by Maren Lee
Series: Bounty County #2
Published by Wildcat Ranch Publishing on January 1, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Erotic
Format: ARC, Ebook
Source: The Author
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Lane Bennett is the new hotshot lead public defender of Bounty County. A transplant from Chicago to Montana, Lane ran from the big city to escape a bad breakup, a far-too-stressful job, and all the anxiety issues that came along with it. But kicking ass and taking names as a small town public defender often pits her against the hottie Sheriff's Department deputies. In order to win, she has to make them look bad. Lane, "the evil harpy," as they call her, is not one of their favorites.
Sergeant Jake Hamilton is a veteran in the Bounty County Sheriff's Department. He and Lane have walked along a rocky road since the first night they met. But after an alcohol-fueled evening resulting in rocking the bed with the sexy redheaded lawyer, Jake decides he is going to woo her.
Complicating matters, however, is that Lane is about to take on the biggest case of her career. A beloved city police officer was allegedly murdered by her client, a non-violent man with a heavy criminal past. But something doesn't quite smell right and Lane begins to suspect corruption. The problem is, she needs the Sheriff's Department to help her shore up her defense. And she needs Jake to protect her from the danger in which she suddenly finds herself.
Will Jake be able to convince Lane that their connection is more than just lust? Will the conflicts of interest be too much to handle? When a surprise rocks their world, will Jake step up and prove to be the man Lane simply cannot live without?
Changing Lanes is book #2 in Maren Lee’s Bounty County series. It can be read as a standalone, but personally I enjoyed it more having already read book #1, Ride-along. I really liked this story with its enemies to lovers trope, featuring Lane and Jake.
Lane and Jake first met in Ride-along and hated each other from the start. Lane is the local public defender for Imminence, Montana, and Jake is a cop. They’ve clashed in the courtroom on several occasions, thanks to Lane’s expert cross-examination skills.
Lane has relocated to Imminence from Chicago after a bad breakup. But when another bad experience with love leaves Lane broken-hearted, she turns to Jake for a much-needed rebound fling.
Jake is hot for the feisty attorney, but on the surface, the two of them should have little to nothing in common. They can’t possibly build a relationship on the basis of their intense physical attraction…or can they? When fate intervenes, Lane and Jake soon find out just how perfect for each other they really are.
I really liked these characters. Lane is headstrong and stands her ground, both in the courtroom and in her personal life. She’s certainly no doormat. Likewise, Jake is pretty hard-headed too–but he and Lane find a way to compromise when they disagree.
Jake is very alpha and bossy in the bedroom, but never in a way that makes Lane uncomfortable. They communicate openly and respect each other’s boundaries. This results in some crazy-hot sexy times galore.
Lastly, Jake is super sweet with Lane. A reformed manwhore, he has gladly given up those ways when she enters his life. Beyond their surface banter and bickering, Lane inspires Jake to be a better man and he’ll do anything to keep her safe.
Combined with the romance is a suspenseful subplot involving Lane’s current client, a man charged with murdering a local cop.
Without giving away spoilers, there’s also a plot element that would normally drive me crazy in other books, but which is pretty well-written and resolved nicely here (a pleasant surprise for me).
Changing Lanes is a great balance of seriously hot romance, comedic moments, and a dash of suspense. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Rating: 4.5 stars