Series: Kilgore Fire #3
Published by Self-Published on August 4, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Also by this author: Put Out, Beard Mode, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie, Fear the Beard, Son of a Beard, I'm Only Here For the Beard, Double Tap, Center Mass, Lights To My Siren, Halligan To My Axe, Whiskey Neat, Bang Switch, Jack & Coke, Vodka on the Rocks, Bad Apple, Shock Advised, Charlie Foxtrot, Kill Shot, Controlled Burn, Flash Point , Coup De Grace, Rusty Nail, Execution Style, Counter to My Intelligence
Also in this series: Put Out, Shock Advised, Controlled Burn, Flash Point
That was the motto that Drew lived by in all things, including his love life.
He’s a player, pure and simple.
He’s learned the hard way that women aren’t all hearts and flowers. Sometimes their sexy bodies and beautiful faces are just a pretty shield to hide the crazy, and he’s so freakin’ over crazy.
Been there, done that. He has the divorce papers to prove it.
Karma hits like a bitch.
Aspen needs a break. A long one that doesn’t include anything with a Y chromosome. Not even one as tempting as her new neighbor who just moved in across the street. Men are trouble with a capital freakin’ T, and she has the ankle monitor to prove it.
The last man she gave her heart to was a police officer. A man whose life was dedicated to protection; he was supposed to protect her heart—not break it.
She decides right then and there that she’s done with being the better person.
Everything happens for a reason.
A rash decision—undoubtedly regrettable, undeniably unforgettable. In the heat of the moment, Aspen’s actions with a tire iron and her ex-boyfriend’s brand new SUV land him in the ER getting stitches and have her seeing the inside of a jail cell for the first time.
It’s just her luck that the whole town is there to witness the result of her poor decision, including her police officer brother and the neighbor that already made it more than clear she was more trouble than she was worth.
House arrest never looked so good.
Hide your crazy.
Drew enjoyed the show, though. For the first time in a year, he’s thinking about his life, and how it would be a lot more enjoyable with a woman like Aspen at his side.
Maybe crazy isn’t so bad after all.
Between Aspen’s slightly unhinged personality to Drew’s raw alpha tendencies I never stood a chance in resisting the pull of Oxygen Deprived by Lani Lynn Vale. I hated when the story ended because these characters were:
- So fun to read about,
- Their romance was unlike any other I’d read before, and
- I wanted to continue reading about their life both together and separately until the end of their days; there’s sure to be a lot of laughs
To be honest, I think (heck I know) I act like a spoiled brat every time I close the pages to one of Lani Lynn Vale’s story. Well, at least until I realize that she releases a book every month and then the fan-girling and amazement begins again.
Let me back up a bit…
When I read Oxygen Deprived‘s synopsis, I didn’t think that I would like Drew’s character all that much. Usually when the word “player” or “manwhore” is used to describe the main male character in any story’s synopsis, I am less likely to read said story; I am not a fan of the whoredom. Now, as I began reading Oxygen Deprived there was a small (microscopic) moment when he did appear as if he was a player, but it was almost immediately after that moment that you learn that Drew is the furtherest thing from a player that a man could possibly be.
The thing (not his actual ‘thing’) that I loved about Drew’s character was that he was an undercover freak. See, his ‘gift’ or disability (depending on how you look at it) makes it hard for him actually be with a lot of women, hence becoming a successful ‘player.’ But, despite his reasoning or the explanation he gave Aspen, I think his non-existent player status has more to do with his no-nonsense, tell it like it is attitude; that and the fact that he has a 17 year old daughter and an ex-wife who doesn’t know when to let go and stop being a leech.
It was again that I was able to get a sense of my connection to a character based off the synopsis alone.
It was from the synopsis of Oxygen Deprived that I knew Aspen and I were going togged along great, like BFF status. She’s somewhat crazy, I’m somewhat crazy so we have a lot in common. But in all seriousness Aspen was dealt a really crappy hand thanks to her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, butthead of a brother, and selfish parents. The bright side of Aspen’s life happened to come in the form of a neighbor who was both good and compassionate, so Aspen’s life wasn’t looking too bad.
Now that I’ve finished Oxygen Deprived, it sucks that I ended up not liking a character that I really fell hard for from the Code 11-KPD SWAT series, Downy. In Oxygen Deprived, Downy, who happens to be Aspen’s stubborn and butt-head of a brother, was one of my least liked characters out of the story (not as much I loathed Sam from the Freebird and The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series). I was more disappointed in how far he had his head shoved up his own butt that he couldn’t see how much Aspen adored and unconditionally loved him. I don’t know what it is about these alpha men that hold grudges and their pain like safety blankets!
Oxygen Deprived by Lani Lynn Vale was everything I needed it to be and more. I feel like it’s been a long time, until now, that I’ve read a Lani Lynn Vale story from beginning to end and enjoyed every word of it. Excellent story.