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Defiant Heart by Brighton Walsh


I’ve slapped my cuffs on Luna Lancaster too many times to count, and not a single one was for fun.

As the sheriff of Starlight Cove, I shouldn’t crave her but I do. She’s chaos, mayhem, and sunshine wrapped up in too-tight yoga pants. The lawbreaker might have the town enamored with her free spirit, but she’s a thorn in my side, even if she is the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen.

I want her out of my town and out of my head.

Trouble is, she’s made it perfectly clear she isn’t going anywhere. And her spree of minor infractions—who runs a yoga class without a license?—is hitting dangerously close to home. Her latest protest has her chained to a tree on the boundary of my family’s resort. The last thing we need is bad press ruining the short tourism season when the resort is already one bad month away from bankruptcy.

I’ll do whatever it takes to save Starlight Cove. Even if that means handcuffing Luna to my bed.




She’s a messy, chaotic lawbreaker and he’s a controlled, rule-following, grumpy ass. It’s one hell of a sexy hot opposites attract match made in heaven!

Holy buckets of yum!  Don’t you just love the controlled broody types who are dirty-talking sex Gods in bed?  Sheriff Brady McKenzie is that guy and Luna Lancaster can certainly push his buttons. And to make it more interesting…the sheriff has more broody brothers. Hot dog!

Luna Lancaster is a free spirit, activist, yoga instructor, and lawbreaker who has met her match with the hot, broody local sheriff. Living out of her van and chaining herself to trees to save the environment are causing negative attention which affects the livelihood of keeping Sheriff Brady McKenzie’s family resort running. So a dubious deal is made between two rivals. Luna cools her protests if Brady fast-tracks her paperwork to cease construction of a shopping mall.  But that’s not all. Brady will take yoga lessons and a massage from Luna to pull the stick out of his ass, and last but not least…a kiss that changes everything.

The chemistry between these two is hot, hot, hot. The grumpy Brady is a good guy with protective instincts and the energetic, independent Luna is surprisingly willing to let him take care of her in bed and out. The banter is hilarious as well as vulnerable as they get to know each other’s quirks and pasts. Luna basically raised herself with a flighty mother and workaholic father and Brady lost his way when his mother died, his father went off the rails, and his brothers and sisters are barely hanging on to the family business. The author does a wonderful job developing the protagonists and involving Brady’s family and kooky local characters as they all work together to save the resort, save the environment, and bring Luna and Brady together. I can’t wait to read Beck and Everly’s story next.

If you love enemies-to-lovers and opposites attract with a lot of laughs and steamy sex, give this fun start to a new series a try. It won’t disappoint.

Thank you to Ms. Walsh for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brighton Walsh spent a decade as a professional photographer before taking her storytelling in a different direction and reconnecting with her first love—writing. She likes her books how she likes her tea—steamy and satisfying—and adores strong-willed heroines and the protective heroes who fall head over heels for them. Brighton lives in the Midwest with her real life hero of a husband, her two kids—one who’s already taller than her and one who’s catching up too fast—and her dog who thinks she’s a queen. Her boy-filled house is the setting for dirty socks galore, frequent dance parties (okay, so it’s mostly her, by herself, while her children look on in horror), and more laughter than she thought possible.

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