Release Day Blitz: Axle (Bang Shift #5) by Mandy Harbin

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Release Day Blitz: Axle (Bang Shift #5) by Mandy HarbinTitle: Axle
Author: Mandy Harbin
Series: Bang Shift #5
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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She’s on a mission, but so is he...

When a reporter seeks access outside the wire, Axle Landry isn’t happy when he’s pulled from his SEAL team and assigned to the babysitting op. Discovering those Bang Shift guys are behind it has him planning his payback. That’ll have to wait until this mess is over. He has his orders. Keep her safe, and keep his mouth shut. Should be easy enough. But the longer this smart, beautiful woman is in danger, the harder it is for him to remain objective. She poses risks... to his career, his life, and his heart.

Caitlin Cooper never should’ve said anything to her friends about going on this assignment. She knows the hazards of reporting in a war zone and doesn’t need some brooding brute bossing her around. But that’s exactly what she got. Axle is constantly grumpy, and worse—he’s ridiculously gorgeous. This assignment would be a lot easier without him watching her every move. Falling in love with him, though, makes everything a lot more complicated.

Explosive secrets, shattered dreams, broken hearts... small town connections aren’t always a good thing.

Title: Axle

Series: Bang Shift #5

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Author: Mandy Harbin

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Excerpt

A door slammed, and he rose. Was she going to try to sneak away? They were on a base for Christ’s sake. He grabbed the shirt he’d discarded and took a step toward the door, but it flew open before he reached it.

He almost winced at the anger rolling off her. Damn, but if she wasn’t the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on. Even angry. There was just something about this woman.

And he hated himself for thinking of her like that. Yes, he was a straight, virile man, but he was also a special operator in the military who knew how to keep his dick in his pants, even if his cock refused his orders, too.

“I got your favor right here.”

She yanked her arm back and swung in his direction. He didn’t see what she had in her hand, but he deflected whatever it was she threw at him. She yelled as she charged. Pissed off women weren’t part of his combat training, but his skills kicked in anyway. He grabbed her arm and spun her around, holding her by her midsection against his body. She kicked out, her foot connecting with the door, making it slam so hard the walls shook. She gasped out in sound of pain, and he barely had time to notice her shoes were off because the infuriated woman had managed to gain enough force when she connected with the door that he lost his footing. Axle tripped over his boots, and he landed on his back on the bed, still holding her to him. She flailed, but he refused to lessen his grip.

“Caitlin.”

“I hate you!”

All right, then. He twisted to his side and managed to turn her so that her back was on the mattress, and he rolled on top of her. He grabbed her arms and pinned them above her head.

She growled, and he slapped his halfway free hand over her mouth. It wasn’t really the best position to be in, her beneath him, writhing, but damn. What choice did he have? “Would you calm down?” he said through his teeth. Her movements were making him stir until he became excruciatingly hard.

She slowed, but her breath sawed in and out of her body, forcing her breasts to mash against him. Jesus, he did not need to be thinking about her body when she was pinned beneath him.

On a bed.

While he lost yet another battle with his wayward dick.

After several agonizing seconds, she completely relaxed, and he chanced moving his hand. When she didn’t scream, he pulled it away to prop himself up a little higher, creating some space between their heaving bodies. Though his hadn’t been because of exertion.

At least not yet.

No. He had to focus here. He looked to the side, willing his mind to work, and saw the object she’d hurled at him.

“If you get this pissed when you run out of ink, I’d hate to see how you handle road rage.”

She glared wordlessly.

“When I told you it was a weapon, I didn’t think you’d try using it on me.”

Still nothing. And he was glad her hands were secured far away from his gun.

He sighed, dropping his forehead on top of hers, losing the hardest battle of his life—resisting her. “I’m sorry,” he breathed. “I was a jerk.”

The seconds ticked by, and somehow, he found himself closer to her. He was strong enough to hold himself up, but the strength currently in control wasn’t led by his external abilities, overriding the power in his arms. And he’d quickly learned that he had no mental or emotional control when it came to this woman. It was some other force within calling the shots.

“You’ve been a jerk since I got here,” she said, but there wasn’t any fire in her words.

He had his eyes closed. A last-ditch effort to put some distance between them. He knew if he opened them now, he would be a goner.

“You drive me insane, baby.”

Her breath bathed his face, and his mouth dropped closer to inhale the luscious scent that was her. All her. He shouldn’t be doing this. He should not be holding her down on his bed. He knew this. He fucking knew this.

He couldn’t move away. Every time he shifted, thinking he was creating space, he was drawing nearer to her.

“Axle,” she breathed. His name leaving her mouth caused her lips to brush against his. That was how close they’d gotten.

And it wasn’t close enough.


Oz (Bang Shift #0.5)

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Bryn Chambers is on the run. Not from the police, but from her old mafia boss and his cronies. Within weeks of starting her job for Marco Collins, she learned he was dirty, but what could she do? She had no choice but to keep working as his son’s nanny and not cause any waves. And she did just that … until Marco’s wife asked her to help the FBI with their case against him. She’d been pitted between her two employers, husband and wife. She could do the right thing and maybe be free again. There was a slim chance of winning, but it was a chance she had to take if she wanted to get out. But as her luck would have it, the plan failed, so she does the only thing she can. Run.

George “Oz” Osborne leads the Orion Team, so when Grey reached out to him to take on an assignment as a personal favor for Omega Team, Oz gathered his guys and dove right in. Only he couldn’t be as up front with them about why they were on this mission. They weren’t set out to bring Bryn Chambers into protective custody, oh no. His team was tasked to bring in Marco Collins’ number one hitman, The Shadow. And with one hot little nanny on the run she made the perfect bait to lure in a madman.

Bryn can’t stop looking over her shoulder, and Oz quickly finds himself wanting her in ways that could compromise everything… most importantly? Her life.


Brody (Bang Shift #1)

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Hot Mechanics, Mercenaries, and the Mafia… Oh my!

Brody “Brutus” Jackson isn’t your average small-town mechanic. The garage where he works doubles as the headquarters for a ruthless team of mercenaries. They’re all bosses under the hood, lethal behind the gun, and just shady enough to handle any job that comes their way. There’s a reason they call themselves the Bang Shift. For a man with no memory of his past and no care of the future, it’s the perfect arrangement.

Alexandria Collins knows how to pack fast and run thanks to years of FBI protection from the mafia. When her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she finds herself stuck at a garage surrounded by the toughest looking men she’s ever seen. That shouldn’t be possible considering her past, but what troubles her more is the sexy-as-hell mechanic staring at her, awakening something she thought died the night her ex shot her.

When the feds hire the Bang Shift to protect the beautiful new lady in town, Brody is rocked to his core and not because of how much danger she’s in or how hot she is. After all these years, he finally remembers something from his past… her.

When the past and present collide, no one escapes the wreckage.


Hunter (Bang Shift #2)

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Hot. Hard. Hazardous.

Hunter Anderson is good at burying dark secrets behind his lethal smile. It’s a great skill to have in his line of work, but one he learned long before becoming a member of the Bang Shift mercenary group. They all have secrets, but he has something they don’t—a sister to protect. She knows the score, but he’ll do what he can to guard her from the realities of his life. He should’ve known trouble would find her anyway… and that she’d dump the beautiful problem right in his lap.

When Maya Carmichael’s car is vandalized on a night out with her roommate, she realizes her no-more-jerks oath is too little, too late. Knowing her sadistic ex is behind this, she agrees to seek shelter out of town, but the temporary haven will throw her right into the path of another bad boy. Oh, she’s heard stories about her roommate’s brother, Hunter, and he’s just the type she wants to avoid. Hot. Hard. Hazardous.

What starts out as a beautiful nuisance exposes a web of danger so vast it could only be fueled by one thing. Revenge.


Blade (Bang Shift #3)

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When love stabs you in the heart…

Braxton “Blade” Young learned the importance of carrying a knife growing up in the swamps of Louisiana. As a member of the Bang Shift, he carries something a little louder now, but he’s never without his shiv. An added protection. A constant reminder. Fixing cars and carrying out contracts don’t help quiet the ghosts of his past anymore, and random women are out. There’s only one he wants, and she haunts him in a completely different way, taunting him with what he cannot have. She’s an FBI agent. He’s a mercenary. Sure, everyone has demons. His are just covered in blood.

Ahhh regrets. FBI agent Anna Sue Fisher has her fair share, and sleeping with Blade while on assignment ranks right up there. He’s a notorious playboy who lives on the shady side of the law. A heartbreak waiting to happen. But her determination to keep her distance is crushed when her boss sends her back to the Bang Shift on another case. Only this time, she won’t just be working with the devastatingly handsome man, she’ll be investigating him, too.

Dark family secrets. The sharpest betrayals. Alligators aren’t the only dangerous things lurking within the blades of grass of the bayou.


Shelby (Bang Shift #4)

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No one likes being played…

FBI agent Shelby Landry knows what it means to be a team player. She reluctantly investigated the Bang Shift out of duty, but the government now needs her in a way that doesn’t involve torque wrenches or transmissions. The fed’s mark? Mason Showalter, a newly promoted executive who is the key to unlocking this case. The FBI knows this businessman’s dark side extends beyond the boardroom into the bedroom, and it’s his sexual appetite that’ll be used to their advantage… at Shelby’s expense.

Mason Showalter is the type to always chase the thrill, no matter the cost. He’s a new senior vice president of capital management and part owner of an exclusive club, yet he still isn’t satisfied. When he meets Shelby, he’s immediately drawn to her, curious if the beautiful woman will present the real challenge he craves. He’ll play with her and put her to the test, but he isn’t prepared when she rocks his world in more ways than one.

What starts out as an assignment becomes a shocking path of self-discovery rooted in unbridled passion and deceit so deep that no one is prepared when secrets come out.

It’s easy to forget who’s playing by the rules, and who’s being played.

About Mandy Harbin

Mandy Harbin is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves creating stories that explore the complexities of everyday relationships…with some kissing thrown in. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader’s Crown and Passionate Plume finalist, and has achieved Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She also writes young adult romance as M.W. Muse because teens like kissing, too.

After graduating college and working many years in technology, she threw caution to the wind and began studying writing at the UALR. Years of trashed manuscripts and rejections eventually led to contracts and representation. With over thirty books published, she now serves on the board of her local writing chapter.

Mandy lives in a small, Arkansas town with her husband and their bossy dog, enjoying her own happily ever after… with some kissing thrown in.

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