Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MAVERICK by Lisa Bingham


Publisher:    Berkley
Published:   November 1, 2016
ISBN:        978-0425278581
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Bodey Taggart, the next to youngest of the four Taggart brothers has been the wildest of them.  His brothers, Jace and Elam have found the women of their dreams and settled down, but Bodey has no intention of following in their footsteps.  Even “grounded” this summer due to not one but two head injuries, he’s not about to give up his so-called wild ways.  There will always be a new challenge, a new adventure, a new extreme sport to pursue.

For the past year Beth Tivoli has been on the run with her younger brother, Eric and sister, Dolly.  Leroy Vonn, the leader of a terrorist group called the Farm, has been tracking them to bring Eric and Dolly back to his compound.  He will clearly stop at nothing.  To protect them Beth has stayed on the move and trusted no one.  But when she meets Bodey, something very different happens.  Something she cannot explain.  Against her better judgment, the little voice in her head, and stories she’s heard about Bodey, she begins to let him into her life and not long after, into her heart. 

For the first time in his life Bodey is ready to stop running to the next big adventure.  In Beth he finds someone he too can trust with his heart.  But with Vonn’s people after them, can they keep each other safe?

I enjoyed the first two books in Lisa Bingham’s Taggart Brothers series, DESPERADO and RENEGAGE.  As with those books I felt this story started off slow.  I felt no connection to either Beth or Bodey.  The details of their days as the SASS event seemed long and tedious to me, but I kept on reading.  As with the prior books though, once the story took off it became a knuckle gripping roller coaster. 

Beth’s development from a frightened young woman on the run to one who was going to stand her ground no matter what was nicely done.  And Bodey’s realization about why he drove himself to extremes time and time again was evenly paced and presented in a natural way.  He wasn’t the dare devil one day and Mr. Settled the next.  Together they found their way and a realistic way in a wonderfully told story. 

Having had a special needs sister, not because of the same thing that happened to Barry, but with many of the considerations the brothers needed to help him I appreciated the gentle, compassionate and realistic way Bingham developed this character.  He is not a character who will grow up and fall in love so I don’t see how the author could write an adult romance for him – yet with Bingham’s ability to tell a good story I fully expect Barry to also have a happy ending.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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