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Center Mass

(Code 11-KPD SWAT #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,799 ratings  ·  484 reviews
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. ...more
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published May 1st 2015 (first published April 30th 2015)
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Alex I did the same - started reading the first book in the Dixie Wardens series and got so confused with all the characters that I assumed had appeared in…moreI did the same - started reading the first book in the Dixie Wardens series and got so confused with all the characters that I assumed had appeared in the previous series that I stopped reading, went back to the beginning and started with the Freebird series. I'm glad I did, although some of the storylines are similar, each one kept me riveted from the first page to the last and I shed more than a few tears along the way. The MC from this book - Luke - first appears in the Freebird series and is the brother of the h in the first of the Dixie Wardens series. I hope that helps - start with Freebirds then Dixie Wardens then Code 11 KPD. I'm sure you won't regret it.(less)

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**This review contains some spoilers.

To be honest, I had no expectations going into this book. I didn’t even read any reviews before diving into it. I just picked up this one because of the cover!

During the first 30% of the book, I felt like this was just another one of my mediocre reads. It wasn’t great but wasn’t bad either. I wasn’t that into the story or the main characters, yet I enjoyed it just fine. I'm not sure if it was because of the editing or it might be because this was my fi
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
2.5 stars
*10 HUGE stars for the cover*

It wasn't until after I finished reading "Center Mass" that I realized I had read a novel by this author over a year ago, a novel which I didn't like at all. I didn't even take into account what genre her series were. I mention this because I dived in head first with no expectations. I read a "sample" and I honestly liked what I read. Naturally I bought it. I loved what I was reading, and I loved the sexual chemistry that Reese and Luke shared. If you lo
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Oh Luke you are one intense sexy man. I loved this one so much. Single parent romances are some of my favorites. There was quite a bit of drama with unwanted people , but Lani handles it with the perfect balance. Reese and Luke were really hot together and funny too. I can't wait to continue in this series. Lani is just exactly what I want in my romance. ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have had this one on my kindle for a while now, and I finally found time to read it, and I am so glad I did. It was a fast easy read with low angst and likable characters. When I thought the story was going one way that I thought would annoy me, the story took an unexpected turn. It was a nice little twist that I certainly didn’t see coming.

Good start to a series that I will certainly continue with.
So this is an author who keeps coming up on Amazon forums and my friends feeds. I tried her once before and wasn't impressed but wanted to give her one more shot. Well, I can say her writing style just isn't for me. The plot of the story isn't bad, it's the execution - the author basically sets up decent scenarios that should drive the story and create some angst and somehow manages to resolve things in the most boring was possible. If I had to describe the writing style I would say slow and bor ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book’s characters have family & have appeared in both Vale’s Freebird & Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series’. With Vale’s writing it’s not necessary to have to read the other two series first, if you’re just happening upon this series. But because of the involvement that Luke had during the Freebird series, the first Dixie Wardens book and Reese in the last Dixie Wardens book, I would read the others first, just for the pure enjoyment of it all.

Finally, Luke Roberts gets a book!! I’ve bee
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars So it is pretty rare that I love a heroine more than a hero in any book that I read. Not sure why, but it's true. I have to say though that while Luke was hot and I did like him, Reese stole the show for me.

Reese decided to move herself and her daughter to a new place for a fresh start. A place where she could get a job as a nurse that would allow her afternoons to be open to spend with her daughter Rowen. Rowen was born from a one night stand. The only one night stand that Reese has
Shadi ***save your ratings use disclaimers**
Love love! Review to come.

Book Facts: Center Mass

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Part of a Series/Installment: (view spoiler)
Standalone/Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: (view spoiler)
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Contains Cheating: (view spoiler)
Amount of Sex in The Book 1-10: (view spoiler)
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
I gave this book 5 stars not because it was the greatest book of all time but because of how it made me feel in the end.

There's something about reading a book involving single parents that hits home for me. It could be because I can empathize with the characters. It could be because children in the story is always a treat! I'm not sure but the author did a fantastic job of bringing single parents Luke and Reese to life.

I liked how realistic their daily lives were. They were juggling their childr
Luke & Reese's story!!
loved their girls...

Full review here..

Well it should come as no surprise I Loved Luke & Reese's story
And Code -11 SWAT is already headed to be another kick-ass spin off series
Center Mass definitely had a more serious, suspenseful undertone..
So much so I had to bust out the tissues with this one..
nd they weren't happy tears!! WHYYYYYY??????

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Overall rating: 4 "Reesey" stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
This book completely worked for me. I loved that Luke was all alpha and protective and yet, once he met Reese, and got to know her, he knew that she was his. He claimed her and there wasn't anyone else for him. He had a couple of opportunities where other women made their interest known, and the only woman he wanted was Reese. I loved that.

I also loved seeing Luke with his daughter and with Reese's daughter. He was so sweet with them.

I've been reading this series out of order, so it was nice t
Fun read that is low on drama.

HEA (view spoiler)
Cheating/OW (view spoiler)
Angst Level: 2.5/10
Heat Level: 6/10
Luke Roberts had been burned by a woman he loved and it had left a lasting effect. Raising his daughter he finds himself attracted to Reese Doherty, a single mother who recently moved to Kilgore. Luke knows that Reese will be his one day but he plans to take his time and Reese is a bit weary about jumping into a relationship with a man. Luke pursues though and Reese is caught but just as they are building something people from their past begin to interfere causing potential problems for the coup ...more
3 Reese and Luke Stars

I did enjoy this book but it felt like it jumped about a lot.

Reese has relocated with her young daughter and is a school nurse. Luke is a single dad and he meets Reese when she has to treat his little girl. Luke is a Police Officer and on the SWAT Team.
There are cross over characters from the author's other series' and I think it would have helped if I had read them.
There is lots of chemistry between the two main characters but it felt very 'insta' and although I am alway
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Luke's story since we met him in the Freebirds series, and the incredibly talented Lani Lynn Vale did not let me down. In her own special brand of witty, snarky sassiness, she gave her readers what we've come to love, expect and crave - a humorously steamy love story between an alpha hero and his fiery, feisty, funny female. This story was well written, richly developed and chock full of the supporting characters from her previous works that we've come to love.

This was a
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
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25+ RATING- I've stayed away from this series because the author's writing in the past hasn't really worked that well for me. I know several friends who enjoy her work so it's definitely just a personal thing with me. Still, I found myself in bed over the weekend with a cold and nothing to read so decided to give the series a try. I actually liked this book better than the previous books I had read by the author. What I didn't like is the suspense part of the story-line with this one. I got ki ...more
K. D. Grace
I must have this book. Especially after the first chapter excerpt from Charge to my Line
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sooo many spelling mistakes... Way too many your/you're misspellings for my liking. ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
There were several things I liked about Center Mass, but there was a lot that just didn't make sense. A big part of my issue was the lack of research on things like child custody laws, child support issues, police procedures, etc. Although I really like the characters and the story, I spent a good part of the book thinking "But that's not how that works!"

There also seemed to be a lot of crossover between series which led to a bit of confusion about who was who and what their role was. Both main
Nov 06, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2021, m-f
DNF at 32%

I can't find a MF author who doesn't make me roll my eyes.
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 4.5 "Hot Heroes" Stars

I've put off starting this series for quite a while but I'm not even sure why. I hope it's not early dementia, lol. Well the point is that I've started it now and it's pretty damn awesome! There's a few qualms I have with it but mostly it's all goood.

Cops, Crime, Tattoos, SWAT team, Family, Suspense, Children, Danger, Single Parents, did I mention Sexy, Sarcastic, Buff Cops? Oh yeah baby!

Luke is the Assistant Police Chief (not sure of his title but he's right under th
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥

When you read as much as I do, it at times can be hard to find an author who is consistently one that hasn’t let you down with their books. Sometimes an author can lose that special touch that has made their previous books ones that you re read and remember, sometimes you just don’t click with a character or sometimes your love for that particular author has run it’s course. Luckily for me, none of those scenarios have happened yet when it comes to reading Lani
3.5 stars

As usual Lani Lynn Vale does not disappoint! She brings to the table strong alpha-male men with brave confident women. And, this one is no different! From the way the two meet, I thought it would be a little while before these two got together, but it’s full steam ahead with their attraction from the very beginning. He sees her. He wants her. She sees him. She’s attracted to him, And, bam! They’re together. It just seemed awfully quick to me. But, I did like both main characters. Both w
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: single-parent
The only problem I had about this was that there wasn't enough of it!!
(Also didn't like that the next book wasn't included.. I read the prologue to it and now I'm going a little crazy because I can't read the whole thing yet!!)

I can't post this review without mentioning cover.... HOLY SHHHHHIZ. I could just stare at him all day long. (And drool.)

reread April 2017: Still one of my top favorites! I need more!!

Reread June 2018:I still adore this book!!!
Pam Nelson
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that both main characters were single parents and the way they meet it was unique. I enjoyed the book it wasn’t like all the rest, yes sometimes I find Lani’s books to blend but that is why I love them.

Reese was a likable heroine, and Luke well hot SWAT officer need I say more. ;)

I am a fan of the narration as always.
This is my second try with this author, my previous read by her was definitely not successful, thankfully this one was much better. Luke was a somewhat alpha police officer/SWAT captain/Assistant Chief of Police with a daughter from a previous one night stand, (whose mother never made an appearance or was even mentioned?)he meets the new school nurse and shortly after decides she's his. Reese was an ok h, she wasn't a doormat or a weak or spineless woman and for that I was extremely grateful. Sh ...more
Romance Suspense

The first in a spin off of Vale’s The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series bring us the boys of the Kilgore Swat Team and the women who bring them to their knees. Fans will enjoy seeing Tru’s sister, Reese, and Bailey’s brother, Luke, front and center in a romance suspense that pushes some boundaries reality wise but brings it home with the humor, dominant alpha men, and sensuality that Vale is known for. Reese and Luke are both in Kilgore healing from broken hearts. A
Megan Fall
I read a lot of books, and by far this is one of the best. There are so many characters that I think I'll stop to go back and all her other series as it seems like they all tie in. I have definitely found a new author to stalk!!! ...more
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