Title: Balls and Chain (Handcuffs & Lace #2)
Author: Mia Watts
Cover Artist: Les Byerley
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Amazon: – N/A
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 70 pages
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: Fun tale of a man on the run from thugs and the hunky FBI agent assigned to protect him.
The first book in the series, She’s Got Balls was reviewed here.
Sam Bahlson doesn’t know what the hell is going on. The FBI storms his workplace, takes him into custody, and then tells him he’s the target of a notorious hitman. Since he’s pretty low maintenance and doesn’t take a lot of risks, he finds it hard to believe. Yet when Agent Jude Cheney whisks him off to protective custody, it’s a bullet-grazing chase to the finish line.
When Sam discovers that Jude’s hot for him, he’s determined to make protective custody as enjoyable as possible. The bad guys keep coming, and so does Jude. Will they nab the man behind the hit in time, or is Sam’s life going to end at gun point?
The one thing I count on in a Mia Watts book is banter between the two main characters and Balls and Chain delivers beautifully. The story starts as Sam Bahlson is confronted by the FBI at his workplace telling him his life is in danger and he’s taken into protective custody by the very hot, big and built FBI agent Jude Cheney (yes, expect a lot of Vice President tie-in jokes). Now Sam is no fragile flower and he pushes Jude at every turn, even when the bad guys are chasing them. With 70 fun-filled pages, expect the two men to bicker, flirt and elude the baddies.
As with the first book in this series, She’s Got Balls, the characters of Jude and Sam are not cardboard cut-outs from a romance thriller. I loved Sam and how he challenged Jude at every turn. And Jude, despite his burly stature – I imagined Vin Diesel in my head – gives as good as he gets. Since one of my all-time favorite television shows was Moonlighting – I loved Dave and Maddie’s arguments – Mia Watts’ dialogue sometimes reminds me of that show. (A good thing in my eyes). While the thriller part of the novel wasn’t in the league of a Jason Bourne movie, it did hold me interest, but in actuality, it was the passion between Jude and Sam that kept me reading.
My only niggle was the ending. Without giving out spoilers, I felt it was tied up in a neat little bow, and while I love my HEAs, the end of Balls and Chain seemed too pat and sweet. However, despite that issue, I really enjoyed the book and eagerly look forward to book three in the series, The Policeman’s Balls.