Riding on Instinct

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Riding on Instinct

There is a major drug pipeline coming through New Orleans. It’s known that there is a leak within the enforcing agencies but it’s not known who or what department they work for. It is also known that a certain higher-class strip club is where the transactions are taking place. What is needed is someone or several someones to go under cover and identify the leak and close down this major drug trafficking route.
The Wild Riders have been tasked to lead this operation. The Wild Riders are a secret government agency that works under the radar assisting the government in less than legal ways. They have a large compound in TX and the members have various legal/military backgrounds. They are also mostly male. For this assignment, Spence is to play the bodyguard to a headliner striper while Pax and AJ play tourists. Spence is positive that the agent the Department of Justice sent over, Shadoe is not the person to play a striper.
This is Shadoe’s first assignment. She wants to do well and show her father that even though she is female, she is capable and competent. She never expected that she would have to take off her clothes in front of a room full of men would be her assignment though! Shadoe has a photographic memory. She can remember every face, word or book she as ever seen and bring it up. Because she is new, no one within any department will know her while she has the face of ever agent memorized. The question is, can she loosen up enough to pass as a headliner stripper?
Spence and Shadoe are forced to be in very close contact during this operation. Neither is sure about the other. Both have preconceived notions about the other while not taking the time to talk to the other person. They also have the added problem that they are attracted to each other and neither has time for a true relationship. Can they do this assignment and keep their hearts whole or will everything fall apart?
This is the third book in a series about the Wild Riders and the first that I have read.  I found myself being drawn into a group of people who not only entertained me but also were a group I would love to hang out with! It was as if you were part of them. While I did not need to read the previous book to thoroughly enjoy this one, I was left with the desire to find them so I could learn more about these fascinating men and women. I’m also so ready for the next book and this one hasn’t even hit the shelves!
The characters were awesome. Spence and Shadoe are extremely well developed and you feel as if you would know them anywhere. As this operation unfolds, they are forced to deal with their notions of the other only to find that they have more in common than they think! Pretty surprising as one comes from a well to do military family and the other the bayou. The interactions of the Wild Riders was a group dynamics full of love, respect and the closeness that only those who can fully trust another can experience. It makes you want to be part of it. This full acceptance of what each other are, were and is gives this group a feeling of completeness.
While this book is pure fantasy, or is suppose to be, the methods and restrictions that all the characters operate with seem to be in line with real world. This gives it the feel of realism that is missing in so many books. Just because you think something is happening doesn’t mean you call for back up until you are sure. Good job!
With this book set in New Orleans, I think special details had to be remembered. Things that were 5 years ago are not today. Ms Burton reminded us of that in subtle and not so subtle ways.    A casual mention of a neighborhood gone or a trailer park of FEMA trailers reminds us that though Katrina was a while ago, the changes that she caused are not gone. This bringing New Orleans back to life and reminding us that while she isn’t the same as she was, she is alive and kicking gives the reader the opportunity to learn about this new/old city of New Orleans.
I loved everything about this book from the characters to the situations to the background to the sex scenes. I don’t think Ms Burton forgot a thing as she gave us a fast paced romance story with a bit of an edge. These weren’t perfect characters in a perfect situation with vanilla problems. These were flawed, real life characters in a bad situation with real life problems and solutions. Thank you for giving us a love story where there is room for compromise and the good guys not only win, they take down the bad guys with a minimum of blood shed and loss of innocent life.
Now, to find those first two books while waiting for the next one……

Book Blurb for Riding on Instinct

"Hot, sexy, romantic suspense at its best"(New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh) from the national bestselling author of Riding Temptation.

Department of Justice agent Shadoe Grayson is out to prove she's no rookie, and eagerly accepts her first undercover assignment at a strip club in New Orleans. Working with the Wild Riders, a government agency of bad boy bikers, her goal is to expose a corrupt DEA agent. All she has to do is learn to strip like a pro.

Standing in Shadoe's way is arrogant and smokin' hot Spencer King, her new partner and one of the Wild Riders. Spence thinks she looks more like a schoolteacher than a stripper, and doubts her ability to do the job. But when he mockingly challenges Shadoe to strip just for him, he finds out there's more to the surprisingly sexy agent than by-the book rules and Government Issue pantsuits...

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2009 5.00