Series: SWAT Generation 2.0
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Also in this series: Just Kidding
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, Hail No, Beard Mode, Lights To My Siren, Fear the Beard, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie , I'm Only Here for the Beard, Dragons Need Love, Too , Oh, My Dragon, Kevlar To My Vest , Keys To My Cuffs, Life To My Flight , Hissy Fit, Talkin' Trash, Lord Have Mercy, Hide Your Crazy, How About No, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners, If You Say So, Just Kidding, Herd That
Sometimes people come into a person’s life and make their heart skip a beat.
Those people are called cops.
Well, one cop in particular.
A SWAT officer for the Kilgore Police Department, to be specific.
The first time Avery Flynn saw Derek Roberts, she was photographing him for the first annual Kilgore Police Department SWAT calendar. He was leaned back in his squad car, shirtless, and giving her a smile that was completely between them. A smile that hinted at what he wanted to do to her later.
When she scrounges up the courage to ask him out after the photoshoot, he laughs in her face.
Well, screw you, too, Mr. February.
Derek Roberts never really paid attention to the photographer.
She was a mousy girl who dressed like a twelve-year-old girl. Her tight leggings, extra baggy Star Trek t-shirt denoting her a Klingon captain, and her surprisingly clean Chucks didn’t leave much of an impression.
Now, the outfit that she was in weeks after he rebuffed her? Yeah, now that caught his attention.
Too bad that happens when he’s trying to save her from what’s sure to be death thanks to an unhinged native Texan who’s convinced she was the reason he lost his last chance at a million dollars.
When he tries to save her, she tells him she’d rather take a cattle prod to the forehead than go anywhere with him.
Fries Before Guys gives us another SWAT 2.0 guy. Honestly though, this book belongs to Avery. Her SWAT hottie is just a support character.
Avery will bring tears to even the deadest of hearts. Her life is filled with more challenges than anyone her age should have to deal with. Her parents died, she had to take a year off from high school, and now she is a 19 year old senior who has to scrape by just to keep her a roof over her head. Then, she finds out some seriously messed up stuff about her parents that makes her question everything she thought she knew. Oh, and she has a seriously vindictive high school bully. I mean, this bitch is bat crap crazy!
I will admit I was a little put off by the relationship because Avery was still in HS. Yes, she is 19, but I think anytime you have a grown man dating a high school student, it feels kinda icky. However, Vale does a good job of showing Avery’s maturity and if her life hadn’t been one bad event after another, she would have already graduated. So, I got over that initial uncomfortableness pretty quick. Derek is 4 years older, which isn’t HUGE. However, I hated him in the beginning. He was callous and hurtful. He wants to push her away because of who she is (daughter of cops, young, etc), but he is a bit harsh at times.
Fries Before Guys has a great love story, but like I said, this is really Avery’s story. Derek provides the eye candy!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: yes (I cried for Avery a lot)
- Trope: forbidden romance, police
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Avery’s parents died and she is seriously bullied-physically « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: standalone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler