She’s Got Balls (Handcuffs and Lace)

Title: She’s Got Balls (Handcuffs and Lace)
Author: Mia Watts
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


What do you do with a ‘wife’ who is more than you can handle? 
When the FBI and local law enforcement team up for a mutually beneficial crime-stopping partnership, Rookie Agent Chris Tarpington
and Detective Vin Pilk team up to prototype the new alliance. How better to bust a ring of drug dealing suburban house wives than to go undercover-way undercover, as a married couple? 

 Though Chris reluctantly gets in touch with his feminine side, he quickly finds ways of making his sexy partner squirm. And Vin is definitely squirming, but will he run away from his faux wife, or right into ‘her’ arms?     

 One thing is for sure: as the investigation heats up, ‘inter-agency cooperation’ will take on a whole new meaning…     


Chris’s new undercover assignment does not thrill him in the least. The last thing he wanted to do was dress up in drag – high heels and lipstick were so not his choice to start his career as a rookie detective. He planned on persuading his new temporary partner to switch roles with him, that is, until he saw him. Vincent Pilk was a behemoth of a man and everything on him seemed to be supersized. There was no way Vincent could pretend to be the ‘wife’ in this assignment even if he could be persuaded, so Chris resigned himself to the inevitable and to being the butt of jokes by his colleagues.  At their first meeting Chris’s sarcastic comments set the tone for the story –    

“How the hell do you detect anything without being spotted?” Chris wondered aloud. He circled the Detective, shaking his head. “You’d make one fugly woman.”
“Is this a set-up?” Chris laughed suddenly, realizing the sector guys had pulled a good one on him. “It’s a f**king set-up. Shit, for a minute there, I thought you were my ops partner. I mean, shit, what were they thinking, right? I could just see you tottering around in red heels and talking about your latest casserole recipes.”
Tears streamed from the corner of Chris’ eyes. He slapped his hip and peeled in another round of laugher.
“Oh, God, this is amazing!” Chris wiped his eyes and shook his head to show he was duly impressed. “You’re amazing. I mean, God, look at you. A gigantic bodyguard with attitude is just what I need in a f**king wife. Damn, I sure as hell wouldn’t f**k you in a dress, Vincent.”

Of course Vin didn’t take too kindly to this and he set the tone for their temporary relationship by clarifying the kind of behaviour that he expected from his new partner . 😀 Even the Chief got into the action with his own one liner   

“This is serious business and we don’t have time to whip out a tape measure for your dicks.”   

Chris assumed his new role immediately they moved into the neighbourhood by attracting as much attention as possible. This strategy worked and their assignment was off to a flying start. On the other hand the relationship between the two detectives was a bit rocky in the beginning as Chris tried to one-up Vin who found his own unique way to shut him up. Everything proceeded according to plan as the housewife criminals fell over themselves welcoming Chris into their midst. The biggest problem for Chris was finding out he was attracted to his partner, his very straight partner, and one night when he couldn’t take it any more he made the mistake of going into Vin’s bedroom, which started an unexpected chain of events.   

I really liked this book in many ways, especially when Chris and Vin were feeling each other out and setting parameters for working together. There was one scene when Chris, who is no Martha Stewart, made dinner which consisted of ramen noodles, mac and cheese, and canned fruit for dessert and Vin ate it with seeming relish, only to confound Chris the next morning by making breakfast fit for a king, begging the question why he indulged Chris by appearing to enjoy the supper his partner had prepared the night before.   

What did I like about the book    

 This is the second book that I have read by this author and this one is a whole lot better than Bad Boys, Bad Boys reviewed here which I felt was a total disaster. At least in She’s Got Balls I liked the characterizations,  even though the plot strained credibility. The best part about the book was the relationship between the two cops and the humour throughout the book. The pacing was good, the sex was hot, and it came through loud and clear that the protagonists liked each other. Love – now that’s something else entirely!    

 What didn’t I like about the book    

I would have rated this book higher except for a few issues, the main ones being editorial and spelling errors. For example, the word “ruse” was misspelled throughout the book as “rouse” and there were other similar mistakes. My other issues were that the takedown was way too easy- there wasn’t even a token resistance on the part of the villains who I thought were miscast in the role. Also, in a few scenes Chris wears Vince’s sweats because the only clothes he possessed were dresses, and I questioned how they fit him, given the considerable disparity in size between the two protagonists – one with the physique of a linebacker and the other who could pass for a woman with his slim build. Also, “falling in love” in a couple of days of togetherness and hot sex was too pat.    


Despite the anomaly with the clothing and other errors I still liked this book a lot, and recommend it if you’re not looking for something that wouldn’t bear close scrutiny in terms of plot, which even Chris called a “fluff case,” or secondary characters that leave a lot to be desired. Sometimes I’m just looking for a fun book and She’s Got Balls definitely fits that description.  Some of the scenes will make you chuckle or laugh out loud a few times. Recommended.



  • Wave, great review! I’ll have a talk with my head about those spelling errors. I suck and depend on my spell check. Unfortunately, I do a lot of those slips (pore, pour. heal, heel. etc). It didn’t help that I turned this one in at the last minute. I think I overwhelmed my editor. LOL. She’s a good sport though.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the humor. That is a priority to me and with shorties, it’s tough to get a fully developed plot and still fit in the Happily Ever After that the publisher and most readers want. Still, if that’s the worst of it, I’m pleased as punch.

    Keep the honesty flowing. I love your reviews and appreciate your attention to detail!! Thank you!


    • Hi Mia
      Glad you liked the review. I do try to be fair and point out what I liked (or not) about a book so that the readers get a balanced picture. I thought this was a well written, funny story.
      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed this book much more than I did Bad Boys, Bad Boys. 🙂

    • Jen
      It is. I buy books like this to get away from the usual heavy fare and most of the time they work. This one did work on many levels except for the few issues I had. If you enjoy books that are pure fun and not to be taken seriously, this is definitely one I would recommend.

  • A 4 star read, that’s definitely going on my TBB list! I’m reading Mia Watts’ Mindf*cked right now and it’s really enjoyable so far! It’s funny and fabulously written! I’m loving it 🙂
    Thanks for your review!

    • Hi Janna
      It’s an enjoyable and fast read that’s a lot of fun. I haven’t read Mindf*cked by this author but it’s on my list.
      Hope you enjoy She’s Got Balls.

      • Thanks Wave! I’ve finished Mindfcked last night and this was also a fast and fun read. At the end the faery magic was perhaps a bit too much for me, but I’m not used to paranormal romances at all. So maybe for a more experienced reader of that genre it’s light. Still, Ms Watts’ witty writing made it a very enjoyable read! Hope you enjoy Mindfcked as well.

  • LadyM
    This is a fun little book as I said in the review and it’s too bad that more care wasn’t taken with the editing and a few other areas to bring up the rating. However I know you will enjoy the book because there’s a lot to recommend it.

  • LOL my first thought when I read the title was “well that is definitely something Bella hasn’t (literally and figurally)” since I just watch New Moon.
    My second was…who would give a book a title like that….Then I read the description. Ha accurate and it sounds like a fun book to read
    People keep surprising me with what they come up, but it sounds good! Going to put it on my list! 🙂 Thanks for convincing me!

    • Larissa
      With your sense of humour you will like this one. It’s definitely not a serious book – even the plot is hard to take seriously. 😀

  • Hi Sherry
    As you said, this is definitely a fun book and I don’t believe that the plot was intended to be a serious attempt at detecting crime. 😀 What saved this book for me were Vin and Chris who I thought were a lot better than the story.

  • Yes, this was just a fun book for me as well….and much better than “Bad Boys”. The falling in love in just 2 days was hard to wrap my mind around but fun nonetheless.


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