THE DEVIL'S NECKTIE                                JOHN LANSING

The Devil's NecktieRetired inspector Jack Bertolino had strict rules when dealing with confidential informants. But Mia had the kind of beauty that could make a grown man contemplate leaving his wife, his job, and his kids. After a passionate night together, Mia is found murdered—and Jack is the lead suspect.

Facing threats from the LAPD, the 18th Street Angels, and a Colombian drug cartel, Jack delves deeper into the seedy world of drug dealers and murderers and discovers that the top players knew Mia personally. And now Jack is torn between fearing for his life and seeking revenge for his slain lover….either way, the body count will rise.

This is a fast paced book with a lot of different characters and takes you from L.A. to Ontario and though some of the places are made up not all of them are. So I was able to really get into the story knowing these areas made it feel like I was reading a true life story and not fiction. Jack Bertolino, is a retired inspector from N.Y. he has taken cops and drug runners, and his last was a drug cartel from Columbia. Thinking he was going to be able to relax in the sun and get away from the criminals is not going to happen. It starts with one of his former CI calling him who just came into L.A. and needs to talk to him quickly. After they meet and so on, they agree to meet again the next day. As he is driving away from the house he notices a black and white pass him and by the time he realizes it did not have a light bar on top and turns around she is dead. Now he must deal with the LAPD which he really does not want to do. He figures out that it has to be the cartel coming after him but what he does not figure out for a while is a street gang from Ontario called 18th street Angels are also after him and are working with the cartel. There are stories on top of stories in this book and that is what keeps this book going. The author takes you inside the gang and the power struggle that is always there right at the top just waiting for someone to mess up or make the wrong call. He even brings in their girlfriends which is another part that people leave out of gang life not thinking how much power some women have on the streets and how they can make or break a deal. This is a very good book from the beginning to the end. I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.

Charlene Sands Author of: Claim Me, Cowboy Here Friday Synopsis, Review & Author Bio

Charlene Sands

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The Copper Mountain Rodeo has returned to Marietta and cowboy reputations aren’t the only thing at stake…
When Summer Nichols inherited half of the Circle W Ranch, she didn’t know her rodeo-riding, bad boy ex-boyfriend came with the deal. But sure enough, Tyler Warren, the man who broke her heart and left her in Marietta years ago, is back and living on the ranch again, claiming he wants no trouble. He’s certainly not back to rekindle their decade ago romance.
Ty only wants what’s rightfully his, and then he’s gone, but not even family secrets and Summer’s deep betrayal can keep him from remembering the good times he had with the preacher’s sweet, beautiful daughter, once upon a time. Summer is more woman than he expected…
Will Ty seize his second chance and finally claim all that he’s lost, including Summer’s love once again?

Young love is always a hard act to follow. You always seem to remember every detail forever. It was no different for Summer Simmons and Tyler Warren they had their first kiss at the Marietta Rodeo under the stands. In fact at 16 it was Summer’s first kiss ever. When she told Ty, after they had a kiss to beat all kisses, it was her first. Ty just said that’s what he would have expected from the preacher’s daughter. So, he wanted to be the first and the last guy she kissed too.
It took a terrible turn her senior year. Even though Ty had waited around one extra year for her he could never get her to agree to leave Marietta. Her family and friends. And that pissed him off because he felt like she didn’t love him enough just like his dad. That was the main reason he had to leave he hated his dad for what he did to their family.
Not to mention he always compared him to his best friend Lee Nichols. He couldn’t understand it he always took his side the final straw was the night he left town. Lee and he had a terrible fight while they were smoking by the barn. The fight was over Summer. Lee though she should stay and not run off with Ty. They had a fist fight over it when the cigarette landed on the ground starting the fire. They found his cigarette pack blamed him especially when Lee didn’t speak up. His own father Owen Warren believed him. That was the final straw. He asked summer one last time she said “No!” then he was gone.
Two years later Ty hears that Summer married Lee his best friend. Talking about dying all over again. But the marriage was not the love of her life kind of marriage it was mutual. Summer had two miscarriages which added more strains to the marriage. Then about a year ago lee dies in a freakish tractor accident. Now about a month ago Ty’s father Owen dies leaving half the farm to Ty, who by the way is a well-known rider on the rodeo circuit, and the other half to Summer. She had taken time off from being a nurse to take care of Owen for last year of his life. Ty does not make it home to say goodbye to his father or to go to the funeral.
And when he does come home boy does he have a surprise. Secrets are being kept everywhere. Will they be able to handle them? Can they forgive them? I give this 5 stars. Provided by  

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Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author writing sexy contemporary romances and stories set in the Old West. Her stories have been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award and she’s a double recipient of the Booksellers’ Best Award. She was recently honored with Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire of 2014. Charlene is a member of the Orange County Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

When not writing, she enjoys great coffee, spending time with her four “princesses”, bowling in a woman’s league, country music, reading books from her favorite authors and going on movie dates with her “hero” husband. Sign up for her newsletter at: for new releases and special member giveaways. Charlene loves hearing from her readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Add her to your favorites.

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