Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Review: Bulletproof Badge

Author: Angi Morgan
Title: Bulletproof Badge
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Publish Date: Jan 19, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 

His key witnesses dead, Texas Ranger Garrison Travis had to protect innocent bystander Kenderly Tyler. Her crucial evidence had two very dangerous Texas crime families willing to do anything to keep her quiet. But Garrison's undercover status had branded him a killer, and now the bad and the good guys were after them both.

Hiding out with a handsome protector, on the run for her life, was so beyond anything Kenderly had imagined. While there was more than just adrenaline pulsing between them, the Ranger vowed his job was his life. Dare she wonder what would become of them should they actually make it out alive?

Review: If you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Bulletproof Badge is definitely the book for you.

From the very start this story moves along fast and frantically. This book was an absolutely fantastic. Garrison and Kenderly (uh, I do object to this name however. Its just downright weird) are the kind of couple that you really root for the whole way through. These two have the most fantastic chemistry together.

I loved the plot, two mafia families at war. The two wives that were clients of Kenderly were murdered at a party and she was a witness. Garrison saves her and the wild ride begins, and trust me things get wild and sometimes a bit weird, as they are chased down by the mob and the police.

One of the best scenes has them going out in disguise a little retro and Garrison makes a comment that sounds like he's saying he is a virgin. Try not to laugh out loud while reading that!

This is the type of book that you don't put down until the last page is turned because you want to find out what is going to happen next.

I don't think there has been a book from this Harlequin line that I've enjoyed as much as this one.

Rating: 5 flowers

·         Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book. (2 images with the Bon Appetit )
My characters rarely get to eat anything other than fast food. I thought I’d share my chocolate chip cookie recipe…since warm cookies definitely go with any story.
2/3 cup Butter Flavored Crisco, softened--not melted
2/3 cup margarine, softened--not melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 to 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla (if you use REAL vanilla, back it down to 2 teaspoons)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate chips to your liking
nuts if you must

NOTES: You’ll definitely want a good mixer.  Invest in baking stones. The perfect cookie isn’t achieved on a metal baking sheet. The cookies bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and they’ll be sooo gooey you can’t remove them. You’ll be tempted to put them back in the oven. If you know how a baking stone works, it retains heat and will continue to cook the gooey cookie while it cools. THAT’s THE SECRET!  Fortunately, I have more than one stone and can cook a batch while one is cooling.

If your cookies are a bit too soft, back off the brown sugar a tad. Honestly, I discovered Baker’s Chef brown sugar and have noticed a difference in the taste of the cookies when I didn’t use this brand.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Thoroughly blend softened margarine and Crisco. It needs to be one blended mixture. Add eggs, blend again. Add vanilla, blend again. *I do things differently, I add the baking soda, baking powder and salt here (realizing that most people add them with the dry ingredients, but I want to make certain they blend well--and after the flour goes in, it gets harder to mix). Add granulated sugar, blend. Add brown sugar, blend. Add 1 cup of flour at a time until all is blended. Add chocolate chips, but the recipe is great without them too.

Drop cookie dough onto baking stones. Another secret to a soft cookie is to make them larger. I had a bus driver accuse me of making mini-pizzas. Band kids always wanted second cookies, but the band director said they could only have one. HAHA…so I made larger single-serving cookies. But this rebellion helped me develop a very soft cookie.

Don’t squish the dough, just spoon it and let it sit tall, give it plenty of room to spread out when it cooks.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes (at least in Texas).
Cool at least 8 minutes on the baking stone.


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