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Friday, June 26, 2009

The McCassey Brothers Trilogy by Lauren N. Sharman

The McCassey Brothers Trilogy Negabook by Lauren N. Sharman
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Violet

No Worries: Witnessing her mother's murder put a label on Gypsy Lance that few people overlooked. Raised in foster homes, she spent her childhood yearning for love and acceptance. Nearly penniless, she arrives in Hagerstown, Maryland looking to put down roots and outrun a past she fears is about to catch up to her...

Blue-collar, bad boy Rebel McCassey knows what it’s like to try and escape your past. No longer the hellion he once was, he's never been able to shake his family's bad reputation. When he finds Gypsy lost in the woods, her unconditional trust and refusal to judge him by his infamous last name touch Rebel in a place he didn't know existed...his heart.

When the demons chasing Gypsy are caught lurking in the shadows, Rebel vows to keep her safe, even if it means slipping back into his old ways.

The Devil’s Candy: Behind Angel Shelby’s dancing eyes and mischievous smile, lie the razor sharp tongue and fearless attitude that have helped her conceal painful secrets. However, they aren’t enough to save her this time—as she’s issued a shocking ultimatum.

Nicknamed, The Devil, Blackie McCassey’s violent past keeps most people exactly where he likes them…at a distance. Sacrificing his freedom to repay an old debt, he agrees to marry Angel in name only, watch over her, and play peacemaker in the uncivilized bar she runs.

Along with unexpected happiness, marriage brings surprises. Once wild and reckless, Blackie suddenly finds himself in the unfamiliar position of keeping someone else out of trouble…his wife.

When a murder occurs, Blackie’s forced to face his past one last time, risking his life to put an end to the chaos disrupting their lives. Unfortunately, victory comes at a price

Dusty Rose: Dusty Zamora and her close-knit sisters were young—but far from innocent—when they abruptly left Hagerstown, Maryland ten years ago. Now, Dusty has returned. Alone.

Judd McCassey spent most of his thirty-six years side-by-side with his brothers and cousins…on the wrong side of the law. His one regret…being powerless to help the only woman he ever loved when she needed it most. Judd knows they’re headed for trouble when Dusty rides back into his life on a stolen outlaw biker’s motorcycle, and is shocked when she refuses his help.

Finally realizing that hiding her deadly secrets are harming—not helping—the man she loves, Dusty opens up to Judd, dropping a bombshell that sends him reeling, and her fleeing.

Not until Dusty vanishes does Judd discover her deception was well-intended. Now, he must find her before it’s too late for all of them…
No Worries:
Gypsy had grown up living with the fact that everyone had labeled her since she witnessed her mother's murder. After all the foster homes she had been in and out of, Gypsy was looking to find a place where she could start over, somewhere no one would know her. Hagerstown was just that place. When she finds herself lost and confronted by a man who says she's on private property, Gypsy finds herself attracted to Rebel McCassey, one of the towns bad boys who comes from a family filled with nothing but badder boys! Rebel McCassey has always been the type of person to finish a fight, not start it and had forever been bailing his brothers and cousins out of trouble. Always labeled by those around him, Rebel is not one to judge anyone and is caught by surprise when he finds that Gypsy is not scared of him at all. In fact, Rebel finds himself wanting to protect Gypsy from everything even if it means he has to go back to his old ways.

The Chemistry between Gypsy and Rebel was intense and passionate. Rebel knew he had never felt this way before and Gypsy found herself taken with him the moment she met him. The way they were able to be open with each other and the security each felt with the other just had my heart. I loved how loyal and protective Rebel was with Gypsy and the action scenes when he had to protect her were out of this world. The ending was outstanding, amazing and thrilling. And yes, throughout this book, I did shed tears.

The Devil’s Candy
Angel Shelby was the kind of girl who told you like it was and didn't care what you thought about it. If you started a fight, you would most likely be looking down the wrong end of the barrel of a gun. Growing up in her brother, Digger's bar with no parents, Angel was as hardcore as they came. Blackie (the oldest McCassey brother) is an old friend of Digger, Angel's brother, so when he stops by one night and Angel just isn't acting right, Blackie knows something is up and intends to find out what. Due to circumstances, Digger calls in a favor from Blackie that states that Blackie will marry and take care of Angel. Not one to back down from a debt, he agrees to marry and to protect Angel while she runs the bar if, by some miracle, Digger can get Angel to agree. Blackie has met his match when he marries Angel and would risk his own life to save hers.

Blackie, oh my gosh, what can I say about Blackie? He is the dark, dangerous, volatile, quick tempered, sexy man that you always knew you wanted but knew you were too scared to actually be with. Blackie is fiercely protective of Angel and the lengths he will go to in order to keep her safe will shock you. Blackie and Angel were deeper than just physical attraction, they could read each other like a book and dealing with Blackie's temper and Angels shooting skills made this book an exciting read.

Dusty Rose
Ten years ago, Dusty Zamora had to urgently leave Hagerstown with her sisters, who were all so close and tight knit. Although they were young, they were very far from innocent and they all used to hang out with the McCassey brothers growing up. Dusty Zamora has returned to town alone and the one person who is most surprised to see her is Judd McCassey. Riding into town on a stolen outlaw biker's motorcycle should have been the first hint that trouble was headed to Hagerstown by the name of Dusty Rose.

Dusty and Judd's story really captured my heart. It was a story of first love, true love and unconditional love. Each have been in the other's heart since Dusty first left Hagerstown ten years earlier and this is a story of second chances and a whole lot of action! Exciting thrills and a smart ass woman make this story an unbelievably exciting read.

I have never read a book series that I have loved as much as this one. I can honestly say this is a first for me. Suspense is most certainly my favorite type of romance book and Ms. Sharman has definitely delivered with strong characters, unbelievable plot lines and a talent for telling a story that really captures your heart. I was amazed at all the twists and turns throughout the book and just when I thought I had everything figured out, the twist would blow me away.

The McCassey brothers bring the intense action that I look so forward to in a book. There is no way that I could possibly pick a favorite McCassey brother. Each had their own unique style that I was oh so attracted to. Rebel, the leadership, Blackie, the brawn and Judd, the heart and each man is more gorgeous than the one before. These three men melted my heart and I was turning pages just as quickly as I could, luckily I have a fire extinguisher right by the computer.

Whew, this book is just plain HOT! There is just something about a bad boy with a soft heart that gets me every time. I have never read any of Ms. Sharman's books before but I can promise you that every single one of her books will be on my shelf and will be read several times over. The McCassey Brothers Trilogy is one of the most outstanding, well written, action packed books that I have EVER read. Ms. Sharman has set the bar extremely high for other suspense books that I will read in the future. Now, a note to Ms. Sharman, PLEASE hurry with the cousins book! I GOTTA READ THEIR STORY!