BXTCHES Gotta Warn: I’m sure you’re able to figure out that this book is certainly part of a series (Code 11-KPD SWAT) and as usual, I feel like I’m pretty straight forward when it comes to letting you know whether or not a book in a series can stand on its own OR if it needs to be read in the order in which it was written. When it comes to this fan-fucking-tastic book, I think you will enjoy it much better if you have at least read Execution Style. Charlie Foxtrot tells Foster’s story and Execution Style tells Miller’s (Foster’s brother). Things happen in Execution Style that kind of carry over to Charlie Foxtrot. So, I’m not necessarily saying that you MUST read Execution Style first, I just think you would enjoy this book much better if you do.
**This review will contain spoilers from Execution Style, if this is going to affect you in any way, you’ve been warned**
Like all other books in this series, Charlie Foxtrot will be told through both Blake’s and Foster’s POV.
We should probably back up a bit and re-visit Execution Style. Without going into too much detail, remember Mercy’s ex-boyfriends mother? You know, the one who had a few screws loose and well. . .was batshit cray? Start thinking, she hit Foster during her “I have to kill Mercy” rage and he wound up loosing his leg. Fast forward a bit and we find him in a diner getting the stink eye from a young lady who was pissed because Foster had written her grandfather a ticket. Well, that young lady is Blake Rhodes (you have to be loving these names that Lani Lynn Vale is coming up with) and she will have you won over by the time you have turned the first page.
Blake’s family is somewhat of a legacy in Kilgore. Her dad, Louis “Shank” Rhodes is a state trooper, with a stellar reputation that precedes him wherever he goes. Her grandfather was a cop for 50 years. And, if you are a fan of the series, her uncle is the Chief of Police, Chief Rhodes. Even her ex-husband is a cop. Her ex-husband, David, who cheated on her for 2 of the years of their short marriage. Her ex-husband who is a complete dickhead, not only because he cheated on her, but just because he is. Blake is ready to somewhat join the ranks of her family’s legacy, not by strapping a gun to her hip, her contribution is going to come by the way of the dispatch room.
In true badass form, Blake takes it upon herself to confront Foster about the ticket he wrote her grandfather the day before she starts her brand new job. In true Alpha form, Foster is turned the fuck on by the little spunky firecracker, of course it doesn’t help his loins when he’s lucky enough to hear her voice coming through on his radio. And if you’re a follower at all of this series, you should be able to figure out what comes next. And if you’re not a follower of this series then I will let you in on this little secret. . .when a member of the KPD SWAT team sets his mind on something, whether it’s re-qualifying for the team after losing a leg OR being so turned on by a feisty little blond that you know you have to have her in your bed. . .the word “no” is never an option.
It doesn’t take long for Foster and Blake to become a Foster + Blake. And the reality is, Blake is really good for Foster. Not that he lost confidence after losing his leg, he just lost something and Blake comes barreling in and really completes that part of him. Of course this love story isn’t going to come easy for either one of them. While I can’t give too much away (what’s the fun in the spoiler?), it does involve Blake’s previous marriage. No worries, as with every previous book in this series, Lani Lynn Vale does a really good job on intertwining the love story with the drama that hits hard in every book of the series. Oh, it’s gonna keep you enthralled.
I really can’t consider the KPD SWAT books a real ensemble series or at least my idea of one. I mean, previous (and what I assume will be future) characters certainly re-appear in each book, but in my opinion, each book is very busy focusing on that particular books couple and not really taking a lot of time playing the “where are they now” game, which is why some of these books can be read out of order (though, for the life of me I don’t know why you would want to do that). But, let’s talk about the supporting characters in Charlie Foxtrot. First up, Blake and her peeps. I am so glad that this book brought us more from Chief Rhodes. He’s been in every book up to this point, but in Charlie Foxtrot we get to know him more and I gotta say, I’m digging Uncle Darren. Blake’s parents play a pretty pivotal part in the story and even her spunky grandfather does his part in bringing the laughs. As far as the guys and their women, they make their appearances (especially Miller and especially during the drama), but this is really Blake and Foster’s story to tell.
You will not be complaining when the clothes start coming off. I say it with each book, so I’ll say it again, Lani Lynn Vale does not disappoint when it comes time to introduce cocks and pussies to one another. The sexual chemistry between all of her couples rings in at the top of the Scoville scale, but I don’t know what it was with Foster and Blake that had the sheets burning a bit more. Maybe it was because Foster hadn’t seen any bedroom action since before his accident and Blake just brought something out in him that was electric OR maybe it was because Blake had only had one previous lover (her ex-husband) prior to Foster and it was about time to let the inner slut come out and play. Well, whatever it was, it worked and I for one say. . .thank you.
Again, this series is really doing it for me. I FUCKING LOVE IT! And the funny thing is. . .I wasn’t too terribly thrilled with the first book in this series. It was good, sure, but as this series continues to move on, it continues to get better and better. I’m not sure how much better it can actually get, but I am certainly excited to see.