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(The Bang Shift #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,381 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Brody “Brutus” Jackson isn’t your average small-town mechanic. The shop where he spends his days doubles as the headquarters for the mercenary group he works with. They jokingly call themselves the Bang Shift because the government contracts they take are the less savory ones, and they’re all just shady enough to do what’s necessary to get the jobs done. As far as Brody’s ...more
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Published May 2020 by Mandolin Park (first published March 1st 2012)
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Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
 I love a good story of a woman on the run... if she happens to keep running into a hot man with her vagina... REPEATEDLY... even better!!!

Alexandria Collins, now Xan, with the help of FBI is on the run with her son from her ex-husband. Every few years she is forced to relocate to keep her identity and location secret from her well connected *cough* mafia son *cough* ex-husband who tried to kill her when she turned evidence against him in order to escape the criminal life. In h
Aug 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Repeat after me: "S E L F R E S P E C T" what do we get? What the h in this book should've bought at the store. It is so weird to me that a person who gets literally kicked out of bed and is mistreated since the very beginning by a person, can so stupidly keep coming back for more. He tells you to stay away from him after kissing you, what do you do? Go to his house and sleep with him OF COURSE! He kicks you out of his bed right after fucking you, what do you do? Sleep with him again the nex

3.25-3.50 RATING- I wasn't sure what to expect from this new to me author. Only two of my GR friends have read this book and one gave it a thumbs down while the other liked it. Since I picked it up for free and the blurb sounded like the guilty pleasures I usually like, I thought I'd give it a shot.

Overall, I'd say it was okay. The writing was solid. The story was definitely heavy on the sex, basically erotica, but was well done. The suspense portion of the story was pretty far fetched, even com
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Okay.. So I kinda, sorta really liked this one ;D

It was definitely rocking the naughty hotness with no apologies here, but it was also sweet. Romantic at times. Nothing new as far as plot lines & characters go, but it was somehow refreshing still. There were some intense moments. A few major shockers too, that I did not see coming.
And Brody? *sighs* that man..

All in all this was a good read and I would recommend it. I'm curious about the next installment here.

Happy Reading :)
Abby A.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the synopsis of the book really drew me in, in the end, I was disappointed and halfway through the book, I almost just wanted to delete it from my Kindle and move on to the next book. However, I persevered and here are the things that I didn't care for.

Brutus/Brody: Unfortunately, I didn't care for the hero that much. For someone who's supposed to be getting close to the heroine in order to protect her, he's not doing a good job. Instead, he spends 40% of the book or so giving the heroine
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book Brody was a great hero who was possessive and in just the right amount of denial at the beginning to be a jerk but then he made up for it in spades. Xan was a great heroine, her and her son had been though more than most will ever come close to but through it she was a great, smart, sweet heroine who was also a great mom. I started to get suspicious of who the bad guy was and though I got it correct the twists where great and the big twist that almost tears them part w ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 35%.

I was really turned off with the way that single mothers are portrayed in this story. They seemed like sex hungry monsters that are dying for male attention. The h's neighbor is also a single mom, like the h, and encourages the h to let loose and have sex with someone. The h is attracted to the H and pursues him but he acts like a total a-hole. She throws herself at him and they have sex. The h, who had only slept with her ex over 10 years ago, acts so experieced. Immediately after the
~Steph K~
**ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review by the girls and I at **

Xan and
her son have been hiding, for the past ten years, from her ex-husband even
though he is currently in jail for trying to kill her.  With help from the FBI she's been able to
elude him and his family.  But, he's soon up for parole, and she's getting scared that once again she
will have to pick up and move again, and her life will once agai
The BookChick
My Rating: 3½★

Brody, Brody, Brody? This book contained it all -- a bit of action, a bit of suspense, and a whole lot of sexy. The characters in this story, Brody “Brutus” Jackson and Alexandria "Xan" Collins, are connected in a way that neither of them could have never expected. But more than that, the chemistry and passion between them is potent and combustible.

Xan is twelve years into her time in the Witness Protection Program. Her life is very different from the lavish lifestyle she used to
I have mixed feelings about this book. It had some interesting and intense moments, but most of the time it felt like it was written only to satisfy writer's need to write sexual fantasies. Nothing wrong about that, but as a suspense-romance book it didn't work. If there existed genre called erotic-suspense then this book would belong to there.

Goog things
+ The story wasn't as foreseeable as I dreaded. It had some surprise moments in it, even though I figured out who was the bad guy among other
Mandie Foxylutely
3.5 stars

I really liked the synopsis of this book and love the series title.

Alexandria Collins aka various other alias but now known as Xan, has been under FBI protection for the last ten years. Her mafia boss ex-husband tied to kill her after he found out she was to give evidence against him. She has constantly moved from town to town to keep ahead of any mob Intel to find her. It’s on one such move that her car breaks down and she finds herself at a local garage where all the men working there
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebooks, dnf
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DJ Sakata
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

“She really needed professional help. The man was obviously not interested in her, and here she was still panting over the guy as if he were dipped in Hershey’s chocolate.”

“Oh God. She was going to cry at the concern pouring from him. She felt a sob work its way up her throat, and she did her best to squash it. Crying during sex would make him disappear faster than cake at a Weight Watchers meeting.”

“He wasn’t worthy of her, but she’d always be the other half of him.”
“She was air
I was actually enjoying this until the felt kind of abrupt and unfinished. It definitely could have benefited from a good epilogue!
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-boys
From its exciting opening prologue to the unrelenting suspense and feeling of foreboding permeating the rest of the story, readers are kept on the edge of their seats in this first installment in Ms. Harbin's Bang Shift series. As each of the members of this unique group of men are introduced readers will be drawn to each of them with their eclectic personalities and undeniable sexiness. These men may have questionable pasts but now work for the greater good doing what others aren't able to do a ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I don't know why I waited so long to read this one. Grrrrrrrrrr I've never read one of this authors books before I can't wait to read the rest of this series now.

The story line is a very good one. The characters of the book are written well and I didn't see the twist at the end coming.

It keep's you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's coming next. A real page turner.

It's full of a lot of hot steamy panties melting sexual content. Lot's of cursing like a sailor minus t
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Who do you trust when the person who was supposed to love you tried to kill you? The answer -- no one. Xan Bradley doesn't trust anyone but herself and her son, Scott. She has a faith in the FBI agents assigned to keep her safe, but she knows that if her ex were to ever get out prison, all bets are off.

Brody "Brutus" Jackson is a loner, not necessarily by choice but by circumstance. His life essentially started over a decade
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Brody is super action packed, filled with suspense, love story. I loved it. From page one there is action that flows the whole way throughout the read. I was so invested in these characters. There was laughter, and crying. At times Brody and Xan's relationship or what there was of a relationship was heart breaking. Xan's back story was intense.

This line had me cracking up.

"Crying during sex would him disappear fast tha
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This story is chockfull of Suspense, Romance, and steamy Erotic sex scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, laughing and changing your panties! I LOVED it! I was up until the wee hours of the morning because I could not put my kindle down.

Xan is an incredible character, to experience what she has gone through and not given up, takes amazing courage. Brody a.k.a Brutus (fans self), I just want to pull him out of this story and keep him a
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads"

I always enjoy starting a new series which involves Alpha males protecting the innocent, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review Brody (Bang Shift book 1).

The mix of high drama and suspense, with plenty of twists, and some foreshadowing of who may get their story next, was highly entertaining. The interludes of hot, chemistry laden passion, which seemed inevitable from the start, were very well written
2.75 Stars. Mildly entertaining and technically well written with few mistakes. Unfortunately, the male main character pissed me off. He spends ages having sex with Xan and then pushing her away in the most callous way available at the time or avoiding her (because that's the most grownup solution)... up until he has a sudden personality transplant and starts going on about hearts, souls and eternal love. Oh, and that territorial bullshit? He punishes her for getting dressed up for a night out. ...more
Xan Bradley or Alexandra Collins as she was once known is in Witness Protection and moving with her son to a new location in Arkansas. Her car has issues and she is forced to walk and finds an auto shop where she meets some interesting mechanics, including Brutus. Brody “Brutus” Jackson and his associates are more than just mechanics. They belong to a secret mercenary group that works for the government.

Brody is assigned to watch over Xan and her son. Brody feels he recognizes Xan but he has som
Best thing about this book was the cover. Bored to tears on this one. Constantly restating thoughts, reasons and reactions EVERY chapter. I mean every flippin' chapter. As if the first 50 times explaining why Xan (variation of Alexandria-says it all, yes?) is afraid to trust men didn't imprint. When I was half way through the book, and it was stated again, right after she went out to a honkey-tonk bar in a see-through tank and thigh-high leather boots, I was done. I only finished it because I wa ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love my romantic suspense, I really do but I was so disappointed with this book, it held so much promise from the blurb but it fell completely flat. Totally ridiculous pacing, the male characters had no redeeming qualities at all and the lead female came across as childish and weak. Very frustrating. :(
At sixteen Alexandra “Xan” Collins thought she had met the man of her dreams when she ended up pregnant and he whisked her away from her troubled life and married her but it was the beginning of her nightmare.

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Liz Wood

Actually, for erotica, this story has a great plot, with twists and turns that totally blinded me to the final denouement of the action. The guys at the garage pulled me into their banter and the unspoken bond among them all.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book under it's previous title Darkest Sin. I really liked it and was hoping it would become a series. ...more
Lesley Book Lover
A good read, romance, suspense, and lots of steam, phew! Plenty of twists which kept you guessing right until the end. I would definitely read more by this author.
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Lee-anna Dunk
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good

This is the first book I've read by Author Mandy Harbin and it's the first time I've heard of this Author as well. I think this book was recommended in one of the many groups I'm in lol I can't remember which one now but I'm so glad I found it and one clicked it I really enjoyed this book and the characters . I loved the story line it kept me turning page after page and when it was getting close to the end I was practically holding my breath.

Brody aka Brutus had a horrific accident and d
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