Center Mass (Code 11-KPD SWAT, #1) by Lani Lynn Vale Review


Center Mass (Code 11- KPD SWAT) (Volume 1) - Lani Lynn Vale

Luke Roberts came to the small lazy town of Kilgore, Texas with one thing on his mind: Forgetting. He wanted to forget why he left. Forget those emerald green eyes that haunted his dreams. And forget how it felt to have his heart ripped out of his chest by a woman who didn’t like the fact that he had a child. It was something he’d been doing a damn fine job of doing, too. Until Reese smashed through every one of his defenses, and made him feel again.

Reese Doherty was just trying to do the best for her little girl. So she moved to the little boomtown nearly an hour from where she grew up to be the school nurse for Kilgore’s littlest people. That’s where she met him. The SWAT officer and the man that would change her life forever. The sexy man who liked to drive fast, and live life like it should be lived. He drove her crazy, and became something she could barely live without.

But Luke was a hero. A man used to risking his life to make the world a safer place. Something Reese had to decide whether she could handle or not. Preferably before her and her daughter became too attached.

Just when she’s ready to give him her whole heart, her world takes a huge hit, and everything she thought she knew wasn’t as it seemed.

Luke wasn’t a quitter, though. Damn far from it, and he’d prove to her that he’d be there when the dust settled. Whether she wanted him to be or not.






I was looking forward to this book after meeting the heroine in the Dixie Wardens MC Series and seen the hero as well.


At first, it was good. We have a cute meet of the heroine treating the hero’s daughter for an allergic reaction to a big sting. She is a nurse at the school He is a cop.


Then, they run into each other again like you do in a small town.


Then, she sort of just falls into bed with him without a lot of talking or dating. I like dating. I miss dating in books.


Then, things go nuts with all sorts of conflicts and side plots and twists until I am just tired.


There are also little asides that seem to be political positioning on police shootings an gun rights. I don’t mind books exploring political issues but this felt heavy handed and awkward without nuance or careful reflection. These moments also were dead end plot alleys that killed the pacing of what was already a very hard to follow set of sub plots.


So, yeah. Not a good read for me.

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