Bo by Rie Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really don’t know how she does it, but Ms. Warren just keeps getting better and better with each book she releases in this series. I loved Hunter. I loved Kinkaid. And I loved Bo! As soon as he came on scene I wanted his story and I was not disappointed at all. Like Hunter, Bo is ex-military but rather than adjusting to civilian life by working with law enforcement or the government, he has decided to do his own thing and offer boot-camp style personal training – something I would LOVE to watch, but wouldn’t want to participate in myself. And the fiery red-headed Veronica Hartley may be just what the doctor ordered to help Bo get his head back on straight and have a reason to finish his reentry into the world.
Bear with me folks because I’m gonna continue throwing a lot of love around in this review. I loved getting to know Bo better, even if he forced Veronica to hunt him down after yet another missed appointment so that we could be privy to his therapy session. I loved how Veronica challenged Bo and didn’t let his past or attempts to scare her away with his war stories intimidate her. Although when we find out just why Veronica is not intimidated by his tactics…well that was a big OH-KAY moment for me as I did not see that coming? Talk about a well-matched pair. But their troubled pasts were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to how well they complemented one another – their banter was hilarious, they challenged one another both physically and mentally, and their passion and sexual intensity was electrifying. As expected, there came a time in the book when Veronica breaks Bo’s heart, but the incident that followed immediately after kept me from wallowing in despair alongside Bo as we didn’t have time for that nonsense because Veronica’s past comes back with a vengeance and it was extreme. Boy howdy was that some scary stuff. And I loved Tuck as the dog whisperer.
I want to thank Ms. Warren for showing how a responsible psychiatrist/psychologist acts when he/she has feelings for a client. As I read fiction almost exclusively, I allow authors a lot of leeway when it comes to doctor-patient relationships – things that would be unethical in real life are okay in a book when done in the name of love. But to see an author write a character who comes to the realization rather quickly that no matter how much good she thinks she can do for her patient’s mental health, she acknowledges that her attraction to him could lead to an inappropriate relationship and uses their first meeting as an intake interview of sorts to refer him to another psychiatrist. It was absolutely refreshing and made an already great read even better – if that makes sense. Bo delivered the action, suspense, freaking hot sex, and romance that I’ve come to expect from Ms. Warren; yet another book for my reread shelf. And the countdown begins for final book in the Bad Boys of Retribution MC series, Coletrane. I am giddy with excitement!
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. (And then bought it.)
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