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"Badass Read" #BookReview Free by @RileyEdwardsRom #MilitaryRomance

From best-selling author Riley Edwards comes another, 
heart-stopping last chance military romance. 
After the love of Lily's life and best friend dies in combat, she struggles to move on - until Carter Lenox enters her life. Carter has a secret, one that will destroy Lily. But when a terrorist hell bent on revenge tries to kill Lily, Lenox has no choice but to claim the one woman he should never have.

FREE - A Black Ops Romance
Genre- badass military romance
Heat level - Smokin' 
Over 18! Bad boy alpha military men use foul language and enjoy dirty talk.

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He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.
Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.

She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.
When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.
Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead. 

Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.
I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.

Free is a steamy last chance at love military romance. No cheating. Guaranteed HEA.


Someone said "Who wants to read badass military romance?" and I yelled "Me!" Give me a great romantic suspense novel any day and if it has some kick ass men in uniform then I'm drooling.

This one didn't disappoint in that respect. This book has enough action of the kick ass and steamy kinds to keep my fingers swiping at the screen of my eReader until the last page.

Lily and Shane are childhood best friends and children of famous Hollywood parents. Shane shunned his heritage for a life in the military against his parents' wishes. But throughout his training he kept in tough with Lily. But when he is deployed, he supposedly dies in action. I say supposedly because while Lily and the rest of Shane's family attend Shane's funeral, Shane isn't really dead. He faked his death so he can operate in the 707 Special Ops team and keep Lily safe.

Every year afterward, Lily attends Shane's 'graveyard' and talks to him about things happening in her life. Every time there is a man sitting on a bench with a cap and beard obscuring his face. Twelve years later Lily has changed her life from a 'fake' one to setting up a charitable foundation to help people.

One day trouble finds Lily right there at Shane's grave in the form of two men who want to abduct Lily. Guess, who comes to her rescue. Shane, of course. I saw that coming from a mile away. LOL.

Shane and Lily reconnect under tough circumstances and they have a lot on their plate, including family drama. One of Shane's old team mates has gone rogue and has his sights set on Lily to get back at his old team. Can Shane keep Lily safe? Do Lily and Shane have a future considering his line of work?

I really enjoyed this story. The pacing is pretty steady. There's enough smexiness to steam up the windows. The characters are loveable and I totally fell in love with the 707 team. Please tell me the boys all get their own stories. I'd love to read them. A great introduction to this author's work and I will be reading more.

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Disclaimer: I volunteered to review this book.

About Riley Edwards
Riley Edwards is a best-selling multi-genre author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the east coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a "bad-ass" in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father.

Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She's known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She's mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times. It's like Criminal Minds, and the Spice Channel mated, and a perfect love child was born.

To learn more about Riley's books, please visit, And don't forget to sign up for the Riley's Rebel's Newsletter.


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  1. NICE review! Love it when the book lives up to your expectations. Looking forward to the read! Thanks! ☺

    1. Yeah. This was an easy enough read. Thanks for stopping by.

      Kay xx


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