Havoc: A Hot Cop Forced Proximity Romance: Small Town Marriage of Convenience Age Gap Love Story

· Moonshine Task Force Book 3 · Laramie Briscoe
22 reviews

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Enjoy the third book in this small-town sexy, law enforcement series by USA Tody and Wall Street Journnal bestselling author Laramie Briscoe.

When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime...

Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit. 

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined. 

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. So, I tell myself.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.

Havoc and Leighton's love story is perfect for readers who love small town romance, hotshot police officers, forced proximity, alpha heroes, smart sassy heroines, friends to lovers, happily ever after, slow burn, emotional romance with plenty of swoon.

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For fans of: Lani Lynn Vale, Brittany Sahin, Susan Stoker, A.K. Evans, Freya Barker, Victoria Paige, Abbie Zanders, Marie Force, Carrie Ann Ryan, Kristen Ashley, Chelle Bliss, Dale Meyer, Catherine Cowles, Aurora Rose Reynolds

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22 reviews
A Google user
August 18, 2017
The book can't be over already. I'm not ready to let go of "Havoc" and Leighton to go back to my everyday life. I need more MTF and I need it now! This was such a fantastic book. It may be about a couple with a bit of an age difference, but other than the few times that ages are actually mentioned, I never noticed that there was anything significant about the difference. Leighton has been through so much negative life experience that she's wise beyond her years and carries herself as someone older than she is. Holden is so calm and grounded, that he's the perfect antidote to her upbringing. I loved watching these two learn how to fall in love with each other. Seeing them let down their walls and allow each other inside their defences, learning how to be honest and vulnerable with each other was a special joy. I can't wait for the next book; to catch up with the couples we've come to know and love already and to see the next MTF tough guy fall in love with his perfect match. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book.
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Beth Augustin
August 18, 2017
Havoc is the third book in the Moonshine Task Force (MTF) series and it just keeps getting better. This book has the older man younger woman trope with a little hint of forbidden love written in, as Holden is the leader of MTF and Leighton is the daughter of the most wanted moonshiner in the state. Leighton grew up the only daughter in a family with a moonshine legacy. Their family of all males are abusive, cold, ruthless and only have one thing that’s important to them and that’s the moonshine and what they can profit out of it. Leighton was very close to her younger brother growing up, but that bond is tested when he goes to jail for causing the accident that almost killed Tank in book two. Their father drilled into their heads that their mother ran off when they were young because they were terrible kids and she didn’t want to be a mother. Leighton longed to have a caring mother to take care of her and her brother and always wondered where she was. Will she ever find out what really happened? Holden met Leighton when he came to their home to talk with their father when Leighton was just a teenager. Leighton was smitten with the handsome and rugged law man. Years later their paths cross again in a bar when Leighton’s friends give her a dare to kiss the first man that walks through the door. Leighton took the bet and fate would have it that Holden was the first one through that door. She walked up to him and laid an amazing kiss on him that neither one could forget. Leighton hated being a part of their family’s moonshine business and wanted to escape and make something of her life. She worked on the family’s books because she was good with numbers and was able to squirrel away money hiding it in the ledgers until one day her father caught on. He beat her up and she was able to escape and vowed never to return. Blaze saw her and treated her for her injuries, but Blaze also called Holden so he was aware of the situation. Holden arrived and after they discussed what happened he offered Leighton to take her home and live with him, under his protection until they figured something out. That turned out to be a marriage of convenience, that really wasn’t so convenient, if you get my drift. The attraction was already there. I won’t give away any more of the story. This is my favorite so far in the MTF. I loved Holden and Leighton’s characters and their development throughout the story. There was a lot of sexual tension and slow build to their relationship. Their chemistry was off the charts! The secondary characters were strong and provided great support for the couple. There was a terrific mystery going on with the moonshine and with new characters that were introduced. The pace and flow of the book was on point. This book can be read as a standalone, but to really enjoy the richness of the characters, start from the beginning! I can’t wait for the next book!
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Melinda Davies
April 17, 2023
These books start middle of the start of the relationship. That sort of wrecks it abit as I found them a touch mundane and dragged. Well written and a good read just a different style which I didn't really enjoy.
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