May Contain Wine (SWAT Generation 2.0 #5)
This is for charity. This is for fun. You are a professional. You can do it.Those are the words that Calloway Alvarez chants to herself as she watches all the large men gather into the small room where she’ll be doing the interviews for her employer—Hero Magazine.Honestly, she’s convinced herself that she can’t accomplish the task at hand.That is until she hears his voice, and her head turns to see him standing there.Louis Spurlock. Greek god. SWAT officer. Keeper of her secrets. Ultimate fantasy. Man who will break her heart.***Louis Spurlock has been playing nice.He’s been biding his time, giving Calloway the space she thinks she needs.But then he sees her taking photos of his friends in all states of undress, talking to them all as if they’re best friends, and that little thread of control he’d been managing to hold onto unravels.Let’s change it up, she says. And the moment the words are out of her mouth, he’s stripping to his skivvies, and throwing out a challenge while he’s at it.Calloway won’t know what hit her when he’s through playing.But he does know one thing for sure. When it ends, she’ll be his.

May Contain Wine (SWAT Generation 2.0 #5) Details

TitleMay Contain Wine (SWAT Generation 2.0 #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

May Contain Wine (SWAT Generation 2.0 #5) Review

  •  Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh cute.. so so cute..Hero makes the mistake of breaking things with the heroine. After he did it he knew he made a huge mistake. Things weren’t greener on the other side. (His words, not mine)She stayed a virgin while he didn’t. 😂😂 let’s give a prize to the asshole who broke her heart because he wanted to see what was on the other side and he knew she wasn’t going to leave the town so he left her.“Shamefully, I hadn’t had a good reason when I broke up with her.I’d been selfish, thinking of myse Oh cute.. so so cute..Hero makes the mistake of breaking things with the heroine. After he did it he knew he made a huge mistake. Things weren’t greener on the other side. (His words, not mine)She stayed a virgin while he didn’t. 😂😂 let’s give a prize to the asshole who broke her heart because he wanted to see what was on the other side and he knew she wasn’t going to leave the town so he left her.“Shamefully, I hadn’t had a good reason when I broke up with her.I’d been selfish, thinking of myself, and not wanting to have a reason at home to stop me from fulfilling my own dreams—i.e., travel the world and do the things that I knew without a shadow of a doubt Calloway would never want to do”“I wanted the freedom to be adventurous and do the things that I wanted without the repercussions of what Calloway would think about them.” “It was shortly after I’d broken things off that I first realized that things weren’t greener on the other side of the fence”And I’m not saying he shouldn’t have followed his dreams but I don’t think the heroine would have told him to stay for her. She was in love with him and I’m pretty sure she would have left with him if he had asked her but he didn’t. He chose for her and didn’t want any entanglements left behind. He wanted to be free to do anything his little heart desired.Did he feel remorse for dumping her? Sure he did. She doesn’t forgive him right away but she still does. She dated but she saved herself for him and I think she went only on one date. Who knows how many women his dick fell into because he certainly was not a virgin he knew what he was doing behind closed doors. I think he was a year older than her so he either wasn’t a virgin when he was her boyfriend at the age of 17 or he must have given it to OGs during the separation. Don’t ask me how many years they were separated because I couldn’t care less even if I tried. They didn’t even used protection either. She doesn’t even bother asking him if he was safe. I guess his groveling was his blood donation every month for her. Nothing says I love you and I want a second chance like “here take my blood” **Book NOT provided by anyone but myself and my moolah.**
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  • Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
    January 1, 1970
    I fell so easily in love with this second chance romance! Calloway and Louis had been friends forever. Their parents were really close and so they basically grew up together. As their crush game grew stronger, they became a couple, but when Louis was about to graduate from high school (Cal still had a year left), he broke up with her as he had enlisted. He didn't want her waiting for him and wanted her to explore without worry. I think his intentions were good, but it ended up real bad. So bad i I fell so easily in love with this second chance romance! Calloway and Louis had been friends forever. Their parents were really close and so they basically grew up together. As their crush game grew stronger, they became a couple, but when Louis was about to graduate from high school (Cal still had a year left), he broke up with her as he had enlisted. He didn't want her waiting for him and wanted her to explore without worry. I think his intentions were good, but it ended up real bad. So bad in fact that he immediately regretted it. Unfortunately for him, Cal knew how to hold a grudge and from the night he broke her heart, she tried everything she could to pretend he didn't exist. Which was hard to do when his friends were her friends. Even harder because his blood was necessary for her monthly blood transfusions. And even harder than that because her heart still belonged to him.This story was all about how she finally opened her eyes and was able to see everything Louis had to offer.He wasn't the same kid who broke her heart. He was the man who never stopped loving her. The man who wanted forever with her. The man who wouldn't stop until she wanted him just as much as he needed her. Their story was so cute and if it weren't for some creepy shenanigans along the way, I'd say their story was super sweet. Who doesn't want forever with their best friend?
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  • The Book Bee
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW: 3.5 POSITIVE STARS"He sure knew how to say things to make me feel things that I shouldn't be feeling." Ooooh, Calloway is feisty!!! That was my first thought upon starting this book, and what an introduction to my first LLV book this was. I have been recommended this author many times over the years, but I was always too scared to jump in because it seemed as if every series was a spinoff of another, and each series had copious amounts of books. This was clearly a daunting pool to jum REVIEW: 3.5 POSITIVE STARS"He sure knew how to say things to make me feel things that I shouldn't be feeling." Ooooh, Calloway is feisty!!! That was my first thought upon starting this book, and what an introduction to my first LLV book this was. I have been recommended this author many times over the years, but I was always too scared to jump in because it seemed as if every series was a spinoff of another, and each series had copious amounts of books. This was clearly a daunting pool to jump into!! But, I was assured that I can read any of her books and they do stand alone but have an underlying theme with them in the series.While this was claimed as a standalone, she discussed a lot of other characters and their issues and subplots and I think that messed with my connection in the very beginning. I didn't want to ruin any of the other stories, so I originally thought I needed to walk away. Was I a little aggressive jumping into the 2.0 family version, 5th book of a run on series? Most would say probably, I would say definitely . However, the writing was really good. The storyline intrigued me, so I knew I was going to be able to settle into it. Aside from giving me more info on past characters - in turn potentially spoiling something for me from previous books, I really did enjoy the "family style" story she was giving me. Again, good flow to her writing, but I felt like she was telling me too much side story so it worried me just a bit.With the story carrying a romantic suspense element to it, many of the actions were glossed over within that aspect - which was totally fine by me since I don't really enjoy a lot of drama in my books, but it also carried over in to some of the storyline (particularly with the progression of their love) being glossed over as well However, she kept the SWAT action and busy side of the characters true to the long hours, and the grueling schedule they have to keep. It gave me a real sense of the adrenaline rush from their job and I liked reading that side of it. This did read as a series book for sure, so I had to keep that in mind while reading it because of the insinuated familiarity with the characters and their backgrounds. It didn't take away too much from the enjoyment, but it did give me pause and caused me to slow down a few times. I liked these characters and found them easy to connect with. I was able to feel the many emotions that Calloway was mentally arguing with herself over in terms of Louis and letting him back in, and that's what made her story work for me - it made her very likable and relatable. The alpha in Louis was particularly wonderfully written. His cool calm demeanor made him that much more sexy, combined with that sexy smirk, of course. His level headed side mixed with his ability to not give an eff for the PC side of life sure made this one all the more interesting. There was an edge to this SWAT team and all the characters - I loved their mentality. LLV's alpha was written with an intensity, but genuinely flawed. There was an obvious protective side, but an understated vulnerable side as well. That is what made me fall for him. I really like the dynamic Vale gave these characters.The truth of their love story was the ability to fall back into a normalcy they’ve always known - and it was really fun to see that happen. I smiled when they got caught in a predicament that they had to make the best of - and that jumpstarted their eventual fall back into each other's arms. I like how hard Calloway fought it. I won't lie. She seems like a fine, stubborn young lady. HAHA!!Overall, great book. Here's where I sit with this one. It was very easy to read. I feel like I settled into this book magnificently well, without many hiccups, once I got to about 20% in. I was able to really follow the characters and their story. I struggled with the constant mention of the other characters that were clearly pertinent to the overall storyline or were integral to the buildup to this one, but jumping into book 5 made me feel like I missed something. That is MY fault and doesn't reflect on her writing, but I needed to break into the LLV cycle of books somewhere!! I will definitely be following her but I need to catch up on the previous ones as well. I feel like if I were to start with the 2.0 book 1 in this series, I would be ok to understand these kids' grown up stories since I know they are kids of the first generation swat team.This was a pretty short book, so I know not a lot will be squeezed in, but I would have liked some more depth and storyline with it. More focus on them, and their buildup and how it all came to pass. It did feel a little glossed over, again, but this was a 5th book in a 2.0 series - my fault. I will admit, originally I was lost with names thrown at me left and right. It also started to make my head spin when she tried to explain the other characters’ roles in the group of friends. Sometimes I felt she leaned a little too much into the extra side stories instead of focusing on Louis and Calloway, but I will definitely read her again.I am baffled by one aspect: I have absolutely NO IDEA what the meaning of the title is - like, not one idea. Wine was never mentioned anywhere in the book.....so I am seriously confused. But I also think that has something to do with the author and her personality and one that I am missing out by not "knowing" her or her books previously. I will need to fix that, most definitely. I didn't really follow the author closely before this, so I'm glad I saw this book in a newsletter. I will also be changing that. I am very interested in checking out more of her books, but I do feel like I need to read the rest of these in order because I do feel like I missed out on a sort of "inside joke" with the buildup of these characters.TAKEAWAY: I really need to read more by her...~BEEPURCHASE: https://amzn.to/2ZncVlM Affiliate LinkENTER HERE TO WIN AN ECOPY: https://bit.ly/2TgNwqn
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  • XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I get a LLV book, I devour it instantly. She has a way of making her characters unique and very likable. I was intrigued by the dynamics between Louis and Calloway. There was definite animosity from Cal’s perspective, and not without reason, but there was love too. Louis was a kid the first time they started a relationship and, thinking he knew what was best, made decisions for the both of them. The plot added some OTT elements that were entertaining. I had a few LOL moments. Cal is m As soon as I get a LLV book, I devour it instantly. She has a way of making her characters unique and very likable. I was intrigued by the dynamics between Louis and Calloway. There was definite animosity from Cal’s perspective, and not without reason, but there was love too. Louis was a kid the first time they started a relationship and, thinking he knew what was best, made decisions for the both of them. The plot added some OTT elements that were entertaining. I had a few LOL moments. Cal is my kind of girl. The relationship development worked for me. The writing was solid. All in all another great addition to the KPD swat family. Complementary copy received and voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Vashti
    January 1, 1970
    So far,this is one of my fav books in this series of the original "SWAT"kids.I do know for a fact that I will not be reading the next 2 books in this series as it has the tropes I do not like ...the keeping it in the family trope.Those would be Booth and Bourne's book with the twin sisters.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    May Contain Wine by Lani Lynn Vale was another in a long line of books I adored! Louis and Calloway have a great second chance romance story that gave me all the feels.Louis grovels good! He knew he made a mistake breaking up with Calloway, but they were young. However, she is NOT quick to forgive. He broke her teenage heart and she simply can't trust him. While she might not trust him, she never stopped loving him. That's the problem for Calloway-if she gives in and he walks away again? T May Contain Wine by Lani Lynn Vale was another in a long line of books I adored! Louis and Calloway have a great second chance romance story that gave me all the feels.Louis grovels good! He knew he made a mistake breaking up with Calloway, but they were young. However, she is NOT quick to forgive. He broke her teenage heart and she simply can't trust him. While she might not trust him, she never stopped loving him. That's the problem for Calloway-if she gives in and he walks away again? That would crush her.Calloway has severe anemia and Louis donates blood to her every other month or so. This is an interesting dynamic between the two because even while they are broken up, he continues to show up and give blood. That's pretty amazing.The action in this book is bananas. I was like "WTF" at least 4 or 5 times. Seriously, there are some messed up people in Kilgore, TX and Calloway is stuck in the path of one of them. This also gives Louis a chance to shine as a hero because once he gets Calloway to give him a second chance, he isn't going to let some nut job take her away!May Contain Wine brightened my quarantine and got me back into my reading groove. Vale writes the most wonderful characters and they always have a happy ending. If you need a quarantine escape, May Contain Wine should be on the top of your TBR!    POV: dual 1st   Tears: a few   Trope: second chance, police/SWAT   Triggers: (view spoiler)[Calloway has a stalker and he leaves murdered animals on her property. (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes with epilogue (hide spoiler)] Tumble by Adriana Locke, Baiting Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds, Justice for Milena by Susan Stoker...then you will probably like May Contain Wine!  May Contain Wine See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    This was... just okay. I've heard Lani Lynn Vale's name being thrown around a lot lately, so I decided to finally take the plunge with what sounded like a sweet second-chance romance. It was definitely that - but it was pretty bland, and the 'thriller' part of the plot was skip-worthy.Louis Spurlock broke up with Calloway Alvarez right before enlisting. He quickly realised what a big mistake he'd made, and tried to win her back a few (unspecified) years later - once he returned. She meanwhile This was... just okay. I've heard Lani Lynn Vale's name being thrown around a lot lately, so I decided to finally take the plunge with what sounded like a sweet second-chance romance. It was definitely that - but it was pretty bland, and the 'thriller' part of the plot was skip-worthy.Louis Spurlock broke up with Calloway Alvarez right before enlisting. He quickly realised what a big mistake he'd made, and tried to win her back a few (unspecified) years later - once he returned. She meanwhile doesn't give him the time of day.Until she suddenly does, in a cliched 'we're-in-a-motel-and-they-only-have-one-room-with-a-double-bed' scene. We learn she's still a virgin; the hero's virginity is gracefully left a total mystery, but I'm inclined to suspicion, because I don't like ambiguities as to the characters' sexual pasts. It would be out of character for him to have slept with OW - but I'd have appreciated clarification on the issue. The thriller element is rail-thin and so boring I skipped totally past it. It's honestly the most contrived plot ever. The writing itself wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. It felt a bit like a watered-down Kristen Ashley, if that makes sense. Not sure I'll pick up any more books by Vale.I definitely won't pick up the next book in the series, which features a twin hero falling in love with the twin sister of his baby's mother, while the mother falls in love with his twin brother... even just writing that was painful.[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Carmen Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Louis and Calloway were perfect together. I really wasn't sure what to expect from their story as we had gotten a few bits and pieces of them previously. So I knew that they had history but I wasn't sure what had happened to break them up.And I really loved that it was pretty much just life and Louis trying to do the right thing. And even though it was misguided and he was an idiot he realised it immediately and there didn't seem to be any drama while they were separated. Calloway was a great h Louis and Calloway were perfect together. I really wasn't sure what to expect from their story as we had gotten a few bits and pieces of them previously. So I knew that they had history but I wasn't sure what had happened to break them up.And I really loved that it was pretty much just life and Louis trying to do the right thing. And even though it was misguided and he was an idiot he realised it immediately and there didn't seem to be any drama while they were separated. Calloway was a great heroine. She had an illness but it didn't make her a victim or useless it was just something she had to deal with. I also was so happy that despite the fact she was hurt by Louis breaking up with her she didn't hold a grudge or hold back from starting a relationship. They were a great match and I really enjoyed watching them come back together. I can't wait to read Booth's book next. Although I have a feeling that ones going to hurt a little.
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  • Gi's Spot Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ' You're His One and He's Yours' StarsAwww... There just something so incredibly satisfying about Lani Lynn Vale's second chance romance! Funny, emotional, sexy and just the right amount of suspense, May Contain Wine checked all my romance loving heart's boxes!Yep, that's right, Ms. Vale did it yet again, making me fall in love with characters that I could see myself holding a grudge against, after the previous books. Calloway I knew from the get go I'd love, because as Ares - from Ask Me If 4.5 ' You're His One and He's Yours' StarsAwww... There just something so incredibly satisfying about Lani Lynn Vale's second chance romance! Funny, emotional, sexy and just the right amount of suspense, May Contain Wine checked all my romance loving heart's boxes!Yep, that's right, Ms. Vale did it yet again, making me fall in love with characters that I could see myself holding a grudge against, after the previous books. Calloway I knew from the get go I'd love, because as Ares - from Ask Me If I Care - best friend we got to know her quite a bit, but Louis was the one surprising me...There was something about the men of SWAT—their overprotective instincts, their extreme hotness, paired with their overall sense of danger—that just made them so appealing to everyone.I'll not reveal too much, but just Louis immediate acknowledgment he screwed up as young man, and his straight forwardness in what he wanted, and who he wanted for years after, his devotion and love that everyone could see, just made me melt on the spot, specially how he was willing to do EVERYTHING to prove to Callie she was his one, and that he was never letting her go. Him insisting to be her monthly blood donor was a dead giveaway, but when he decided she had time enough, and that he could not wait any longer for her anger to subside, oh my, he was indeed as swoon worthy as possible, a best book boyfriend for sure!“I didn’t hide my attraction to you, nor my feelings when you would ignore me. I wore my heart on my sleeve, and the only one that didn’t notice was you because you were too busy ignoring me.”Callie was both mature and resilient, even with her health issues and having her heart broken at seventeen, she still made a life for herself, and was able to 'resist noticing' Louis for many years, so she stood by her guns much longer than I expected. I think the timing for their reunion was perfect, both of them having grown up, but still keeping their unwavering love for all these years, the setting and all the elements that led them back together, specially with Louis taking back what he always wanted, sigh... It was insanely romantic, uber sexy, and beyond ALPHA! I so loved and appreciated not only the second chance romance aspect, and Louis spot on groveling, but the fact that the present angst and drama was regarding outside the relationship elements, leaving them time to reconnect and for us to believe in their love and connection, while keeping us beyond entertained with all the happenings. It really was a beautifully executed and believable second chance, that I so adored.May Contain Wine really was the perfect feel good read to brighten up my week, once again LLV's winning formula hit a jackpot for me with Louis and Callie! A delicious read full packed with a array of emotions and enough suspense to suck us right in and leave us wanting even more, yep, I'm ready for more SWAT generation 2.0, and to see what Ms. Vale will give us on the [email protected] that is the Booth/Bourne/Dillan/Delani...“I love you, too.” “I’m… what?” “You keep saying it, then running away like a little girl,” she said. “And I just wanted you to know that I love you, too. I’ve never stopped.” ARC kindly provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an honest review
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    May Contain Wine is a second chance romance that hits all the right spots.  Louis and Calloway have been connected since they were children, everyone knows one day they will be married.  Then Louis shatters Calloway’s heart when he leaves her her senior year of high school. As a result, Calloway decides to keep him out of her life even when he returns home.  Louis realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life but cannot seem to get through to Calloway.  He is determined to win Calloway back a May Contain Wine is a second chance romance that hits all the right spots.  Louis and Calloway have been connected since they were children, everyone knows one day they will be married.  Then Louis shatters Calloway’s heart when he leaves her her senior year of high school. As a result, Calloway decides to keep him out of her life even when he returns home.  Louis realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life but cannot seem to get through to Calloway.  He is determined to win Calloway back and won’t stop until he melts the ice around her heart and makes her his.I loved Louis’ determination to win back Calloway, I even understood his bonehead decision to break up with her in the first place.  Calloway is a strong, gutsy, feisty young woman and gives a good fight to ignore Louis’ attempts to win her back.  I love the banter between the two, Louis is an alpha male but is ok with Calloway taking her shots at him, he patiently and lovingly continues to press on until she just can’t resist anymore.  As always I loved seeing the original SWAT team and their loved ones.I absolutely love when I get a new Lani Lynn Vale book because I know that for a few hours I will be able to tune out everything that is going on in the world today and live in the funny,quirky and amazing worlds she builds.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Chaos Book Reviews.
    January 1, 1970
    Louis Spurlock has loved Calloway Alvarez his entire life. But breaking up with her was one of the stupidest things his ever done. “I don’t like that you somehow hid this from me,” I muttered, my eyes on hers. Why was this kept a secret? She shrugged. “I didn’t really like that you had to donate your blood so I wouldn’t die, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.” Calloway has never forgiven Louis for leaving her. But both being kids from the original SWAT team and his blood donations for her Louis Spurlock has loved Calloway Alvarez his entire life. But breaking up with her was one of the stupidest things his ever done. “I don’t like that you somehow hid this from me,” I muttered, my eyes on hers. Why was this kept a secret? She shrugged. “I didn’t really like that you had to donate your blood so I wouldn’t die, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.” Calloway has never forgiven Louis for leaving her. But both being kids from the original SWAT team and his blood donations for her anaemia means being around him isn't her choice. But that doesn't mean she's not gonna ignore the man.Aside from this Louis and Calloway were a fun to read couple when they finally came together. Lani touched on some of the more harder to read aspects when it comes to sever anaemia, while it was sugar coated to some degree I was grateful that she didn't completely gloss over why Calloway needed transfusions. I feel personally Anaemia and it's symptoms aren't talked about much and can sometimes be confused for something it isn't. Another thing I've come to notice is Lani does second chances really freaking well. Whether it be in the romance department or in general life, her characters get another chance to experience the best of the best. In Louis' case it's romance, but for Calloway it's about living her life despite her limitations while brining other hero's to the forefront for a chance to tell their story and maybe get their own second chance.This book also hints at the drama that is to come with a certian group of twins. I'm looking forward to seeing how that gets unraveled.
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  • Kathy West
    January 1, 1970
    I am all about a second chance romance and that is what I got with Calloway and Louis.Louis and Calloway went through a bad brake-up. He left her for the military. He wanted her to live her own life and not worry about him. Calloway was devastated. But she was determined to live her life as best she could. Calloway never saw herself as someone beautiful. She was just there.Calloway also has a blood disorder and has to have transfusions. But she trys to not let that hold her back.  "I wasn’t fat, I am all about a second chance romance and that is what I got with Calloway and Louis.Louis and Calloway went through a bad brake-up. He left her for the military. He wanted her to live her own life and not worry about him. Calloway was devastated. But she was determined to live her life as best she could. Calloway never saw herself as someone beautiful. She was just there.Calloway also has a blood disorder and has to have transfusions. But she trys to not let that hold her back.  "I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t skinny. I wasn’t pretty, but I wasn’t ugly. I wasn’t anything. I just was." Calloway has a blog where she shines lights on our service men and women. Fate puts Louis and Calloway together for a car ride. But they have some issues along the way and end up spending the night on the rode. This night will change everything. Overall: I enjoyed the story. I think Calloway and Louis have a solid story. I love that they had a past together, from a young age, and that they knew each other in a way that no one else did.This story gave me tears, laughter, and all the feels. 
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  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Apple | Nook | KoboSince the moment Louis made the most idiotic move of his life and broke up with his love, Calloway, he's regretted it. And though he's tried like hell to at first explain and get her back, then later to give her space, now he's done with space, he's gonna get that second chance if it's the last thing he does. If only he could get Miss Stubborn to give him the time of day... Calloway has never gotten over Louis. Which is why she co Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Apple | Nook | KoboSince the moment Louis made the most idiotic move of his life and broke up with his love, Calloway, he's regretted it. And though he's tried like hell to at first explain and get her back, then later to give her space, now he's done with space, he's gonna get that second chance if it's the last thing he does. If only he could get Miss Stubborn to give him the time of day... Calloway has never gotten over Louis. Which is why she continually ignores him. Too bad he doesn't ignore her, because her willpower is starting to wear thin and it's only a matter of time before she gives into him and that's the last thing she wants, because she knows her heart cannot take another beating. But if she could just give Louis a second chance, he'd show her that he'll never make the mistake of leaving her again, ever.I love this sexy second chance story. I like how patiently Louis wooed Calloway and how sassy she was back at him, but secretly (not so secretly) still loved him. Calloway was stubborn to be sure, but I didn't blame her one bit considering how badly Louis broke her heart. But Louis at least knew how badly he had screwed up and once he got her back, he never gave her doubt that she was his. I have been loving this series and now am dying with anticipation to know how Booth and Bourne are going deal with the twins they're crazy about. ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an honest review.Review & Release Blast: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Kodie Mackay
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for a second chance romance. Add in that they're childhood friends that grew up with eachother. Then add in that it's Lani writting it and I'm all for it. This author just gets it right every damn time. Second chance romance eat your heart out. Calloway is known for being a little homebody. But life had very different ideas for her and she out grew the girl that didn't want to travel. In fact she build herself a pretty lucrative business on her blog and even better gave herself a vo I'm a sucker for a second chance romance. Add in that they're childhood friends that grew up with eachother. Then add in that it's Lani writting it and I'm all for it. This author just gets it right every damn time. Second chance romance eat your heart out. Calloway is known for being a little homebody. But life had very different ideas for her and she out grew the girl that didn't want to travel. In fact she build herself a pretty lucrative business on her blog and even better gave herself a voice and a voice to many others. Another thing Calloway excels in.. holding a grudge. Boy did she not let him forget her was the one to break her heart and she never let herself forget it either. Louis made a terrible mistake in a time where selfish thoughts are the majority of your thoughts. He was young dumb and wanted fun but used her as the scapegoat. He was aware of his mistake real quick but by then it was to late. Despite his foolishness he was a stand up guy who worked impressively hard and had a sweet side you couldn't not love. Ohhh and the dominance seeping from him? HAWWT. That is all. These two together are hilarious. They had a whole lot of emotions to work through but despite everything it was clear to see they are ment to be. They knew how to push eachothers buttons. They knew how to hit where it hurt and they knew how to love eachother in a way that no one else could possibly compare. It wasn't all smooth sailing. There were times I rooted for Calloway because damnit she was a strong women who hurt. But there was also times I rooted for Louis in his never ending quest for forgiveness. It was this emotional battle of right/wrong. Forgiveness and moving forward and of course healing. Both of them grew and evolved as characters which was needed. But in the end love conquers all right?. I loved their story. The characters are multidimensional with so much to give and the story has so many layers to it there was just never a dull moment. I laughed, swooned, shouted in frustration and cried like the emotional wreck I am. It's funny, sweet and all kinds of feel good with of course a few surprises just to keep you on your toes. This is their evolution from puppy love to absolute love and it's a beautiful thang to read. Of course we have to mention All the wonderful side characters who have so much to give and keep us endlessly entertained with their crazy shenanigans. I of course love them all. In all it's just a great book. Lani always touches on topics that are unique, rarely mentioned in books and for the most part brushed under the carpet. As it turns out this one is close to home for me because my little boy has anaemia and it's not always a simple fix. It made connecting to this book and relating especially to Calloways struggles easy because it's my reality. I loved the characters. I loved their story and of course I want more. GIVE ME MORE!!!. Also... this lady keeps teasing me with Lynn and I.CANNOT.COPE. I need him now. Like yesterday now. Oh and did I mention this book is HAWT?a like scorch your panties ..nlightening strikes kinda hawt?. It is.. just in case you were wondering.
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  • MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Review by: Jennifer(5 stars)These second gen books are amazing; each one pulls us in at the start just for the simple fact that we had the privilege of watching their parents get their HEA and how the kids came to be, and now we get to watch the kids do it... to me this is absolute perfection! Louis (named after his grandfather, god what a story that was) and Calloway (Bennett and Lennox's daughter) were a hot item in high school. Their parents worked together, they were together all the time so Review by: Jennifer(5 stars)These second gen books are amazing; each one pulls us in at the start just for the simple fact that we had the privilege of watching their parents get their HEA and how the kids came to be, and now we get to watch the kids do it... to me this is absolute perfection! Louis (named after his grandfather, god what a story that was) and Calloway (Bennett and Lennox's daughter) were a hot item in high school. Their parents worked together, they were together all the time so it was sort of inevitable that they paired up; that is until Louis let Calloway go. Knowing that she still had high school time, and he was leaving for the military, he did one of the hardest things and that was making sure they went their seperate ways. Now, years later Louis has been back home and had hoped that he could get Calloway to take him back... but that is not what has happened. In fact the complete opposite has, the more he tries to get Calloway's attention, the more she ignores him. But Louis will not give up, it's just a matter of time and that time comes when Calloway calls him in need of a favor; now Louis has found an in back into her life. What happens when that in that Louis found turns out to be a dangerous game that Calloway has unknowingly found herself in? Can Louis keep Calloway safe? Holy Heck!!! This story was on freaking fire!!! Callaway and Louis' had such a good story, there was never a dull moment, we always get some kind of new thing in LLV's stories, and boy did this have some situations that had me laughing, gasping, feeling angry, and for one moment totally destroyed. I loved getting to see some of our past characters, the characters that feel real and can make someone smile by thinking of their past antics. Um.... there is a bit of a new player added to the board, and I am a bit stoked as that means just another story from this amazing author that has created a world that I would love to be a part of! I give this 5 stars.***************************Review by: Melanie(5 stars)After being together through their childhood Louis broke Calloway's heart when he dumped her as he went off to war. Now he's back and wanting to make up for what he knew was a mistake as soon as he did it but Calloway won't give him the time of day. That is until she needs his help with something and he realises there's more to the issue she brings to him. There are some sick people out there, and one of them seems to have Calloway in his line of sight. Will Louis get the girl and will he be able to keep her safe if he does?I love these next gen books (Louis belongs to Foster and Blake from Charlie Foxtrot and Calloway comes from Bennett and Lennox in Kill Shot) and how we get to see the original characters still as we see their kids get their HEA. I can't wait for the next one and give May Contain Wine 5 stars.
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  • All Booked Out
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5May Contain Wine is the second novel in the KPD Swat Generation 2.0 series and Louis and Calloway may be my favourite couple yet. A second chance, enemies to lovers, friends to lover’s romance all wrapped together in a big and beautiful bow. Louis has loved Calloway since a child, even after he makes the worst mistake of breaking up with her. I seriously want a Louis! Sorry husband. But ahh I loved him! He was sweet, caring and protective, possessive and growly. Yum! He has literally b ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5May Contain Wine is the second novel in the KPD Swat Generation 2.0 series and Louis and Calloway may be my favourite couple yet. A second chance, enemies to lovers, friends to lover’s romance all wrapped together in a big and beautiful bow. Louis has loved Calloway since a child, even after he makes the worst mistake of breaking up with her. I seriously want a Louis! Sorry husband. But ahh I loved him! He was sweet, caring and protective, possessive and growly. Yum! He has literally been pining after Calloway for years, watching out for her, being there for her and loving her from a distance. Calloway is stubborn! So stubborn that she ignores Louis for years, afraid to open up her heart again. She successful, passionate and hilarious! I loved this book soooo much! It was funny, it was sweet and it had just enough drama to give the book an extra dimension. Just a little side note, my heart broke for Romeo. I really really wish his story and life turned out differently. Very excited to read the next addition to the KPD Swat family! ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bec
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly this one is just a three star for me. LLV spins some weirdly fun tales and the drama plot to this one was a confusing dogs breakfast with a very sad end. It seemed so abrupt and out of sync with what was depicted as that characters qualities. Here he was trying to help his brother by reaching out to a strange and unsettling mother who didn’t seem to care about either one of her kids. It was just an odd plot with some of those threads LLV starts wi5out giving the reader the whys and wherefo Sadly this one is just a three star for me. LLV spins some weirdly fun tales and the drama plot to this one was a confusing dogs breakfast with a very sad end. It seemed so abrupt and out of sync with what was depicted as that characters qualities. Here he was trying to help his brother by reaching out to a strange and unsettling mother who didn’t seem to care about either one of her kids. It was just an odd plot with some of those threads LLV starts wi5out giving the reader the whys and wherefores to the storyline.The romance? Well it’s a little odd too. I’ve seen heroines hold less of a grudge on the hero in a second chance romance when he has cheated but Louis had done nothing but break up with her when they were seventeen. Maybe it’s different because of 5heir friendship (I hate how the apple update changes my letters to numbers!). It was just excessive that she has loved him the whole time even staying a virgin and not really seeing other people. For a teenager to not have had any other relationships even if it didn’t result in sex was strange. I’m certain Louis didn’t hold back from other women. In fact, going by how experienced he was he seemed well practiced. Again, for a man to say he immediately knew he made a mistake breaking up with her we don’t know exactly why he came to this conclusion or why she and he were never able to make up when he donates his blood to her all the time. But, that’s LLV making the stories individual and quirky just sometimes they hit and sometimes they miss.🙃
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    4 Star Review May Contain Wine (Swat Next Generation 2.0 #5) by Lani Lynn Vale I fell hard and fast for Calloway Alvarez and Louis Spurlock’s second chance at love story. From the first to the last chapter I was riveted to the story that Lani Lynn Vale wove and had a hard time putting it down. This was a roller coaster of a read as yo could feel the pain that Calloway still carries from Louis’s breaking up with her when they were younger. I understood his reasoning and my heart went out to him w 4 Star Review May Contain Wine (Swat Next Generation 2.0 #5) by Lani Lynn Vale I fell hard and fast for Calloway Alvarez and Louis Spurlock’s second chance at love story. From the first to the last chapter I was riveted to the story that Lani Lynn Vale wove and had a hard time putting it down. This was a roller coaster of a read as yo could feel the pain that Calloway still carries from Louis’s breaking up with her when they were younger. I understood his reasoning and my heart went out to him when he finally returned home from active duty. All he wants is to get Calloway back, it’s a shame she wants nothing to do with him.Louis is certainly an alpha male who was fiercely protective of Calloway and I loved how all in he was with his feelings for her. As danger rears it’s ugly head, will Louis be able to keep her safe?There were times that I laughed, I cried, I wanted to scream but through it all I was invested in Calloway and Louis’s story. The chemistry between them sizzled and I was cheering them on to get their happily ever after.
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  • Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    May Contain Wine by Lani Lynn Vale“Second chances, 5 stars”Every time a Vale book drops on my kindle, I drop whatever I’m doing and jump in. May Contain Wine being no exception. Louis and Calloway used to be a thing when they were younger. But like most young romances, they didn’t last. Louis has been biding his time, letting Calloway’s anger fade before making his move. He wants Calloway, she’s it for him and he will do whatever necessary to get her back.Calloway is mad about why Louis broke up May Contain Wine by Lani Lynn Vale“Second chances, 5 stars”Every time a Vale book drops on my kindle, I drop whatever I’m doing and jump in. May Contain Wine being no exception. Louis and Calloway used to be a thing when they were younger. But like most young romances, they didn’t last. Louis has been biding his time, letting Calloway’s anger fade before making his move. He wants Calloway, she’s it for him and he will do whatever necessary to get her back.Calloway is mad about why Louis broke up with her when they were kids, but at the same time she understands. Will this second chance end with a happily ever after or a broken heart? Only one way to find out. One thing is for sure, you won’t regret reading May Contain Wine.Plot-5/5Characters-5/5Heat-5/5Writing style-5/5Overall-5/5
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    It was good but the H and h getting back together felt quick. I think it’s bc you only get an overview of the years between. Normally, I like the h being a virgin. But here Cal is not having sex Bc it wasn’t Lou and I bet he was getting laid while serving. That I don’t like. Either he loved her all those years and kept it in his pants or he was once again being selfish.
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  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    Louis and Calloway were high school sweethearts until he made the dumb decision to break up with her which he knew was a major mistake the moment it happened but in the time since he is constantly trying to win her back with no such luck. I loved how Calloway didn’t let him get off easy and I loved how devoted he was to prove her wrong
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Well at least Louis won't be thrown off track, "his erection, I noted, was still there. Apparently almost being killed by lightning wasn’t something that turned him off." Calloway is very serious when it comes to her bacon, "I kissed him hard, then let go of him so I could turn back to my bacon. “I’m in the either burn it or crisp it stage,” I explained as he chuckled at my abruptness. “I don’t want to burn it.” I liked this book, I loved Louis.
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  • Patti Correa
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful! Full of laughs, hot sexy times, and a bit of weird mystery! And those chapter headings, OMG! I love all of LLV's books, they are fun cannot put down books that make you happy. Love this next generation of the SWAT guys! Every one of them just brings all the feels!!
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  • Kathryn Linke
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars May Contain Wine is the fifth book in the Swat Generation 2.0 series. Every time I pick up one of the books in this series, I have a desire to not only re-read the books in the Code 11: KPD Swat series, to relive the stories of their parents, but to start at the very beginning with The Freebirds series. So many of Lani’s books are entwined with familiar faces throughout I feel like I need to familiarise myself with the books I read several years ago.May Contain Wine is Calloway Alvarez 4.5 Stars May Contain Wine is the fifth book in the Swat Generation 2.0 series. Every time I pick up one of the books in this series, I have a desire to not only re-read the books in the Code 11: KPD Swat series, to relive the stories of their parents, but to start at the very beginning with The Freebirds series. So many of Lani’s books are entwined with familiar faces throughout I feel like I need to familiarise myself with the books I read several years ago.May Contain Wine is Calloway Alvarez and Louis Spurlock’s story. Their lives have been entwined since birth as their parents were both SWAT officers in the Code 11: KPD Swat series. Calloway’s parents are Bennett and Lennox and their story was told in Kill Shot, and Louis Spurlock’s, parents are Foster and Blake and their story was told in Charlie Foxtrot. They were best friends growing up until they became more and became childhood sweethearts, until Louis broke Calloway’s heart just before leaving for the military. Now that he’s returned to Kilgore, he’s bound and determined to make up for the mistakes of his past. He’s a sexy, protective, alpha who doesn’t like to take no for an answer, but also has a sweet, sensitive side. Calloway is just as head strong, but also sweet, intelligent and resilient, and pretty determined to ignore all his attempts to gain her favor.Their banter is witty and fun, full of sass and sarcasm, with Lani’s signature heat, heart and humor sprinkled throughout. There’s an element of intrigue and danger that kept me completely enthralled and I loved that the previous couples in the series made appearances throughout.I will be eagerly awaiting the next release in this series, and highly recommend this title if you enjoy a second chance romance with laugh out loud moments and plenty of steam. Find my review here or follow me on BookBub
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite book of the series, so far! It had everything I want in my second chance romances; a redeemable Hero who never gave up in his pursuit of the heroine, a genuine connection between the main characters & a swoon factor that was through the roof. It was so easy to fall in love with Louis & Calloway. They were such a fun couple & had some major chemistry together.Calloway… She was sweet, funny & someone I’d love to be friends with. I adored her strength & how she made Louis work for it. S My favorite book of the series, so far! It had everything I want in my second chance romances; a redeemable Hero who never gave up in his pursuit of the heroine, a genuine connection between the main characters & a swoon factor that was through the roof. It was so easy to fall in love with Louis & Calloway. They were such a fun couple & had some major chemistry together.Calloway… She was sweet, funny & someone I’d love to be friends with. I adored her strength & how she made Louis work for it. Some might consider her stubborn but I beg to differ. Loved her journalist skills & all the details we learned about her magazine; including how Lynn was involved with it. Louis… He was adorably sexy. The moments where his insecurities shined were some of my most favorite. His admission that he was a dumba** in his younger years, his thoughts of her pregnant belly, his hurried “Love yous”, keeping her hair… it just showed how badly he wanted her back & how he wanted to keep her forever & that was just so… *le sigh* Loved how close all of the SWAT 2.0 Generation is. The way they can go from ribbing each other, to having one another’s backs in an instant is a beautiful thing to witness. The bar scene was awesome. Loved all of that gossipy, matchmaking girl talk!As for that lil’ scene-stealer, Asa (Booth & Delanie’s son)… I loved each & every scene that he was a part of. He was so flippin’ cute! Can’t wait to see how he handles the hot mess that is his Dad’s, Aunt’s, Mom’s & Uncle’s relationships!!Very much looking forward to next month’s release, Jokes on You! I feel the angst in my bones already which means it’s gonna be a page-turner!!
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  • Wickedly Romance
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Calloway and Louis are perfect for one another. They really are! They dated when they were younger but Louis broke up with Calloway before leaving for boot camp. A mistake he knew he had made within minutes of making it. A mistake he has spent years trying to correct. I honestly think they needed the time they spent apart in order to become they couple they woul I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Calloway and Louis are perfect for one another. They really are! They dated when they were younger but Louis broke up with Calloway before leaving for boot camp. A mistake he knew he had made within minutes of making it. A mistake he has spent years trying to correct. I honestly think they needed the time they spent apart in order to become they couple they would become. I will say that Calloway can hold a grudge, that's for sure. This book picks up not long after the previous book but of course as always can be read a lone (what is the fun in that!) A lot happens in this book and the biggest problem I'm having is writing my review without giving any spoilers. Like I want to tell you I didn't see the crazy person coming. I didn't expect it to be who it was. The old man in the book is awesome and is Lynn the same Lynn from other books or I am just projecting? Finally, I'm gonna need more information on Beckham (Louis' sister) and her mystery guy. Got you interested yet? See, there is so much you are missing by not reading this book. One of the best things about Lani Lynn Vale's books is that we always get a little look at future couple, Booth and Bourne are in for a wild ride. We also meet characters that we love and want more of like Beckham. This book was no different. It is the perfect addition to this series and of course my current favorite until the next one comes out. This review was originally posted on Wickedly Romance
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    The second generation of SWAT is shaping up to be just as crazy and as wonderful as the original series, and it’s because of the intriguing characters Lani Lynn Vale crafts, the crazy antics that abound in the story lines, and the family feel of these essential workers. Louis is an interesting hero; he knows he messed up all those years ago when he broke up with Calloway, but he did what he had to do for himself and for her. And, even though he regrets it, he gives her the space she thinks she n The second generation of SWAT is shaping up to be just as crazy and as wonderful as the original series, and it’s because of the intriguing characters Lani Lynn Vale crafts, the crazy antics that abound in the story lines, and the family feel of these essential workers. Louis is an interesting hero; he knows he messed up all those years ago when he broke up with Calloway, but he did what he had to do for himself and for her. And, even though he regrets it, he gives her the space she thinks she needs in order for them to move forward together. And while Calloway tries her best to stay mad and keep her distance from Louis, he’s done allowing her to shut him out, and ultimately, he finds his in and doesn’t let go of her, especially when things get dicey when she finally does reunite with him. Calloway is an easy heroine to love because, despite some setbacks and a few obstacles, she keeps moving forward, focusing on what she wants to achieve and doing her best to live life fully. The fact that she has a blog and its focus is on the men and women who serve says a lot about the type of person she is. She’s a relatable main character who readers can see themselves in due to her insecurities, the fact that she second-guesses herself, and how she views her limitations given her anemia.Second chance romances is a trope that I can’t get enough of and the way Vale writes these kind of stories provides the necessary background information about the hero and heroine’s past that proves why their future should only be way enjoyed together.4 Poison Apples
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  • Robyn Corcoran
    January 1, 1970
    Calloway Alvarez and Louis Spurlock dated briefly in high school then he dumped her. So, yep this is a second chance at love story and Calloway makes him work for it which is fantastic.Calloway is the school nurse but also writes a blog and has her own magazine. Being one of the original SWAT team member’s children she grew up knowing everyone and learnt some interestIng tricks. 😄 She had a stubbornness about her that I think might have had something to do with growing up with the rest of th Calloway Alvarez and Louis Spurlock dated briefly in high school then he dumped her. So, yep this is a second chance at love story and Calloway makes him work for it which is fantastic.Calloway is the school nurse but also writes a blog and has her own magazine. Being one of the original SWAT team member’s children she grew up knowing everyone and learnt some interestIng tricks. 😄 She had a stubbornness about her that I think might have had something to do with growing up with the rest of the fun gang but it sure has helped at other times. Her sassiness made for some fun moments as well.Louis also grew up as a part of the same crew but the thing about him was that he owned up to his mistakes, he was honest with himself and others. His protective nature extended to all of his family and friends but of course especially to Callie. As a couple I liked them together and they certainly had good chemistry.There is a good amount of humour sprinkled throughout the story, especially the witty banter between the characters. Likewise there is a serious element with a mystery that keeps you guessing for a bit, I love it when storylines aren’t predictable.A fast paced story that is easy to read and pleasurable to boot.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI swear, these books always get read in one sitting...you just cant put them down!! The sexy scenes are hot, hot, hot and never disappoint!Calloway and Louis are 2nd generation characters and you should probably start at the beginning..you will not be disappointed at all! Sooo...they dated as kids and were also the best of friends. Calloway was one of the guys as well. Only when Louis breaks up with her for his career and leaves, she puts up walls that are meant to never come down. She 4.5 StarsI swear, these books always get read in one sitting...you just cant put them down!! The sexy scenes are hot, hot, hot and never disappoint!Calloway and Louis are 2nd generation characters and you should probably start at the beginning..you will not be disappointed at all! Sooo...they dated as kids and were also the best of friends. Calloway was one of the guys as well. Only when Louis breaks up with her for his career and leaves, she puts up walls that are meant to never come down. She is mad at him and has never seemed to forgive him for it BUT forgetting him is a different story. She has never managed to move on from her young first love. Louis is swoon worthy....just a hot, alpha male with a sensitive side as well. He is back and he has his sights set on winning Calloway back. This makes for some funny fight scenes, witty banter and some smoking sexy scenes. I absolutely LOVED seeing all the usual characters and seeing what they are up to as well as getting a possible glimpse at storylines we may see in the near future???Watching Louis try to win Calloway back was pure lightheartedness and was so much fun to read...and the hot scenes didn't hurt!! Of course there is a little side story thrown in and it worked great. Loved all about this book and anxiously waiting for next one to come out!!! The KPD Swat is a great series and highly recommend them all!
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  • Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
    January 1, 1970
    Another Book of this author that was devoured in one go... Calloway hated Louis. She didn't want anything to do with him... Why? When they were teenagers they were inseparable and they were in love, or she thought they were. Until the day he broke her heart. The day he was set to deploy he broke up with her and told her they needed the space, as she was still finishing high school and he was leaving soon. From that day she cut him out of her life. Only seeing him now and then when she needed a b Another Book of this author that was devoured in one go... Calloway hated Louis. She didn't want anything to do with him... Why? When they were teenagers they were inseparable and they were in love, or she thought they were. Until the day he broke her heart. The day he was set to deploy he broke up with her and told her they needed the space, as she was still finishing high school and he was leaving soon. From that day she cut him out of her life. Only seeing him now and then when she needed a blood transfusion as she suffered bad anemia. Also impossible, as the SWAT Kids all practically hang out together all the time. Now she was a nurse at the high school and Louis was a SWAT officer. And for some reason he wants her back. Other than seeing him whenever he has to donate blood to her she didn't want to see him. But now it seems impossible to get rid of him, and especially since it seems like Calloway has a stalker who is leaving gifts on her porch all the time.Louis and Calloway was so cute together. Even though Calloway didn't want anything to do with him, she knew that she loved him and that even when they were together, Louis felt like he was just waiting for her to run. I loved the chemistry between them, and the suspense in this book was good. And boy Booth and Bourne's stories are going to be hectic... I can't wait to read more of this series.Read on behalf ofFay's Corner
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