REVIEW: Brash by Laura Wright

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Brash

The Cavanaugh Brothers Book Three

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♦BLURB♦

The New York Times bestselling author of the Cavanaugh Brothers novels returns to the Cavanaugh’s Texas Triple C ranch as the brothers confront the painful memories of their childhood and the truth about their sister’s murder…

No matter how many fights UFC champion Cole Cavanaugh wins, he can’t rid himself of the guilt of not having saved his twin sister’s life. Now, not only is he facing his arch enemy in the ring, he’s fighting to uncover the truth about Cass’s death. But will winning both fights truly give him the retribution and absolution he seeks? Or does he need the healing power of love to finally move on with his life?

The mystery surrounding Cass’s murder also haunts veterinarian Grace Hunter. Many believe that her father might hold the key to the truth. Unfortunately the ex-Sheriff’s deteriorating mental state makes it impossible to separate fact from fiction. As Cole persuades Grace to help him unlock the elusive clues, her defenses weaken. She finds the Stetson-wearing fighter irresistible. But while the truth could free Cole’s heart, it could very well end up shattering hers.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

This is a story of a twin torn with the loss and guilt of his twin sister, and of the Cavanaugh family that has been ripped apart since that fateful day. A man who seeks out solace by fighting hard in the UFC. And it’s about meeting his so-called match in a woman who may or may not have some sort of connection to someone involved in his sister’s murder.

“The question was, how many times could an adult read the Harry Potter series before it got weird? Or embarassing? Five? Ten?”

Cole Cavanaugh is man who retains his emotions inside, building up year after year. He uses that emotion to fuel his rage that helps him to win his fights. He’s a twin missing his other half, and living daily with the fact that she’s gone. And the guilt that he lives while she does not. So he, and his brothers, are on a quest to nail down what happened to her. He’ll do whatever it takes to get there, including bowling over Grace to get to it. What he doesn’t expect is that she holds her own.

“She stabbed the piece, then lifted it to his mouth. ‘A taste isn’t going to get you in trouble.’

‘Oh, Doc, that’s exactly how I get into trouble. One. Little. Taste.'”

Grace Hunter is a woman who is suffering the slow deterioration of her father into dementia. The only family she has left is now losing his memory of her. She wants to protect her father in every way possible, so when Cole starts sniffing around him, she fights back. She agrees to help, but is out for her own gains. She sees Cole for what he is, and she’s not afraid to dish it right back to him. She knows his type, and normally steers clear of the bad-boy kind that will do nothing but break her heart. But she’s weak to his kind, and he knows just how to sneak his way in there.

“‘Someday,’ he began in a guttural tone, ‘this hot, wet pussy will be mine. Jeans off. Underwear torn by my teeth and discarded on the floor.'”

What starts out as a shaky alliance with each person out for themselves, turns into two people finding what they need in each other. I loved Grace’s ability to match wits with Cole. And I loved that Cole had that snarky, cocky attitude of working to get under her skin, to rile her up. It was a playful foreplay to their eventual explosion. And while both characters were strong and tough in their own ways, they were able to be weak for each other. A cowboy and a vet, willing to take chances on each other. It was a beautiful story along with a slow, steady build-up that was just right. (And, oh the way it leaves off? Man, I need book four now!) (No cliffhanger, essentially) <—truly, for them as a couple, no cliffhanger.

*I have not read the prior books in the series, and was able to follow the story just fine.

 

♦SERIES♦

Branded#1

Book One

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Broken#2

Book Two

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Bonded#4

Book Four; Release Date: September 1, 2015

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

LauraWright

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Laura Wright is passionate about romantic fiction. Though she has spent most of her life immersed in acting, singing and competitive ballroom dancing, when she found the world of writing and books and endless cups of coffee she knew she was home. Laura is the author of the bestselling Mark of the Vampire series and the USA Today bestselling series, Bayou Heat, which she co-authors with Alexandra Ivy.

Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children and three loveable dogs.

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