to my forehead, and my jeans stuck to my crotch. I whipped the cruiser door open and leaned over the seat, catching my breath at the same time I untangled the radio cord and pressed the switch on the mic.

"Elroy, I need back up."

"Having trouble corralling the bastards?" he asked, munching on what sounded like a mouthful of chips.

"No, dumb ass. I just found a dead body."

"Well shit ..." His voice faded.

"Elroy," I shouted, squeezing the radio mic's hard plastic in my hand.

"Yeah ... yeah, Laney," he responded. "I'll be right there."

The line went dead. I shook off the thought that I'd heard someone other than Dobbs in the background and made the burning run back to the guys. Luke had parked himself on the crunchy grass. I plunked down next to him. Stickers poked through the worn seat of my jeans, biting me on my biscuits. His blue eyes immediately drifted toward my chest.

"A little winded, Laney?"

I sent an elbow to his ribs. "Don't look at me that way."

"Darling, you used to enjoy it."

He sent me a look and tossed his arm across my shoulders. There was no use trying to defend myself, so I whipped my head back and waited. The blistering sun pounded my face. I'd given in to the idea of a long wait when a black Yukon came billowing across the land. It stopped two feet in front us, screeching tires grinding down the caked dirt. Dobbs jumped out of the passenger side, with Elroy tagging behind. I would like to say it didn't get to me, but, hell, it pissed me off when I caught sight of that Route 44 soda in Elroy's hand.

"Come on, you stopped for a coke and didn't bring me one?" I shouted.

Elroy took a long slurp. "You weren't at the office."

I was still glaring coldly at him when the driver's door popped open. No, it couldn't be ... That son of a bitch. I wiped the bubbles of sweat from my nose and shot to my feet. Then I marched up to him. He'd cocked his black cowboy hat to the side and stuffed his hands into the back pockets of tight Wranglers, stretching the black T-shirt around his big biceps. That damn black rattlesnake tattoo rippled along the hard muscles of his right forearm as he walked to the front of the Yukon. With my stomach climbing up my throat, a spark that definitely didn't belong there fired in my chest as I watched him kick some dirt, then step out in front of me.

"Well," Gunner Wilson drawled, "if it isn't Laney Briggs." He threw a dirty wink at me.

I ignored him, still trying to figure out what the hell my personal Texas Ranger nightmare was doing riding shotgun with Elroy and Sheriff Dobbs. "What are you ...?"

"Still tongue-tied at the sight of me?"

My blood was blazing as I glared at him. I thought when I'd sent a load of rock salt into my ornery ex-boyfriend's ass over things I preferred not to think about, he'd never show his face in Pistol Rock again. I'd thought wrong, because holding me prisoner with those deep, assessing brown eyes was the only man who could light my panties on fire in eight seconds flat. We'd duked it out before, and I reckoned this time would be no different. The problem was I had a damn job to do, and folks were watching my every move, making damn sure to jot down each misstep I made. Taking a good step back from the jean-creamer cowboy's pulse-charging, leathery vanilla aftershave, I swallowed hard and pulled up my big girl panties to play the part of the deputy I knew I was capable of being. "Why the hell are you here? I thought you were in Houston."

His grin widened. "I'll tell you later, sweetheart."

Dobbs sidled up between us, placing a hand on my shoulder. "Let's not jump to conclusions, Laney"—he continued the heavy petting of my shoulder—"I invited Gunner to come along on the morning joyride after he wandered into the station looking for you." He looked at Gunner, smiling. "Don't you remember me filling you and Elroy in on the Rangers investigating a case out here in Pistol Rock?"

That memo must've slipped through the cracks. I nodded anyway, allowing my gaze to linger on Gunner's sinfully good-looking, rugged cowboy face. He hadn't missed a beat since I'd seen him last. I, on the other hand, could've slapped on an extra layer of foundation and ditched the sheriff's department-issued uniform shirt with "Pistol Rock Sheriff Station" embroidered across my upper left breast.

"Yeah, I remember." I kept nodding mindlessly as I watched Gunner's smile grow. This was so not good. I always turned to putty in that Texas Ranger's hands. He'd been my first lover and, for a while, I was sure he'd be my last, too. That had changed, but Gunner's effect on me hadn't. I looked him directly in the eyes. "It's just that I didn't figure the Rangers would let him"—I jutted my chin at Gunner—"anywhere near this jurisdiction after last time."

Dobbs only grunted at that, but Gunner's deep, throaty 'I'd do your body good' laugh threw me off my high horse. I grabbed him by the elbow. Bad move. Just the feel of him underneath my fingers made my heart skip a beat. I steeled myself not to look at the third finger of my left hand where the diamond Nathan had given me seven months ago seemed to stare at me. "Dobbs, will you excuse us?"

Dobbs smiled some more. "I've never been one to deny a good old-fashioned reunion."

Give me a break, I thought, tugging on Gunner's arm.

We trudged across the dead grass, coming to a stop next to a weather-eroded fence post. He inched closer, placing a boot in my personal space. Our eyes locked into that old swoon-girl gaze. Once upon a time, I'd stripped him of his tight Wranglers and had my way with my own personal good-timing Texas Ranger, but we'd all grown out of our school-yard crushes.

I swallowed down my cotton mouth, took a good step back, rear-ending the termite-infested wood, and jammed my finger at Gunner's broad chest. "If you think for a minute I'm going to let you make my life a living hell again just because you take a notion, you have another think coming."

He started to flick my finger away but stopped midslap, grabbing my hand instead, staring from my ring finger to me. Abruptly, he let my hand fall. "Getting hitched?" he asked, displeased.


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Pretty Reckless: A Deputy Laney Briggs Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Laney was a hot mess!  I loved her character.  Strong but vulnerable, feisty, quick witted.  I loved how she held her own.  So many scenes where I laughed at her conversations.  She was not intimidated by anyone, except maybe her momma.   Then there is Gunner.  He kept it interesting with his one liners to grab Laney's attention and let her know he was not giving up on her.  Tough guy who totally protected Laney.  Although it appeared he wronged her, he still fought to be with her.   The story was fun, sassy, full of action and suspense.  Sometimes it seemed Laney and Gunner were never going to catch a break. The suspense part of the story was good.  Kept me guessing.  I thought I had the dilemma figured out only to have something throw my mind for a loop. This was my first book to read by Jodi Linton.  I enjoyed it and would love to see more of this series.  I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Laney has been living in the town she grew up in as a deputy sheriff. Her life is good, she is engaged to a local veterinarian and she is moving on with her life. Her ex (whom she caught in their bed with another woman) just happen to show up after she finds her first murder victim. All of a sudden Laney's life was upside down. She is fighting feelings for Gunner, investigating a web of lies, deceit, and drugs. She is trying to convince herself that her fiance is the right man for her all while someone is threatening her and trying to kill her. There are 3 cowboys vying for Laney's attention and she just doesn't know where to go or who is involved. The author keeps this book very suspenseful and wants you to turn the page. I had a hard time putting this book down and finished it in 2 nights after work. If you are looking for a good romance book with some suspense/mystery thrown in you have found it. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
SonyK More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. Deputy Laney Briggs is a character you will fall in love with. I don't think I have ever heard anyone talk like her. “Maybe it was bad luck or part of the good Lord’s divine plan. At any rate, I was one of the unfortunate two hundred that called Pistol Rock, Texas home." This book was not only filled with funny quotes but it had action, love, mystery and suspense to boot! Get it to boot? The story started off a little slow but quickly accelerated. You've got good old gun fights to dead cows, and lets not forget, dead bodies! When her ex comes back to town it just throws the story into a whole lot of twists and turns. She has a man and they plan to get married and Gunner wants her back. I can relate with Laney's relationship with her momma. As Laney says, "Weddings have a tendency to bring out the crazies, and my mother had a VIP card to the club." I thing I really liked about Laney is she's as strong as she needs to be. She's smart and brave, and loyal to her friends. This was truly a great book to read and I am looking forward to the next in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laney Briggs find herself smack-dab in the middle of some crazy situations that are outrageous, humorous, and entertaining to the reader. She is a cute and sassy, yet tough and endearing. I also think most women will find her easy to identify with. Especially when her ex, Gunner, blows back into town, determined to win back Laney's affections. He's definitely charming and positively sexy, which kept me rooting for him to get back in her good graces. This book had all the makings of a terrific romantic mystery: danger, humor, sexual tension...and let's not forget the other hot cowboys in the book. Jodi Linton introduced a well-rounded cast of characters that she brought to life on every page. Obviously, she comes by her humor naturally. If you're looking for a read with delicious cowboys, fun banter, an intriguing mystery, and a generous helping of humor, then you've just found it. I enjoyed PRETTY RECKLESS thoroughly and can't wait for the next book! *I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review
VampedChik More than 1 year ago
This was such a fast and fun read! It was also very emotional and suspenseful. Lots of twists and turns. I loved Laney! She made me laugh out loud so many times. I loved her snarky attitude! And Gunner.. he's definitely swoon worthy! This was a great start to the series. Very memorable characters that I can't wait to read more about!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
When I was asked to review this novel I just couldn't wait to dive in. The whole cowboy or western thing isn't usually my cup of tea but I decided to go outside of my reading comfort zone this time. And for good reason! Did you read that summary?!? Yeah ... you and I both know that you want to know more about Gunner Wilson. Sweet baby Jesus. I'm telling you ... you want to know more about Gunner Wilson. This is the first novel that I've read by Jodi Linton and it probably won't be the last. It was really well written ... I didn't find any boring sections, nothing long winded or anything like that. I also really liked how established the story was ... you know those kinds ... there's no warming up period, just first paragraph and BOOM! already some action going on. That being said ... I also felt a bit overwhelmed in the beginning. There were so many characters to learn and they all played a vital part in the story. I did find myself having a hard time at first keeping up with everyone. Now, that goes away once you're fully into the story but it was a bit much at first. I've read ... hundreds of books. I don't even know how many. Tons. A crap ton. That's more than a ton, right? Well ... because of that, I can sometimes pick out the ending to novels and movies. Strike that. Not sometimes ... most of the time. And unfortunately, that was the case with Pretty Reckless. Oh, I hoped that I was wrong during the whole novel but in the end, I wasn't. But I will say this ... I may have known the outcome of the novel but the ride to get there was pretty awesome. I'll definitely read another one by Linton in the future and I'm kinda excited to see what happens in the next installment.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton is the first book in her new Deputy Laney Briggs series. We meet our heroine, Deputy Sheriff Laney Briggs immediately, as her boss Sherriff Dobbs sends her to a ranch to settle a dispute. Laney is tired of always being the one to get in the middle of ranchers constant and drunken fights; not to mention the leers and comments from the ranchers. But Laney holds her own, as she is not your simple female deputy. She is feisty, beautiful, funny, sarcastic and probably their best cop in Pistol Rock, Texas. This time the simple dispute turns deadly, with murder, mayhem, drugs making this a case that brings in the Texas Rangers. In this case, Gunner Wilson, Laney’s ex, who left her a few years before, comes to Pistol Rock to help with the case. As soon as she sees Gunner, Laney can feel the immediate sparks, and knows she still has feelings for him, which she desperately tries to fight off. Laney is now engaged to Nathan, the popular local veterinarian. But it will not be easy, as Gunner is out to win back Laney, even if she shot him in the ass, when he left. ¿ Not only is Gunner a hunk, but it seems so is the local wealthy rancher Luke. Laney is not deprived of attention from Gunner, Luke and Nathan, who is becoming by day more upset with Gunner’s constant advances to his fiancée. This is just part of the story, with the romance, Gunner and Laney; but the crux of the story is the mystery of who is behind the murder (s), and involved in the drug deals. There are quite a few twists along the way, and each time Laney and Gunner think they have a handle on things, they are back to square one. Pretty Reckless is a suspense mystery, with a lot of humor, as well as romance in between. Laney is a pretty cool character, and Gunner is one hot Texas Ranger. There were times when it was a bit wild early on, with Laney having to do most of the investigation work with Gunner. This I thought wasn’t totally believable, since the sheriff and the other deputy did nothing. Overall this was a nice fast read, with a hot couple, not to mention a heroine who can handle all those hot men. Good start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty Reckless is pretty amazing! From page one, I was sucked into Laney’s world. And, folks, what a surprising world it is! Suspense, intrigue, romance… it all starts with cows turning up dead, but then, wait, there is a human body! This is only the first twist on a set of twists and turns that will take the reader into a thrilling journey. I live in Central Texas and think the way Ms. Linton portrayed the Texan characters and the setting is flawless. The heroine, Laney Briggs, is in a class of her own! So many times they create strong heroines to match a strong hero, but in this case I feel they created Gunner to stand up to Laney. She’s smart, quick witted, sassy and very well rounded. I've become a fan of Laney Briggs and can't wait for the next book in the series. Bravo, Ms. Linton! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deputy Laney Briggs goes through a conflict of lost love Gunner Texas ranger and a future of what she hoped was happiness with Nathan ... while her town is turned upside sown with drugs and murder ... who will she listen to and where will her heart find what she hopes for
kimberdee11 More than 1 year ago
It isn't often that I read a " who done it" and not know who did it with in the first chapter. The rest of the book is just seeing how it was done. But with Jodi's book I didn't know squat till the two chapter and even then she still surprised me . What a great , wonderful , sexy, funny, romantic book , Jodi has wrote! Gunner and Laney are prefect, and the cast and characters are the best. Each one has a richness about them , that you can see it all played out perfectly. Laney is a hoot and , she know how to use rock salt in the most butt slapping way ...( you will get that joke when you read the book I promise). I can't wait to read more and more about the hotter than hell Texas Ranger Gunner and the sassy deputy Laney Briggs. So go ahead and get your copy , sit back and enjoy the ride , you are going to love it and want to take it over and over again.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard a Laneyism such as "That wink was deadlier than a Krispy Kreme donut to a woman's waistline" if not then you really should read this delightful romance, suspense, mystery, and sometimes coffee sputtering humour as Deputy Laney Briggs comes out with her very own brand of humour. Laney is a person that I would love to have as a friend, loyal and sincere and as straight shooting as they come, life has thrown her some curve balks but she has thrown them straight back and is going along wonderfully until   Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson decides to enter her life again. Now Gunner there's a man for you a Texas Ranger, and from the first " He'd cocked his black cowboy hat to the side and stuffed his hands into the back pockets of tight Wranglers, stretching the black t-shirt round his big biceps. That damm black rattlesnake rippled along the hard muscles of his right forearm..."  You are in his corner, as the story progresses I know that my feelings went up and down as I found out their history, but the one thing you never doubted was his love. All the secondary characters are wonderful and add such a depth to the story and there are far too many to go into here suffice to say that Laney has Laneyisms for most of them and I love these short pithy descriptions. This is the first in a series and I certainly hope we get to see more of Laney and Gunner and the rest of the crew at a Pistol Rock as this is one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while. 
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Pretty Reckless is the first in author Jodi Linton’s Deputy Laney Briggs Series and really sets us up for what I think will be a great collection! Sherriff’s Deputy Laney Briggs is used to the slow and somewhat boring country life in a small southern town.  She’s been able to get past a pretty hurtful breakup and is adjusting to life as the fiancée of the town’s veterinarian.  Life is pretty good.  For Small Town, USA, that is.  Things take a turn for the worse when there’s a dead body found up on one of the big local farms.  Suddenly everything is turned upside-down.  Not just because there’s clearly been a murder, but because her ex is now here working the case with her.  He’s a Texas Ranger and is assigned to help on the case.  A distraction she doesn’t need especially when this turns into a real humdinger case of who-done-it.  The murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg and Laney uncovers a huge case of debt, drugs and deceit.  The likes she never thought she’d see in her small town.  Add working alongside her sexy as sin ex and digging up all sorts of feelings she’d like to leave behind, and this may prove to be the hardest case of Laney’s life. Whew, talk about a mystery that had me on the edge of my seat until the end!  Laney sure had her hands full from the very beginning and with so many colorful townspeople and viable suspects; she had her work cut out for her.  That poor gal was put through the ringer in this book but I loved that she never gave up…or even thought about quitting.  One of my favorite parts of this book though was Jodi’s ability to write a small town that I truly felt a part of.  The characters were described with such great detail that I loved some of them, hated others and laughed with many of them.   I think this is a great start to the series and feel like we have a great foundation for the series to come. Thank you , Jodi, for Pretty Reckless!  I’m looking forward to what’s in store for Laney in the future.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Cute, quirky read with a kick-ass, feisty heroine, sexy cowboys and a wild west setting.  I thought this was a good start to a new series which I understand will follow Laney Briggs, our heroine. Pretty Reckless takes places in Pistol Rock, Texas - LOL! Doesn't that name just scream wild west to you? Laney is a deputy in Pistol Rock. She's engaged to the town's veterinarian and her life seems to be "on track", until she discovers a dead body and Texas Ranger Gunner shows up to work the case with her. Unfortunately, Gunner is also her ex-fiance and things weren't exactly resolved between them. Ghost Seer is adeptly written with funny dialogue and gripping suspense. I felt that the story dragged a bit in the middle but, looking at the other reviews, perhaps it was just me. I will definitely pick up the next entry in this series and I'm looking forward to seeing where Jodi takes this series from here.  3 1/2 stars!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Laney has always been the wild and crazy girl in town. She has turned her life around is a deputy sheriff and engaged to a great guy. Her life should be simple an happy but it gets turned around when her ex Gunner shows back up. He is a Texas Ranger and on the trail of a drug ring. It seems to have come to the town od Pistol Rock and he is going to stop it. Now they have to work together to figure things out before more bodies turn up. Working together is bad because they still have many feelings between them and many don't want them back together. Laney is so amazing. She is tough, doesn't back down is sexy yet she still has a few faults that make her seem so real. She is confused on her feelings and she has many thoughts run through her head that you can really connect with. Gunner is a very sexy cowboy who will do anything to stop bad guys and try to get Laney to give him another chance. He tries to make up for his past mistakes and at times he can be a smart ass but he sure does make you laugh. Dead people, dead cows, drug dealers and so much more are in this delightful book. I was hooked from page one and wanted so much more. I am glad to see it is a series as I want more of Laney. There is tons of danger and you don't know who to trust but Laney never gives up. She keeps digging with Gunner's help to figure it out even when she is getting beat up and sometimes worse. She seems to have a great fiancé everyone thinks is so great but even h has a past. Gunner messed up years ago and Laney made him pay for it. I love how they react to each other. Gunner wants to help Laney and tries his best to show her he is the man for her. Laney is trying to be less reckless but finds it hard to do at times. Her mom and fiancé think the know what is best for her and try in many ways to run her life. She has to show everyone she may be reckless but she is also a great cop who is out to stop the bad guys. If you like a character you can really enjoy who faces down danger and has lots of spice be sure to read this one.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
Jodi Linton is off to a very good start with her debut novel, Pretty Reckless. If you like stories that are set in small towns where you feel like you know the people who live there, then you will enjoy this book. This is a quirky story that includes a mystery and many mishaps. I really enjoyed the personalities of all the characters, and I’m looking forward to see what Ms. Linton has in store for Laney in her next book.  Laney Briggs is a deputy sheriff in the small Texas town of Pistol Rock. She’s engaged to the local veterinarian and things are finally looking up for her. She knows all the residents and they know her. Things have been going well for her, but if anything can go wrong, it will without fail. When a dead body turns up and she learns that her ex has come back to town she sets out to prove she can handle anything that comes her way. Right? Gunner Wilson is a Texas Ranger, and Laney’s ex. He’s come back to Pistol Rock to follow up a lead on the case he’s been working on for a few years. He is determined to get Laney to take him back, so he’s decided to spend as much time with her as he can, why not help her with this murder case she needs to investigate. Neither one of them expected that their lives would be in danger the more the dug up. Can Laney work with Gunner without her libido getting too heated up to give in to what he wants? Will Gunner win back the one woman he never stopped loving? You will have to read it to find out.  I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Laney is a sheriff ''s deputy, Gunner is a Texas Ranger.....they were a couple till he betrayed her...she's now engaged to Nathan, the local vet.. Gunner's back in town on a case and he wants her back. This is not a western or your typical murder mystery....its just set in Texas. The characters are colorful, the dialog is fast and funny. Laney is tough, competent, confused and adorable...Gunner is sexy and hot and determined. the story is fun.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
I received a gift copy of this book and I have to say it was a great read. This is the story of Laney and Gunner in my opinion. They are not the only characters in the book but they stand out the most. Laney and Gunner used to have a relationship until things happened that tore them apart. Laney has tried to move on with her life she has a new career e and has even gotten engaged to Nathan the local vet. Then in comes Gunner to work a case and things get heated between them again. Laney and Gunner are working a case regarding drug trafficking and the twists and turns will have you turning the pages as fast as you possibly can. If you are looking for a great suspenseful romance to read this is the book for you.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Laney And Gunner story is a mystery, betrayal, murder, ex, jealousy, lovers, and a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Pistol Rock, the cowboys are not only sizzling hot, they’re all packin’ attitude and hiding secrets to boot.  Fortunately, Pistol Rock has Deputy Laney Briggs to take them down a peg or two. Of course the cowboy with the hottest bod and baddest attitude is Laney’s ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson.  Laney wants nothing more than to boot him back out of town so she can settle down with the respectable town vet.  Unfortunately, as long as dead bodies keep turning up left and right, she’s stuck with Gunner and her inconvenient leftover feelings for him. If you like sassy, strong heroines in red boots and packin’ plenty of bad-ass attitude, Laney Briggs is your girl. This rollicking tale is full of small-town Texas flavor and feisty humor.  I loved the oddball cast of characters and can’t wait for the next Pistol Rock story! Fun! I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No spoilers! I loved this, even though I rarely read adult fiction anymore, Pretty Reckless has everything I love in a book—suspense, mystery, humor and romance, all narrated by a kick-ass heroine with a sassy, real voice and enough flaws to make you root for her by the end of the first page! I couldn’t put this down, I had to know who was responsible for the mayhem in Pistol Rock, I had to find out how engaged Deputy Laney Briggs would handle solving small town murder with her hot, ex-cowboy—Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, while going home at the end of the day to her veterinarian fiancé. I highly recommend this book—plenty of humor, mystery, romance, and suspense to make you turn the pages very fast. Like I said, I couldn’t put this down! I love Laney and Gunner and I’m thrilled this is the start of a series!
Shawnao-Of-The-Dead More than 1 year ago
I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for honest review. How can you not love a story set in Texas with hot cowboys and a mystery thrown into the mix? If that's your favorite kind of story then you need to read this book. Laney is a deputy in a small town and things get crazy when a dead body shows up. Then to make things worse the man who broke her heart returns as a Texas Range who is following a lead on drug runners, and she finds herself having to work with him. Gunner wants her back, she's engaged, she tries to fight old feelings for Gunner, and nothing seems to go right for her. That's all I'm gonna say because I don't want to give away to much. This book gets The Crazy Booksellers stamp of approval. Plus it's going to be a series and one that I can't wait to finish. Jodi Linton had made it into my authors to stalk and one day I hope to meet her and get her autograph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love "Texas" idioms and laugh out loud metaphors, Laney Briggs speaks it with authentic tenacity and wit, bringing to life the mind-set and aura of living in a small West Texas town through language and pacing. The character development from the point of view of Laney Briggs is awesome--it captures that quintessential Texan, with draw and sass and undeniable likability, from the town drunk to the spoiled rich rancher, down to the detestable mother. I give this book 4 spurs: fun with interesting twists and turns, an enjoyable read, I look forward to the next mystery and adventure. -H. Jones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic start! Pretty Reckless is the first in the Deputy Laney Briggs series, and I loved it. Packed with fun, quirky characters, mystery, murder, suspense, and a feisty heroine that you can’t help but love…not to mention more than one hot cowboy (Gunner *swoons*) you have the whole package! I was sad to reach The End. Definitely can’t wait for the next book! (I received an advanced  copy of Pretty Reckless in exchange for an honest review)
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton is a book on Deputy Laney Briggs in a small town of Texas named Pistol Rock. Deputy Laney Briggs doesn't take any sass off of family, friends, foes, or "cowboys". This book is well-written with a great plot having some twists and turns with a couple surprises. Each author's character is fantastic with having their own unique personality and charm. I enjoyed the mystery with the romance, plus it's an easy to read book that kept my attention. The author has stirred my curiosity of what will happen in the next book with Deputy Laney Briggs in Pistol Rock, Texas. Looking forward to reading the next book. I recommend Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton, especially if you love mystery with romance and don't forget "cowboys". I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything I love to read! Sass, comedy, mystery and an ending that leaves me wanting to read more. Great first book in the series, and I can't wait to read the rest. I always love reading books that have moments when I laugh out loud, and this book has them! Great read!