At Any Cost

Mandy Baxter
At Any Cost
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Publisher
Zebra
Release Date
May 2016
ISBN
9781420141061
Series
Book 4 of US Marshals
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Fast, cunning, and driven, he'll do whatever it takes to nail the most violent federal perps. But she is the one danger he'll never see coming…

She can't remember when she wasn't afraid. She can't go to the police. And "Olivia Gallagher" is only a day away from fleeing her Idaho wilderness life before biker gang leader Joel Meecum finally catches up with her. So keeping her rugged new neighbor at arm's length is the only safe play. Until Livy can't resist one last hungry chance to feel alive…

For U.S. Marshal Nick Brady, taking his vacation next door to Meecum's ex-girlfriend seemed the smartest way to find him. But suddenly, nothing is making sense. How could this feisty, straight-talking brunette ever get mixed up with Meecum's brutal crew? And why is he breaking his oath and getting so close that all he wants is to keep her safe? Now as the clock ticks, Nick and Livy's only chance at escape may be the one they can't survive…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 07, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
56 people found the following review helpful
Deputy U.S. Marshal Nick Brady eats, sleeps and breathes his job…to the point where his boss has made him take a step back. Furious, Nick takes his mandatory time off to follow up a lead he's been chasing…the ex of one nasty, most wanted biker dude. He finds his quarry Olivia Gallagher in small town Idaho, befriending her and earning her trust.

Livy has been hiding from biker gang leader Joel Meecum for years, constantly watching her back and living in fear 24 hours a day. Something about her new neighbor Nick makes her want to trust him, to possibly come clean about her past. Maybe he really can protect her. The two fall hard and fast for each other, but with huge secrets and false identities between them, they'll have to rely on their newfound connection if they're going to survive the ambush from the bikers dead set on silencing Livy for good.

AT ANY COST is the 4th book in the U.S. Marshals series by the talented Ms. Baxter, and even though it wasn't my favorite, I still recommend it for anyone invested in this series or anyone who enjoys a good romantic suspense story. I'm not sure exactly what it was about AT ANY COST that I didn't care for. I know that I had a REALLY hard time getting into the story and identifying with either Livy or Nick. The story just seemed to stall and restart, stall and restart, never getting up to a great rhythm.

That said, the MC's chemistry was good, and Nick was a MASTER at the yummy dirty talk! It was erotic and sexy and best of all, NOT CHEESY. Thank goodness!! The plot was decent, not overly exciting or unique but okay. Overall this wasn't a bad read, and fans of the series will like it.

Bottom Line: This book is part of the U.S. Marshals series but can be read as a stand alone. While it's not my favorite, it's still a decent romantic suspense that fans will dig.
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