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Pretty Reckless

(Deputy Laney Briggs #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless by the denizens of her hometown, but she’s finally turned it all around—she’s happily engaged to the local veterinarian and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine and dandy—until a dead bo
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Published March 24th 2014 by Entangled: Select Suspense (first published March 1st 2014)
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Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! This book is packed with mystery, suspense, intrigue, hot cowboys, and a feisty heroine who happens to be a deputy . . . did I mention it's really funny too? What's not to love about that? I seriously enjoyed this book and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I'd definitely recommend it.

The occupants of Pistol Rock sure do have secrets! The colorful residents of this town really make the place come alive. And, seeing it through the eyes of Laney and her sharp-wit, was hilario
Mary Lee
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Linton debuts with deputy sheriff Laney Briggs in her mystery Pretty Reckless.
In Laney, Linton has created a heroine who isn't afraid of being toughly feminine in a world of men.
You know Laney is something different when you read this description of who she is: I’d pieced my heart back together and salvaged what little dignity I had left by jumping back in the saddle with a man safer than a Katherine Heigl chick flick. Unfortunately for me, old wounds can be a bitch the same way straying c
Shawna The Crazy Bookseller
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
I was given an ARC by the author for a honest review.

How can you not love a story set in Texas with hot cowboys and a mystery thrown into the mix? If that's your favorite kind of story then you need to read this book.

Laney is a deputy in a small town and things get crazy when a dead body shows up. Then to make things worse the man who broke her heart returns as a Texas Range who is following a lead on drug runners, and she finds herself having to work with him.

Gunner wants her back, she's en
Susannah Scott
This is an great start to what is going to be an awesome series with small town Texas Deputy, Laney Briggs, as it's star. Laney has several murders, and several hot cowboys, on her hands--including her just returned to town ex, Gunner, who broke her heart.

Gunner is seriously hot, but part of the fun of this story is watching Laney choose between the hot cowboys: Gunner the stoic Texas Ranger, Nathan the sensitive and reliable veterinarian, and Luke the small town heir with his own ranch. It is a
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had a smile on my face as wide as the Rio Grande as I read this fiery little page turner by newcomer Jodi Linton. The heroine, Laney Briggs, is my kind of country girl; she's wild yet stubborn to a fault and never too proud to get her pretty hands dirty. When her hunky cheating ex, Gunner Wilson, comes back to town, she'd like to give him a good slap if only she could stop salivating. There's murder and mystery too, but all of the tight Wranglers and rippled cowboy muscles made the crime feel ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After chapter one you get mystery, three cowboys and a bad ass woman and you'll be hooked! Be prepared to set aside three hours because you are going to want to read this book from start to finish! The intrigue and the characters bring you into this story! It's funny, romantic and suspenseful! Such a good read that you will sit by, probably impatiently like myself, waiting for the next story with Laney....

*received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Jennifer Wilson
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was such a great read. I laughed out loud several times. To me, that is the sign of a great book. I enjoyed the chemistry between the characters. The heroine tries really hard to ignore it, but there are certain things that will not go away. I'm looking forward to more from this talented author!
Barb Lie
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton is the first book in her new Deputy Laney Briggs series. We meet our heroine, Deputy Sheriff Laney Briggs immediately, as her boss Sherriff Dobbs sends her to a ranch to settle a dispute. Laney is tired of always being the one to get in the middle of ranchers constant and drunken fights; not to mention the leers and comments from the ranchers. But Laney holds her own, as she is not your simple female deputy. She is feisty, beautiful, funny, sarcastic and probably t ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel is well written with an easy flow. I love Linton’s voice. She writes in a fun, light style that invites you to participate in the story. There were times that I couldn’t tear myself away from this story. It was like coming up on a car crash. I knew something bad was going to happen but I couldn’t look away. This author had me completely hooked. There were some ‘I should have seen that coming’ moments, a few ‘holy cow’ moments, and a lot of laughs. Linton combines suspense and comedy w ...more
Carmen Falcone
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Reckless is pretty amazing!

From page one, I was sucked into Laney’s world. And, folks, what a surprising world it is! Suspense, intrigue, romance… it all starts with cows turning up dead, but then, wait, there is a human body! This is only the first twist on a set of twists and turns that will take the reader into a thrilling journey.

I live in Central Texas and think the way Ms. Linton portrayed the Texan characters and the setting is flawless. The heroine, Laney Briggs, is in a class of
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start I really loved this book. ‘Pretty Reckless’ is a really exciting, funny, romantic, mysterious and sexy as hell. Since I love stories filled with romance, crime and mystery this book was exactly my kind of thing.
In ‘Pretty Reckless’ we follow Laney Briggs, a twenty six year old deputy sheriff. Laney has everything in her life on track. She has a nice job, a nice house and she is engaged to the local veterinarian. When Laney finds a dead body in her little town, her life take

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When I was asked to review this novel I just couldn't wait to dive in. The whole cowboy or western thing isn't usually my cup of tea but I decided to go outside of my reading comfort zone this time. And for good reason! Did you read that summary?!? Yeah ... you and I both know that you want to know more about Gunner Wilson. Sweet baby Jesus. I'm telling you ... you want to know more about Gunner Wilson.

This is the first novel that I've read by
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It isn't often that I read a " who done it" and not know who did it with in the first chapter. The rest of the book is just seeing how it was done. But with Jodi's book I didn't know squat till the last two chapter and even then she still surprised me . What a great , wonderful , sexy, funny, romantic book , Jodi has wrote! Gunner and Laney are prefect, and the cast and characters are the best. Each one has a richness about them , that you can see it all played out perfectly. Laney is a hoot and ...more
Gigi staub
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless by the denizens of her hometown, but she’s finally turned it all around—she’s happily engaged to the local veterinarian and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine and dandy—until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case. Of course,
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a rip roaring good read I read in lickty split time. This is a great beginning of a series that after reading this one looks to be a very promising series. I so enjoy when the female lead is in law enforcement because they do make for tenacious in their investigations which holds any reader captivated when reading their escapades or dealings. This author introduces us to Laney who is a deputy in a small town that is quite colorful place you find out about while reading. After being ...more
Jillian Stein
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty Reckless is the first in author Jodi Linton’s Deputy Laney Briggs Series and really sets us up for what I think will be a great collection!

Sherriff’s Deputy Laney Briggs is used to the slow and somewhat boring country life in a small southern town. She’s been able to get past a pretty hurtful breakup and is adjusting to life as the fiancée of the town’s veterinarian. Life is pretty good. For Small Town, USA, that is. Things take a turn for the worse when there’s a dead body found up on on
Heather andrews
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh Gunner I was gunning for ya all the way in this book, "Gunner snorted. "Hell, Laney, you shot me in the a**." He scowled at Nathan. "I bet you're even sleeping in my old bed." I mean Laney and Gunner haven't seen each other in years and I find it funny how Laney is still attracted to the man, "for lack of a better option, I fell in line behind him, hating myself for gawking at his tight a** even though I could barely stand him." That's sexual frustration honey. And well Gunner he's still gung ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who says small towns don’t have their share of big personalities? The little town of Pistol Rock is chock full of larger than life personalities, but none is bigger than Deputy Laney Briggs. With her smart mouth, sassy wit, and the ability to reduce any situation down to an outrageous idiom, metaphor or simile, Laney is one small town girl to be reckoned with!

This was a fun read that had a great mix of action, suspense, and romance, which was all wrapped up in a great big package of funny “Laney
Nana Prah
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve been reading romances for a long time and I can honestly say I have not come across one like Pretty Reckless before. I say this in a good way. The story line was fascinating and had me flipping my Kindle pages at top speed.

Deputy Laney is one funny, tough woman who guards her heart after having had it broken in the past by sexy Texas Ranger, Gunner. The chemistry between them is incredible. Throughout the book I kept wondering if they would or wouldn’t get together. Ms. Linton knows how to
SM Craig
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
I loved, loved, loved the brassy, sassy Deputy Laney Briggs in Jodi Linton's debut novel and I can't wait to read the next book in her series!
When the population of 200 in Pistol Rock keeps dropping along with the citizens, and Laney has to fight off the attentions of two former "friends" as well as keep her fiance unruffled AND solve the murders that keep piling up, you just know that trouble and hijinks will ensue...and maybe a little heartbreak as well.
What could possibly go wrong when the to
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Pistol Rock, the cowboys are not only sizzling hot, they’re all packin’ attitude and hiding secrets to boot. Fortunately, Pistol Rock has Deputy Laney Briggs to take them down a peg or two.

Of course the cowboy with the hottest bod and baddest attitude is Laney’s ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson. Laney wants nothing more than to boot him back out of town so she can settle down with the respectable town vet. Unfortunately, as long as dead bodies keep turning up left and right, she’s stuck with Gu
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, cowboys, mystery
Cute, quirky read with a kick-ass, feisty heroine, sexy cowboys and a wild west setting.

I thought this was a good start to a new series which I understand will follow Laney Briggs, our heroine. Pretty Reckless takes places in Pistol Rock, Texas - LOL! Doesn't that name just scream wild west to you? Laney is a deputy in Pistol Rock. She's engaged to the town's veterinarian and her life seems to be "on track", until she discovers a dead body and Texas Ranger Gunner shows up to work the case with
Amanda Menninga
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laney has been living in the town she grew up in as a deputy sheriff. Her life is good, she is engaged to a local veterinarian and she is moving on with her life.

Her ex (whom she caught in their bed with another woman) just happen to show up after she finds her first murder victim. All of a sudden Laney's life was upside down. She is fighting feelings for Gunner, investigating a web of lies, deceit, and drugs. She is trying to convince herself that her fiance is the right man for her all while
Joe Breedon
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for the next in the series! A wonderful blend of mystery, suspense and romance. Laney is quite a sassy cowgirl. She's dealing with her engagement and upcoming wedding, her day to day job and an old flame who decided to flare back up in her life at exactly the right time. She has to solve an important case in her hometown that comes a bit too close to home. She manages to maintain, however at times it gets kind of sketchy! Her wit and sarcasm are priceless, she's a true Texas pistol!

Traci Andrighetti
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life in the small West Texas town of Pistol Rock is going pretty good for Laney Briggs. She's just been made a deputy sheriff and she's about to marry the town veterinarian. But then a local rancher's cattle drop dead, along with the ranch hand who tended to them. To Laney's dismay, the Texas Rangers are called in, bringing her cheating ex, Gunner Wilson, with them. Soon there'll be a showdown in Pistol Rock, and it won't just be between Laney and the murderer.

Pretty Reckless is a great read! La
Veronica Forand
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read.

Wow. This book has everything. Gorgeous guys, a wiseass female deputy, and a bunch of dead bodies. I felt as though I was transported into the middle of a small town in Texas and I honestly didn’t want to leave when it was over. Being a Bostonian without a hankering for cowboy stories, I doubted I would enjoy this story at first. Man, was I wrong. Jodi Linton has one of most colorful voices I’ve read in a long time. Her ability to twist Laney’s thoughts into a funny one-liners and to
Shelly Bell
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's so rare these days to find a tough, capable female lead but Laney fits the bill! She's a character I'd actually want to be friends with. In this book, we learn a little about her past and how much she's lost. I would've used something worse than rock salt! I liked Gunner, but personally, I think he's got a lot to make up to her and I was curious about Luke. If you want to know how much I loved it, I snuck my Kindle into religious services to read it! I can't wait for the next one in the ser ...more
“Maybe it was bad luck or part of the good Lord’s divine plan. At any rate, I was one of the unfortunate two hundred that called Pistol Rock, Texas home."

Laney Briggs world is turned upside down when a bunch of dead cows along with a dead body turns up on her watch. Things start getting messy when a bunch of dead bodies start showing up around town along with the dead threats towards Laney to leave the case. If that isn't enough her ex, Gunner Wilson is back in town who five years ago had broke
Samaris Creech
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a gift copy of this book and I have to say it was a great read. This is the story of Laney and Gunner in my opinion. They are not the only characters in the book but they stand out the most. Laney and Gunner used to have a relationship until things happened that tore them apart. Laney has tried to move on with her life she has a new career e and has even gotten engaged to Nathan the local vet. Then in comes Gunner to work a case and things get heated between them again. Laney and Gunn ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book refreshing with the implications of sex...yet no details given. Laney is one sassy, spunky woman who happens to be a deputy in a small town in Texas with not much happening. Well, it was pretty boring until a murder occurs and her sexy ex who happens to be a Texas ranger reappears after five years. More murders and the attention of three sexy men. Laney definitely has her hands full. Personally I was cheering for Gunner. This book had me laughing out load with the things that c ...more
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