Michael was that guy.
The one that everyone was cautious of. Maybe it was the tattoos. Maybe it was the way he gave off a ‘don’t screw with me’ vibe. Maybe it was because he just told them to leave him the hell alone.
Regardless, people gave him his space.
He was screwed up, and everyone knew it.
He got tattoos because he liked the pain. He was standoffish. He didn’t have many friends outside of work. And the only thing he had going for him was that he was a good cop.
Everyone wondered about him, but no one asked.
The only one that didn’t treat him as if he was screwed up was Nikki Pena, a woman that he couldn’t have.
Nikki was that girl.
The one that everyone loved.
The one girl that he’d destroy if he let her have her way. What did she want?
But, he couldn’t give her him. She didn’t deserve what it would take to be with him.
So Michael would suffer in silence…or so he thought.
The woman who loved him had different ideas.
I am going to admit, I have been in a book funk and it hasn’t been pretty. I have been dnf books more and more or just getting super annoyed with characters, books, or just over the top plotlines. Coup De Grace almost fell into the dnf category pretty quickly but since I love this author so much I continued with the hope that things would improve. Obviously it did because I am writing my review for the one team member I have been waiting to read about for so long, Michael.
Michael has been in love with Nikki, his teammate’s sister, for a while now. You would think it would be the sister of the teammate issue that would cause him to stay away, but it wasn’t. Michael has anxiety, is bi-polar and some other issues as well and he doesn’t want to ever have children because he doesn’t want to pass these things on to his children. I can understand where he is coming from, well sorta. He is amazing with children, and would make an amazing dad. When he tells Nikki this he leaves him, not stopping to ask why exactly he doesn’t want children, she just automatically assumes it’s because of her.
Nikki is sassy, hot tempered at times and overall just a little bit crazy, and I am not talking in the good type of crazy way. I liked her, but didn’t love her. While I feel that she was right for Michael I just didn’t like her attitude more than once. I couldn’t find a connection with her.
While I loved Michael, he really made the book in my opinion; there were some things that just didn’t work for me. I love drama and suspense in books like Coup De Grace, hell like this entire series, but sometimes there can be too many things happening that make readers roll their eyes one too many times, that begins to turn off readers because it’s just too much and so unbelievable that it’s not even funny. There were a couple of issues that seemed like a major issue and were left open and rushed at the end but really didn’t get resolution. I also have a problem with pushing religious view on readers; there is a way to do it without coming across as preaching. That is an issue that I have had with this author more than once.
With that critical last paragraph behind me let me focus on what I did love. I love how we continue to see the other team members in each of the books and they still play a major role. I love how the men, especially Michael stay true to their women and are so protective of them, like real men should be. The issues that Michael were dealing with are very common and too many people never want to write a character, especially one that is supposed to be this tough alpha male cop to have what some would consider a weakness, so I applaud Ms. Vale for reminding us that just because someone may have a mental illness that it doesn’t make them any less kick ass and tough. I love the that the heat level on some of the sex scenes keeps getting hotter and hotter.
Coup De Grace may not have been my favorite book of the series, but it was still one that I enjoyed. While this may be the end of this series, the author has assured us we will still see our favorite sexy swat men in her new series. The new series is about firemen and I am looking forward to reading about some sexy firemen who know how to use their hose. And yes, I do know how horrible that joke was but I just couldn’t help myself.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.