Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I won an ARC in a giveaway hosted by Ms Paige. This did not affect my rating and my review is provided voluntarily.
Rating: 4 Bookworms
You have the right to remain sexy.
Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.
You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.
If you have trouble...don't worry. I'm a bit of an expert in that department.
There's nothing 'thin' about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.
Livia Ward wants a baby before she's thirty. And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot. Both of them think they can give each other what they want--a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia--but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don't always play by the rules.
I have to admit that at a certain point into Hot Cop, I was thinking it was simply a fun story. Yeah, it was a bit predictable and contained some extremely hot smexy scenes along with some pretty great characters but still... just some fluffy fun. Then at a point just a bit further in, it got deeper, there was character growth on the part of both MCs, and Hot Cop became "more" than simple fun. And I enjoyed the heck out of it!
Livia - she started out as this smart, funny, quirky librarian who had some odd fears, in my opinion, but who could also take a stance on social or political issues at any moment. I loved her bookworm ways, having shelves sagging under the weight of her collection, as well as her stacks of books on various horizontal surfaces. I loved her dedication to her patrons, particularly teens, and her loyalty to her friends. I also loved watching the change in her as Chase bulldozed his way through all her defensive walls. Oh, and she had a great sense of humor too.
Chase - he was a guy that most considered Officer Good Times. He was a good copy, did his job well, but let his job rule his life having decided early on that there wasn't a place for anything else but the job in his life. I enjoyed seeing how he changed as he and Livia got closer. And I adored watching him with her as well as his family - grandpa, sister, and his two young nephews.
The elements that added depth - family, the description of a police officer's life, the social commentary on a specific means of increasing safety for both police officers and civilians (both sides discussed) - made a fun story so much more. And all this on top of witnessing Chase and Livia teach each other that love was a risk worth taking - in fact, it makes life worth living.
This was my first experience with Paige and Simone. *gasp* I know! I have several - possibly most if not all - books from both their backlists though and believe me when I tell y'all you'll be seeing more of them here. They impressed me and I'm anxious to see what else they can offer me - both individually and as a team!