Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review of Leverage by Jessica Wilde


Adventure. That's all Aislinn 'Ash' Brannock wanted in her life. Her dad and two brothers - all cops - got to see it all, but their over-protectiveness made her feel like she had been locked away in a tower with three fire breathing dragons watching her every move. Yes, it was that bad. The only silver lining? Lucas Shade. Her brothers' best friend growing up, and apparently the only man she will ever love because let's face it, none of the others even come close. After an unfortunate mistake lands her back in her father's home, her world is turned upside down and Lucas is there in a tightly wrapped package of serious with a big red bow on top. Life just got interesting, but it comes with a price, one she never wanted to pay.

Detective Lucas Shade never had a real family, but the Brannocks took him in as one of their own and he never took it for granted. Ash was a big reason for why he stuck around, but in order to save himself the beating of a lifetime from her two older brothers, he kept his feelings for her hidden. When the case he has been working on for months takes a turn, Ash could become the leverage the bad guys have been waiting for, but keeping her invisible may destroy everything Lucas has worked so hard for. Good thing Ash is the only person he would give up everything to protect. 

Leia's Review: 

What a gem! 
Leverage was such a great story.  It had a little bit of everything – feisty heroine, dreamy alpha male, close knit family, angst, suspense, a little humor and a terrific love story.

So, Ash has grown up surrounded by her father, who is a cop, her very overprotective brothers – Con and Gus and their best friend, Lucas. Being raised in such a male-dominate household caused Ash to be a little more sheltered than most girls her age.  Spending her time dreaming of adventure and never being able to achieve it frustrates her beyond words.  But she sucks it up and deals with it, because at least she gets to spend her time around her life-long crush, Lucas. 

After a terrible 21st birthday where her brothers and Lucas subject her to the ultimate embarrassment, she leaves home to embark on her adventures.  Only it’s not all it was cut out to be, and 7 years later, she comes back home.  It just so happens that this return trip home was a bit untimely…..

Ash’s dad and Lucas (who by the way is not a hot police detective) are getting too close to closing a case and her family has now be threatened. There is no telling how far the criminals are willing to go to keep from being caught. And well, la di da – who steps up to protect Ash? You got it!! Hot-Shot Lucas!!

This book has so many twists and turns….I kept guessing what was going to happen – and then I would read a little more and change my mind completely.  There were definitely a lot of things that I didn’t see coming. The last 1/3 of the book really did keep me on the edge of my seat….I could tell I was getting close to getting some answers soon and I couldn’t wait. I flipped pages like crazy.

On the cusp of this breaking case, Ash and Lucas ignite a passion that both of them have been holding back from for a long time.  When it first happened – I thought it was a little insa-love-ish… but then I had to remind myself that these two have known each other forever, and though we might not get a whole lot of their background, it’s still there.  It was a great love story! I love Lucas so much!! He is sexy and sweet but at the same time has such a protective instinct over Ash. I spent page after page swooning over all that was Lucas.

Leverage is a fast-paced, fun read.  It was a great book that I would definitely recommend!

4 Stars!! 

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