Series: SWAT Generation 2.0
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Also in this series: Fries Before Guys, Maybe Swearing Will Help, Ask Me If I Care, May Contain Wine, Jokes on You, Join the Club, Any Day Now, Say It Ain't So, Officially Over It, Nobody Knows, Depends on Who's Asking
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, Herd That, Fries Before Guys, Crazy Heifer, Maybe Swearing Will Help, Keep it Classy, Chute Yeah, Get Bucked, May Contain Wine, Jokes on You, Somethin' About That Boy, Join the Club, Any Day Now, Say It Ain't So, Officially Over It, Nobody Knows, Depends on Who's Asking, Repeat Offender, Conjugal Visits, Jailbait, Quit Bein' Ugly, Doin' a Dime, Kitty Kitty, No Rep, Gen Pop, Jerk It, Inmate of the Month , Chalk Dirty to Me, Shakedown , Always Someone's Monster, Make Me Your Villain , Rattle Some Cages
Let’s do a calendar, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.
Well, they—I.e. Kilgore Police Department’s public relations specialists—were wrong.
Now, every time Dax Tremaine walks around a corner, the women of Kilgore, Texas can’t help calling him Mr. January.
Mr. January, can you fix my flat tire? Mr. January, can you cuff me? Mr. January, can you sign my boob?
It goes from bad to worse when even on a SWAT call, the women won’t stay away.
It was the worst time of her life. Rowen Roberts had finally admitted to herself that the man she loved would never love her back. She was just fired from her job for violating client confidentiality, and to make matters worse, she’s held up at gunpoint in a convenience store where she only wanted some ice cream to help mask the pain.
The moment the gun is pressed to her forehead, she knows she has a decision to make. Follow the rules and maybe possibly live, or go down swinging where at least she can salvage just a little bit of her dignity.
And when Mr. January himself tells her to do what the gunman says, she’s had enough. Rowen has never really been a girl that does what she’s told. Mr. January won’t have to save her. She can dang well save herself.
Just Kidding brings us back the Kilgore SWAT team and I am down for it!! In this book, we get the story of Luke Roberts’ daughter Rowan, and current SWAT member, Dax. Rowan is simply delightful-she is a recent grad with a law degree, she is compassionate, and she is pining after her sister’s ex. I just wanted to hug her. She is in a terrible situation with a work bully (GIRL SAME) and now that she has finished her internship, she returns home to Kilgore.
Dax is great as well. He was burned by a crazy ex who posted inappropriate pictures of him when they were in high school. Now-He is Mr. January in the new SWAT calendar, created to help raise money for charity! I loved that Dax had his own story of a crazy ex. Typically, we hear the story about the girl having pictures exposed so I thought it was really impactful to have it be the hero that experiences this type of traumatic event.
Rowan and Dax are an amusing couple! Rowan is a bit brash and loud and Dax is a little more reserved so they pair well together in Just Kidding. Throw in Rowan’s siblings and you have some hilarity. Add in Dax’s family? You have a mad cap crew that is full of inappropriate jokes and sibling rivalry. What more could you want? Just Kidding provides the sexy romance that Vale is known for, the light hearted joking of a great family, and a touch of danger to keep you wondering what the hell is wrong with people!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: police, lawyer
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Dax’s ex posted a nude picture of him after their breakup; he was 17 at the time and she was 19 so it was child pornography at the time but he did not pursue it legally. « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone (part of an interconnected series with her family and his family)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »of course! LLV never fails to deliver « Hide Spoiler