Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Badge and the Bad Boy by Lena Hendrix: Release + Review

Title: The Badge and the Bad Boy
Author: Lena Hendrix
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2022

Examples of things I shouldn't be doing:

1. Staring at how nicely Evan Walker fills out his Wranglers.

2. Sneaking around after dark, hoping we don’t get caught.

3. Fantasizing about a life with a man who isn’t supposed to exist.

He’s a criminal, a dangerous man with connections to the Chicago mafia.

And I'm a cop.

Now we’re stuck hiding out in this quirky small town, and my eyes have a way of wandering.

So do his hands.

But the rules are clear––no connections to your former life. Ever.

We can’t afford to give in to temptation. I’m only here on this Montana ranch until I can safely return to my job–and the promotion I’ve worked so hard for. And he’s only here to keep his little sister safe.

But as we’re forced to work together, I find that Evan is much more than I ever expected. He’s strong, hard-working.

Did I mention the Wranglers?

We’re drawn to each other in ways that are completely hopeless. I know I shouldn’t give in to his hot, smoldering looks or the way his lingering touch lights me up. It’s reckless.


I can hide it, but the truth always has a way of coming out. In Tipp, Montana, secrets can save your life. The only cost is your heart.

Think about a movie sort of like Law & Order, but also NCIS.

The Law & Order part is Val working as a cop but also has a determination for climbing the ladder and moving into Federal Agent territory. Then something happens while responding to a normal call and things majorly derail in her life.

Evan saved her life but she has no idea who he is or where he is. For all she knows, he's dead, because he did get shot saving her. The only thing she knows is the scar on his face.

Fast forward to being sent to Redemption Ranch. Supposedly for her safety, she runs into Evan and things go on a weird sort of romance all while trying to also work.

It's an amazingly wonderful story with twists & turns. Sometimes it feels like Law & Order and sometimes it's Criminal Minds with a side of NCIS. Add a sprinkling of romantic Hallmark movie sweetness.

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Hi there! I’m Lena. 

I write hot-as-sin small-town romance novels. My love of romance started with my grandmother’s Harlequin paperbacks and now I write stories full of heart, heat, and plenty of strong Alphas with marshmallow insides-I like my coffee hot and my heroes hotter!

I’m a midwest gal and live with my husband, three children, and two derpy Australian Cattle Dogs. When I’m not writing or devouring new novels, you can find me hiking, camping, fishing, and sipping a spicy margarita!

Want to hang out? Find me in my FB group Modern Belles: Steamy Romance Readers

To learn more about Lena and her books, visit here

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